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Old 06-18-2015, 08:16 PM
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I've said it many time before on this forum, the so called greatest generation has failed us. Those retired now have done a disservice to their kids and grandkids. I can only hope my generation steps up to the plate and end the robbing of the youth before the entire system collapses.

A MINORITY VIEW
BY WALTER E. WILLIAMS
RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
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Culture and Social Pathology
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*********** A civilized society's first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms -- mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings -- represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important thou-shalt-nots, such as thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not cheat. They also include all those courtesies that have traditionally been associated with ladylike and gentlemanly conduct.
*********** The failure to fully transmit these values and traditions to subsequent generations represents one of the failings of what journalist Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation." People in this so-called great generation, who lived during the trauma of the Great Depression and fought World War II, not only failed to transmit the moral values of their parents but also are responsible for government programs that will deliver economic chaos.
*********** Behavior accepted as the norm today would have been seen as despicable yesteryear. There are television debt relief commercials that promise to help debtors pay back only half of what they owe. Foul language is spoken by children in front of and sometimes to teachers and other adults. When I was a youngster, it was unthinkable to use foul language to any adult. It would have meant risking a smack across the face. But years ago, parents and teachers didn't have "experts" on child rearing to tell them that corporal punishment was wrong and ineffective and "timeouts" would be a superior form of discipline. One result of our tolerance for aberrant behavior was that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2011-12 academic year, 209,000 primary- and secondary-school teachers were physically assaulted and 353,000 were threatened with injury. As a result of this and other forms of school violence, many school districts employ hundreds of police officers.
*********** Nowadays baby showers are often held for unwed mothers. Yesteryear such an acceptance of illegitimacy would have been unthinkable. Today there is little or no social sanction or shame for illegitimate births. There are no “shotgun” weddings to make the man live up to his responsibilities. But not to worry. Taxpayers bear the financial burden of illegitimacy. Any economist worth his salt will tell you that if something is taxed, expect less of it. If something is subsidized, expect more of it. Taxpayers have been forced to subsidize slovenly behavior. The statistical evidence proves it. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children and 3 percent of white children were born to unwed mothers. Today 72 percent of black children and 30 percent of white children are born to unwed mothers.
*********** For nearly three-quarters of a century, the nation's liberals have waged war on traditional values, customs and morality. Our youths have been counseled that there are no moral absolutes. Instead, what's moral or immoral is a matter of personal opinion. During the 1960s, the education establishment began to challenge and undermine lessons children learned from their parents and Sunday school with fads such as "values clarification." So-called sex education classes are simply indoctrination that undermines family and church strictures against premarital sex. Lessons of abstinence were considered passe and replaced with lessons about condoms, birth control pills and abortions. Further undermining of parental authority came with legal and extralegal measures to assist teenage abortions with neither parental knowledge nor parental consent.
*********** You say, “OK, Williams, the Greatest Generation is responsible for our moral decline, but what about our economic decline?” Ask yourself: What are the massive government spending programs that threaten to bankrupt our nation in the future? The answer would have to be Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Over 50 percent of today’s federal budget is spent on these programs. Around the time when many in the so-called Greatest Generation were born (1920), there were no such programs, and federal spending was $53 billion. In 2014, federal spending was $3.5 trillion.
*********** If it were only the economic decline threatening our future, there might be hope. It’s the moral decline that spells our doom.
*********** Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:06 AM
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Spot on! A few highlights that have been mentioned on this board before, and IMO are all symptoms of the same disease:

A civilized society's first line of defense is...customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values.
Behavior accepted as the norm today would have been seen as despicable yesteryear.
Nowadays baby showers are often held for unwed mothers. Yesteryear such an acceptance of illegitimacy would have been unthinkable. Today there is little or no social sanction or shame for illegitimate births. There are no “shotgun” weddings to make the man live up to his responsibilities.
Today 72 percent of black children and 30 percent of white children are born to unwed mothers.
For nearly three-quarters of a century, the nation's liberals have waged war on traditional values, customs and morality.
During the 1960s, the education establishment began to challenge and undermine lessons children learned from their parents and Sunday school with fads such as "values clarification." So-called sex education classes are simply indoctrination that undermines family and church strictures against premarital sex.
Yeah, getting Christianity kicked out of the public school system was another great liberal idea. It's helped accomplish so much, right?
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:31 AM
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The race hustlers HATE Walter Williams who has more knowledge in his nose hair than any of them have in their brains. They also call him a "Tom" for showing up the Usurper's economic pipe dreams.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:34 AM
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The media has had an 8 year lockdown on info re: Jeanne Assam at the New Life Church in CO who saved a LOT of lives with her pistol.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:46 PM
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Easy way to silence libs is to state facts.
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:44 AM
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in what climate did SS and welfare come out of? Most today are not worried about kids or the next generation from anything I've seen written. Even this has little to do with the next generation, it's all about how it bothers people personally. This rant is a demand to stop people from insulting the writers conscience or he would've included the real fix. As he doesn't want the fix because the light of that fix would also shin on himself he just wants the part that bothers him personally, gone.

The more an individual demands freedom for themselves the greater government grows. People are not free to do saying "there is no law against it" because there has always been a higher law that does have a law against it; people are free to live by it or suffer government. We are suffering with enormous government so by association gross abusers of that higher law.

SS and welfare were born out of violations of the higher law and as a result government grew. Nothing new under the sun. The only fix is a revival back to the higher law, not constant partisan bickering which is in fact a violation of the higher law and food for government growth.
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