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Brown: Will 2013 Be the Year We Slow the Moral Decline?

By Susan Stamper Brown

With dark shadows of uncertainty descending upon the hearts of so many at the conclusion of 2012, one can only hope 2013 will be a year of promise. But even in these dark days, miracles do still happen, especially when people are willing to roll up their sleeves for the cause of freedom.

This present darkness has its roots in our nation's moral decline, and the further we get from our moral center, the worse off we are as a people -- and a nation. It has taken some time to get where we are today. Over the years, Conservatives have allowed Progressives to hijack the conversation about our founding principles. Liberals have replaced morality with moral relativism in an attempt to justify their own moral ineptitude. For example, a group recently sanitized the King James Bible from any reference to homosexuality, replacing it with their own politically correct version they titled the "New Queen James Bible."

Moreover, we've allowed liberals to distort our founders' intentions concerning the separation of church and state. Consequently, prayer and most other references to God have been banned from the public square; yet they see no plausible correlation to those actions and recent mass shootings.

Mum's the word when it comes to God, but the roof is raised by right to choose discussions -- just as long as the conversation stays within the confines of the human life women should be allowed to extract from their bodies. But choice flies out the window when the discussion changes to things the rest of us put in our bodies -- like soda, fats, salt, and caffeine. They're all about women's rights — until you mention Islamic extremism or third-world barbarism in places like Darfur. And to them, capitalism is reprehensible, but taking hard-earned money from a capitalist is okay.

Progressives' ideological inconsistencies will be their downfall and their ideology will most certainly crumble beneath the weight of truth just as the Iron Curtain did in 1989.

What is wrong in America today is what went terribly wrong in Russia many years ago when the Soviet Union tried the Marxist way to go it on its own without God. While many cast the blame for their problems on poor economic and political choices, Russian writer and Nobel Prize recipient Alex Solzhenitsyn blamed it on the fact "men had forgotten God." He was right, and the world discovered how wrong Marx was when men (and women) who refused to forget God played a monumental role in crushing Communism in Eastern European countries.

The story is told in Philip Yancey's book, "Finding God in Unexpected Places," in East Germany every demonstration began with worship. (I'm not getting all spiritual on you here; I'm simply restating history.) Small groups would throw prayer meetings filled with political dissidents, concerned citizens, and some of those reprehensible Christians. After a period of prayer, pastors spoke while holding newspapers in one hand and Bibles in the other. Afterward participants went outside to walk peacefully through dark streets holding banners and candles.

In October 1989, as East Berlin was celebrating the 44th year of its communist regime, police were instructed to shoot demonstrators in Leipzig, where crowds had grown to nearly 500,000, but thankfully never did. On November 9, the crowd had doubled to one million when the unimaginable happened; a gap in the Berlin Wall opened. Without incident, candle-carrying East Germans peacefully filed through and over the wall, effectively bringing down the East German government in the process.

By years' end, multiple Eastern Bloc countries joined East Germany's fate, and by the end of 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. Hope sprung eternal and the world experienced a long-anticipated fresh breath of freedom because people put their faith and longing for freedom into action thus allowing the world to witness a miracle.


Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at or her website at ©2012 Susan Stamper Brown

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  1. BadgerComment by Badger
    December 31, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    It took many years and millions upon millions of lives for the old USSR to dissolve. Doesn’t appear it will take that long for this new USSA … As of 12/12/12 there were 932,367 signatures on petitions for secession from the Union spanning all 50 states with Texas leading the pack at about 109,000. The Civil war had the states split between North and South, this is a crossed the board split. That’s almost 1 million people and it’s only just beginning.

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  2. buckeeComment by buckee
    December 31, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Great article, very concise about our current “situation.” Problem is How are we going to pierce the bunker strength skull that is the modern Leftist? Revolution?

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    December 31, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    The problem with Progressivism is that it denies the condition or existence of the human soul whose mindset must erase the past and ignore the future to live only in the immediate gratification of the present. They ignore the very thing that defines humanity which is its ability to provide for the future, even that of an afterlife. Since to the Progressive there is no after life and no accountability to a higher authority than themselves, then all actions are justified in their mental states of situational morality where the Progressive God of SELF is given free rein to pursue the pleasure it is addicted to. This is why the Progressive is doomed to failure, because by recognizing no higher authority than themselves they aspire to nothing HIGHER than themselves, and just wallow in their own human frailty. Christian Americans on the other hand always aspire to the higher authority of Omniscience, and excellence they worship, adore and seek to emulate, knowing that their finite abilities will never achieve it, but that their lives will still be so much the better for the pursuit of it,,,, which they are. It is this pursuit of excellence that has defined the American spirit for Centuries until corrupted by the very European social contamination that arrived on our shores in the early to mid 20th century, the very European contamination that caused our Christian forefathers to flee in the first place, except this time it wore the face of Communist/ Socialism. These European/Soviets tried to crush God and in the process got crushed themselves. Would that America wake up to its true roots before it is too late! While the Soviets and the Chinese are recovering from their foolishness, we in America are foolishly embracing that which even the Soviets and Chinese are now rejecting. When Hitler drove the communists from Germany the 1930s many fled to America, to Columbia University, home school of our present day President Barak Hussein Obama. Do the homework and you will see the origins of our current problems.

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  4. mysticComment by mystic
    December 31, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    It took secular progressive almost three decades to achieve the USA we all currently live within. What is their biggest piece of bait? Stuff….yup, stuff. Phones, homes, food, college educations, computers, …. you name it, they will give it to you…all ya gotta do is hand over your life and your will to the great Nanny State machine that is now our Federal Government. and in the name of what? Progress of course. *><*

    If the problem took three decades to achieve…it will take years for us to turn the tides back to common sense and a palatable approach towards a USA we all remember and understand to be what is best for all…not easiest.

    However, (and I know the flack will hit when I post this) a purely Christian Nation ain't gonna happen folks. A moral and ethical nation can be achieved under many hats…not just Christianity alone. We are not isolationist…we are not a wholly Christian nation (and which sect of Christianity do we pick?) anymore. We are however, a copulation of people from all over who believe in goodness, fairness and justice.

    Dragging prayer into schools (for which God do we pray too? What prayer gets nationally recognized…gets hairy from there on out) isn't going to fix this fiscal crises, school shootings or abortion. Common sense however will. Stop spending like drunken sailors (no offense sailors) get mentally diseased/ill people the help they need, and re-write Row v Wade.. (bad piece of legislation ever written). Get our Second Amendment well fitted and used. All of this can be achieved without upholding one religion or another.

    As tempting as it is to apply a one size fits all band aid on our current problems…for they are many…the only one size fits all band aid is Common Sense.


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  5. BadgerComment by Badger
    December 31, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Mystic ,,, it is not as complicated as you’ve made it seam … you’ve cast the same shades of grey that the leftist cast in their attempts to strip us the freedom to choose how we live our live’s.

    “Our Father, which art in heaven,
    Hallowed be thy Name.
    Thy Kingdom come.
    Thy will be done in earth,
    As it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    As we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    But deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    The power, and the glory,
    For ever and ever.

    This is the prayer we said each and every morning before school. Just how as that hurting anyone … and not one school shooter came out of our schools even though just about every child had a gun at home of his own in those days. You tell me what religion could be offended by this prayer? The jews refer to their god as father, as do the moslems and the Christians … There is no mention of Allah or Jesus or Beezlebob for that matter …

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      December 31, 2012 @ 2:03 pm


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    • mysticComment by mystic
      January 1, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

      For Badger: No shades of grey…last thing this country needs is more grey! *><* The prayer you posted (one I recited every morning before first period in high school) is truly a nondescript all encompassing prayer to a Father in Heaven. problem with that unless…and here it comes…you are Hindi where there are several 'Father's" and "Mother's" that are prayed too…or Buddhist…don't get me started on that long list of deities prayed too…or even those who worship to no entity at all.

      What's my point? I don't want my grandchildren to have to (forced/mandated by the GOVERNMENT) pray to 'all' Father's and Mother's just so everyone is covered. Know what I mean? The main religions are truly covered by the "lords prayer"…so what do we do with those families who will take issue with it based on their own beliefs or no belief? We gonna wrap up years and years in courts over what prayers is acceptable?

      Better to simply allow children to 'pray' whatever prayer they wish…quietly at the beginning of class (allowing class time for said prayer). In this, no one can complain or feel left out or forced to do anything that goes against their beliefs/faith.

      We must be careful to understand our base makeup of the country is not WASP. We truly have a nation of melting pot of backgrounds, faiths, cultures and religions. Celebrating them shouldn't be taboo…nor should we force anyone to give up their beliefs in favor for someone else's.


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  6. maximusprime1Comment by maximusprime1
    January 1, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    As a resident of HellIllinois I only see the moral decay getting worse. The land of Lincoln has become the moocher Kapital of socialist Nirvana. The #’s are astounding.
    Chicago runs the politics of the entire state. Gov Quinn carried 3 out of 102 counties and the Dems have every State office but ONE. Whatever Chicago and Dems WANT they JAM down the entire states throat.
    A 67% temporary increase of income tax rates that was supposed to be 6 Bill was actually $10 BILL and all of it went to the IL state retirement system and NOT one state bill was paid. Next year the $10 BILL windfall WILL be squandered again. Meanwhile the STATE is borrowing MORE $ to pay IL bills so they say.
    The temporary income tax is rumored to become permanent.
    Meanwhile double and triple IL retirements continue.
    One person in the IL university retirement gets $430,000 PER YEAR retirement. $100,000 IL state retirements are NOT uncommon.
    Meanwhile the peons are being killed by the property tax. My 1200 sq foot house costs me $4,300 each year, 3.5 retirement checks.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      January 1, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      MA is not far behind! No one would realize there are many conservatives living in the state…but the Boston Democrat (Kennedy) political machine runs everything! We have tolltakers and secretaries making six figure salaries. State pensions keep climbing, illegals get to have instate college tuition and the regular hardworking taxpayers get the shaft!

      There should be NOOOOOOO unions for public employees! There is no accountability and no way to fire incompetent workers. All public employees should be put into 401k programs where they save for their own retirement, just like the rest of us who are being billed for those very excessive retirement checks do!

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  7. annelouisegelinasComment by annelouisegelinas
    January 1, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    The miracle will be to get on your knees and pray like you never prayed before. When you pray, ask Jesus Christ to take over all the burdens of the people who have lost their way and have gotten so far from their roots they need Christ to help them back. I pray that Jesus will take all my burdens away and take them on himself. I pray that Jesus will take the burdens that others suffer from and make them come back to Him. The miracle to save America is TO KEEP AMERICA ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Never allow anyone to take God out of America. Never allow anyone to UN-UNITE US. Never let anyone destroy our CONSTITUTION. Never forget your freedoms and that you are liberated. Look around you. See the people around the world trying to liberate themselves. And they try but their dictators hold them down and back it up with the wrong religion and the wrong ideologies. They are willing to die for liberty and freedom just like our ancestors did. If you don’t fight constantly for God, Country, Constitution, Freedom and Liberty, then you may see yourself just like the people in countries who can never attain theirs. Don’t take America for granted. UNITE by keeping God as the Ruler of our Nation. Our government is not our Ruler, We The People Rule. It is that simple.
    So now, start praying instead of finding fault. Ask God to help you start over. Pray for your country. Without America who will you be? Think about it. And stop knocking our Constitution and our way of life. Americans have the best life ever. Not perfect, but the best of all other countries combined. Why not be a part of it rather than trying to run your own country down.? Your ancestors brought you up in a country that was advancing faster than any other nation. Why mess it up? Don’t you see that is why other countries try to make their citizens hate us? Jealousy and spite and to keep their citizens under their control by making them hate us. Think about it. Just pray again. It solves all our problems. And even atheists and backhanded people who nay say know it is true. God helps us help ourselves. God gave us a brain and a body that surpasses all others. Being human is the highest level of His creations. Act like you know it. It might please God to know you finally give Him credit for your being. You don’t really think a big bang created you, do you? Let the Spirit of God make you whole. He is waiting for you and the world to recognize He is your Creator. He created us all EQUAL. Don’t listen to any ideology that says different. We are equal in the eyes of God. That is His miracle.

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