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Parker: A National Crisis in Character

By Star Parker

Here's an excerpt from a letter I received the other day from a college professor: "[T]hroughout 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 more than 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 that 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 who think that 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.

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Star Parker is president of CURE.

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  1. dwschoComment by dwscho
    November 19, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    The challenge Republicans face is trying to educate young voters during an election campaign about the problems our country faces. The problem is Liberals have be indoctrinating our children since they first entered school that it’s good to live on the dole. Why not get an Obama phone, food stamps, financial subsidies of all sorts while attending college? Everyone else does it. Now, allong comes the Republican Party who wants to convince you that’s wrong. That’s a difficult sell.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      November 19, 2012 @ 9:32 am

      This is a tad redundant dwscho. Thats what the article said. Read her last two paragraphs that says it all. What kind of a human being posing as a leader says its fine to KILL a live fully formed infant. This is a sad state we have come to. People voted this person in.Think about it.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 19, 2012 @ 10:13 am

      The problem resides with the GOP trying to offer Liberal Lite as the palliative, instead of letting the Liberals walk into their own snares and suffer their own well earned poverty and consequences. America and American children need DISCIPLINE, particularly the children in adult bodies. Where is the discipline of suffering the consequences of poor life choices? Everytime some single woman mates with a man unworthy to be a child’s father, in steps the government to ease the pain of the poor life choice so the poor life choices continue. Discipline is not a punitive word,,the latin derivative means to educate which is the last thing our schools are providing these days, passing out condoms and training young women how to misuse their bodies before they even have reached puberty. For a self-governing people to thrive in a land of self government the basic commodity is the ability to GOVERN SELF, which the liberals undermine at every turn. Until the government beast is defunded, starting with the Federal indoctrination Department of Educational liberal funded brain washing, the productive people of America will never regain control.

      Jefferson wrote; “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.”

      People who are not socialist are entitled therefore to cease having their money used to educate their own children in a failed socialist ideology that leads to their life failure. Defund the department of education now, or block grant the money to the local communites. Let the government be the leveler of funding, but let the local people determine what is taught.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 19, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      Great Comments! I only have one or two little points too add. College books: Cost can range from very cheap (Under 100 dollars if you can find used or the professor doesn’t order an very expensive book) to over 300 bucks per book, with three or four books ordered for one class. Buy back is a joke, and the industry has sky rocketed in prices since I was back in college when dinosaurs roamed the earth. *blush* It’s blow me away to hear semester after semester how much our girls books were costing…it was as much if not more than the class units. Seems a bit off imo.

      College Units: In my state, California, the price of even a JC is astounding! Many students out of high school choose to go to a JC first to hit all that general credit at a lower price than to pay the UC system at a higher price for the same class (heck in most cases in our schools, same professor!) If you wish to succeed in this world, college or trade school is a must, we all know it. However the liberal elite have made it so expensive and run ever increasing prices for the same or worse education most of us in the 80′s received. It’s devilish to say the very least.

      Just needed to get that small point out. I understand the frustration of professors who see more and more increasing groups who can barely read and write and do not take their college education seriously. Maybe because they are being paid (on the dole) when they attend? I don’t know. It become an industry..instead of what it was intended to be…a furthering of one’s knowledge as to be proactive in the adult world/learning to stand on one’s own feet.

      I’d love to back this professor up from the article 100%, but simply can’t. These fine men and women have had their own work corrupted by a liberal ideology that has destroyed education. Can’t shoot yourself in the foot and complain about the gun!

      ~M

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      November 19, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      If everyone thinks they are going to educate the young people of this country to become Conservative or vote Republican you better start praying hard because it is not going to happen. The Libs got our young ones exactly where they want them. In their back pockets. As long as they are being given the gifts of welfare, food stamps, and maybe soon their college paid for it will never happen. This country is FINISHED as the way we used to be. It is just like a drug addict or a drunk. They have to fall into the gutter and admit the problem before they will change. By that time our USA will be a fond memory for us but the young people will have one heck of a time to bring it back to life the way it used to be if they can at all. It is said the life time of a new nation or civilization is approximately 200 years. We are a little past that now and most of us never saw our demise coming. Oh some us did and we did our best to warn everyone but the MSM and our public school system and communist professors in our universities (that should have been run out of the business of teaching) won our youth over. Not all of them but a majority, enough to make a difference. Now all we can do is look back and hope the end will not be as rough as it could be. Be prepared to be a European socialist country because that is where we are headed. One thing is we wont be seeing a lot foreign tourists coming to see our ancient heritage sites and the like as they do in Europe.

      And another thing how long are we going to sit and sulk over Romney losing he was good man but he did not have what it really took to win. This all I am hearing on the radio and the TV. Its getting old. We need to start grooming a candidate today! If want to have any chance of winning in 2016.

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      November 20, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      Star….While well thought out…most what you and others write as contributors is not the critical issue…you know, and so do we out here…our country is at risk of becoming a hostile dictatorship…and it MUST BE STOPPED…so write about the critical issues please.

      Thank you

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  2. jmikes1951Comment by jmikes1951
    November 19, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    The problem is that our youth is being taught by liberals. Proffesors whose only job has been in academia. They were taught in socialism and marxism and believe that to be the savior of our country. Liberals not only believe in their rights but also in taking away yours and mine and apologising for those rights in the first place unless they benefit from them. While I believe in education I also believe that we are now a country of too much book learning and not near enough common sense.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 19, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      When the citizens understand that their rights come from their creator, they cannot be taken away. When they believe their rights come from the will of a corrupted majority of fallible men ruling over a corrupt government, then your rights can be diminished more and more at each and every election of said corrupt fallible men. The secularization of America is the first priority of the Socialist MEN-Gods, followed by the rule over the minds and hearts of the youth. We have lost a whole generation of children to entitlement who if we had allowed the recession/depression corrections to occur would have been disciplined and hardened by the enlightening spectre of hunger. But no, in steps the liberal politician to remove the correcting pain so the lessons are never learned, so long as the government has the capability to borrow or print their way out temprarily each time we should be experiencing little recession corrections, in jumps the Progressive experimentors of other people money for political palliatives that slowly accumulate to the big bubble of the Big collapse we now face which eventually is coming sooner now rather than later. We should have brought in fiscal discipline 4 years ago when we had time to stop the economic snow ball at the top fo the hill,,,it continues to roll and roll and get larger with each delay, which according to Obama was until he got elected,,,,now wants play ball. I say screw you and let you now reap what you have sowed and let the people who follow you fell the pain of their own stupidity. If we do not the snowball just grows even larger.

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    • stickmanComment by stickman
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

      NO, the problem is with ADULT Americans that have no moral anchor. Our government – with the lies, the cheating, and the stealing perfectly reflects the American population in general. Don’t blame the schools, blame the parents who fail to teach their kids basic respect for others and others property.

      I’m NOT a Jesus freak – though I know that many of you are. So let’s quote him: Matthew 22:37-40 King James Version (KJV)

      37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
      38 This is the first and great commandment.

      39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
      40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

      And until we “love” our neighbour’s as ourselves – we are lost.

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  3. zxoikeComment by zxoike
    November 19, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Unfortunately, there is only just over half of the population that needs re-education. The other 45% are being dragged down with the greedy. I do not think you can re-educate greed out of someone that has completely bought into that way of life. They are behaving like children and will learn best the hard way (ie. you can tell a child all day long not to touch a hot stove but they will learn best by touching it once).

    The greedy half of our society needs to fail…or get burned. Only then will they fully embrace conservative ideals. Until then, conservatives are the evil people that want to take their free stuff away.

    Right now we are in a bad marriage and the whole family is suffering. One conservative parent and one parent that cannot control their spending on their credit cards and it is hurting the entire family. It is time for a divorce or at least a temporary separation. Let the greedy fail and they will learn to stand on their own 2 feet again and the adults and children will be better off for it.

    Now, comes the hard part, how do we figure out how to do a temporary separation without secession?

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  4. samswedeComment by samswede
    November 19, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Exactly right. Weening this country off of dependence is an impossible task. I think we will need to see a financial meltdown including double digit inflation and unemployment to get the message across. Unfortunately, the Dems will use those very issues to create even more dependence and even more money printing- and the cycle continues…..

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      November 20, 2012 @ 7:05 am

      My father-n-law lived in Germany through WWII as a young boy. After the war you could not buy a loaf of bread for 1000 marks if you wanted to. meat and eggs were unheard of! It will be that way here in just a few years after the marxists are finished with the country!

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  5. hart65Comment by hart65
    November 19, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks again, Star. Here is another way to look at what is happening, as observed by the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb:
    “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.” But even more important she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant. The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries as natural and moral – the ‘bourgeois’ family as it is invidiously called – is now seen as pathological and exclusionary, concealing the worst forms of psychic and physical oppression.”
    Stigmatizing business success, and even studying hard in school, are other examples of new “Normals” that are not seving us well.

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  6. crosstownbus1Comment by crosstownbus1
    November 19, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    It appears now that sensible discussion concerning the nation’s problems are possible, yet there was silence from these same pundits after the election in 2008 when the sole mandate was to make Barack Obama a one-term president before the man was even sworn in, followed by the creation of the “tea-party” who screamed that they were “Taking our country back.” (Taking it back from whom?) and the signed pledges to not work with the president after the mid-term elections. Then they allowed the disgraceful “birther’ nonsense to dominate the headlines and to think that a flip-flopping plutocrat who maintains personal bank accounts in other countries and further, refuses to reveal his tax documents is the only viable candidate to oppose him? Someone had to be kidding. You can not actually believe that people didn’t take these issues into consideration while at the ballot box. The GOP that was hijacked and re-shaped by Strom Thurmond is about as antiquated as a fifteen cent cup of coffee.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      For CrossTownBus1: Interesting post. I’ve had to read it twice prior to posting to ensure I understood fully what your many points were. (Thanks for making me think this morning, always a welcome wake up. : })

      Sensible discussion: I like that… we need more of it by all parties and all people. The disinformation out there in a public/punditry populace is holed at best. Watch any ‘man on the street’ type interviews and your sure to cringe at the answers to the most base current political questions. Yes, I am pointing at both sides here, not just one or the other. Apathy has killed intelligent conversation….on both sides.

      Different parties/affiliations: Tea Party, Occupiers, AFL/CIO,SEIU, (big labor/unions)NOW, Koch Brothers, La Raza et al: these groups inserted a one topic or one issue forum for their punditry to focus on. Rarely have I seen any of these groups focus on big picture idea’s, instead harping and focusing on only one idea or a base topic. This not only becomes a fight for an ideology that does not serve all the people of this nation..but acts as a divider between America’s people. Not good in any situation. That doesn’t mean all were wrong, or all were right…they simply only discussed a piece of the pie, instead of looking at and discussing the whole pie.

      “Taking our country back”: I am fairly certain the whole of that idea has been explained ad nauseum by both political parties. Taking back our country…from the social progressives, is the answer. In the last few decades our social lives/day to day, had changed tremendously from it’s humble beginnings (our grand parents and great grandparents day) Many American’s reel at the new norm and see the inherent issues by going so far off path from the social norm. These individuals were not lauded, and instead hurled at in ever vile form imagined. Why? What they were saying was in fact truth, was it not? Meanwhile, their social progressive counterparts where selling an idea that on it’s face sounded great (just like it did in the late 60′s and early 70′s to that generation.) However, point in fact is, that society does not work HERE, in this nation. European ideals should stay there….not that Europeans are having the best luck with the ‘new’ ideology either…but hey, I digress.

      What is so scary/terrifying about a full round discussion by all the nations people? What is so wrong with honest, truthful information freely open and discussed by our nations populace? I’ll tell you what and why…. Many, not all, but many use the apathy and intellectual laziness of our nations populace to their benefit. It’s really that simple..and yes, it makes those who do it just as gross and just as low, regardless of political flavor using such tactic.

      No one party has been more hijacked then the party of Kennedy. Sad to say it, but it’s true. We’ve seen a generation of baby boomers, who used to chant, “Don’t trust anyone over 30!” now run the country. Their ideology is not the enmasse popular ideology. We’ve had a hard sell this past 4 years, with more hard sell and tactics at the ready and on our door step. Time to stop worrying about specific causes and ideologies, and begin demanding answers from those who are running this game that used to be our nation.

      Knowledge is Power… saying is true then as it is now.

      ~M

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

      Interesting that someone would call themselves crosstownbus but it it really has a deeper significance in this discussion.

      We’ve gone from a nation of people who wanted a good education and a good job, maybe to buy a Corvette or a Camaro, to a nation of slugs who want nothing more than to stand on the corner with their hand out waiting for someone to give them a ticket to Obamaville.

      Lots of Obamaville voters gonna be riding that bus for a helluva long time.

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  7. techwreckComment by techwreck
    November 19, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    This is not a partisan issue. We are talking about the future of our country and it may already be too late.

    The truth is that we have raised several “entitlement generations” that have not been taught by their parents, but have been indoctrinated by their liberal school teachers and university professors. They think they are owed designed clothes, $200 “signature” shoes, and the best in electronic equipment.

    These kids don’t know how to “dress for success”, how to eat to stay healthy, how to use credit, or how to help others less fortunate than themselves.

    Employers know that they expect management jobs upon graduation from college, whether they have any skills or not.

    The Democrats have exploited their ignorance and indoctrination without regard for their future or the future of the nation, pandering to their sense of entitlement. The Republicans have nothing to offer that interests them.

    In the immortal words of Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Of course it’s a partisan issue.

      One part believes in character, education, hard work and personal responsibility.

      The other part believes that they should sit on their butts and live off the rich guy’s efforts.

      No need in trying to pretend it’s non-partisan. It’s so partisan that it will likely be outright war before the next election, if there is one.

      I’ve met the enemy but he isn’t me and he isn’t any other American who works hard for everything he has, including rich Americans.

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  8. bna42Comment by bna42
    November 19, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    “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”

    Yes, it is disturbing, BUT people have been warned for years and ignored the warnings. However, this is what the people keep voting for, so all we can do is complain about it and keep spreading the word that we will all go down with the ship.

    There comes a point when you stop worrying about the idiots who refuse to understand and start preparing yourself for the inevitable so you will be able to survive while they crash.

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    • rustypatComment by rustypat
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      I’m not ready to give up the fight … BUT, there is a certain amount of reality to the fact that when “We the People” have become a majority of fools, those who are not fools must realize that they are living in a land of fools, electing fools, to be governed by fools.

      I had hoped that the election would turn out otherwise … not even so much for the Obama factor … but for the awakening of wisdom. Instead, the voters have shown how abhorrent our country is in foolish egoism instead of leadership.

      It’s like asking the children saying they want to go to Disneyland, when you can’t afford to pay the mortgage and don’t have a job … so you get another credit card and go have a good time, so you can become homeless in 6 months.

      Obama-Nation is an Abomination

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  9. iam4americaComment by iam4america
    November 19, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I think the problem for the last twenty to twenty five years is that we have a generation of convenience and entitlement. It is very true that students will spend $200 of their own money on a tattoo, but will not spend that same $200 to purchase a school book. When the iPhone came out, everyone had to have one whether they could afford it or not. We have kids who have grown up never having to wash dishes by hand. We have college graduates who come out of school wanting the big 3000 square foot home that their parents have, but they don’t realize how hard and how long it took their parents to be able to afford that big home.

    I agree, until the mind set of this country changes, we are in deep trouble. A portion of this country re-elected a man who never should have been elected in the first place. Why would someone vote for a man who agrees with murdering a fully developed baby by partial birth abortion? My prayer is that the God believing people in this country will pray for the president’s eyes to be opened to what he is doing. Because so far, what he has done to this country is not good.

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  10. Pat GilbreathComment by Pat Gilbreath
    November 19, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    The thrust by liberals to kick God out of our country has left us in this mess. Without the teachings from the bible,how can these children learn self discipline, tak9ng responsibility for themselves? Get The Agenda to see what Communist USA has accomplished here in America. After all what does the President truly believe in?—Islamicism/ Communism? Socialism? America please pray and return to God. He alone is the answer.

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  11. rosechComment by rosech
    November 19, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    The real point here is that the parents of these ingrates did not teach them responsibility and how to use money. I have seen students in their 30′s and 40′s using their student loans for cars, vacation trips, hair and nail care, and not buying books. People today have been slowly but surely changed into non-thinking and non-caring beings. Those loans have to be paid back! and they just don’t get it. I paid cash for my high school, college and Master’s and am proud to have done so, rather than burdening taxpayers with my wants and not caring about their needs. Plus, the public education system stinks which is why I gave up teaching in it. Students know how to waste money, but don’t know how to do math, nor write nor read anything of value beyond Twitter and Facebook. They can’t understand why everyone is upset. Let them find out that with Obama their future is nil! and they still have to pay the student loans back and with interest accruing. Stupid is as stupid does. Nevertheless, where were the parents in all this? Probably on vacation on someone’s money and not theirs!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      November 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

      “Let them find out that with Obama their future is nil! and they still have to pay the student loans back and with interest accruing”.

      Since Obama took student loans away from the private sector and placed them all under Sallie Mae, I really think that he intends to work out a plan to forgive all those debts and let the taxpayer absorb the losses. I hope I am wrong, but it would seem to fit his agenda.

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  12. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    November 19, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    It’s amazing that the young ones of today are lazy and ‘blind’. It wasn’t too long ago that they wanted to distance themselves from the ‘status quo’ (1960′s big government) and demanded independence. I guess being raised in the 1950′s and early 1960′s required being taught by America’s Greatest Generation that ‘nothing is free’ … someone has to pay for it. My brother and I worked our way through high school in a small Texas panhandle farming town of ~1,500 and then through 4 years of college. No student loans or help from family and friends. We never thought of it. That was the mind set back then. My junior year at Texas Tech College was side tracked in late 1965 as Uncle Sam came a’callin. After 4 years in the US Navy, I finished on the GI Bill in 1973 with a BS in Engineering Physics. My brother had a BA in Park Management and worked for the state and fed park system. Fortunately, I passed my work ethic on to my two kids an they survived.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 19, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

      For GsReagan: I congratulate you for being one of the many that our government fears! Passing on, walking the walk as well as talking the talk to show in action and deed for the next generation. Bravo…Bravo!

      I am certain (working theory here only)the the Greatest Generation was just as stumped, just as confused at their children’s idea’s and behavior as we are today at the generation(s) we are creating. The divide between what my grandparents taught me, verses what my parents did were chasms apart.

      I don’t believe one side or the other is 100% correct, or that we need to ‘go back too’ a specific time. Once a people have traveled over a time, there is no turning back the clock, there is only moving forward. Re-inserting idea’s that are proven to work, instead of pushing Utopia idea’s that are proven not to work, is how we move forward imo. Grasping onto those ideals that made our country great, inserting self pride for a good days work and self sufficiency most certainly need to come ‘back into style’. That doesn’t mean I want women at home barefoot and pregnant with little to no voice…just as I don’t want to see men de-valued for not being a three piece suit or doctor/lawyer. I know we can find the best of all the generations before us and insert it into our day to day lives, bettering the lives of our populace through temperance, common sense, and self sufficiency.

      ….however I can’t say I know…it’s just a working theory I play with in my head. We won’t know until it is seen in our every day environment. I can say I do know this new ideology isn’t working… not even for those it is supposedly in place to save. If anything it has turned almost half of our populace into ‘slaves’ …and they sadly don’t even know it.

      ~M

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  13. librabobComment by librabob
    November 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    After this last election my optimism for our country’s future has turned to pessimism. I see little hope that our downward spiral towards third world nation status can be reversed. Almost half the electorate is now beholding to the government for their very survival or at least to their sense of what’s owed them. Who among them would ever vote in future elections for the party that wants to decrease the government’s entitlement spending and balance the nation’s budget? They have been duped by the democrats into believing there is no shortage of government money for entitlement spending. We just need to make the rich pay more and all the problems will be resolved. As a nation, we are in economic and moral decline. Liberal ideology, the new religion of our youth, is the poison that will eventually lead to our demise if we fail to neutralize it.

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  14. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    November 19, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    The biggest problem in this country and has been for years in Washington is that there is no fear of GOD. Morals went out the window in the last election and they aint coming back. A lot of young people are perfectly happy living under communism, until the real communism happens. They are entitled along with a lot of older people in this country and that is the way it is. It is only going to get worse people.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      November 19, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      “They are entitled along with a lot of older people in this country and that is the way it is”.

      jenersea, I would be interested in knowing the meaning behind your statement and grouping the young people with the older people. The word “entitled to” means it was earned, and the young people can’t point to anything other than a diploma or degree that they are “entitled to”. On the other hand, some of us older folks who have spent the last 50-60 years working, paying the government’s bills, and trying to get by on what we have left are certainly “entitled” to the promises the government made to us because we EARNED them.

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  15. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    November 19, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    A note to all college students studying Law.

    When the liberal agenda is complete and there are no more producers, who are you going to sue?

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  16. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    November 19, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    Here is the deal. We need to get rid of the establishment republican party. The RNC is intent on pushing the same agenda as the democrats. If republicans continue on this path, then they will not win elections as has been evidenced. The only ones winning elections in the Republican party are strict conservatives. The hispanics are growing at the fastest rate and I do believe they are mainly conservative are pro-life and the legal hispanics do not favor illega amnesty. They want jobs and do not appreciate those who come here illegaly to tke there jobs. I really believe conservatives win the Hispanic vote. it will take time but they must talk to the masses and explain what conservatism is all about. If conservatism can win over at least 40% of the Hispanics then over time I think you will see them changing how they vote. Does anyone believe Hispanics do not want jobs. Most of them do. Most of the whites do. Most Asians do. Majority of African Americans do also. However it is necessary to go into these communities and explain what conservatism is all about. Not let the democrats tell lies to a significant portion of the population. I do not believe that Hispanics do not love this country and have gone through legal citizenship processes to make a better life for themselves. Conservatives are the party of Lincoln, not the democrats. Civil rights only passes because of a majority of Republicans who passed it. If one remembers it was the democrats who were the rascists. KKK came from the democratic party not republicans. I believe eventually the facts will be accepted. GOD BLESS AMERICA>

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  17. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    November 19, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    a Gimme mentality, from a Gimme raised society, brought up to believe that they are worthy, and deserve, the adoption and raising, of them by their Government,( The tax payers). From the very moment they begin to use their thought processes, they are led to believe that they should be supported by the tax payers, and their hands are firmly planted in the pockets of the Gimme Government of our Country. This is a thoroughly thought out, and patterned plan, used before across the seas, when Hitler did exactly the same thing. He honed the people to believe that their Government would take care of their every need, and that all they had to do to receive these Government gifts, is to be loyal to their God like leader.
    He built a people military of brown shirts, who’s sole purpose was to watch and listen for any talk against the Government, or the Fuhror , and report to their superiors anything of a contrary nature. They were so highly tuned, and loyal to the cause, that they would even turn in their own Families for any talk, or action against the Government.

    They are totally uninformed, and believe that their Government is all for them, and are being brainwashed in the same manner as was done with, and to the brown shirts.
    They are all becoming Judas’s in their own time, and will sell their very souls for a measly hand full of silver, and promises, from the liars and cheats who run the show.

    WE MUST TAKE OVER THE HOUSE, AND SENATE, IN 2014

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  18. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 19, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I was hoping that I was wrong and that Romney would get elected President, but I wasn’t, unfortunately, wrong, and the worst and most dangerous President in modern history just got another four years to continue dismantling the Constitutional framework of our country through executive orders and pure illegal activity.

    So..what do we have to look forward to over the next four years?

    Continued uncontrolled borrowing and spending which will run the national debt up to 20 Trillion or more.

    Continued unapproved deficit spending.

    Increased levels of unemployment, welfare and food stamp reciprients, those on disability, and the cost of everything we need to live our lives.

    An arrogant President who thinks he has a mandate to raise taxes to basically prove a point “that he won again” as raising taxes on the weathy is not going to make a dent in the financial problems the country is facing, and may actually cause more problems then good.

    We will have an increase in the number of government employees (spurred on by the public service unions who need higher taxes and union dues to maintain their control and for government to pay them their lavish benefits) at all levels of government as taxes and fee increases are going to be rampart as cities, counties, states, and the federal government all try to cope with income revenue shortfalls the easy way which is to figure out more creative ways to take more from the taxpayers in the country.

    Our self serving politicians at all levels have allowed their good judgement to be overwhelmed by the perks and ego stroking of being a politician as they are in denial of how bad the problems are that THEY CREATED at all levels of government. They do not want to admit how bad they have screwed up and how hard it is going to be to recover, if recovery is possible anymore.

    The American voting public are also to blame as they have continued to vote for these politicians who continue to promise all kinds of government provided free benefits and subsidies which anyone with half a brain knows are never free.

    It is all a big scam and con run by the liberal/socialist/communist subset of the Democratic Party and fully endorsed by our President, who is both ignorant and radical enough to think he is some kind of Messiah for the “people”…his “people”.

    The Democrat Party will continue to kid themselves that they are the “chosen few” to lead our country and that their view of the world and programs are what everyone needs. It is a false egotism that history has always proven wrong.

    There are two options at this point…one, is to let it all play out and let the chips fall where they may, and this option is going to be nasty. Just look at Greece and other socialist style countries who are now facing these monster financial problems and the demonstrations, etc. going on over there. We are going to watch this over the next four years and maybe learn, and then experience our own version of the same. Continued high unemployment and higher and higher cost of everything will be normal.

    The only other option is for some form of unarmed rebellion led by a strong group of leaders who start at the grass roots level and define and promote a plan that will hopefully turn around this suicidal path we are following under Obama. It may take a few years to totally get it out there for the naive and disinterested voters in this country to understand, but it can be done. Then..it has to be the basis for the 2016 election with every politician up for election or re-election has to stand up and swear to support the plan or be thrown out of office, and this is irregardless of current political affiliation.

    This will be a dog fight. The liberals and their union ground troops are going to fight back. All of their special intersts are going to fight back. Everyone receiving government subsidies need to be educated on what is at stake and what their options are going to emcompass, and they need to get on board. Everyone has to rise above their own self serving interests and think big picture.

    Also, in the background, our national election process has to be totally vetted and reconstructed. Anytime a particular candidate gets 100% of the votes in any district let alone 59 districts which is what happened in Philadelphia, you know that the system has been corrupted. When 140,000 people
    vote in a district where only 100,000 are registered, you know that the system is corrupt. There was a software programmer who admitted under oath that he inserted a small program (100 lines of code) into the voter counting machines in a particular district in the year 2000 election cycle which made the machine put the results at 51% vs 49% toward a particular candidate and that it is virtually undetectable. This is 2012 and twelve years later and the technology is even more sophisticated, and it stands to reason that if it was done in 2000, it was probably done this time around.

    This country is going down unless something changes bigtime.

    Do any of you believe it can be saved…do we have any real leaders willing to take this task on anymore? Is the America we grew up in and love gone forever?

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  19. gnafuComment by gnafu
    November 19, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    It begins in the home, Churches and into the formal education system. In schools, it will take a lot of de-programing of the students to realize their true worth in a productive society. It can be something as simple as The Pledge of Allegence to help wake up the students and study the true history of America. In order not to offend each other, various religious groups can be formed before school begins, or the school bell rings, to worship as they please, in a quiet and organized manner – Atheists do not need to participate. Until that happens, we continue on the path to destruction and total dependency on Big Govermnet to take care of The People. How many children can recite The Pledge, know what it means and Can sing the National Anthem? We bring Christ back into Christmas for those who wish to participate. Our Nation was built on belief in God and those who do not agree with this can live elsewhere. Our American Youth need to know they are important and useful and be given the opportunity to prove their self-worth. There is more to this country than cell phones. I think that real conversations still exist. That’s my two cents worth.

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  21. doctorfixitComment by doctorfixit
    November 20, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Character and values are not the government’s business. The object of elections is to win, not to save souls. If the GOP does not stop the moral lecturing, they will soon be extinct. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that America is a cesspool. And much of the degeneracy is government subsidized. But the solution is not to keep losing elections because you’re lecturing people on how bad they are.

    Social issues are not winning issues, they are losing issues. The GOP will not attract Mexican votes because the GOP is socially conservative, this election proved it. This election was primarily about race. The GOP has been painted as the white male party, and the vote reflected that. It was everybody else vs. the rich white male. The GOP is finished at the national level due to demographics, open borders, and birth rates. The GOP needs to hunker down at the state level in states where they can still prevail, but they have to defy Washington, they have to focus on limited government, and they have to stop talking about social issues that are none of the government’s business to begin with.

    It’s simple. If the GOP was a small government party, they would eliminate social programs and stop funding abortions and other degenerate behaviors. But the GOP is not a small government party. They have never cut federal spending, and they have never eliminated a single socialist program. Why? Is it a trade-off so they can get their huge military budgets?

    The GOP has got to stop talking about social issues if the party wants to survive. It’s that simple. If they want to win, then they have to learn how to gutter fight better than the Democrats.

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  22. patriot38Comment by patriot38
    November 25, 2012 @ 12:09 am

    I am amazed and pleased. Congratulations to the group. I read down through all the comments (most of the time I get bored and quit early) and was simply amazed with the intelligence displayed. This must be a more mature group. I usually don’t find so many responders so nearly in sync with my feelings.

    I will say just a little here because most of it has already been said. However, I did notice that someone finally brought lawyers into the fray. My opinion concerning this subject is that there is something inherently wrong with our educational system when lawyers are one of the most abundant groups of graduates; there is certainly no shortage of them, and way too many gravitate to government service to follow the money.

    College isn’t for everyone. If everyone went to college, and everyone has a degree (earned or not), industry and business will be unable to discern who is best suited for what since most get high grades anymore (if the teachers want to keep their jobs), and there won’t be anyone left to do the menial tasks required to earn a living, let alone run a country. Students tend gravitate to colleges and universities where the curriculum tends to be easier liberal subjects and grades tend to be higher in order to justify the money they charge the students for the brainwashing they get. I’ve taught at the university level, and gave it up as a lost cause. I didn’t feel I could teach as they desired that I should, teaching the tests and grading on the curve. My time was worth more than that!

    In my opinion, we will simply have to scuttle the entire current political system and begin again. However, when we do, I hope we have sense enough to pay attention to what the new politicians are up to, teach our children to do the same, go back to our Constitutional Republic, and never again allow the government to balloon up to anywhere near the magnitude it is now. If it keeps expanding at the rate it is, we will all soon be working for the government!

    I am racist as hell, and I want my race to be the best on the planet. Now why would I make a statement like that? Because I believe we should all learn to live together in harmony, and pull toward the same goal, that being a Constitutional Republic. The word democracy was never mentioned in the Constitution because our forefathers and founders believed it to be a very dangerous philosophy. Religions should never be dictated by the government, and religions that cannot retain their membership without violence and death threats and having to kill anyone who didn’t believe their particular theory, should be shunned and not allowed in the Republic because they are not “free” religions. I suppose you wonder about my race, so I will mention it at this point. I am a member of the human race, and that is all you need to know. The details of my subclass of the human race is not, and should not, be necessary for us to get along with each other in this world.

    Collectivism and the pending New World Order, or Globalism, which describes the United Nations to a tee, is a very poor choice of a path to follow, because tyrannical socialism is a failing ideology, and that is exactly what the Obama regime is pushing for. Me? I just want to be the best I can be, with the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which is not guaranteed by the Constitution by the way) in a country that is peaceful but yet willing to fight to the death for the purities of its principles; one that is willing to protect it’s borders, language, and culture! A government that is big enough to provide everything to everybody is also big enough to take everything you ever hope to have, and I don’t ever want to be dependent upon government help from taxpayers nor be a burden upon my children. Basically, I just want to be left alone unless my actions physically harm someone else without justification. I intend to defend myself, my family, and my property.

    We should also stop funding wars overseas, nation building, and policing the entire world, simply because they don’t appreciate it and we can’t afford it. $16T going for $20T+ in the next four years, outrageous! And the government isn’t even smart enough to balance a budget! They are, however, superb liars, and a massive Weapon of Mass Distraction! Masters of Smoke and Mirrors! How long has it been since you have heard them speak out about anything of importance to the country? Maybe abortion? Nah, that should not even be on the Federal platform. How about the Constitutional responsibility for financial matters? Nah, they delegated that to an unmonitored Federal Reserve Bank system based in the United Kingdom, and controlled by the Rothschild family and other super-wealthy elite Globalist bankers.

    Fortunately, I am old enough that Obama and his Marxist/Muslim idiotology won’t effect me too much, well at least not for very long (I’m sure I’m probably on his “Death Panel” listing), but I do feel sorry for my children, grand children, and great grand children, who will have to face this mess that my generation’s ignorance, laziness, and complacency in politics left for them; it will certainly be a challenge for them, even if our USA manages to survive the coming onslaught.

    Sorry I got wound up a little more than I had intended, and maybe I was not as ‘politically correct’ as liberals would prefer. May God Bless the USA, if He is still willing after all of our foolishness and shenanigans. Please have a very good day.

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