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5 Horrific Examples of Cultural Decay in America
Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | John Hawkins

Posted on 01/25/2014 4:56:43 AM PST by Kaslin

Human beings are marvelously adaptive creatures, but that can sometimes work again us. That's because we tend to be so focused on adjusting to our present circumstances that we often forget to ask the bigger questions. How did we get to where we are now? Would we be in a stronger position today if we had made some better decisions upstream? What lessons from the past can we use in the future? This is the case for individuals, but it's even more applicable to nations.

Many people tend to assume that all societal changes are for the better. Certainly, we should all be grateful that the Democrat Party finally joined the Republicans in opposing slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws. It's also wonderful that the Democrats at long last agreed with Republicans that women should have the right to vote. It's also great that both parties worked to help Americans become more educated, end child labor and make our society more affluent.

That being said, while it's fine to celebrate all the progress we've made as a nation, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we're also inferior to previous generations of Americans in some crucial areas. Only by recognizing where we've fallen short can we take steps to try to get back what we've lost as a people -- and as you're about to see, culturally, we've lost a great deal.

1) "To get a sense of how different attitudes were in the 1960s, perhaps this will do it. These never-married women were asked, “In your opinion, do you think it is all right for a woman to have sexual relations before marriage with a man she knows she is going to marry?” …Eighty-six percent said no."

To get an idea of how much things have changed since the early sixties, my friend Dawn Eden wrote a book on chastity and it was considered to be so unusual that she was booked for numerous "Can you believe there are people who still do this?" TV interviews. Would society be better off if more people were chaste before marriage? Unquestionably, but again, how do you put that rabbit back in the hat without a religious reawakening in our country?

2) "Today, about two-thirds of U.S. households with kids are led by a married couple, down from more than nine in 10 in 1960."

Studies also consistently show not just that children turn out better in two parent families, but that people who are married are happier than those that are single. Because of a soaring divorce rate, high profile break-ups and gay marriage, we've stopped treating holy matrimony with the reverence it deserves in our country. However, marriage really is the bedrock of our society and as it has turned to pumice, we've paid a terrible cost.

3) "In the decade after 9/11, China (Which America still thinks of as a cheap assembly plant for your local Krappimart) built the Three Gorges Dam, the largest electricity-generating plant in the world. Dubai, a mere sub-jurisdiction of the United Arab Emirates, put up the world’s tallest building and built a Busby Berkeley geometric kaleidoscope of offshore artificial islands. Brazil, an emerging economic power, began diverting the Sao Francisco River to create some 400 miles of canals to irrigate its parched northeast. But the hyperpower can’t put up a building (WTC)."

America put a man on the moon in less than a decade; yet we can't put a man on the moon today. We're more than 12 years out from 9/11 and we STILL haven't completed 1 World Trade Center. Meanwhile, it took 16 months to build the Pentagon, 4 years to complete the Sears/Willis Tower and we knocked out the Hoover Dam in just 5 years. If we were to get into another fight like WWII that depended on America's ability to produce massive amounts of military equipment, we couldn't win it because for all of our advanced technology and know-how, we're just not as good at building things as we used to be.

4) "If filmmakers in 1963 wanted the approval of the Production Code of Motion Picture Association of America, which almost all of them still did, the dialogue could not include any profanity stronger than hell or damn, and there had been dramatic justification even for them. Characters couldn’t take the name of the Lord in vain, or ridicule religion, or use any of form of obscenity — meaning just about anything related to the sex act….the plot couldn’t present sex outside of marriage as attractive or justified. Homosexuality was to be presented as a perversion. Abortion? ‘The subject of abortion shall be discouraged, shall never be more than suggested, and when referred to shall be condemned,’ said the code."

There are cartoons aimed at children and even video games that don't come close to living up to this anymore. In fact, these sort of "Leave it to Beaver" standards for entertainment seem almost bizarre today; yet they were the norm fifty years ago. Are we now better off as a society because your kids hear video game characters dropping F-bombs, listen to music glorifying murder and are regularly exposed to themes that were considered too racy for adults half a century ago? Absolutely not. Could we go back to rules anywhere near this strict? Realistically, no, but that says a lot about how much our society has degraded morally since then.

5) "Going back a hundred years, when blacks were just one generation out of slavery, we find that the census data of that era showed that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults....As of 1940, among black females who headed their own households, 52% were 45 years old or older. Moreover, only 14 percent of all black children were born to unmarried women at that time."

Fast forward to today and we find that, "Half of all children born to women under 30 in America now are illegitimate. Three in 10 white children are born out of wedlock, as are 53 percent of Hispanic babies and 73 percent of black babies." If we fixed this problem, the poverty rate would plunge, drug use would plummet, prison populations would drop, the suicide rate would dip and we'd be healthier as a society in almost every way imaginable.


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1 posted on 01/25/2014 4:56:43 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

How far we have fallen in such a short time. Who is to blame? We are - all of us who stood by and did nothing. How bad will things have to get until we say enough is enough? Maybe we just don’t care.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 5:12:24 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin
Any discussion of the social dislocations described in this article should start with the date noted, the 1960s, and the date of the introduction of the birth control pill.

A discussion of the bastardy rate should include government made incentives and a discussion of our inability to build skyscrapers should include government regulations (disincentives), two intrusions into our sphere of liberty from opposite sides of the coin.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 5:13:22 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Kaslin
. . . women should have the right to vote.

Voting is not a "right" in the strict sense. The sooner we adopt strict definitions regarding rights, privileges, and wishes, the better. The same goes for defining virtue and vice. "Inclusiveness" is not a virtue when it includes deviant behaviors. We can blame a large part of societal decay on our failure to fear God, Who has no problem defining what is good, right, and true, and our failure to iterate the same things He does in Sacred Scripture, beginning with the fact that man was created in the image of God, male and female of the same flesh. His participation in history will ultimately redound to the good. It is a sign of heedlessness and head-lessness to dumb down definitions.

4 posted on 01/25/2014 5:17:38 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Kaslin
The money sentence: “America put a man on the moon in less than a decade; yet we can't put a man on the moon today. We're more than 12 years out from 9/11 and we STILL haven't completed 1 World Trade Center”

In just one sentence, John Hawkins covers just how far this nation has fallen. Then he follows with the complete paragraph that makes me want to cry like a baby.

5 posted on 01/25/2014 5:20:01 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Tupelo

Exactly


6 posted on 01/25/2014 5:22:51 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Look at the time line of the "Dark Ages"...we are pretty much on schedule to enter a new one based on demographics, religion and geopolitical forces within a few decades... the slide is already happening

The light at the end of the tunnel is about 300 years out...

God willing...

7 posted on 01/25/2014 5:25:06 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Tupelo
It's worse than that. The Empire State Building started site excavation in January of 1930, and had it's ribbon-cutting in May of 1931. The Great Depression was underway, yet the entire thing took about 18 months to build.

Not only can't we do a lunar landing today, we have no capability for doing a manned suborbital flight. Alan Shepard did that over 50 years ago. Today we have lost that capability.

8 posted on 01/25/2014 5:30:52 AM PST by chimera
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To: Kaslin
OK, but what does the photo have to do with the article? The photo of the towering Manhattan skyline still under construction suggests a period of growth and prosperity, not one of decline.

Who chose that photo to go with the article goofed.

9 posted on 01/25/2014 5:32:25 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

See comment 5, I believe.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 6:04:49 AM PST by john drake
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To: Kaslin

Somewhere in there he should add the prevalence of divorce - I grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and I personally didn’t know anyone (or the kids of anyone) who had been divorced until I was in my early twenties.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 6:07:00 AM PST by Stosh
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To: Kaslin
If we were to get into another fight like WWII that depended on America's ability to produce massive amounts of military equipment, we couldn't win it because for all of our advanced technology and know-how, we're just not as good at building things as we used to be.

There is an army of progressive income tax loving, tariff hating Free Traders right here on Free Republic that would say this is nothing you can do about it.

12 posted on 01/25/2014 6:09:34 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: nathanbedford
A discussion of the bastardy rate ....

I appreciate the fact that you used that word. Many nowadays think it constitutes an attack upon the bastard. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The stigma attached to the condition is entirely upon the irresponsible people who produced the bastard.

13 posted on 01/25/2014 6:20:37 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin

The defining moment for me came when the the burning of the U.S. flag was considered free speech. I knew then that everything had changed.

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14 posted on 01/25/2014 6:32:57 AM PST by Mears
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To: nathanbedford

Let’s not forget the outcome of the murder of Bobby Kennedy. In the hysteria to place blame, comic books, pulp fiction, TV shows, movies, were ALL blamed.

So, Tv shows dumbed down to kiddie shows, Comics changed their format, pulp fiction changed their covers.

But Movies, said they would police themselves with a ratings code. GMRX. The government said OK!

Hot Dog! The HAYS code is dead! If you gottem, film them! Movies were reshot to add sex and violence.
The more vile the movie, came the changes in ratings codes. Remember the movies that had THIS on the advertisements? “SO EXPLICIT IT IS RATED XXX!”
G M R X
G, GP, R,X
G, PG, R, X
G,PG, PG-13,R,NC-17

Then came the SCOTUS OK for hardcore porn and porn movies.
I remember small towns who were hit with mail order porn adverts in all mailboxes. It could be found floating in the gutters and laying in the streets.

Then CABLE TV was allowed again, and porn began to be shown on there.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 8:07:26 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Kaslin
Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

God's just sayin...

16 posted on 01/25/2014 9:52:09 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin

Number 3 is wrong. We do have the best engineers and most creative people in the world. We can’t build anything because of govrnment. All the rules and regulations are simply employment plans for unemployable power hungry jerks who went in to bureaucracy. As much as I hate windmills look how fast they are installed with their support by government. They can install thousands that kill countless protected birds and bats yet a farmer who wants to install a new well has to go through years of pain and suffering just to deal with one agency. We shut down entire farming regions to protect a stupid suckerfish.


17 posted on 01/25/2014 10:23:05 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Kaslin
"3) "In the decade after 9/11, China (Which America still thinks of as a cheap assembly plant for your local Krappimart) built the Three Gorges Dam, the largest electricity-generating plant in the world."

This is a bad example. The government forced 1.24 million individuals from their homes in order to accomplish that task, not to mention thousands of archeological ruins flooded or destroyed. Only a totalitarian government could achieve such a project. We would not want that here, for obvious reasons.

18 posted on 01/25/2014 11:17:46 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nathanbedford

I blame the “Great Society”, where Government took over the role of parents.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 11:20:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Think about it, before cable TV, if you wanted to see porn, you had to go out of your way, and go to seedy neighborhoods to view it. It was also in a physical format so that if you didn’t want to get caught with it, you had to hide it in a “stash.”

Now with Cable and the Internet, you get it in the privacy of your own home, and pretty much the evidence is hidden (if you delete your browsing history).


20 posted on 01/25/2014 11:22:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

You might have suggested that, based on your article, only folks who abstained from sex before marriage and who were either still single or married to their first spouse should comment on the article.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 11:32:08 AM PST by ConstantSkeptic (Be careful about preconceptions)
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To: ConstantSkeptic
My article? I didn't write the article. I just copied and posted it.

Who am I to say who can, or cannot comment on it?

22 posted on 01/25/2014 11:47:10 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Stosh

It wasn’t nearly as common of course, but in the early 1950s we had divorce and Day-Care.

The children of divorce were sometimes treated pretty badly by some people.


23 posted on 01/25/2014 2:29:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Kaslin; All

The one thing most people are forgetting, as individuals, we can certainly hit rock bottom in our lives from many aspects, job, health, marriages, social statuses, etc etc etc...

I believe it can happen on a larger scale as a nation that has certainly sunk to nearly the lowest common denominator both socially and economically...

I do not believe we have sunk low enough...But we are heading in that direction, and speeding up at the same time...

At which point we take one of two paths...We reclaim this country both morally and virtuously, with a greater appreciation of those principles...

Or we maintain the debauchery and sink into a third world, or lower status around the world...

When Yogi Berra said when you come to a fork in the road...Take it...

I know that sounds funny on the surface, but I think he said that for a reason...YOU are the one to decide which path to take...

I believe the fighting is over at this point, and that the decisions we make in the near future will decide if this nation is worthy enough to reclaim its leadership role in the civilized world...


24 posted on 01/25/2014 3:07:08 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Tupelo
We're more than 12 years out from 9/11 and we STILL haven't completed 1 World Trade Center

After the 1989 earthquake that damaged a small section of the SF/Oakland bridge, the replacement was finally opened, more than 23 years after the quake. The entire original bridge was built in 3-1/2 years in the 1930s. And the replacement bridge is still not completed, although it just opened to traffic (undergoing workarounds for sloppy welds etc.).

25 posted on 01/25/2014 7:08:07 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Kaslin

bkmk


26 posted on 01/26/2014 12:03:31 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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