The somewhat controversial conservative activist Pamela Geller wrote an essay last year entitled “The Poo Generation.” The thrust of Geller’s essay is that the ‘Poo emoticon’ best “exemplifies the low state of the world, of the culture, and of America itself in the age of the primitive. It signifies America’s rapid decay in the wake of the left’s decades-long war on Americanism, freedom, and individual rights.”
Although the title is a bit off-putting, the essay was thought-provoking in that it compared the post 9/11 and post Obama Administration culture in the U.S., with some unspecified time from our past when “America was happy.” The essay lambasted the Left for bringing us to our current state of misery.
It’s hard to disagree with the overall angst expressed in Geller’s essay, but Geller also said, “The absence of morality – and by morality I mean a code of values – has led to an absence of the good” and that, “A nation built on a morality of reason has all but abandoned its foundational principles.”
Our country was built on a “morality of reason” but it did not come from some unidentified “code of values.” Our country was meant to be a Christian country founded on Natural Law and Judeo-Christian values, as evidenced by the appeal of the Founding Fathers to “the Supreme Judge of the World,” “Divine Providence,” “our Creator,” and “nature’s God” for “protection” and the “rectitude of our intentions.”
Since Geller is an admirer of Ayn Rand, an avowed atheist, Geller may have been channeling Rand in this statement. And while Rand’s defense of a free market and her notions of makers and takers do have merit, her atheism does not really fit with John Adam’s notion that: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
But regardless of where Geller thinks our morality of reason comes from, she is not the first person to point out the moral decay that has been taking place in this country. She is, however, the first to suggest the poo emoticon may be a fitting symbol for America today.
Is Our Nation is Morally Crumbling?
On his Facebook page last year, the Reverend Franklin Graham, said our nation is “morally crumbling within” and that we have, “turned our back on God.” His comment was made in response to criticism former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani had taken over his questioning of Barak Obama’s faith. Giuliani was probably only stating what many in this country have thought. And so too, was Reverend Graham.
In 1838, as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Abraham Lincoln said in a speech in Springfield IL:
”All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”
Lincoln was probably warning against the threat of Civil War as the danger that could “spring up amongst us,” but Lincoln’s words have new meaning today because we are once again in a position to become the “author and finisher” of our own destruction. The new war we are engaged in is a war against the removal of God from the public square and ultimately from all of society. And we do seem to be losing the war.
But if, as Geller states, “the culture is ugly” we can’t place all the blame on moral relativism or the secular progressives. Yes, they have certainly “worked hard to make us miserable,” and Hollywood may now be “a force for evil, degradation, and cultural rape, cloaked in self-righteousness,” and much of today’s music may be “ugly, violent, and misogynistic,” and many television programs today may well be “devoid of humanity and morality. Devoid of goodness,” as Geller says. But that is only part of our problem.
Are We Abandoning Our Christian Culture?
Our country’s culture is made up of much more than its art, music, movies, and television programs, not to mention its choice of emoticons. And it is also more than “the sum of the intellectual achievements of individual men, which their fellow citizens have accepted in whole or in part, and which have influenced the nation’s way of life” as Ayn Rand wrote. Our country’s culture is first and foremost our belief system and the set of values that we live by.
Our Founding Fathers did not coin the term ‘Judeo-Christian Values’ but only someone determined to rewrite history and further the secular progressive cause would try to argue that God, The Bible, Natural Law, and religion were not important to these men. And this is exactly what Jeff Schweitzer tried to do in an article in the Huffington Post entitled “Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation,” which leads with a quotation from 1797 Treaty of Tripoli:
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
The words in the treaty were simply an attempt to assure the Muslims that we held no enmity against them, but Schweitzer, in his zeal to advance secularism attributed the quote directly to John Adams since as President of the United States Adams signed the treaty. Even though it’s highly unlikely Adams had much of a hand in authoring the treaty, HuffPo let the attribution stand.
What HuffPo, secular progressives, and atheists do not want to recognize is that our Judeo-Christian values come from a strong belief in the God of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the 10 Commandments, the moral laws of the Bible, Natural Law, and in Jesus Christ the Son of God and His teachings. Central to this value system are the beliefs that our rights come from God, that strong religious beliefs are central to a just society, that human life is sacred, that marriage is between a man and woman, and that the family is the basis of society. However, there is no question that society today seems to be abandoning these values.
Vote to Fix America
According to a 2014 Pew Poll, nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now think religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010. This is the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade. Most people who say religion’s influence is waning agree that this is a bad thing.
But is the Left solely responsible for this or is the GOP equally responsible because they seemingly let the Left have their way? Or are those conservatives who don’t bother voting because the GOP candidate is not conservative enough to suit them somewhat to blame as well?
Only 58% of eligible voters went to the polls in 2012. A better conservative turnout might have meant an end to the reign of the guy currently living in the White House. Romney may not have been best candidate imaginable or ‘conservative enough’ to suit some, but he would certainly have been better than Barack Hussein Obama. As I have said before, a sad but true fact is that all too often voting means choosing the lesser of two evils.
Worse still, in 2014 only 36.4% of the eligible voters in this country took the time to go to the polls – the lowest percentage of voter turnout since WWII. Something is wrong. The word apathetic comes to mind.
Like it or not, for the foreseeable future ours is a two party system. Third party candidates only have shot at local and maybe some state offices. Until this changes and a third party emerges that actually stands a chance in federal elections, the answer to Brian C. Joondeph’s question, “Why Vote Republican?” is simple: Our only choice is the lesser of two evils. Not voting or voting for a third party candidate is not an option.
(Tomorrow: Part II)