Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a Republican, stated in a Father’s Day interview that the present “epidemic of fatherlessness” in society need strong male role models to promote masculine values.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Hawley said that despite what some detractors of conventional gender roles are currently saying about parenting, fathers have a duty to support and defend their families.
At least at the stage that I’m in right now, Hawley said, “as I continue to grow as a dad, I think providing for your family, protecting them, and then really nurturing them, looking to their growth, are the key things that I think as a dad, are so important.”
Men are constantly informed that being a guy is toxic, that being a man makes the world a worse place, and that fathers are either insignificant or maybe responsible for the tremendous injustice in the world, according to Hawley. “That information is all bogus. Dads are critically needed.
Fatherhood, according to Hawley, who has two kids and a daughter, is “the best thing you can do with your life.”
You know, there’s a lot of value in being a father, he remarked. “I mean, I’ll just say it straight out: living a life that matters is the best thing you can do with it. Don’t simply live for yourself; get married, start a family, be a husband, a father, and participate in other people’s lives. That will lead to real fulfilment and real significance.
The Republican member claimed that the generational issue of young men without good male role models can result in them lacking a sense of direction and life objectives that support a healthy family life.
Hawley attributes fatherlessness and the media to the recent drop in Americans getting married, having children, leaving their parents’ homes, and being financially independent.
In addition, Hawley berated “the Left and their messaging in the media” for frequently demeaning men. According to him, they frequently portray fathers who are “either absent, abusive, or idiots.”
While acknowledging that some men’s abusive or absenteeism behaviours are “bad,” the U.S. senator added that men need to be made aware of the value of their contributions to their family.
The senator claimed that many young men never receive any mentoring, and that these people “are the guys who are still living in their parents’ basement or on their screens at age 30 and are unable to hold down a regular job… ” Just plainly lack a sense of purpose.
According to Hawley, some young men will accept the signals they hear about male toxicity and find other males who will support disruptive, combative, or violent behaviour.
“What we need to find are role models who show what good, strong, healthy manhood looks like — that is self-sacrificial, that is willing to give up your own interests and ambitions for other people and is willing to use the strength and influence you have to benefit others,” the speaker continued.
Hawley noted that in order to reconcile his duties as a senator with taking care of his family, he begins this counsel for young men at home.
“Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs,” the senator’s book, was released last month.