Originally posted by burdman30ott6
And again another of these articles fails to make any connection between the overall turning to crap of America and the divorce rate and single parent
family rates. Since the 60s divorces and single parent families have tripled. 80% of those single parent families are mom only. How in the blue
hell can anyone in their right mind expect solid, strong young men to be raised when their primary influence from "dad" is whether he sent the
monthly support check or not?
Fix the American family and you fix America, bottom line.
I think that there are many factors that have contributed to this. It is a pressure cooker that has been gaining energy for a few generations now,
with many different factors contributing, and working in symbiosis with each other. I agree that the divorce rate and single parent households, and
the lack of a strong patriarchal figure may contribute. However, overall the grinding poverty that many of the children of those single parent
households endure is a greater contributor; which actually supports the article.
When you have young men, with few prospects for upward mobility, few socially acceptable outlets for anger and frustration (as the culture continues
to try to make men less... well, men), and a loss of social dominance that many men (even young ones) can look back and see, you have a recipe for
disaster. Just about the only politically correct figure to make fun of any more is the poor white male, and with increasing frequency just white
males in general.
Most cultures have some sort of outlet for testosterone influenced violence, which exists, as much as we try to deny it in our current paradigm. Some
way to channel "boys will be boys" in a way that will do less damage, not do damage, or may even be helpful. The only thing we have for that is the
military these days, and once the military is done with these guys... Most of them are chewed up, spit out, and discarded like trash, physically, and
emotionally... to their bone and soul. One more thing to be angry about.