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YOUR
FAMILY
The Fight For America Begins At Home
Reed Benson
and
Robert
ee
are
a writing and
research
team
based
in
Washington
D.
C
Mr.
Lee
is
a graduate
of
the University
of
Utah
a champion golfer, and former president
of
a
Utah
corporation.
Mr.
Benson, eldest son
of
former Secretary
of
Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson,
is
a graduate
of
Brigham Young University and a former staffer for both the Republican National Committee and the Republican
Con-
gressional Committee_
Reed
has
interviewed many worid
leaders
and heads
of
state, including Nikita Khrushchev.
EVENTS
of
recent years
have
made
it
clear that the institution
of
the family
is
under
fire
as
never before in our nation s history.
t
is
now imperative that Con-servatives who would preserve their fami-lies become better informed about the significance
of
this attack, its nature, and means which can
be
used to defend and strengthen this vital institution. The family
is
civilization s most basic social uni
1
t
is in
the home that a child first learns the rules
of
conduct which shape his attitude toward the other insti-tutions with which
he
comes in contact. The family provides
his
food, clothing, for the infraction
of
rules the home. The family
is
also
the child s first and most important school.
t
provides him with a wealth
of
knowledge and informa-tion before he
ever
enters a classroom, and
it
is
in the home that the mother per-forms what must surely
be
the most diffi-cult
of
all
educational tasks teaching the mother tongue to a child who,
at
the start, neither speaks nor understands a word in any language. This remarkable
ac-
_ _ achieved smooth-ly and naturally
as
the response
of
the child to expressions
of
love by the moth-er, that most elemental
of
educators.
As
an
economic institution, there
is
nothing which surpasses the family. The family system in America today supports well over a hundred million individuals, ably and well, and does so
in
a way which tends to strengthen, rather than weaken, the social fabric.
t
is
when the declines and degenerates
as
an institution that such destructive activities
as
crime and juvenile delinquency begin to flour-ish.
As
the Reverend Rousas
J.
Rush-doony
has
observed:
n
terms
of
sheer economic efficiency, nothing
in all
of
history
has
ever equalled the family. By com
parison
statist welfare and Communist take-overs
of
the family s
eco-
nomic functions
are
pathetic and
tragic failures.
Socially, this
mag-
nificent economic institution, the
fami~y
has
no equal
in
its contribution to social stability and
order.
And this
is
one
of
the key reasons why from the fascist regime
of
ancient Sparta
to
the Communists
of
today, have sought to undermine the
Law
And
Liberty
(The
Craig Press,
Nutley, New
Jersey: 1971). This collection
of
thirty
two
essays,
which were
originall y delivered as a series
of
radio broadcasts by
the
Reverend
Rushdoony, contains
much
penetrating and worthwhile
insight
into
the
family s
role in society.
JUNE,1972
 
common
views
and attitudes necessary to run the state collective with
, UII. ''''')
as
family. Dictators thrive on the conditions created by weakening the family.
If
millions
of
stable families
are
permitted
to
traditions and the _
to
succeeding generations, variety
in
attitudes about everyfrom religion to styles
of
clothing to politics make
it
very difficult indeed for a dictatorial oligarchy
to
impose its collectivist program without meeting
re-
sistance at every turn. The dictators must therefore work to undermine the family's influence, making possible the eventual transfer of family responsibilities to the state, after which they can uniformly indoctrinate those they rule with the The goal
is
to
make everyone on, and loyal to, the state rather than
to
such highly individual and competitive institutions
as
our families. And the methods used to achieve this goal
are
often ingenious
as
well
as
sinister. Consider, for instance, some examples found in
The Communist Manifesto
One
of
the demands made by Karl Marx in the Manifesto
was
for Abolition of property in land
....
 This would prohibit ownership by a family
of
its physical home, and therefore eliminate the stability that results from such owner-
 t
is
not without meaning that in our country it
is
becoming difficult for families to acquire debt-free homes, largely due
to
government policies
of
taxation and inflation. Marx also called for
A
heavy progres
sive
or graduated income tax, such
as
the one with which
we
are afflicted today,
as
a means of transferring econom-'
ic
power and wealth from the family
to
the state. And
he
demanded Abolition
of
all
right
of
inheritance, in order
to
the state additional control over Taken together. these _ _ _ diminish the strength and stability
of
the family, and erode parental influence and authority. Note also that the Manifesto made a plea for Free education for all children in public schools, a recognition that the state must control what children learn
if
it
is
to eventually control what they do. The results
of
such free education in our own government schools
is
reflected today
in
the increasing number of young people who emerge from such schools with their morals greatly eroded and their political outlook tilted to favor programs and policies which expand the power and reach
of
government. For instance, what government schools in
your
area
give
students a fair and honest chance
to
a Conservative view
of
such issues the United Nations, welfare, crime in the streets, the Federal Reserve System? Parents have surrendered control
of
the education
of
their children to the state. This
is
seen in the proliferation
of
courses like
sex
education, and in policies such
as
forced busing, which
are
imposed
on
children by government educators despite vigorous parental opposition to such schemes. A list
of
other tactics and strategies now being used
to
undermine the family includes the following: a. Indoctrinate children with the idea tllat their parents are old-fashione norant, and out
of
touch with the collective needs
of
modern times. b. Encourage sexual promiscuity (and the
use
of
contraceptives
by
unmarried persons)
as
both healthy and fashionable, and portray chastity
as
a joke.
c
Promote divorce
as
reasonable and commonplace, adultery
as
psychological
-It
is
important
to
compare the
anti·family
thrust
of
The Communist
Manifesto
with
the
pro-family
attitude
reflected
in
the
Ten
Com
mandments.
The
family
~
the
only institution
which
directly appears
in
the
Ten Command
ments, and
four
of
the
Commandments
specifically
protect the
family
and
property
( Honour
thy
father and
thy mother
;
Thou
shalt
not commit
adultery
...
;
Thou
shalt
not
steal ;
Thou
shalt
not
covet
•...
 
No Commandment
WdS
given
to
protect
the
state.
MERIC N
OPINION
 
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ly helpful, and fidelity
as
backward and confining.
d. Use
government
to
develop ever increasing taxation, and rocketing inflation, thus forcing more
wives
to work outside the home.
e_
Promote schemes such
as
the phony Women's Liberation Movement
to
create sexual hostility and antagonism within families, and encourage women
to
abandon their maternal responsibilities.
f.
Propagandize for the widespread use
of
contraceptives
to
keep children from being conceived; for abortion
to
prevent those conceived from being born; and, for government child-care centers to replace mothers in caring for those children who are born.
g_
Promote the acceptance
of
homosexuality and other perversions
as
the mark
of
eccentric genius, or
as
an exercise in personal freedom. h. Destroy the religious base, moral significance, and sanctity
of
marriage,
so
that
the family becomes merely a temporary arrangement devoid
of
permanent spiritual meaning.
JUNE 1972
i.
Relieve children
of
any feeling
of
responsibility for their parents, thus clearing the way for government (rather than the family unit)
to
assume responsibility for parents during sickness or old age.
j.
And, promote the
use
of
narcotics, alcohol, pornography, and similar
de
structive
devices
as
a means
of
weakening family ties. The list
is
by no means complete,
but
we
think it makes our point. Certainly
you
needn't look far to find educators, politicians, movie stars, journalists, commentators, and other persons
of
influence who are busily engaged
in
promoting some or
all
of
these destructive policies. I t
is
time for parents and young people alike
to
fight back.
We
urgently need
to
regain for the family the ground
it
has lost, and restore it to its proper place within our national life. There are many specific actions that can be taken
to
help achieve this important goal, one
of
which
is
so
potentially beneficial that it merits special attention. In 1915, the Church
of
Jesus Christ
of
Latter-day Saints (Mormon) introduced
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