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The Destruction of the Family Unit

Updated on January 26, 2013

Is the Government your New Daddy?

By Joni Douglas

Never has the role of ‘dad’ been as ambiguous as it has become lately, here in America. Think about it, the meaning behind the words dad and father, have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. And men have noticed. Some of them have taken the steps to be more active participants in their children’s lives and that is a good thing. But the role that men, throughout the centuries, have assigned to themselves has always been one of provider. Centuries ago, being the provider meant they were the hunter or the warrior, providing the essentials necessary for the survival of their family. Today, although we still need warriors, we do not need to hunt for our food. So, where does that leave the average man? We still assign the title of provider to men, especially young men with families. But the means of providing for the family have now changed. Very often, men define themselves by or are defined by their employment, by the job that they do everyday. Perhaps, this isn’t the best way to define or categorize men, but nevertheless, it is more often than not, true.

The current economic system has taken its toll on American men, in more ways than we realize. The weight of this recession has hit men most heavily. American men have lost roughly ¾ of the 8 million jobs, which have just disappeared, since the beginning of 2008. Construction, finance and manufacturing have been particularly hard hit and tend to be male dominated industries. Industries that normally employ women, such as education and health care are holding up relatively well in this recession. Particularly noteworthy and somewhat troubling, is that it looks possible, within the next few months if things don’t change, for the first time in US history the majority of this country’s jobs will be held by women. This is staggering!

The government wants to help. They talk about shovel-ready jobs. They passed the Stimulus Bill telling us that jobs will be created. Yet very little of the stimulus money has actually filtered through into male-dominated industries. Only a very small fraction of that money went into the shovel-ready projects. So where did all the money go? Most of it was distributed to state and local governments, education and healthcare. Since the majority of start-up jobs, in America, are created by small businesses, one has to wonder why none of the funds intended to stimulate the economy, have not been used to stimulate small businesses. So, no matter what Congress and the White House intended, the stimulus bill has not created nor saved any jobs for men in the private sector.

Now what does this do to our family? The man’s role in the family is deep-seated, with the necessity for preservation of the family. Although he is biologically and psychologically connected to the family, he is yet separate. The bond to his family becomes his reason for staying with the family, so he stays with his family to complete his role as provider. If dad isn’t working for the government, in the education system or in the health care field, he may be out of work. So who then, does the family depend on to be the provider? Poised to step in and take over the role of provider, is the government. Does this really benefit the family unit?

Oddly enough, this was predicted by none other than Karl Marx. The top priority of Marxism was the abolition of the family. Marx laid down his strategy to eliminate private property and eliminate the family. Stating very clearly in his Communist Manifesto that the family will disappear as property disappears with the destruction of capitalism. Marx is saying that the family, business, and private property are entwined and when one fails and ceases to be part of the equation, the other two will pay the price.

Now isn’t that what is happening in America today? Whether or not it’s being done intentionally, the steps that the government has taken have certainly undermined the family.  Studies have been done on how the economic crisis of the great depression, showing clearly how unemployment affected men and their roles in the family. The traditional view of masculinity instills in man the need to protect and provide for his family. Take that need a way and there goes the instinctive incentive to stay with his wife and family.

Nothing has been done by this administration to stimulate the portion of the economy that would provide jobs for men and especially young men; jobs that would protect and strengthen the family unit.  Is this the dirty little secret of the progressive movement? Is the government your daddy? Are we, as Americans, willing to risk this potential catastrophe? Do we really want to head down this path, this extremely dangerous road that leads to the eradication of the family?

What do you think?

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    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      "A Feminist I know well once told me men were merely sperm donors." Whoa, that's harsh.

      She needs to lighten up and use her imagination. I think of all kinds of things that men are necessary for. :)

      But seriously, If we take a look at what happens to the family unit when financial woes befall them, we can clearly see how the government has willingly stepped in to provide for the family, but only, when the father steps out of the picture. This has encouraged a good portion of society to switch their allegiance from dad, the head of the house, to the government who pays their bills.

      Thank you James, for voicing your perspective here.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this outstanding article. One of the most dangerous things our society can do is continue to diminish the role of fathers in the lives of their children. The so-called Family Court is decidedly anti-man, and their agenda is right out of the Feminists playbook. Men are not deemed necessary. A Feminist I know well once told me men were merely sperm donors.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Healing Touch. I know a few people who have lost their homes. Glad to hear that you were able to keep yours. Hope it stays well with you.

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      Laura Arne 

      8 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Nice hub but truly sad how our state of economy is. I just nearly lost my home.

    • Joni Douglas profile imageAUTHOR

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you stopped by. We all need to recognize that there is a problem before we can really work on solutions.

    • DustinsMom profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Great hub and it is sad how the family does not represent what it shoud. Maybe one day things will be better.

    • TinaMarieTad profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative and true article. I find it sad what has happened in the past two years to heads of the family, both male or female, whom have lost their jobs. It is a horrible situation that is not going to improve anytime fast. I can only hope and pray that jobs will be created and people can get back to supporting their families and prospering. If things change, the family unit in itself will benefit. Great hub!! Keep them coming!

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      8 years ago

      "Instinctive incentive". While I understand what you're saying, I'd really rather believe that man did not simply function on instinct alone. Any man would certainly be threatened by the loss of his job and there are indeed men who would, upon being 'freed' of his responsibility with his family, stray or even leave. If they're going on basic instinct would they not simply leave to find another family to support (with the job he no longer has)? Alas, I am not a man and could truly not say :)

      Instinct aside, well written article. The government is manifesting so many of our fears and hiding behind pretty words with hope to pacify.

    • JOE BARNETT profile image


      8 years ago

      that's sad! i hope it turns around. informative hub


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