Before I spoke to a massive audience during CPAC's 2012 conference, I spoke to a small group of conservatives in one of the side rooms about reforming our entitlement system and encouraging poor communities to adopt the free market system.
I mentioned that although the black community attends church more regularly than any other community in America, those values expressed in their lives are absent because the community has experienced a disturbing breakdown. This breakdown is directly attributed to the growth of the welfare state. When government grows, socialism and secularism grow.
As we began the war on poverty, we saw an increase in sexual promiscuity. For example, in the early 1960s, 70 percent of black children were raised by a married mother and a father in the same home.
Today that figure is reversed. Today, 70 percent of black children are raised by a single parent.
This is a cause for concern because when a child is raised in a single-family household, one of the first lessons he or she learns is that commitment is not valued.
Without valuing commitment, children don't commit to their studies, to society or to relationships. So as liberals have engineered society, they've perpetuated the breakdown of the black community, and increasingly other communities, and there's no end in sight as government grows.
Please take a few moments to watch my speech and, as always, I'd love to know what you think.
Your foot-soldier for freedom,
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What was once understood as religion and tradition is now called bigotry and pushed off the stage. (comments)
An ultrasound picture, showing the growing and moving fetus, has raised awareness that this unborn child is alive and that abortion is murder. (comments)
Economic growth happens when success and risk taking is rewarded and sloth and failure is not. (comments)