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Is America still Good?

Written on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by

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I find it ironic that liberals choose to call themselves “progressives” when their worldviews and political policies are anything but. In fact, the evidence we see every day suggests that liberals are pushing, pulling, and prodding America downhill toward moral decay and social depravity. More and more the things that characterize American society are abortion, divorce, crime, homosexuality, drugs, irresponsibility, pornography, and entitlement. What is even worse is society’s growing acceptance of these things as normal. If this is progress, we are in trouble.

America’s “crisis of character” was the subject of a recent column by Peggy Noonan in which she wrote: “I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.” In fact, if Alexis de Tocqueville was correct when he claimed that America is great because it is good, the greatness of our country may be in jeopardy. The evidence we see around us every day leads me to ask a hard but obvious question: Is America still good?

For years now, liberals have advanced a political and social agenda that devalues human life, scoffs at traditional values, and undermines the American character. Abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, pornography on prime time television, and a tendency to excuse pubic behavior that is inexcusable have become hallmarks of the left. Unfortunately, rather than being exceptions to the rule, these things are beginning to typify America’s character. In her column, Peggy Noonan listed numerous examples of society’s “progressing” in the wrong direction. Some of those examples are summarized in the remainder of this article.

In Baltimore a tourist is beaten in the street. Rather than come to his aid, young people surround him and laugh. As he is robbed, stripped, and stomped on, young people—rather help the poor man—record the beating on their smartphones for distribution on YouTube. In the YouTube video, viewers can clearly hear the young people laughing at the spectacle. “Flash mobs” in which groups of teenagers swarm into stores, steal everything they can carry, and quickly leave happen frequently enough that Americans hardly raise an eyebrow at their occurrence.

The General Service Administration (GSA)—an agency devoted to ensuring government efficiency—spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a so-called conference that turns out to be nothing but four days of partying and debauchery. Do the GSA personnel attempt to hide their wasteful behavior? No, in fact, they do just the opposite. Prominent GSA personnel—those who are responsible for preventing this type of unconscionable waste—boast about it on camera. Peggy Noonan correctly described the GSA personnel as “Immature, selfish, and vain…” What is so disturbing is that the GSA personnel thought being immature, selfish, and vain was being “cool. Then, of course, there is the Secret Service scandal.

Noonan listed numerous other examples that suggest a degradation of traditional values in American society, but there is not space in this column to review all of them. Instead, I will call on Noonan to summarize: “The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective. Something seems to be going terribly wrong.” Terribly wrong indeed.

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