HIRSCHAUER: A Salute To Good Fathers

Much has been written about the social ills associated with fatherlessness, and for good reason: without a father at home, children are four times as likely to grow up in poverty, twice as likely to be obese, are significantly more likely to be incarcerated and, for female children, to become pregnant as a teenager.

The absence of fathers in communities of all kinds has increased dramatically since the advent of the Great Society programs in the 1960s, but the spike has been most dramatic in the African-American community, where almost 77% of births occur out of wedlock and 66% of children are raised without fathers. Economists Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, both African-Americans, have written extensively about the decimation of the black family that has occurred partially as a result of incentives created by the Great Society.

The tremendous surge in fatherlessness in families of all backgrounds has sent shock-waves through our political ecosystem. And while the causes of fatherlessness are myriad — irresponsible men, government programs incentivize broken families, the attempted estrangement of sex from procreation, and political parties that demonize masculinity as inherently “toxic” — the effects are not so varied. Broken homes, shattered families, and a culture bereft of meaning seem the inevitable fruit of widespread fatherlessness. If Daddy is not your father figure, someone or something else less desirable certainly will be.

For the men who stick around, the ones who take seriously the charge of raising their children, they deserve our society’s acknowledgement, particularly on Father’s Day. They provide a stayed foundation and role model for children in a way that no federal subsidy, no amount of “pre-Kindergarten education,” and no utopian policy could ever replace. […]

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The Republican platform in Indiana continues to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Indiana Republican Party activists overwhelmingly voted Saturday to reaffirm language first inserted in their platform when Vice President Mike Pence was governor that defines marriage as a union “between a man and a woman”

“It’s very good news,” responds Micah Clark of AFA Indiana.

He tells OneNewsNow that party leaders wanted to remove the language and replace it with language about “loving adults” instead.

“And under the name of inclusivity or being inclusive,” he says, “they actually excluded 52 percent of the homes in Indiana headed by married couples.”

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SCOTUS ruling 'a victory for electoral integrity'

An Ohio-based tea party activist is celebrating a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that will allow the state to clean up its voter registration rolls – and he’s hopeful other states will now be able to follow suit.

The narrow 5-4 decision on Monday upheld an Ohio election law that allows officials to purge names from voting rolls if they have not voted in recent elections or failed to respond to notices from election officials. The Supreme Court decision overturned a ruling by a three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with a challenge by the ACLU of Ohio. The state’s Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted – who is currently running for lieutenant governor – called the decision “a victory for electoral integrity.”

Tom Zawistowski is executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, one of the largest tea party organizations in Ohio. He agrees with Husted. “This ruling by the Supreme Court allows Ohio to purge those voter rolls and will improve the voter integrity of our election and doesn’t discriminate against anyone,” he states to OneNewsNow.

According to Zawistowski, being unable to purge inactive voters from the rolls has been a huge problem in the state. […]