Ken Blackwell

The Obama administration has offered in two high level addresses the crystallization of all that is wrong in its course. Yesterday, President Barack Obama went to Osawatomie , Kansas. He chose that location because of his own Kansas roots and because former President Theodore Roosevelt gave a famous speech there in 1910.

Mr. Obama should do more of this.Theodore Roosevelt is rightly a beloved figure for millions of Americans. His 1910 Osawatomie speech, however, was the beginning of a disastrous course for him and for America. TR’s sharp left turn in Kansas led him directly to his 1912 “Bull Moose” Third Party challenge of incumbent Republican President Taft and the Democratic nominee, Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey.

TR never made the mistake of thinking that inequality of income—per se—was the core evil to be addressed by government. Roosevelt, unlike Mr. Obama, did not attend Marxist Scholars Conferences to drink deeply from that poisoned well of resentment. But TR did call for national health care in his ill-fated 1912 campaign. American voters—who had loved TR and given him an unprecedented landslide in 1904—firmly rejected his message in 1912.

Theodore Roosevelt alarmed his former friend and colleague, William Howard Taft, with his call for popular referendums to correct judicial rulings. Does this mean Mr. Obama will now line up with groups like Family Research Council to back popular referendums on marriage? Will he get behind statewide marriage measures in Minnesota and North Carolina? Will he demand that voters in Massachusetts and New York have a chance to vote on preserving marriage? Not at all.

President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to highlight Census divorce statistics He powerfully defended traditional marriage and childbearing. He was legitimately concerned about declining birth rates.

Mr. Obama and his administration keep Planned Barrenhood in business—shoveling billions to their lethal efforts. Because of them, six in ten pregnancies in Harlem end in abortion. There is no hope in that dread change.

Even if we accept Mr. Obama’s premise—that middle class Americans need what TR called a Square Deal—the breakdown in marriage is the leading cause of income inequality. Married couples live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives. Their children are better cared for, do better in school, and have higher income prospects.

The Obama administration is a Marriage Ender and cannot seriously address poverty in America. This is especially important in the black community. Black children whose parents are married thrive in comparison to their less favored fellow students.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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