America feels as if it is unraveling. Even amid an era of relative peace and unprecedented comfort there is a mood of foreboding about our long-term future. It seems that our superpower nation is somehow crumbling from within.
In his recent book, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, Robert Bork advanced a very tightly reasoned explanation for what has happened to America. "Every new generation", he writes, "constitutes a wave of savages who must be civilized by their families, schools and churches. An exceptionally large generation can swamp the institutions responsible for teaching traditions and standards."
In other words, when a new generation is large enough--or, we might add, those institutions responsible for "civilizing" is weak enough--that new generation simply overwhelms the culture it emerges into. This has happened more than once in recorded history.
I can't imagine too many people thinking that America is on the upswing and that her moral character is strong and vibrant. We are no doubt being led by "children" at this time. It has happened before:
"For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
"The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
"The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
"And I WILL GIVE CHILDREN TO BE THEIR PRINCES, AND BABES SHALL RULE OVER THEM" (Isa. 3:1-4).
And who will take their places as the leaders of government and society? CHILDREN!! With no one to "civilize" the emerging band of savages born each year, their society was soon to be ruled by children--not simply children in age but men who as far as their qualifications are concerned are "children" and "babes". Those who should be leading the nation in paths of righteousness had lost their strength of character and will to tell these children, "NO!" --to teach them right from wrong--and thus as the children grow up they remain children in attitude, tastes and actions.
Sound familiar? Follow the link and read on for the reasons we are where we are, and what can be done about it.
***This is going to be another quick blog entry as I have lots to do before church. After we get out I'm taking my mom to see my aunt, who is very ill.
***Neil Armstrong, RIP.
***What the media won't tell you. Well, THAT could fill a few books, but bear with me:
It's 8:21 on a Saturday morning and according to this photo snapped by Sharon Broadie, this is the size of the crowd that showed up in Powell, Ohio, (just outside of Columbus) to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:
Here's a look at the line to get in, and another look at the crowd from another source. And a real jaw-dropper.Meanwhile, President FailureTeleprompter is relegated to rationalizing his lack of turnout into a "deliberate" desire for smaller, more intimate crowds. Yeah, that sounds like the Mr. Greek Column we've all come to know and grow tired of.Meanwhile, the media refuses to report on the size of either side's crowds.Meanwhile, across the country, the documentary film "2016" has just opened wide on over 1,000 screens and in the heart of Hollywood's biggest season hit #3 at the box office.Meanwhile, though their Media Palace Guards assure us this is not the case, the Obama campaign's increasingly desperate and shrill campaign is acting more and more like a campaign so far behind and so in fear of losing, they feel they have nothing to lose. From "felon" to "chains" to "Mitt killed my wife" to one bald-faced lie after another, President Obama has forsaken the dignity of the office and -- should he win a second term -- all hope of bringing the country together after the kind of scorched-earth campaign only the terrified wage.Meanwhile, the media is behaving in a manner no less shrill and desperate than their Presidential Master. When the unemployment rate increases, the media tells us that's a good thing. When the economy shrinks from 4.1 to 1.5%, the media still call it "the recovery." When an idiot in Missouri says something stupid about rape and abortion, the media launches into a week-long narrative accusing Republicans of being soft on rape.
Read the whole thing. However, as Glenn Reynolds keeps saying, don't get cocky. It's still early. Fight on!
***Gotta agree with this one...
I Hear America Singing
|by Walt Whitman|
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands, The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown, The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing, Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else, The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
***"Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
-- John Wooden
***Have a great day!