This week has been pleasantly busy for us here at The Arch Conservative! The College Republicans and Young Democrats faced off in a debate, covered by our reporters in “The Great Debate” podcast with Reed Ferguson, Boris Abreu, and Nick Geeslin. If you prefer a light read, check out the article “A Not So Great Debate” by Nick and Reed. We hope to speak with the College Republicans in an interview soon in order to get their interpretation of the debate, as The Arch Conservative’s coverage thus far has not been positive.
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Now for the conservative principle of the week: family values. The decline of family values in America is terrifying for the future of our country. As college students, we often hear about the “way it used to be,” but the evidence supports the claim that Americans no longer value families to the same extent as our parents or grandparents. “In 2012, one-in-five adults ages 25 and older (about 42 million people) had never been married, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. In 1960, only about one-in-ten adults (9%) in that age range had never been married.”
To make matters worse, fewer than half of respondents (46 percent) said that society is “better off if marriage and children are a priority,” compared to the 50 percent that believe society is just as well off without prioritizing children. Divorce rates are climbing, and singleness is widespread. Why should we worry?
First, a decline in families and children results in a higher percentage of the population struggling in their senior years. No children means more Americans will be forced into assisted living communities without a stable support group outside the facility to care for their affairs. In stressful times as these in our world, families need each other.
Second, our government and programs rely on a growing population. Not only is Social Security reliant on younger Americans contributing to the program, but our military capabilities will become weaker relative to the population if the average age of Americans continues to climb. Youth is helpful for innovation, economic production, and the military so the U.S. can compete on the world stage.
Third, and most importantly, if we want to “Make America Great Again,” we need to start with making our families great again. Higher rates of criminals and high school dropouts come from homes where parents are not involved with their children. Even in 1986, President Reagan saw the start of the decline of family values. In his Christmas address, Reagan told the country “Some have suggested that in today’s world, the family has somehow become less important. Well, I can’t help thinking just the opposite: that when so much around us is whispering the little lie that we should live only for the moment and for ourselves, it’s more important than ever for our families to affirm an older and more lasting set of values.”
College students, conservatives, liberals, and all citizens of this great country should live not for ourselves, but for our families and for our fellow Americans. Divorce is tearing our society apart, and children are the motivation for humanity to look long into the future and beyond the problems of present-day society. With single-parent households on the rise, it is no wonder that so many children need government assistance to survive and rely on their teachers to substitute for parents. With all our problems and struggles, the United States of America is still the greatest country in the world, but the strength of our nation depends on the fortitude of our families.
Here at The Arch Conservative, we will strive to provide a brighter future for the families of tomorrow and hope to remind students looking ahead to adulthood that being a part of a family or community is necessary for America to truly be exceptional and great again.