Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates--A Sign of the Times

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates, said Monday they have decided to end their marriage.

How many families do you know, who are not famous like the Gates or Jeff Bezos, have collapsed recently?

The American family is in a state of crisis. Few disagree.

Studies show that marriage rates are cratering, birth rates are in a tailspin, while experts say this course is unsustainable. 

Now President Biden has released his "American Families Plan"---his $1.8 trillion answer to the family crisis in America---a plan for the government to replace the "family."

Be informed, not misled.

Monday Bill and Melinda Gates announced they intend to end their marriage of 27 years.

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship", they said, "we have made the decision to end our marriage. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

Clearly, money doesn't solve all problems. Bill Gates is one of the richest individuals in the world, with a net worth estimated at $130.5 billion according to Forbes.

Apparently, President Biden thinks money and big government does, in fact, solve the "family" problem.

The American family is in crisis by all accounts and America is becoming more and more dysfunctional because of the collapse of this most basic building block of human society.

Last week President Biden rolled out his $1.8 trillion--big government solution. I'll come back to that in a moment.

Marriage rates are cratering.

The newest data shows wedding bells are growing ever-fainter across the US. This decline in marriage can be seen in the data long before the coronavirus pandemic--which is expected to further lower the numbers of marriages.

Marriage has a direct impact on the culture---both economic and social.

And certainly spiritual.

Marriage is a model created by God, not the government, and should be primarily recognized by the church, not primarily by Washington DC, or state government. 

However, over time, the government has incrementally made "marriage" a civil institution, not a spiritual institution. Marriage was originally intended to be a spiritual union, not merely a civil one.

Genesis is very clear that God created man and woman to be different, yet both in His image and likeness. The two, in God's mind, were to become "one" in marriage.

Every major religion and successful culture in world history has recognized that marriage model for more than 5,000 years, until now.

In this generation, America has chosen to "redefine" marriage to make it something it never was, nor intended to be. And that so-called "redefinition," while pleasing the homosexual advocacy groups, was the threshold to devaluing the institution in the minds of many. Making marriage no longer the cornerstone of a sustainable society, but a diminishing option among many different social living arrangements without consequences. Until now.

Birthrates are in a tailspin.

CNBC, NBC's business channel, is worrying out loud about the consequences of a looming underpopulation issue in America. 

They note that birthrates are in a tailspin, and that "Every 1% increase in the unemployment rate reduces births by 1% and our current birthrate is the lowest in 35 years."

The result, they say, will mean "fewer American-born workers and consumers, which could slow down long-term economic growth."

There's much more in the CNBC article if you care to read it, but their bottom line is: "At the end of the day, people matter. So the more people there are, the more economic activity there is."

My point is that there are economic consequences when we move away from God's model of marriage and family.

Joe Biden's plan for the government to replace the family.

Terry Schilling wrote an excellent article outlining exactly how Biden's "American Families Plan" achieves that end.

Biden's plan is a laundry list of far-Left, so-called "progressive" dreams to help "remake" America. I've written about that before. The thrust of his great giveaway is directed to education. Of course. It is said by the education complex in America, if we have enough money, everything will be just fine.

That isn't true in marriage and it isn't true in education.

Perhaps the most concerning proposal in Biden's Family Plan is the call for $200 billion dollars for two years of free universal preschool.

That means government control over your child, in the name of "helping" the parent. Free babysitting.

While Uncle Sam further indoctrinates your child at his or her most impressionable years.

Schilling says Americans are worried about the price of Biden's plan, but aside from that it "should make conservatives extremely worried. Rather than help the family, the Biden administration has something more disturbing in mind: a big government takeover of the family."

If  Biden's people really wanted to help families, why wouldn't they just give the money to parents to help with their education needs as "they" see fit? Not as the government sees fit. 

Why are the Democrats pursuing this big government expansion of preschool and childcare if it's not what the working-class families want or need?

Schilling says:

"The answer is obvious. Because they want to divide the family and conquer, indoctrinating our kids at an early age with wokeism, critical race theory, and gender ideology. It's quite literally the only thing they care about."

I agree.

But Biden takes another step in co-opting the family.

His people are arguing that "everybody knows that 13 years of education is not enough today." So in addition to bringing your kids into school two years earlier, they want to keep them two years later, promising $109 billion for two years of free community college.

Noticeably there is no mention of trade school or vocational education in Biden's proposal.

How do these billions of dollars improve the education system? It doesn't. It merely puts your kids under the control of a failed system for more years than they already are.  Instead of throwing money at a broken system, Schilling suggests we should be returning this money to the parents to give them maximum choice for their children's education.


But the Left wants none of that.

I quoted Vladimir Lenin, a former leader of the Soviet Union and follower of Karl Marx, yesterday on the radio. Let me quote him again: 

"Give me a child for the first 5 years of his life and he will be mine forever."


Schilling says: 

"The bottom line is that Biden's 'American Families Plan' will incentivize further delays in family formation and lead to parents spending less time with their children. Parents don't need more child care...they need better paying jobs and lower taxes so that they can provide for their families with one parent working 40 hours a week instead of both parents combined working 80 hours a week."

Real support for families, he says "means policies that will lead to parents spending more time raising their children, getting married earlier, and having more children. Biden's plan would encourage the exact opposite."

It's all about priorities.

Karl Marx said, 

"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions."

Apparently, President Biden agrees.

God's plan for the family works. Man's revised plans don't work. And will never work for the betterment of the family or society. Because the human experience was designed by God the Creator, not by chance or random selection, or intellectual elites or whatever.

God's plan is not complicated. Fathers have their role. Mothers have their role. Both roles are complimentary. Marriage is between one man and one woman and is to be "honored."

Children's education is the responsibility of the parents, not the state. And education begins with learning God's principles and Truth.

American Founding Father and founder of modern "public education," Noah Webster, never dreamed his creation would come to this. Webster said, "Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America's basic textbook in all fields."

And he said, 

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all government ought to be instructed...No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."

Put Webster's ideas against the secular philosophy of critical race theory, gender insanity, abortion as birth control, and the redefinition of marriage and family that dominates your child's public "education" and ask yourself, "What could possibly go wrong?"

Parents, please prayerfully consider pulling your children out of public education.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.