Block Grants and the End of Children’s Rights

Block Grants and the End of Children’s Rights

In today’s politics of the family, the right has claimed the high ground. They’re the ones laying down the law on “family values.” Come to think of it, they’re the ones who concocted that tendentious term and slipped it into current political discourse. The left has allowed itself to be thrown on the defensive—as though it had no distinctive principles to advocate in defending and strengthening America’s families.

The right’s “family values” rap has one thing going for it—simplicity. The American family is going to hell, they believe (figuratively and, for some of them, literally). The reason is the moral weakness of those with family troubles, and the willingness of policy makers to excuse or support such decadence. The solution? People have got to pull up their own socks; parents must take responsibility for their families.

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Lima