America was a great experiment testing whether a nation so conceived could long endure. Slavery and states’ rights rocked our newly created government and and plunged it into a civil war. Near the end of that war, Lincoln prayed for a new birth (new start) for our country, a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
America’s new domestic problems are no longer states’ rights, slavery or even poverty. It is breakup and disintegration of the family, which leaves households in the hands of single women/mothers. It has been shown that family life itself is in some measure a manifestation of affluence. (Galbraith)
Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, hoping that sufficient food, schools and housing would eliminate America’s poverty and political unrest, not realizing that the root cause of America’s poverty is deeper than food, water and shelter. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”
America’s poor have never had it so good in terms of government subsidies and benefits. America’s poor are rich compared to other countries, but the common denominator for most poverty in America is the breakup of the family. Over 50 percent of America’s families are presided over by a single parent.
Morris Bastian, Boise