August 26, 2011
“Stronger families. Stronger Communities. A Stronger Society”
A Courageous Leader Speaks Out!
Finally, a political leader has been willing to state the obvious. May the committed parents of this generation rise up against the darkness of our generation and set a standard for their children that will give their children legs to stand on in a society that has swallowed the narcissism of this age that shouts the mantra, “it’s all about me.” —Mark
That quote from a UFI supporter, referring to the speech given by the Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, encapsulates the emotions of many: It is about time that a political leader had the courage to speak up and truly “state the obvious” regarding fatherlessness, the breakdown of the family and society, and the vacuum that has been created by moral relativism. If you haven’t already read the remarks of Prime Minister David Cameron, you need to! You can find it here.
We also refer you to a UFI blog post written last week on the topic.
Here are just a few excerpts from Cameron’s speech:
On moral relativism:
[Referring to the riots and plundering not being about race or poverty]
“No, this was about behaviour…people showing indifference to right and wrong…people with a twisted moral code…people with a complete absence of self-restraint. Well actually, what last week has shown is that this moral neutrality, this relativism – it’s not going to cut it any more.”
Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations? Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences. Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort. Crime without punishment. Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control. Some of the worst aspects of human nature tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally de-moralised.
So I can announce today that over the next few weeks, I and ministers from across the coalition government will review every aspect of our work to mend our broken society…on schools, welfare, families, parenting, addiction, communities…on the cultural, legal, bureaucratic problems in our society too: …from the twisting and misrepresenting of human rights that has undermined personal responsibility…to the obsession with health and safety that has eroded people’s willingness to act according to common sense.
On family breakdown and fatherlessness:
Families matter. I don’t doubt that many of the rioters out last week have no father at home. Perhaps they come from one of the neighbourhoods where it’s standard for children to have a mum and not a dad…where it’s normal for young men to grow up without a male role model, looking to the streets for their father figures, filled up with rage and anger…
So if we want to have any hope of mending our broken society, family and parenting is where we’ve got to start.
It’s an absolutely amazing speech! Prime Minister Cameron also went on to state that he wants “a family test applied to all domestic policy.” You might remember that American President Ronald Reagan also implemented a similar policy during his time in the Oval Office. Such a simple concept: everything that the government does needs to be looked at through the lens of how such policy will impact the family.
What can I do to help?
The Prime Minister did an exceptional job of identifying and addressing the root cause of societal problems – not only in Britain – but around the world. It took immense courage on his part and the Prime Minister has taken not a small amount of flak for his statements. Go here and here to read about the reaction. We at United Families International feel strongly that when people are willing to step forward and speak the truth – even though it may be politically and culturally unpopular – other like-minded people should rally in support.
That’s why we’ve written a letter of thanks, encouragement and support to Prime Minister David Cameron and we’re hoping that you’ll want to express your thanks, too.
Let’s let Mr. Cameron know that we consider him a wonderful example of a committed leader, that there are people around the world who agree with him and that we want him to continue pushing for the changes that he has outlined. The Prime Minister said it all with this line: “Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger society.” We agree! So let’s let him know.
President, United Families International