“We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.”
That was Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
“You know how you’re going to solve [gun violence]? Fathers in the home.”
That was Jeanne Ives, candidate for governor, at a forum yesterday.
This time, the audience booed and shouted.
Chris Kennedy walked off the stage and said, “When I hear such ignorance and stupidity aired out by someone who knows so little about so much, I don’t think there’s an appropriate place for them to be on a podium on a dais.”
Democrats and Republicans alike have been fighting unwed pregnancies for years, knowing the ultimate benefits include reduction in violent crime, earning what should be embraced as a bipartisan success. Mayor Emanuel last year proudly attributed a historic low in teen births to the city’s work and to Obamacare. The federal government, under Obama and long before, linked unwed births to crime.
Ives made her comments to a crowd she knew would be very hostile — mostly Democratic on Chicago’s west side. Over the jeers, she repeated what she believed: “Fathers in the home.”
Seeing that, Kennedy should have remembered something his own father said, instead of joining the jeering hypocrisy:
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.
–Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.