Star Parker

If you think about it, Andrew Breitbart’s untimely passing from this life, at the age of 43, might be seen as the ultimate message that this man of media could deliver.

Bretibart famously used his media talent, particularly his facility with new media and new journalism, to fight the agenda of the left.

And what could strike more effectively at the heart of the premises of the left than the inscrutable death of a young and prodigiously talented and successful man, still scaling the heights of achievement, husband and father to four young children.

The fact is that the inconceivable and the unanticipated is the rule of our lives rather than the exception. Nothing more clearly defines the line which separates the political left from the political right than appreciation of this fact.

The left, after all, is about the pretense of planning, power, and control. It’s about the belief that man – political man – can define and control the world and can appoint himself the final authority to determine what is fair and mete out justice.

The first words on this subject were spoken by the serpent to Eve about the prohibition on eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

“You will not surely die,” the serpent told Eve, “for God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

In his new book Coming Apart, social scientist Charles Murray provides a troubling snapshot of America, showing the correspondence of the collapse of traditional values to our growing problems in economics and achievement.

Murray quotes a nineteenth century European immigrant to America, Francis Grund, who anticipated exactly what is happening today:

“Change the domestic habits of Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter of the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government.”

With today’s obsession about the growing gap between those who earn the most and earn the least, Murray looks at what is happening in white America, eliminating the variable of race. He shows that the elites – those earning in the top 20% - by and large still have families intact and have the lowest incidence of out-of-wedlock births and single parent homes.

In contrast, communities earning in the bottom 30% have had high erosion since the 1960’s in behavior reflecting traditional values, with marriage and family collapsing and high and growing incidence of out-of-wedlock births.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.