In determining who we have become, I find it useful to consider who we were historically. For this discussion, I would like to consider only recent times (i.e. post 1940) as I believe anything prior is too far removed from our current culture to be widely understood. For example, to discuss the Great Depression and poverty would be a futile exercise since a huge majority have no idea what true poverty looks like. We in the United States have been so blessed for so long that we lose the understanding of the difference between need and want.
In the 40’s and 50’s…
- Family was important. Mothers stayed home with the children and fathers worked hard to support the family. Divorce rate was 2 per 1,000 marriages in 1940 and dinner time was family time.
- Church was important. In the 40’s, over 90% of Americans identified themselves as Christian and most reported to be a member of a church.
- Work was important. Almost anyone who wanted to work hard could find a job and you would be an outcast if you (men) decided not to work. Men took any job available because working was expected and provided a means to feed your family. It was a matter of pride to avoid a government handout.
Fast forward through the 60’s and 70’s as those born in the 40’s come of age and become the adults … the parents.
- Divorce rates rise
- Recreational drug use is mainstream
- Material possessions become important
- Social protest and rebellion against authority became common
- Sex outside of marriage was normalized and bragged about
The 80’s and 90’s were prosperous years for Americans. Those born in the 40’s were now in charge and fresh off their early adult years of drugs, sex, and rock & roll.
- The idea of being your child’s friend and not their parent evolved. Children were not disciplined and were given whatever they desired in order to win their friendship.
- Media (television, MTV, music, video games, and computers) exploded and began driving the wedge between parent and child.
- Parents’ growing appetite for material wealth pushed the dual income family model as the only acceptable way to live….you “deserve” it.
- Family, church, and work hold less value and seem to be a hinderance to true happiness.
- Ethics and truth become situational.
Now we have leaders who were born in the 60’s to the free love generation, where there is no definitive good and evil. No truth. And that my friends is the root of the issue, TRUTH. Ask anyone you know the following question…What is truth? What happened to our moral compass? Focus on the Family makes the following statement.
In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.1
Because of this, today’s believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life’s ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.
What do we do now?
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- The DOJ (Eric Holder, US Attorney General) continued his effort to stop Florida from purging voter rolls of dead people and non-citizens.
- A California church is being cited by the city for code violations for providing temporary shelter for a few homeless families in the community.
- New York City mayor, after banning large soft drinks, is now working to ban large popcorn containers at the movie theater and milkshakes.
- Sen Harry Reid decided that after a controversial decision in a boxing match (where his “friend” lost), the senate should get to work on legislation to more strictly regulate the sport…instead of a BUDGET!
This is just a small list of today’s news that raise the question, Who have we become?
It is not my desire or purpose to simply regurgitate something found on the web or heard on the radio. However, considering the news of today, a letter to the editor printed in a Michigan newspaper a year ago seemed worth repeating.
Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?
Let’s see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us it’s just politics; if we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black dislikes whites, it’s their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but its wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.
You can have pornography on TV or the internet but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to us an animal.
We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.
And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes, tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.
What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?
Ken Huber, Tawas City
I could say that we have become a society that has lost its moral compass; struggling to find its way home, but that seems too simple. Part 2 will attempt to answer the question … Who have we become?
Because of technological advances, global communication has created an environment where change happens rapidly. Today’s workplace may be obsolete tomorrow. Flexibility in education and responsiveness to this rapid change is important for the survival of our nation.
To keep pace with the changing world, we must quickly jettison the education model of students following a rigid curriculum where they go to a classroom to be taught by a local instructor who may not be a subject matter expert in the field. In a world of global communication, it is unconscionable that children in the United States are needlessly limited in educational opportunities because of geographic location or teacher availability.
To accomplish the needed flexibility we must look at alternative education funding models. A voucher program would indeed allow a student to work from any computer, sign-up and pay for an endless array of coursework, and be educated by subject matter experts from anywhere in the country. Colleges have done this successfully. It is time to move it to the secondary education level. West Virginia could be a leader in the nation and turn our costly brick and mortar classrooms into virtual classrooms teaching children all over the country.
In 2000, the West Virginia Legislature created the WV Virtual School. While seemingly a step in the right direction, the program is tremendously under utilized, under promoted, and exceptionally limited in scope. In West Virginia, there are approximately 80,000 high school students likely earning over 500,000 credits annually. According to the WV Virtual School website, there has been around 1,200 credits issued per year from the virtual school. This equates to 0.2% utilization.
Success??? My vote is NO!
Is America really the home of the brave?
On the eve of the anniversary of D-Day, liberal radio and TV host Bill Press calls the national anthem “stupid” and “an abomination”. He goes on to say that he is “embarrassed” every time he hears it because it says we are the home of the brave. Is this the accepted sentiment of the liberal progressives? Is this why President Obama spent D-Day attending fundraising events instead of recognizing the bravery of the military?
Mr. Press, I find your timing to be interesting. When most of America takes time to recognize the bravery of the men and women who served so bravely on June 6, 1944, you were taking time to question the level of bravery shown by the US military in every corner of the globe. Who are you, sir, to level such judgement on the great people of the US?
In reviewing your biography, I could find no mention of military service. Although you were born in 1940, there was no mention of your involvement in the Vietnam war or any other military conflict. As a combat veteran, I find your distaste for the national anthem and the characterization of the brave citizens of this country to be appalling.
God Bless America! May we never forget the sacrifice of those who fought for freedom.
Civility: Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
It seems there is a constant hum in the background from Democrat politicians, including President Obama, calling for civility to prevail. A few examples to illustrate this as a long standing mantra of the Democrat party.
- Feb 2010: President Obama calls for more civility in politics at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in DC.
- Jan 2011: After the Tucson shooting of Rep Giffords (D), President Obama called for civility and honesty in public discourse.
- Apr 2012: Democrat Rep Ellison called for civility and decency.
However, the list goes on and on and on with examples of Democrats, who call for civility, who say such ludicrous, untrue, and spiteful comments. While this list could take up pages, here a few examples to share.
- Vice President Biden stated that not passing the president’s second stimulus would result in more rapes and murders in America.
- Democrat Rep Ellison called Mitt Romney a “heartless douchebag”.
- Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of wanting to let women “die on the floor of health care providers”.
- Democrat Sen Schumer said that conservatives were the flea controlling the dog.
- Democrat Rep Slaughter said that the republicans elected in the last election were sent there “to kill women”.
- Democrat Rep Carson accused conservative colleagues in Congress of wanting to “lynch African-Americans”.
- Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid says “Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there’s nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings.”
One point that could be made is that politicians should stick with the truth. It’s one thing to bend the statistics to paint a different picture, quite another to just make it up and claim it truth. Who really believes that Republicans want to shut down government to kill women with cancer? It seems some do. I wouldn’t say that’s true for any Congressman.
The other point in this writing is that while I have provided examples from the Democrat party, Republicans are not innocent. However, Democrats run the news / media outlets and use it to call out for civility while their extreme actions, counter to civility, go unchallenged.
If you live in a glass house, don’t throw rocks.