Hillary Clinton believes gangs are an adequate substitute for the family. She makes the remark in the video below posted by Dinesh D’Souza on July 15.
“Joining a gang is like having a family,” Clinton said during a discussion on gun violence in Connecticut. “It’s feeling like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to their members and to the community, or we’re going to have positive gangs, we’re going to have positive alternatives for young people.”
Sociologists have conclusively demonstrated the formation of gangs correlates to the breakdown of the family under state-run social welfare and is the largest contributor to crime.
“The relationship [between single-parent families and crime] is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime,” notes Barbara Dafoe. “This conclusion shows up time and again in the literature. The nation’s mayors, as well as police officers, social workers, probation officers, and court officials, consistently point to family break up as the most important source of rising rates of crime.”
Clinton ignores the fact the family is the foundation of civilization and the welfare system destroys that foundation.
In Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980, Charles Murray reveals how welfare under Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” destroyed families and resulted in violence and social nihilism. Since 1964, the federal government has spent approximately $16 trillion on welfare, a figure that translates to 15% of the GNP.
“Broken families are causally related to all sorts of indices of social failure: criminal behavior, gang membership, lower education, less general achievement, unemployment, jail sentences, out-of-wedlock births, etc.,” writes Walter E. Block.
“[Gang activity] is dysfunctional culture. For her to sit up there and embrace this as if it’s something that’s socially acceptable in the black community,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said after Clinton praised gangs as a viable alternative to the traditional family.
“She should have brought that up and said ‘we gotta change these policies so we can help the black community reconstruct their family experience so kids can make better lifestyle choices.”
Clinton was not attempting to provide a solution to a serious social problem, however. She was courting Democrat voters ahead of the November election.
A survey by the Maxwell Poll on the political affiliation of Americans receiving government aid shows that 81% of those in public housing, 74% on Medicaid, 67% on food stamps, and 63% receiving welfare or public assistance vote for Democrats.