Nearly 20 years ago, Gov. Frank Keating was confident that the power of government to perform social architectural feats was a laudable effort. He proceeded to spend state funds toward making the institution of marriage more enduring.
Oklahoma has historically been one of the most divorcing states in the nation. Today, after $70 million and 17 years of the "Covenant Marriage" state program, the state is still one of the top 5 for divorces.
The state agencies are now ending the program and quietly accepting the premise that govt. cannot build families, only tear them apart.
In fact, several studies have shown a direct link between anti-poverty programs and one-parent households. Whereas couples used to stay together and work things out because they need each other economically; now social programs and spending are making divorce more lucrative than 'having the old man around'.
Some sociologists even contend that urban minority men have largely lost their social identity as fathers. Most of them have now been raised by single mothers and they often replaced the father figure in their lives with the gang identity.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...