Do you think that “many Americans don’t succeed because the family that should be there to guide them, and serve as the first rung on the ladder of success, isn’t there or is badly broken” and that we need to dedicate ourselves to “restoring the home where married moms and dads are pillars of strong communities raising good citizens”?
That’s what Rick Santorum told the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012.
I like to evaluate claims with data. Santorum has been bashing single parents for many years. In Singled Out, in the chapter titled, “Myth # 7. Attention Single Parents: Your Kids Are Doomed,” I looked at one particular statement of Santorum’s: “Every statistic that I’m aware of – and I’d be anxious to hear if there’s one on the other side – says that marriage is better for children – every one – and usually by a very large margin.”
My chapter in Singled Out picks up there. (The endnotes and references are in the book.)