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5 Signs Of American Decadence
Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2011 | John Hawkins

Posted on 07/12/2011 7:43:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

"In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it." -- Cal Thomas

You've undoubtedly heard the old wives’ tale about frogs and boiling water. If you toss a frog into boiling water, he'll immediately jump out -- but supposedly, if you increase the temperature just a bit at a time, the frog will sit comfortably in the water until he's cooked alive. Is that true? No. However, if you apply that story to the way that human beings behave, there's a lot of truth to it. The world is extraordinarily complex and human beings are remarkably adaptable; so it's entirely possible that if changes are incremental enough, people will adjust to "the way the world is" without truly examining the size of the shift that's changed their world.

In the last few decades, our country has spiraled downward into decadence in ways that are genuinely threatening the continuance of the American Dream.

1) Our legal system is broken: There's nothing just about our legal system anymore. Liberals have pushed the idea of a "living constitution," which means nothing more than implementing left-wing policies and calling it constitutional law. Every constitutional case is now decided by the number of judges who still believe in the Constitution that happen to be on the bench for the trial. Laws are no longer applied equally either. If the people running the government don't like certain laws, say against illegal immigration, they simply refuse to enforce it.

Getting beyond that, because lawyers have become a corrupt parasitic class in America, innocent people can be crushed by the cost of defending themselves in court, even if they've done nothing wrong. "Right or wrong" is now often determined by who can afford to pay lawyers or whether it's cheaper to settle than fight it out in court, as opposed to who's innocent and who's guilty. There's also a "lawsuit lottery mentality" that has led to lawsuits based not on merit, but on the chance of being paid off because it's cheaper than a settlement or the hope of getting a large, undeserved financial reward from a jury that doesn't like the rich or a corporation.

2) Unsustainable levels of spending: We have a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit, a 14 trillion dollar debt, and 100 trillion dollars in unfunded Social Security/Medicare obligations and it's entirely possible that we could lose our AAA credit rating in the next few years. Not only has this issue been discussed so often that people's eyes glaze over when you bring it up yet again, but there are nations in Western Europe, with similar financial problems, that are staving off defaulting on the money they owe only because other nations are propping them up in a way that would be unfeasible for a nation the size of the United States.

The reaction to this could better be termed a non-reaction. The American people consistently oppose specific cuts and tax increases, while the Democratic Party is clamoring for more spending and running on opposing any serious attempts to deal with the problem. It's like having a massive hole in the bottom of your boat and having half the people on the ship fighting desperately to keep anyone from patching it up.

3) Demonization of success: We live in a country where half the country pays no income tax and the unemployed get almost two years on unemployment; yet we hear an endless parade of assaults on corporations, on the rich, on anybody who has made a success out of himself. You want to find "greed" in America? Then look at the people who are complaining about "greed." Greed isn't a rich guy wanting to keep more of the money he's earned; it's someone demanding that he get an even bigger share of someone else's money.

We're told by politicians that success is created by luck or taking advantage of people. We're told that it's okay to envy people who have it better than you and that it's even okay to want to see them punished for their success. We're taught to hate people and industries who've done better than we have -- and those small impulses are justified by sliming these people as somehow getting away with paying less than their "fair share"-- even though many of them pay more taxes in a month than most people pay in a lifetime. Instead of encouraging people to copy Americans who've become successful, we're encouraged to hate those people for having more than us. There's nothing good that will come of that.

4) An utterly corrupt political class: As time has gone on, we've not only given politicians more and more power over our lives, we've made jobs in Congress ever more lucrative. Members of Congress make $174,000 a year, they can direct earmarks to their business partners, their family members can get cushy jobs as lobbyists, and after their careers are over, the companies they've taken care of often pay them millions to lobby on their behalf as a reward. On top of this, because of gerrymandering and the advantages of incumbency, a job in Congress is a lifetime job for most of these politicians.

Because politics has become such a powerful, secure, and lucrative profession, it’s drawn a class of people who care much more about having a plum job than serving the American people.

Meanwhile, as the lack of concern these politicians have for doing what's right for America has become clearer, the American people have responded with learned helplessness. The worst sort of people are elected and re-elected and their constituents have increasingly turned a blind eye to affairs, prostitution scandals, perjury, bribes, KKK memberships, and even leaving a woman to die under a bridge.

In an age where politicians have been given such unprecedented authority that they can decide what sort of light bulbs we have in our homes, tolerating the worst sort of men in power is exceedingly ill-advised.

5) Moral decay: People have probably been talking about moral decay since the first time the phrase "the good old days" was used in a conversation. So the talk about the prevalence of pornography, the over-sexualization of society to the point where children are wearing slutty Halloween costumes, the increasing acceptability of drug use, the hostility to Christianity, and the garbage on TV like Jersey Shore probably aren't going to resonate with people who haven’t already become concerned.

However, there are other numbers that aren't as easy to dismiss. Fifty one million children have been annihilated via abortion, a number comparable to the total number of human beings who were snuffed out across the planet during WWII. We also have the highest incarceration rate on planet earth -- and that's no accident. Then there's the staggering number of children being raised outside of a two parent family; 36.8% of all births in the United States are out-of-wedlock births, which is the single biggest contributing factor to the size of the prison population. Are we doing anything to try to reverse that trend? No, to the contrary, we're making the institution of marriage into even more of a joke than ever before by encouraging gay marriage. Cries of "moral decay" may not be new, but these unprecedented numbers suggest that the issue is much more serious than it has been in the past.


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1 posted on 07/12/2011 7:43:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Five thousand signs is more realistic.
2 posted on 07/12/2011 7:44:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

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3 posted on 07/12/2011 7:45:10 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Kaslin

........and that’s the way it is on July 12, 2011.


4 posted on 07/12/2011 7:45:55 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kaslin
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5 posted on 07/12/2011 7:47:43 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent points.


6 posted on 07/12/2011 7:49:40 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: unkus

“If My People will humble themselves and pray, turn from their wicked ways, and seek My Face, then will I hear from Heaven, and heal their land.”


7 posted on 07/12/2011 7:49:46 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Kaslin

#6. A inept third world commie fool was elected as president by America haters.


8 posted on 07/12/2011 7:52:17 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Kaslin

All of these can be linked to the modern mental illness called liberalism.


9 posted on 07/12/2011 7:53:22 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: Kaslin

>> we hear an endless parade of assaults on... anybody who has made a success out of himself.

Well, not just *anybody*.

Celebrity douchebags seem to be exempt. Especially if they lean left and aren’t shy about crowing their ignorant opinions.

*Productive* successful folks, however, get the tar and feathers treatment.


10 posted on 07/12/2011 7:54:42 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Kaslin

This list pretty much sums up the problems we face. Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 07/12/2011 7:56:38 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Kaslin
I maintain that America, as a country, peaked in the 1950's.

Post-World War II families, society and community were at their best.

12 posted on 07/12/2011 7:58:11 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: Kaslin
From George Washington's Farewell Address - pay attention to the last few sentences:

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.

13 posted on 07/12/2011 7:59:09 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Democrats: debt, dependence and derision)
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To: youngidiot

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
— Winston Churchill


14 posted on 07/12/2011 8:03:12 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: TSgt

One comedian, I believe it was Milton Berle, did not like the “comedy” of Don Rickles; he said it was a sign that society was turning the wrong way. He said the cutting the MF word out of Richard Pryor’s comedy bits would reduce his show to six minutes (or something like that).

This was back in the days that you had to get up to change the channel.


15 posted on 07/12/2011 8:03:23 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Democrats: debt, dependence and derision)
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To: TSgt

1969. We launched a man at the moon. All we seem to be able to do these days is launch birds at pigs. . .


16 posted on 07/12/2011 8:03:27 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: TSgt

I’ve often thought of writing a history of the United States, with the thesis being that we hit the peak of our civilization in 1962, and then declined ever since.


17 posted on 07/12/2011 8:03:37 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Kaslin

Now I’ll just go slash my wrists.


18 posted on 07/12/2011 8:04:02 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: GenXteacher

I’ve often thought of writing a history of the United States, with the thesis being that we hit the peak of our civilization in 1962, and then declined ever since.


I agree.


19 posted on 07/12/2011 8:05:40 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kaslin

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”- John Adams


20 posted on 07/12/2011 8:09:27 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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