With broken families, there come broken laws. I spoke about this in the last episode of my new TV show “Cure America with Star Parker.”
As young men, in particular, enter adolescence, a father can make sure his children learn the rules of life about taking responsibility for themselves and their future families. It often seems that increasing out-of-wedlock births mean that young men and women have not been taught these rules. But there is hope.
CURE’s own COO, William Allen, Ph.D. — a professor of politics — discovered an important document written by George Washington when our Founding Father was only 11-years-old and about to enter adolescence without his father, who had just died.
That document, which I want to send to you, includes a list of 110 maxims transcribed by Washington, laying out the important rules of civility, rules he carried into adulthood with a single mother who did not remarry.
Here is one of the maxims which we all could use in this age of smartphones:
“Read no letter, books, or papers in company, but when there is a necessity for the doing of it, you must ask leave; come not near the books or writings of another so as to read them unless desired, or give your opinion of them unasked; also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.”
Or this short, profound and provocative maxim in today’s politically correct environment:
“Let your recreations be manful, not sinful.”
I want to send you two of George Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation“, which includes the “Introduction” and “Afterword” by the scholar who discovered and edited the manuscript, CURE’s Dr. William Allen, for only five dollars. The pamphlet also contains Washington’s letters to his nephew, George Steptoe Washington, and his step granddaughter, Nelly Custis, giving insight into Washington’s important moral teaching.
Contributions above this amount support the work of CURE, the non-profit I founded 25 years ago to encourage our nation to embrace the idea that rules of civility still matter.