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US in Moral Decline

By Mike Kapic / December 6, 2019 / Comments Off on US in Moral Decline

In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president, said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” By Walter E. Williams, October 23, 2019 Attorney General William Barr last week told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience…

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Fear 9 Un-elected Lawyers in Black Robes

By Mike Kapic / November 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Fear 9 Un-elected Lawyers in Black Robes

Fear Scotus, not an Article V COS by Rodney Dodsworth | November 4, 2019 It’s easy to amend the Constitution. It’s been done dozens of times since WWII. Send the right case with the right litigants at the right time to an adequately Leftist-leaning Scotus and voila’, amend the Constitution. Pretty slick, eh? Through their silence,…

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Losing Our Republic

By Mike Kapic / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Losing Our Republic

Current Elitist Threats to Our Republic by Mark Hendrickson September 6, 2019  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”—Ronald Reagan “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”—H.L. Mencken “There are men [and now women] in all ages who mean to govern well,…

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Is America’s Religious Liberty Threatened?

By Mike Kapic / August 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Is America’s Religious Liberty Threatened?

[This is the first debate of a two part series] WSJ July 27, 2019 Yes, American Religious Liberty Is in Peril Today’s administrative state is on a collision course with traditional religious communities, and the key battleground is sexual morality. By David French | 1671 words As the 2020 presidential contest begins, it’s worth reflecting…

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“Let the Matter Stand”

By Mike Kapic / August 5, 2019 / Comments Off on “Let the Matter Stand”

Deep-Six Stare Decisis by Rodney Dodsworth July 8, 2019 Subtitle: We’ve Always Done it This Way. Long ago in another life, my first boss told me the quickest way to get fired was to defend an existing procedure with, “we’ve always done it this way.” By that standard, dozens of Scotus judges over the past hundred…

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US in Moral Decline

In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president, said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

By Walter E. Williams, October 23, 2019

Attorney General William Barr last week told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness, and drug addiction.

Barr said that our moral decline is not random but “organized destruction.” Namely: “Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

The attorney general is absolutely correct.

Whether we have the stomach to own up to it or not, we have become an immoral people left with little more than the pretense of morality. The left’s attack on religion is just the tiny tip of the iceberg in our nation’s moral decline.

You say: “That’s a pretty heavy charge, Williams. You’d better be prepared to back it up with evidence!”

I’ll try with a few questions for you to answer.

Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another? And, if that person does not peaceably submit to such use, do you believe that there should be the initiation of force against him?

Neither question is complex and can be answered by either a yes or no. For me, the answer is no to both questions. I bet that nearly every college professor, politician, or even minister could not give a simple yes or no response.

A no answer, translated to public policy, would slash the federal budget by no less than two-thirds to three-quarters. After all, most federal spending consists of taking the earnings of one American to give to another American in the form of farm subsidies, business bailouts, aid to higher education, welfare, and food stamps.

Keep in mind that Congress has no resources of its own. Plus there’s no Santa Claus or tooth fairy that gives Congress resources. Thus, the only way that Congress can give one American a dollar is first, through intimidation and coercion, to confiscate that dollar from some other American.

Such actions by the U.S. Congress should offend any sense of moral decency.

If you’re a Christian or a Jew, you should be against the notion of one American living at the expense of some other American. When God gave Moses the Eighth Commandment—”Thou shalt not steal”—I am sure that he did not mean thou shalt not steal unless there is a majority vote in the Congress.

By the way, I do not take this position because I don’t believe in helping our fellow man. I believe that helping those in need by reaching into one’s own pocket to do so is praiseworthy and laudable. But helping one’s fellow man in need by reaching into somebody else’s pockets to do so is worthy of condemnation.

We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior. Religious teachings, one way of inculcating morality, have been under siege in our country for well over a half a century.

In the name of not being judgmental and the vision that one lifestyle or set of values is just as good as another, traditional moral absolutes have been abandoned as guiding principles. We no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuses.

The moral problems Barr mentioned in his speech—plus murder, mayhem, and other forms of anti-social behavior—will continue until we regain our moral footing.

In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president, said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

I am all too afraid that a historian, writing a few hundred years from now, will note that the liberty America enjoyed was simply a historical curiosity. Then it all returned to mankind’s normal state of affairs—arbitrary abuse and control by the powerful elite.

Walter E. Williams is a columnist for The Daily Signal and a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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