1. Do away with no-fault divorces.
But if we are going to strengthen marriage as an institution, it has to be entered into with that mindset. Like, you get and stay married because you value marriage. You get married because you have a vocation to be a spouse and parent -- those roles are important for you to fulfill. This gives something to hold onto if the luv falls away. I think people are not properly prepared for marriage. It's hard to succeed at something when you have no idea what you're doing...
2. Strengthen labor unions [the need for multiple incomes adds stress to marriages].
3. Mandating a year of national or military service [re-teaching the ethic of duty].
4. Use public funds to bring jobs back to old industrial towns [cut back on transient communities]
5. Support same-sex marriage. [Marriage is a social stabilizer]
6. Increase the minimum wage. [money issues are the number one cause of divorce]
7. Teach character and civic values in school [hopefully encouraging participation in basic institutions, whether religious, civic, or community-oriented]
Definitely. This is sorely lacking. I don't even care what it is, just give kids something to go by until they can figure out where they want to deviate from it.
8. Stiffer prison sentences for violent offenders [crime kills neighborhoods]
I don't know what to do about the crime/jail situation.
9. Strict banking and wall street regulations [greed hurts families and communities]
10. Public support of faith-based organizations [they feed the hungry and house the poor effectively]
I'd rather see secular organizations formed to feed the hungry and house the poor.
11. Medicare for all. [medical catastrophes lead to bankruptcy; bankruptcy hurts families.]
12. Stricter gun control laws [see #8]
I have mixed feelings about guns.