Ron DeSantis doubling down on his fatherhood initiative gives further life to Florida’s fight for fathers.

Speaking to a pro-life group on Saturday, the governor recommitted to the pro-dad program aimed at ending the fatherless epidemic.

Dubbed House Bill 7065, 2022, the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative was unanimously signed into law last May.

One year on and DeSantis is adamant that help for dads is hope for their kids.


If dad cannot be there, then kids should at least have a strong male role model “they can rely on”, he said.


In Orlando, DeSantis, a father of three, told the 700+ people attending the Florida Family Council gala,

“I see at a lot of [society’s] issues through the lens of being a governor. I also look at these issues through the lens of a dad. I have a 6, 5, and a 3-year-old. My wife and I really believe in the importance of family.”

“Some people even criticize me because my wife and I have a good relationship – that we actually get along, and we actually confide in each other.”

“Imagine that!” he quipped.


The quip was appropriate.

Pandering instead to their nuclear-family-hating, far-left demographic, legacy media’s focus was on what DeSantis, did, and didn’t say about abortion.

Both Politico, and The Washington Post (WaPo) appeared hostile, leaving out his keynote comments about the importance of dads.

The Governor’s pro-faith, fathers, family, and freedom speech was consistent with his statements in March, when he spoke with Allie Beth Stuckey, saying,

“The stable two-parent household is the minority.”

“If we can just change that and have fathers be more involved, and get some to take responsibility – get fathers back in a really big way – you’re going to see a lot of other problems disappear.”

DeSantis also gave context to how Florida’s Responsible Fatherhood Initiative plays a vital role in the strategy of winning dads back to their vocation.

“When I became Governor, we provided some money to a group called All Pro dads, which is run by former NFL coach Tony Dungy,” DeSantis recounted.

“Dungy tells the story that when he became the head coach at Tampa, he went to a prison and ministered to the prisoners.”

“After doing that [Tony] noticed the reason they were in prison, wasn’t because they were poor, [black], or any of that.”

“The reason they were in prison was because none of them had a dad in the house. They didn’t have a father figure to keep them in line.”

DeSantis then described the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative as encouraging fathers by “fostering opportunities.”

Last year’s legislation was about “putting money behind getting father’s back into the lives of their kids.”

“Promoting fatherhood in the community can make a huge difference in the future of so many communities.”

In order to achieve this, the state is working with “faith-based community groups, churches and synagogues.”

Statistics shared by The Fatherless Generation reported:

“63% of youth suicides, 90% of youth homelessness, 85% of behavioural disorders, 80% of rapists with anger problems, and 71% of high school dropouts”, all come from homes without dads.

I think it’s fair to say, Florida’s war on fatherlessness shows that fighting for fathers is the only way to liberate the fatherless.

DeSantis funding fatherhood puts the paternal back out on patrol. (See here, here, here, and here.)

The primary battlefront’s are society’s addiction to parental alienation, pornography, dad-hating divorce courts, no-fault-no-responsibility laws, misandry, and toxic views about masculinity.

Help for dads, is hope for their kids because fathering is not a spectator sport.


Photo via Twitter.

About the Author: Rod Lampard

Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.

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