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Liberal mission to replace fathers is still failing

I love reading liberal columnist Roger Chesley for the Virginian-Pilot, because not only is he usually wrong, he’s usually embarrassingly wrong.

Today he hit a new low. He’s not only wrong. He’s dangerously stupid.

He writes a whole column scratching his head about the problem of “youth gun violence.”

Let me list everything he proposes to solve gun violence in his article, “Stopping gun violence is everyone’s job, and it’s past time to get started” [1]

“more mentors”
“recreational opportunities”
“outreach by high-ranking police officials”
“role models”
“programs for youth to let off steam”
“a whole lot of people”
“activities for teens”
“community police officers”
“a communitywide effort”

Hey, Roger. In 541 words, you couldn’t find the space for a three-letter word that would solve the problem.


When studies show 3/4th of adolescents charged with murder come from homes without fathers, it’s easy enough for me to see that the problem isn’t a lack of rec centers.

Chesley doesn’t go there, probably because he is part of the generational movement to de-emphasize fathers that has taken place for decades. Expanding government programs for homes without fathers ranging from tax benefits to expanding free food and medical care, all geared to make life a little easier on those without husbands.

The federal government isn’t shy about its motives, either. They named the food program “Women, Infants and Children.” Who is left out of that group?

Courts have long made fathers powerless in custody decisions, ordering divorced dads to write checks under penalty of law while almost never defending their rights to access to their children.

Reminds me about the time when a Social Services worker told me she hates “joint custody” because she says it never works. Kids need their mothers, and they just need dad to keep his child support payments current.

From courts to the IRS to the welfare state, the liberal left has pushed for programs and laws that lower the importance of fathers.

The results [2]?

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.

Sorry, Roger. The problem isn’t the Republican General Assembly and some mysterious gun show law. The problem is the absence of fathers.

Congratulations. Your side got its way. Now, like an arsonist searching for a bucket of water, you’re looking for solutions to the problems you caused.