Brad Wilcox and David Lapp have a terrific new piece at the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star on the new Knot Yet report co-authored by Wilcox.
In February, President Obama delivered a speech in Chicago about strengthening the middle class and reducing gun violence. He made an observation that drew little attention but has the potential to bring together gridlocked Republicans and Democrats. The task of rebuilding a strong and secure middle class, he suggested–of rebuilding “the ladders of opportunity for everybody willing to climb them”–does not start with the White House, or the states, or public schools.
It “starts at home.”
“There’s no more important ingredient for success,” President Obama suggested, “nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families–which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.” Getting personal, he said, “I wish I had a father who was around and involved.”
You don’t have to be a Democrat, or a Republican, to recognize that President Obama is right.
And appreciating the link between a thriving marriage culture and a thriving middle class is especially important because of the crisis of marriage in Middle America today. more