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The First Line of Defense Against Crime

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Horrendous crimes in Boston and Cleveland remind us that evil exists, but also highlight the significance of stable families as society’s first line of defense. Before the Tsarnaev brothers plotted their Boston marathon bombing, or Ariel Castro kidnapped and tortured three innocent victims in his Cleveland house of horrors, the families of the perpetrators experienced bitter marital breakups with chaos and recriminations at home.

Shattered families don’t always produce criminality, of course, but they do generate bad consequences far more frequently than enduring marriages. It’s no accident that more than 70 percent of imprisoned violent criminals grew up in fatherless households. As we seek to avoid more shocking stories of evil, barbaric behavior we should remember that healthy marriages can play a role at least as important as enhanced law enforcement.

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  1. Susan  •  May 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Just a few adages:
    No success can compensate for failure in the home.
    Eyes wide open before you get married and half closed afterward.
    Parenthood isn’t for sissies.

  2. Bruce Peterson  •  May 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    You email with your column allows me to share it via face book or to tweet it, or to print it, but why can’t I email it?

  3. Fred Eysenbach  •  May 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I agree. I have heard this message form others: the health of a nation is directly related to the health of the family.

  4. John A. Castagna  •  May 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    To share a quote, “The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.”

  5. Herb Barnes  •  May 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I am usually awed by Michael’s intellect, but not this time. His pair of paragraphs are absolutely true … but impotent. Michael’s message will not be comprehended by the person who needs to understand it. All children are fantastic! …. (initially). If a parent does not instinctively & totally love, protect and impart sound values to their child, then nothing that parent reads or hears will make a significant difference.

  6. JKohn T. "Red" Ryan  •  May 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    While reading this Column, we cannot help remembering a report of a few years ago; in which the opinions of some new wave psychologists declared that the presence of a Father was totally irrelevant and not necessary to bring up balanced and happy children. Your column certainly rebukes such thinking (if we can, indeed, call it that).

    This is an interesting piece of good, old fashioned “Common Sense”; an attribute which one either has, or no ammount of Education can bestow.

  7. American  •  May 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    The modern liberal progressives and atheists at all levels of government, education, mainstream media, etc… have made it their mission to destroy stable families, morality, and traditional values in their “long march” of cultural Marxism. Tragic.

    • Herb Barnes  •  May 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Dear fellow American,
      I know many liberals. Unfortunately there are lots of them around. They simply don’t understand the full meaning of the word Liberty and that our Constitution is a priceless “compass”. However none of the liberals, who I know well, are on the “mission” you describe. I am a Tea Party-conservative-atheist and father of two fine adults. My son and daughter do not wait until Fathers Day to compliment my values and parenting skills.

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