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A National Crisis in Character
Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Star Parker

Posted on 11/19/2012 4:15:04 AM PST by Kaslin

Here’s an excerpt from a letter I received the other day from a college professor:

“….throughout this election I discussed with students the differences between ideologies. The majority of them are on federal financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in.”

For those who see social conservatism as an annoyance and argue that Republicans must purge this agenda from their party in order to survive, I say “think again.”

If Republicans want revival, we need honest focus on what’s really wrong in America and what must be done to assure that a great nation will be standing for our grandchildren and great grandchildren.

This kind of thinking is different from polls and focus groups and clever schemes to manage media and voter turnout.

Leadership is about identifying the truth, believing it, and telling it in a way that people can grasp. Then they will respond and follow.

The professor’s letter provides a snapshot, a hint, of what America’s most basic problem is today. It’s a problem of character and values.

Having lectured on over 180 college campuses over the last 20 years, I have seen exactly what the professor is talking about.

Of course government is too big. But how did it get this way? Americans vote every two years. They voted every two years during the whole period over which government grew to its current unwieldy size.

With the majority of the country now on one kind of government program or another, does anybody really think we can change this without talking about the human attitudes and values that produced it?

Democrats have a much easier problem than Republicans. They are not trying to change America. The trends and attitudes that got the whole country on welfare, that produced the moral relativism that is destroying our families and character, is the platform of the Democratic Party.

Democrat politicians just have one job. Deny the patient is sick.

Republicans, if they are going to be a real opposition party, have a much tougher job.

With all the talk about this last election being driven by demographics and turnout, the most basic point is the party and its candidate did not step up as a serious, principled opposition party.

We can’t save Medicare and Social Security. They are bankrupt. Did we hear this from the Republican candidate? We heard wishy washy words about reforming these systems so we can save them.

Did we hear anything about how our public schools - controlled by unions whose agenda is growing their benefits and promoting moral relativism among our youth- are destroying our children and our future? No.

When Ronald Reagan was first elected in November 1980, 18 percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers. Today 42 percent are. Anyone who thinks this is not of crisis of the first order can just as easily vote for a Democrat as a Republican.

Americans just re-elected a president who opposed the Supreme Court decision banning partial birth abortion. The leader of our nation thinks it should be legal in America to kill a live, fully formed infant. What does this say about America today and our future?

There may be Republicans who think that we can ignore the crisis in character and values that underlies our fiscal crisis. There may be Republicans that think if we have a better tax system it doesn’t matter if we have a country of single mothers, sexually ambiguous and confused men, and abortion and euthanasia on demand.

But ignoring these things would mean not just the end of the Republican Party. But the end of our country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: character; conservativism; crisis; social; starparker; values; welfare

1 posted on 11/19/2012 4:15:11 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Ya can’t put the genie back in the bottle.


2 posted on 11/19/2012 4:20:22 AM PST by FES0844
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To: Kaslin
I don't disagree that there is a crisis in character in America.

Where I disagree with many social conservatives is that I believe that the election of men and women of character will be a result, rather than a cause, of the solving of that crisis.

3 posted on 11/19/2012 4:26:13 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac
Where I disagree with many social conservatives is that I believe that the election of men and women of character will be a result, rather than a cause, of the solving of that crisis.

I used to believe that. Not anymore.

4 posted on 11/19/2012 4:28:22 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Kaslin
but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in

Professor, would you like to explain why the book costs $150? I'll bet Star Parker could: she understands free-market economics and the distortions thereof caused by government-backed monopolies.

5 posted on 11/19/2012 4:30:54 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: FES0844

I prefer this one: “You can’t put the sh!t back in the horse.”


6 posted on 11/19/2012 4:32:41 AM PST by ffusco (The President will return this country to what it once was...An arctic wasteland covered in ice.)
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To: Kaslin

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” - Jesus, in John 14:15


7 posted on 11/19/2012 4:37:39 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: ffusco

replace ‘horse’ with ‘ass’, and you got a deal


8 posted on 11/19/2012 4:52:30 AM PST by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Tax-chick
Professor, would you like to explain why the book costs $150?

Or why the last two editions/revisions are no longer any good? After all, Calculus hasn't changed that much, has it?

9 posted on 11/19/2012 4:53:25 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin

-———It’s a problem of character and values———

Star somehow misses the point of it all.

The reason Liberals are successful is precisely because they have no character or values. They have progressed beyond the need for character and values. Character and values are passe in the Utopian society freed of those shackles.

Progressivism can and has rejected the evolutionary developed society of tens of thousands of years because in the new age all human action necessitating such rules has been codified into law. To live free is to throw off the chains of custom and religion. To be free is to merely within the law umbrella of the government.

The elixir of progressive freedom from chafing restraints is as addicting as heroin.


10 posted on 11/19/2012 5:00:34 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: bert

> Progressivism can and has rejected the evolutionary developed society of tens of thousands of years because in the new age all human action necessitating such rules has been codified into law. To live free is to throw off the chains of custom and religion. To be free is to merely within the law umbrella of the government.

The elixir of progressive freedom from chafing restraints is as addicting as heroin.

^ and the straightest path to hell, in a non-religious context, of course...

To ignore history and the consequences of repeating the same mistakes is pretty stupid to say the least (also unwise, devoid of common sense, irreverent, etc....in other words, liberal in nature)


11 posted on 11/19/2012 5:26:10 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin
"willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in.”

In their defense, some of my daughter's electronic textbooks cost $200 (electronic means ebook which means she CANNOT resell them! Some regular textbooks are $200 as well, but we can resell those).

The country my ancestors helped found is toast. We are about to be third-world.
12 posted on 11/19/2012 5:28:43 AM PST by too much time (Were ANY educrats proficient at math in school?)
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To: Smokin' Joe
After all, Calculus hasn't changed that much, has it?

They change the order of the practice problems, sometimes. I gave my son's ("previous edition") math book from last semester to my friend's daughter, on the understanding that she'd need to check the homework assignments to make sure they matched. Most of the homework is online these days, anyway.

On the other hand, in our homeschool science classes, any edition of the publisher's text will work: the teacher hands out the experiment assignments to everything, so it doesn't matter if it's different in their books.

13 posted on 11/19/2012 5:29:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: Kaslin
"Americans just re-elected a president who opposed the Supreme Court decision banning partial birth abortion. The leader of our nation thinks it should be legal in America to kill a live, fully formed infant. What does this say about America today and our future?"

GOD'S JUDGEMENT HAS BEGUN! - Remember these words as we struggle through the next four years of the muslim sympatiser-in-chief.

14 posted on 11/19/2012 5:37:38 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Kaslin
Leadership is about identifying the truth, believing it, and telling it in a way that people can grasp. Then they will respond and follow.

Or, like the GOPe believes, you could simply try to pander your way back into power.

15 posted on 11/19/2012 5:41:09 AM PST by skeeter
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To: bert

It’s definitely a moral problem in the US. But as I prepare for some tests in nursing that i’m studying for, I see that medical professionals distribute birth control as if it were candy. It is just assumed now that ALL women will need birth control ....why? Because most women nowadays (which has to include men) are sexually active at young ages. This means they are in sexual relationships, sometimes multiple ones, and they are NOT marrying. Why marry? You can have all the fun without any of the responsibility now. Men are OFF THE HOOK and thus, are not pressured into achieving much earlier in life.

Women are only focused on getting ahead without men. There is no committment — there is no desire for a family, because that would get in the way of their partying lifestyle. Many of them also come from dysfunctional backgrounds, so they’ve never seen what a good marriage looks like. And is there ANY portrayal of this ANYWHERE in our society?

I know this — I see it everyday. I know a lot of young poeple like this. Marriage, family and committment is passe. It is not desired, but something to be avoided.

Marriage. Family. Committment. We somehow need to revive these things in America if it’s even possible anymore. Santorum was right. I think sometimes the women’s movement is at the very heart of all of this dysfunction in America. Women’s movement = no need for family, committment, or fathers. Everything “patriarchal” (as in any sort of organized religion) is frowned upon.


16 posted on 11/19/2012 5:58:23 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: LibsRJerks

You have well noted the freedoms progressives have demanded and achieved.


17 posted on 11/19/2012 6:03:06 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Smokin' Joe

“Or why the last two editions/revisions are no longer any good? After all, Calculus hasn’t changed that much, has it?”

Change a few practice problems in the book and issue a newer, more expensive edition every other year to the captive market. Quite the scam. $150 is lowballing it, though.


18 posted on 11/19/2012 7:24:46 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

When I was in college, a $50.00 book was outrageously expensive...


19 posted on 11/19/2012 7:36:29 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: LibsRJerks
I think sometimes the women’s movement is at the very heart of all of this dysfunction in America. Women’s movement = no need for family, committment, or fathers.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

The curse, in addition to pain in childbirth, is the woman wants to be the boss of her family, God has designed her to be ruled over. Oh, I know the woman's libbys would be appalled at this statement but it is the truth of Gods Word.

20 posted on 11/19/2012 8:18:16 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin
The majority of them are on federal financial aid. They are fine with more taxes as long as they will be taken care of. It is disturbing to hear that they are willing to spend their own money on tattoos and cell phones but cannot buy the book for class until the financial aid comes in.”

This starts early. I teach in the inner city of Los Angeles, and I'm amazed at how many parents excuse their children's poor academic performance with "He needs glasses, but we can't afford them." What they mean is, we are on a program where you get one free (well, tax-payer funded) set of glasses a year, and if you break or lose them, you cannot get another free (well, tax-payer funded) set for another year. I don't know the name of this program, or the details, but I've heard this enough to get the impression that this is the deal.

However, when I ask what the child does at night instead of homework... he plays games on his computer. You see, they can afford cell phones, computers, entertainment center, games, vacations, etc... they just can't afford glasses.

And the problem is not that they refuse, it's that they have truly developed a mentality where if the government doesn't give it to you, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IT YOURSELF. One woman said she couldn't afford glasses for her son. I asked how much they would be? She didn't know how much, she was just sure they couldn't afford it. So he can't see well enough to write a paper but he can see well enough to play Halo 3 for six hours a night. And they seem utterly unconscious that there is anything wrong with this picture.

21 posted on 11/19/2012 9:36:32 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: LibsRJerks
Let's not get carried away. Even in Little Women, Marmee always told Jo that to be loved by a good man was very sweet, but to be a spinster at peace with herself was also a perfectly acceptable way to live.
22 posted on 11/19/2012 9:42:25 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Tax-chick
Professor, would you like to explain why the book costs $150?

Heck, even I (no fiscal/financial genius, for sure) can explain that. There is a limited market for the book. It is (almost always) not a general interest item with a general market; potential sales are pretty much limited to academia and academia's victims. Fifty thousand of anything is always going to cost way more per unit than five million of the same. If not for profit, why bother printing them?

23 posted on 11/19/2012 1:52:18 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: A_perfect_lady
So he can't see well enough to write a paper but he can see well enough to play Halo 3 for six hours a night. And they seem utterly unconscious that there is anything wrong with this picture.

And if you were to point that out to them in those terms, you would be a racist/homophobe/bully/sexist/spoilsport...

24 posted on 11/19/2012 2:00:14 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Louisa May Alcott was an early feminist, a transcendentalist, very independent, “over-educated” ... not at all the sort of delicate, dependent “Biblical womanhood” the patriarchalists are after.

I sometimes wish I’d stuck with the “old maid with catz” plan, myself ;-). I was going to be IRS Commissioner and have an apartment in the Watergate. Now the Watergate is gone.


25 posted on 11/19/2012 2:16:34 PM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: Smokin' Joe
When I was in college, a $50.00 book was outrageously expensive

When was that, 1985? That's the time I started college.
26 posted on 11/19/2012 6:46:01 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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