American Morals Challenged
I worry about the morals of American society. Our founders based their understanding of morals and ethics on the Judeo-Christian revelations found in the Old and New Testaments. We have strayed significantly from these founding principles and base our perceptions of right and wrong on what feels right at the moment and what the majority is willing to accept.
We support giving illegal immigrants free public education and health care paid for by U.S. taxpayers but oppose educational choice for our own citizens.
We support taking money from individuals who work hard and know how to invest their money enabling others to benefit from the capitalistic society in order to give services to those who are lazy, undisciplined and drug dependent.
We spend billions fighting a war on illegal, destructive drugs but will not spend a dime to provide security in our inner city high schools.
We support takeover of private companies that are failing but refuse to crackdown on massive fraud in Medicare and Medicaid—services run by the government that, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, cost $23.7 billion in 2007 alone.
We give billions of unaccountable tax dollars to corrupt countries like Pakistan that support terrorism against the United States but pressure our strongest ally, Israel, to give up additional portions of its land to a terrorist group without any reassurances that the terrorists will stop aggression against our ally.
We are introducing economics in our K-12 curriculum to teach children frugality and discipline, but we are failing miserably to practice the same with our Federal budget.
We pretend to support the First Amendment freedom of speech clause but also promote legislation like the “Fairness Doctrine,” that would require newscasters to provide “equal time” for opposing views knowing full well that this would most hurt the news outlets that are trying the hardest to raise hard issues and generate debate and discussion.
We support abortion for any American mother paid for with tax dollars but oppose the killing of the heinously guilty. Over 40 million innocent children have been mercilessly slaughtered since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in 1073. In contrast, an average of less than one hundred convicted criminals have been humanely executed each year over the last seventy years—according to the Federal Bureau of Justice.
We support women’s rights to a fault but won’t utilize existing laws to keep hard-core pornography—that denigrates our wives and daughters—out of our living rooms via cable television and Internet.
All of these new age positions would be abhorrent to the valiant men and women who pledged “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor,” in support of the Declaration of Independence and the effort to be free from the relativism of a state that could redefine rights according to the whim of the moment.
For this reason, I would suggest that every elected official that places his or her hand on the Bible and swears to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” be required to read the document first.
Dr. James Hanak
West Chester, PA