Is it not the question of our age? What is wrong with America? It is a question asked by liberals and libertarians. Republicans, Democrats, and the confused independents as well. We as a nation can tell something is wrong… but we just can’t put our finger on what it is.
What is wrong with America?
Our Federal Government is broken. Our Judicial System is broken. Our law enforcement system is broken. Our state governments are broken. Our cities and towns are broken. Our churches are broken. And none of that is actually the problem. The real problem with America… is that our homes are broken. And that starts with me.
In their long evil march to destroy America, the Progressives started by attacking the home. They knew the keystone of any civilization or culture is the nuclear family… and they put their sights right on the heart of the American family.
They started by deformalizing home life. For example, do you know why we call them Funeral Parlors? It’s an odd name isn’t it? See, in the late 1800s almost all American homes had a parlor in them. It was a place for formal gathering. Everything truly important happened in the parlor. It was the custom for Americans to have their loved ones lie in state in their own parlor. One of the first targets the Progressives hit was the American parlor. They worked to replace it, and succeeded. Odds are you don’t have a parlor in your house today. But I would bet you have a living room. See that? The name “living room” rings a bit differently now that you know that, doesn’t it?
The Progressives waged their war against our homes and our family life. They chipped away at the standards of behavior within the walls of our very homes. Who dresses for dinner anymore? But in 1890, even a poor family would never have tolerated a child showing up to the dinner table with uncombed hair, wearing pajamas. These standards… these traditions… are not trivial. They are not just stuffy rules that some authoritarian dreamed up to be a jerk. They are civilizational and cultural instinct. They are the practices that form and sustain a culture and civilization. So as they have been torn down, so has the civilization and culture.
Once our homes were changed, it was only a matter of time before everything changed. But if you think this is a defeatist message, you are mistaken. No. It could not be less so. Because as we look at all the problems of America and we ask ourselves, “What can I do?” I want you to know that you can save it all. You can fix it. All of it. Because you and I are what is wrong with America. Our homes are what is wrong.
Now… you can’t fix the federal government. You can’t fix the crime rates. You can’t fix the school system or the justice system. You can’t fix any of that. That isn’t under your control.
But your home is under your control. You can fix your home. And if you fix your home, and I fix my home, then all of these other problems? They fix themselves.
The battle is right in front of you. The war for civilization is your family.
Do not ask what is wrong with America.
Ask what is wrong with your home.
We’re all broken. All of us. But, by God, we are gonna fix this. We’re going to fix our homes. And we will do everything in our power to help you fix yours.