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Even the Best Laws Cannot Save Our Society. Here’s What We Need.
The Daily Signal ^ | December 13, 2017 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 12/13/2017 12:09:48 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times.

As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth—namely, the temptation to think that today’s behavioral standards have always been. Let’s look at a few of the differences between yesteryear and today.

One of those differences is the treatment of women.

There are awesome physical strength differences between men and women. To create and maintain civil relationships between the sexes is to drum into boys, starting from very young ages, that they are not to use violence against a woman for any reason.

Special respect is given women. Yesteryear even the lowest of lowdown men would not curse or use foul language to or in the presence of women.

To see a man sitting on a crowded bus or trolley car while a woman is standing used to be unthinkable. It was deemed common decency for a man to give up his seat for a woman or elderly person.

Today young people use foul language in front of—and often to—adults and teachers. It’s not just foul language. Many youngsters feel that it’s acceptable to assault teachers. Just recently, 45 Pennsylvania teachers resigned because of student violence.

Back in what my daughter calls prehistoric times, the use of foul language to an adult or teacher would have meant a smack across the face. Of course, today a parent taking such corrective action risks being reported to a local child protective service and even being arrested.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: children; moralabsolutes; morals; parents; pennsylvania; religion; teachers; values; walterwilliams; women
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1 posted on 12/13/2017 12:09:48 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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2 posted on 12/13/2017 12:11:27 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This forum is a Doug Jones free zone! Go Roy Moore!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A one megaton detonation 1,500 feet over the Washington Monument?


3 posted on 12/13/2017 12:13:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Laws don’t save societies. A moral and upright people save societies.

A proliferation of laws is what you get when you don’t have a moral and upright people.


4 posted on 12/13/2017 12:14:45 PM PST by RepRivFarm ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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5 posted on 12/13/2017 12:15:28 PM PST by Albion Wilde (I was not elected to continue a failed system. I was elected to change it. --Donald J. Trump)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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6 posted on 12/13/2017 12:15:29 PM PST by Albion Wilde (I was not elected to continue a failed system. I was elected to change it. --Donald J. Trump)
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To: DoughtyOne

The less virtuous a people, the greater its need for laws. - unknown


7 posted on 12/13/2017 12:16:38 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The dynamic between women and men centers on procreation.


8 posted on 12/13/2017 12:19:09 PM PST by Architect of Avalon
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To: RepRivFarm
A proliferation of laws is what you get when you don’t have a moral and upright people.

No truer words have been posted on FR.

9 posted on 12/13/2017 12:19:17 PM PST by Obadiah
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To: BenLurkin

That would be a good start. Just label it “Term Limits”.


10 posted on 12/13/2017 12:19:53 PM PST by TADSLOS (Reset Underway!)
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To: RepRivFarm

I used to go to “music in the park” in Kent, WA and Mercer Island, WA.

Mercer island is extremely expensive (Paul Allen lives there, Michael Medved lives there, Obama used to live there and I lived there), whereas kent is staunch middle class. I used to live there too.

In kent, there were no alcoholic beverages allowed. Cops would walk through the crowd checking, sometimes taking action. People would hide bottles in brown paper bags. People would bring McDonalds, KFC, Pizza, etc. When the event was over, it was reminiscent of the aftermath of Woodstock.

In Mercer Island, people would drink wine out of their Baccarat crystal wine glasses, or microbrews from the bottle and sometimes from glasses. There was a lot of salami and cheese and crackers as well as a few KFC buckets. Cops would walk through and technically the alcohol was illegal, but everybody knew it was ok as long as everybody was adult about it, which they were. When the event was over, there would be a couple of kids playing with frisbees, but other than that, you would never know an event had happened.

Culture is everything. We need to get back to a Mercer Island style mindset, and on an individual level. Otherwise, we are in for some very tough times.


11 posted on 12/13/2017 12:22:39 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: RepRivFarm

You get a proliferation of laws even over moral and upright people when the lefz5yujtist uber present controllers are in power.


12 posted on 12/13/2017 12:26:23 PM PST by amihow
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To: RepRivFarm

Post of the Day. Well done!


13 posted on 12/13/2017 12:26:24 PM PST by day10 (You'll get nothing and like it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Somewhere Confucius wrote that a moral society doesn’t need laws, and that the more laws a society has, the more it is in trouble.


14 posted on 12/13/2017 12:30:01 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Dr. Walter Williams--a 21st Century spokesman for the Founders and Framers of America's Constitution! See below:

VIRTUE Among The People

The Soul Of America’s Constitution

America’s Founders knew that it takes more than a perfect plan of government to preserve liberty. Something else is needed – some moral principle diffused among the people to unite and strengthen the urge to peaceful observance of law. They recognized that the raw materials of a free government are people who can act morally without compulsion, who do not willfully violate the rights of others, and who love liberty enough to demand that government’s power is very limited. They used the word “virtuous” to describe such people. Defined by Webster, “virtue” is “a conformity to a standard of right,” but whatever word is used to describe it, such a moral standard is the necessary fountainhead of a free society.

The Declaration of Independence referred to “Nature’s God,” the “Creator,” the “Supreme judge of the World,” and “Divine Providence” Our nation’s founders came together, voluntarily, to create a limited government to secure for them and posterity their God-given rights to life, liberty, and property. Such liberty, they believed, rested on three great supports:

  1. Natural law and unalienable natural rights granted by the Creator,
  2. A written constitution to assure a government of laws, not of rulers, and
  3. VIRTUE among the people – the best defense against tyranny.

Their own words are eloquent reminders of their devotion to this belief:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” – George Washington’s Farewell Address

“We may look up to Armies for our defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” – Samuel Adams

“Virtue must underlay all institutional arrangements if they are to be healthy and strong. The principles of democracy are as easily destroyed as human nature is corrupted!’ – John Adams

And Alexis de Tocqueville, the French statesman who traveled across America in the 1830’s and wrote a two­-volume study entitled “Democracy In America,” has been widely quoted as observing:

“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”


 

Footnote: "Our Ageless Constitution," W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

15 posted on 12/13/2017 12:32:38 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: BenLurkin

No hurting the monuments.
Neutron bomb.
Eliminates the vermin, leaves the stuff we care about.


16 posted on 12/13/2017 12:39:46 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Walter Williams is a national treasure.


17 posted on 12/13/2017 12:42:27 PM PST by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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18 posted on 12/13/2017 12:46:21 PM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lor.d for ,ΓΈ5 you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here’s What We Need.

We don't need a "what". We need a "Who".

His name is Jesus of Nazareth ... and we need to return to him in repentance.

19 posted on 12/13/2017 12:48:08 PM PST by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: Architect of Avalon

“The dynamic between women and men centers on procreation.”

Nah...Men just like to “practice” making a baby....not necessarily rearing the result of such “practice.”


20 posted on 12/13/2017 12:48:24 PM PST by litehaus (A memory toooo long.............)
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