In last night's debate, in answer to a question about preventing deaths from gun violence, Mitt claimed that encouraging marriage would answer this problem, because apparently children who do not live with married heterosexual parents are the source of this violence. Also, they are not fully in "the American system." As Mitt put it:
"...if there’s a two-parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically. The opportunities that the child will — will be able to achieve increase dramatically. So we can make changes in the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence and give them opportunity and bring them in the American system."
A brief response:
Co-signed, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, each of whom spent at least a portion of his minority as the child of a single parent.
Presumably, they count as people who were in "the American system," since each also became a freaking president.