Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Rant By Russ Lewis

:::Originally posted December 9, 2005(!!!!) on Yahoo 360!:::
The Decline Of American Civilization
The recent brawls at both a Pacers-Pistons NBA game and a Clemson-USC NCAA football game, both captured in all their hideousness by numerous cameras from every angle, highlight in my mind the primary symptom of what ails our society. We neither accept nor bear any responsibility for our irresponsibility. Whether it occurs via words or deeds, there is always someone or something else to blame for our mistakes.
Society itself is the usual scapegoat, and for good reason. Since the beginning of time, societies have continuously flailed with defining what is and what is not acceptable within that society. Those societies that recognize the will of the people, governance by the rule of law, and faith in God have survived the longest.
Whether one believes in God or not, it cannot be intellectually argued that the Ten Commandments don’t just make good sense. Even for the atheists and agnostics amongst us, 5 through 10 are pretty darn good advice.

1. You shall have no other gods besides Me
2. You shall not bear false witness (to an idol)
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
5. Honor your father and your mother
6. You shall not murder
7. You shall not commit adultery
8. You shall not steal
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
10. You shall not covet

To remove these guides to a good life from society merely because they come from the Bible is simply ludicrous. And ludicrous describes the state of our society in very large part. The same principles that this great nation was founded upon are being removed one at a time by activist judges legislating from the bench, overriding the will of the people! By groups like the ACLU, by individuals like Reverend Jesse Jackson and politicians like Ted Kennedy, Sam Jankowicz and John Kerry.

Societal Downfall Step One - There is an old quote that says “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” The Lewis Corollary to that asks “why should the man learn to fish if you’ll give him one?” I am referring of course, to the Welfare program. After all, if you’re going to give a single mom more money for each baby that she can’t afford, why not have more babies? The government will end up caring for them anyway, and on the taxpayer’s back. If you’re going to give someone an apartment and pay for it, where is the desire for ownership? If you’re giving a healthy man a check every month for not working, then where’s the incentive to work? We have created a subclass of people who simply do not possess the skills to survive on their own, and have no incentive to gain them. And it gets worse with each generation.

Societal Downfall Step Two – The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision basically sanctioned murder. There is no softer, easier or gentler way to define abortion. The common euphemism “right to choose” is flawed in this respect: Once a female has conceived, it is no longer just her body. She is host to a living, growing human being. I feel like running ads in all television and print media that says “If you can read this, you were once a fetus!” Somehow, though, I don’t think that those who sanction the practice of abortion would get it. The Supreme Court in that decision did nothing but cheapen the value of life and promote the spread of promiscuity and disease.

Societal Downfall Step Three – Gay Marriage. Since we have already cheapened the value of life, why not trash the traditional definition of marriage? The next logical step is to consider the legalization of quote-unquote civil unions between family members, multiple partners and animals?
It is wrong for two basic reasons: (1) Biologically, it is impossible for two males or two females to conceive, and therefore propagate the species, and (2) if sodomy is a crime, and the only way for same-sex couples to have sex is to sodomize one another, then where is the judicial outcry at the crimes that, logically, must be being committed amongst these “loving” couples day in and day out?
In the animal kingdom, life is based on a set of instinctual rules that favors the survival of the fittest. Only a being with the capability to reason, however illogically, could even remotely consider homosexuality to be “natural”. Homosexuality is a bad choice, not a genetic predisposition.

Societal Downfall Step Four – The Next Generation. We have become a nation obsessed with our own success, and as such have forgotten that which made us successful. We demand, and in most cases work diligently for, a higher lifestyle. At what risk? We have turned over the duty and responsibility of raising and teaching our children to total strangers. In the rarer and rarer two-parent households, both parents are usually working in order to maintain a big mortgage, several cars and all extraneous frills like cellular phones, cable television, health-club memberships, etc.
Younger kids go to daycare centers, and older kids are left to their own devices after school. They play video games, watch whatever cable channel they want, surf the Internet or hang out with whomever else is in the same situation. Our kids are being raised by the Nintendo babysitter and learning their societal skills from whomever will show an interest in them. They are growing up UNSUPERVISED.
In the typical single-parent home, it is much worse…it is so much easier to toss the kid a five-spot and tell them to grab a bite at Mickey D’s because you have to work late than it is to pre-cook a dinner and have it ready for them when they get home. Peer pressure tells our kids what is right and what is wrong, because the parents simply aren’t there to do it.

Societal Downfall Step Five – Political Correctness. Rather than keep standards high and promote hard work for success, society “lowers the bar” so that no one fails. Kids can’t play dodgeball anymore or have spelling bees. More qualified college applicants are rejected for lesser candidates because “diversity” and “inclusion” dictates that there should be so many students of “this” gender or “that” ethnic background. Intellectual curiosity in the few must be stifled to accommodate the lack of it in the many, while religious and societal beliefs of the many must be stifled or eliminated to accommodate the few.
The great lesson that is lost here is that initial failure and subsequent success, NOT success alone, is the true builder of character in humans.