Declaration in Support of Thom's Resolution, Friday, April 25, 1997
Thom's resolution is no less credibile nor merits less respect than Thomas Jefferson's or Thomas Paine's. All other attempts to repair our obviously pathological families have met with solid brick walls and none of the others seem to offer as much hope as Thom's. The crisis we now face, even though ingored by politicians and the media alike, is far more serious than the one our forefathers risked their lives for, yet we might not have to do even that to repair the damage. The risk that we will be compared to "patriots" is minor relative to the possibility that we can learn the lessons of the past and restore responsible fatherhood.
We must use our collective minds to analyze where we and this federal behemoth stand. If it can be repaired, then we must know how and when? If it cannot then what our forefathers taught us must not be forgotten. Thom's proposal raises the discussion to a new level and makes the following mild observations about the recent track record of our federal government timely. This is the "short list":
1) The "War on Poverty" led to an increase in the "poverty level" from 11.1% to 14.9%, a massive breakdown of families, a quintupling in the illegitimacy rate, and the unwarranted welfare expenditure of $360 Billion per year. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
2) The "War on Drugs" led to a 48% increase in drug usage, the treatment of health problems as criminal problems, the incarceration of as many as 700,000 drug users, and the unwarranted expenditure of $240 Billion per year to allegedly fight drug abuse. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
3) The "War on Crime" and the Omnibus Crime Act signed by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s was followed by a quadrupling in the incarceration rate, concurrent with a tripling of the murder rate, a decrease in the percent of murders resolved from 92% to 63%, and the unwarranted expenditure of $350 Billion per year. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
4) The "War in Vietnam" killed 1 million Vietnamese, 48,000 of us, delivered Vietnam to Communism forever, and cost $200 Billion. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
5) The "War Against Illiteracy" led to the creation of the US Department of Education, a 77 point plunge in SAT scores, placement of the US in 27th place out of 31 nations participating in the IAEP test, and the unwarranted expenditure of $42 Billion per year. The Catholic Church produces morally and academically superior students at a third the cost per student within the borders of the US, and should be given this responsibility 100%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
6) The "War Against Child Abuse" led to the Mondale Act and CAPTA, an increase in child abuse, a 28 fold increase in "unsubstantiated" allegations of child sexual abuse, the destruction of perhaps millions of families, the false imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of innocent parents, and the unwarranted expenditure of $285 Billion per year to allegedly fight child abuse. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
7) The "War Against Drinking Drivers" led to an increase in Motor Vehicle Fatalities from 45,853 in 1975 to 46,900 in 1989, the treatment of health problems as criminal problems, 1,624,000 unnecessary and unconstitutional arrests per year, the incarceration of as many as 10,000 drinking drivers who had never even had a ticket nor an accident in the past, and the unwarranted expenditure of $18 Billion per year to allegedly fight drunk drivers. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this "war".
8) Medicare and Medicaid became law in 1965, led to a reduction in the percent of US workers with fully paid health insurance from 91% to 35%, a 29% increase in the cancer mortality rate (from 160.8 deaths per 100,000 population to 206), and the unwarranted increase in health care expenditures from $14.2 Billion to $355.4 Billion per year. If not for privately funded cardiovascular research the US mortality rate would have increased 6%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
9) Abortions were legalized in 1973 to "reduce unwanted pregnancies", only to be followed by a quintupling in the illegitimacy rate, a doubling in the divorce rate, and a quadrupling in the rate of fatherlessness from 9% to 37%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
10) Medicare and Medicaid became law in 1965, leading to a 29% increase in the cancer mortality rate (from 160.8 deaths per 100,000 population to 206), and the unwarranted increase in health care expenditures from $14.2 Billion to $355.4 Billion per year. If not for privately funded cardiovascular research the US mortality rate would have increased 6%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
11) The birth control pill was legalized to reduce the demand for abortions, led to an increase in the number of abortions per year to 1.6 million, a reduction in the marriage and birth rates, and the reduction of the role of men to sperm donors and play toys. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
12) Affirmative Action, intentionally and unconstitutionally discriminatory against men to raise the status of women and minorities, reduced their incomes 66%, forced every key US industry off-shore, increased racial and gender conflicts, and led to the unwarranted expenditure of $800 Billion per year in legal fees and damages. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
13) The "Pension Benefit Guaranty Association" created in 1974 by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to "give more benefits and rights and success in the area of labor management" led to a plunge in the percent of the workforce with a pension plan from 39.4% to 24%. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
14) School Prayer, outlawed in 1963, was displaced by destructive, anti-family, and anti-male feminist ideology. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
15) The "1964 Civil Rights Act" to benefit blacks led to an increase in the rate of incarceration of blacks under 30 years of age from 31% to 71%, an increase in their rate of fatherlessness from 29% to 70%, and a 65% decrease in their median incomes. Men and families and children (particularly black) did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
16) Investment Retirement Accounts to encourage personal savings, followed by banking laws which destroyed banking privacy, discouraged savings, dropped the savings rate below 2% for the first time in recent history, chased most savings accounts off-shore, and reduced total "Personal Savings" to less than a few months interest on the public debt. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
17) The "Gold Standard" was dropped in the US in 1973, followed by a plunge in the purchasing power of the dollar by 11X. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
18) The "Balanced Budget & Emergency Deficit Control Act" and the "Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990", to reduce deficit spending, led to even higher deficits and an uncontrollable $5 Trillion public debt. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
19) The "National Fifty Five Mile Per Hour Speed Limit" led to a reduction in the rate at which fatalities had been decreasing, did not save oil, required the unwarranted expenditure and/or loss to GDP of $650 Billion, and reduced the effectiveness of our multi-trillion dollar transportation and interstate highway system by 18%. When the law ended and the speed limit was restored to 65MPH, authorities were "surprised" by an immediate 10% decrease in the motor vehicle fatality rate. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
20) The "Food and Drug Administration" to protect our health led to an increase in the average American's body weight by 25 pounds, a reduction in the male sperm count by 48%, a 42% increase in the cancer mortality rate, extremely costly and long delayed drugs, unwarranted restrictions on drug use, and an unwarranted annual expenditure of $Billions. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal bureaucracy.
21) Capital punishment was legalized to deter crime, led to an increase in all rates of crime, and the execution to date of 29 known citizens now known to be innocent. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal policy.
22) The "equal protection" clause of the 14th Amendment has been so "misinterpreted" that it invalidates the very constitution it was written to strengthen, it has been misused to destroy competent and effective organizations, corporations, industries, and educational institutions, it does not benefit the radical minority which seeks its "protection", and destroys the rights and status of the majority Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
23) The "Equal Pay Act" destroyed all incentives for excellent or overtime work, reduced the quality of work by all employees, and reduced but did not equalize pay. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this federal law.
24) Adultery, the seventh of the Ten Commandments, right next to "Thou shalt not commit murder", is deemed acceptable by the courts, is allegedly practiced by 70% of wives within 5 years of marriage, results in the birth of 10% of children of marriages who are not the biological offspring of the husband, and causes more damage and strife to society than murder, which is prosecuted. Men and families and children did not benefit in any way from this failure by the federal government to adhere to basic moral, legal, and social principles.
25) The US Postal Service, the most minor federal failure, just recently was capable of beating "Pony Express" of a century ago, cannot compete with Federal Express and numerous other private carriers of today, has had millions of Americans standing in long lines across the country long enough, and should be displaced by a competitive bidding process amongst the private companies.
The inequitable federal tax policy in which the male gender pays from 108% to 115% of all federal taxes while the female gender receives from $40-80 Billion in tax credits directly from the IRS PLUS constitutes 11.1% more of the voting power which decides how those male dollars will be spent, is blatantly gender-biased and must end.
Family Law Acts based on federal models were passed by state legislatures across the nation in the late 1960s at a time when family breakdown and morality had already reached a crisis level, at a time when these legislatures could have and should have enacted responsible legislation aimed at strengthening the family and weakening the power of courts to destroy families, but which instead contributed significantly to the undermining of paternal authority, the doubling of the divorce rate, the acceleration of adultery, the quintupling of the illegitimacy rate, the tripling of the murder rate, and the quadrupling of the incarceration rate. These family law acts must be instantly repealed, authority must be returned to fathers commensurate with the responsibilities which always remained with them, and compensation must be paid to them for the damages done to their families and children.
Current federal "family policy" is so blatantly anti-family, anti-father, unconstitutional, draconian, economically destructive, and costly that it exceeds the wildest dreams of the most despotic Russian dictator (not a single Russian would put up with this for 2 seconds), and renders the US Constitution and the federal government null and void.
25) Coeducational Schools, a proven failure, the reason US education quality ranks just slightly ahead of Mozambique and Jordan, more costly than every other education style, the entire reason for the existence and acceptance of feminism, drug use, matriarchy, single mother households, teen pregnancy, illegitimacy, divorce, live-ins, and Oprah, are now mandated by a Supreme Court which has made the supreme mistake of failing to revere the vital role of men in society. Its destruction of fine institutions like West Point and Annapolis was even unacceptable, but its destruction of the last two all-male institutions in the US, VMI and the Citadel, is unconscionable, unconstitutional, counterproductive, without redeeming social value, obscene, immoral, anti-Christian, inhumane, unbiblical, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, anti-Indian, anti-motherhood, anti-fatherhood, anti-children, and ... unacceptable. The rationale by which the US Supreme Court twisted the clear and pristine language of the US Constitution to fit its narrow, convoluted, selfish, and destructive agenda is deplorable to all thinking and concerned American citizens. When such an important document, forged by the blood of our forefathers to remove us from despotism, cast on parchment to be there as an uncompromised reminder of our responsibilities, is thrown in the face of those of us who took an oath to uphold that Constitution even against "domestic enemies", who put our very lives on the line to fight in foreign countries to defend that Constitution against ALL enemies, who are told that we as men who accomplished what not a single woman in the land could ever accomplish are no better than those women, then the federal corporation is completely without value.
26) Social security has been predicted by every credible source to be headed for complete bankruptcy before those who contributed to it will have a chance to benefit from it. Already, more than one third of the disbursements of this "retirement fund" are to those who neither retired nor contributed in the first place. Let them keep what I already gave them, but stop taking even more for a plan which subsidizes social pathology and not honest retirement.