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Damage for the children

by Linda Bowles

"We must do it for the children" is an emotional argument widely used by politicians to justify whatever it is they are advocating. It is rare when a recommendation for spending money, raising taxes, or expanding government is not accompanied by the exhortation that we have no choice if we really care about our children.

Bill Clinton has spoken out for school uniforms, balanced budgets, curfews, school lunches, vaccinations, abortion clinics, trade with China, and trigger locks on guns -- all for "the sake of our children." To be fair, I am not aware that he said he dropped bombs on an aspirin factory in Sudan to save American children, but I am convinced he would have, if his speechwriters could have manufactured a context for such remarks that was not overwhelmingly outrageous.

Algore learned from the master the fine art of using the love of children to manipulate public opinion. It is for the stated sake of the children that Gore has proposed an expenditure of $40 billion on day-care programs. Recently, he spent a full week visiting kindergartens and rolling around on the floor playing with the tots, to give every unwed mother in America the idea that he would be a great father to her children. And in a speech to the Michigan Education Association, he was impelled by his interest in children to propose, "Let's give every teacher a $5,000 raise. Let's give master teachers a $10,000 raise."

One would think that with government's splendid intentions and generous resources, America's children would be healthier, happier and better-educated than anywhere else on the planet. But reality tells us another story, one of unintended consequences and good intentions gone astray.

Anyone who reads the paper and watches television would have no trouble believing that behavioral problems among children and teenagers are increasing in number and intensity. Anyone who has lived long enough to compare this generation of children with past generations knows that something is terribly wrong.

These informal and "anecdotal" conclusions are backed up by extensive research and studies. For example, a new "finding," based on a carefully controlled study of 21,065 patients age 4 to 15, reveals that the number of children with emotional and behavioral problems dramatically increased over the past 20 years. This increase in juvenile problems was attributed, for the most part, to an increase in poor and single-parent families.

Cornell University Professor Urie Bronfenbrenner, a renowned developmental psychologist, summarized the cumulative evidence in studies and research bearing on the behavior of children raised in homes without their biological father. Among afflictions more prevalent among these children, Dr. Bronfenbrenner cited "hyperactivity and withdrawal; impaired academic achievement; smoking, drinking, early and frequent sexual experience; drugs, suicide, vandalism, violence and criminal acts."

It is fair to ask what role our government has played in all of this. What first comes to mind is the infamous welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, which effectively destroyed countless poor families, particularly black families. It did this by paying women to have children out of wedlock, and providing them with income, medical care, housing and food stamps under the solitary condition that they not work or marry anyone who does.

The moral and mental abuse of children by government schools is legendary. It is eminently reasonable to ask this question: Since the children of the Gores and the Clintons were educated in private schools, protected from the afflictions of a government school education, why do they do everything in their power to keep children, mostly from poor and single-parent families, trapped and segregated in inner-city, government schools where they are misused by incompetent educators and exposed to gangs, guns, drugs and morally corrosive peer pressures?

The government is twice a villain: first, by making the young mother a ward of the state, and second, by holding her children captive in mind-damaging, life-ruining, crime-breeding ghetto schools. These kids don't need Algore photo ops in day-care centers; they need fathers and mothers living together in a stable and loving family.

In his book, "The American Sex Revolution," Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin reviewed the history of societies through the ages, and found that none survived after they ceased honoring and upholding the institution of marriage between a man and a woman.

Decades of liberal assaults on traditional values and institutions are bearing fruit. It appears that we will ignore the wisdom of the centuries and find out the hard way whether our society can survive a perverted redefinition of marriage and the disintegration of the basic family.

2000 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

WorldNetDaily contributor Linda Bowles is a nationally syndicated columnist. She and her husband, Warren, have one daughter, Michelle, and live on a ranch situated on the western slope of the California Sierras.

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