Fatherlessness is again in the news. This is all to the good, even if it took the Nicholas Cruz shootings, to wake us up. If we want to make a difference this time around, it will require facing some hard truths and showing the leadership that we previously lacked.
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Stephen Baskerville is Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, the Independent Institute, and the Inter-American Institute. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught political science and international affairs at Howard University (1987-1992 and 1997-2005) and Palacky University in the Czech Republic (1992-1997). He writes on international affairs and political theory with an emphasis on family policy, sexuality, and religion. His books include Not Peace But a Sword: The Political Theology of the English Revolution (Routledge, 1993), and Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007). He was recently a Fulbright scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and serves as managing editor for the International Journal for Religious Freedom. His book on sexual politics will be published next year.
Another deadly shooting gives the radicals, and the government officials who can increase their power, another opportunity to ban guns and turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. But as is often, the occasion is provided because the state created the problem – the real criminals – in the first place.
Now that a major political figure has had finally shown the courage to stand up to one of the radical sexual lobby’s myriad “witch hunts” (a term now used even by The New York Times), it is time to turn our attention to challenging and dismantling the others.
Theresa May, a politician of obvious skill and determination, may be judged Britain’s least successful post-war prime minister. It is worth examining why this “own goal” has befallen the Conservative Party, not despite her political talents but because of them.
The Manchester suicide bomber used used student loans and welfare benefits to finance his terror operations, and others may be doing likewise. This revelation speaks volumes about not only the cultural divide separating Islamists and the West, but also about the West’s own, if I may so phrase it, suicidal tendencies.
Hillary Clinton achieved a victory this week, when President Donald Trump launched airstrikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. No vital interests of the United States or its allies were invoked or involved. A single rationalization sufficed: He did it for the children.
The thought police have devised a new angle to regulate the Internet and tell us what we may read, write, and say. A self-appointed “task force” of Facebook employees who apparently dislike the information people convey through the social media network has apparently taken upon itself to decide which news it approves and which news must be suppressed because they consider it “fake.” The alleged danger of allowing such a free exchange of information and thought is proven conclusively by the fact that Donald Trump was elected president.
It was not a failure of polling technique. It requires no fine tuning of the survey methods. The cognoscenti were victims of their own propaganda and of the fear-mongering that is the modus operandi of their politics. People did not tell the pollsters that they were voting for Donald Trump because they were afraid to.
This election will be remembered as a metaphor for our civilization. Though many people dislike both candidates for diverse reasons, one underlying subtext has now emerged into the open that shows there is still a very clear difference: the power of sexual indulgence to determine our politics.
Donald Trump has not come out with a social policy so far, but I am not sure he can avoid it much longer. His opponent personifies social and family policies that have brought not only social but fiscal disaster. Meaningful cuts in spending and taxation will require him to confront the out-of-control welfare entitlements that are bankrupting Western civilization.
The attack on Poland by Western liberals has been vitriolic and relentless and has now reached the dimensions of the absurd. When highbrow journals like Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books can compare Poland’s free and democratic election of last October to a return to “communism” they treat their highly educated readers like political and historical illiterates.
Now that the University of Virginia “rape” case has been exposed as yet another hoax, it is time to start looking at other feminist-generated hysterias, which are just as dishonest and dangerous. This case did not arise out of the blue, nor is it disconnected from other similar accusations of criminality perpetrated by radical ideologues. Rather, it is part of a pattern of ideologically driven witch hunts designed to criminalize innocent people and “empower” feminist operatives. The common factor behind all of them is a radical sexual political ideology driven – as all ideologies are – by resentment and the lust for power.