Whatever happened to … HONOR?
Do Americans ever consider the innumerable sacrifices made by previous Americans to purchase the liberties so casually laid aside these days? Do we understand the concepts of pledging to one another “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor?”
- When did Americans lose sight of reality, of the realistic difference between our NEEDS and our WANTS?
- When did Americans lose appreciation for the value of good, honest work?
- When did Americans stop talking to one another and become a nation of isolationists living in loneliness?
- Did the Bible and the Constitution become “old-fashioned” simultaneously? Is that a peculiar ‘coincidence?’
It is appalling to me that as a civilization, we have been manipulated to turn on one another, to question the values our parents and grandparents valued – that made America the most desired destination of NON-Americans, that made America the MOST entrepreneurial, the MOST innovative, the MOST prosperous, the MOST generous, the MOST charitable, and the MOST self-reliant. Within the time of a generation, what was once sought after – CHARACTER – is now scoffed at as “Old-fashioned.”
Is it any wonder our economy is in the tubes and failing, our society is in open decay, and our political structure is corrupt to the very roots.
Lost without a compass, most people will wonder in a circle. Many Americans have thrown aside the moral compass that guided our parents and grandparents. Problem is, nothing has taken its place. In the absence of a moral compass, these Americans wonder making moral decisions subjectively. With nothing to rest our decisions on, nothing to remind us of consequences or rewards, it is natural to wonder in circles, making no progress in spite of the political jargon.
First Comes Honor
By Steve McCann
A nation without honor is a nation without a future. Today the United States finds itself in a quagmire of ever-increasing self-doubt and foreboding. Chief among the factors that have brought America to this point has been the abandonment of a sense of what is right, just and true as it relates to the duty imposed by conscience. Honor is being abandoned and replaced by duplicity, avarice, self-aggrandizement, cowardice, and an unbridled lust for power and notoriety.
These characteristics are symptomatic of the bulk of the American governing class that has increasingly adopted, as their sacrosanct tenet, the concept that the end justifies the means. In their position atop the societal pyramid they have been devastatingly influential in undermining the morality and integrity of the citizenry. As Herbert Hoover once observed: “When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”
As the greatest fear of the founding fathers comes to pass — an overwhelmingly powerful central government — the base nature of the human race comes increasingly to the fore. This evolutionary process, while underway for some time, has thoroughly permeated society as the nation is now reaching the tipping point.
Whether in the various state capitols or the once hallowed halls of Congress or the now tarnished grandeur of the White House, the acquisition and retention of political power by any means necessary, and the attendant access to ever larger sums of money, either borrowed, created out of whole cloth or coerced from the taxpayers, has become firmly entrenched in the nation’s political psyche. Party identity notwithstanding, in order to achieve this end, nothing is beyond the pale — be it fraud, corruption, outright lies, or immorality.
No one person on the American landscape today more epitomizes this descent into dishonor than Barack Obama. His earliest days in politics were marked with unethical and oftentimes dishonest tactics in eliminating his opposition. He has revealed an untroubled willingness to prevaricate and make up so-called facts to suit his personal agenda. He has proven himself to be untrustworthy and a man whose word is meaningless. His narcissism knows no bounds as he oversees the premeditated decline of the United States concurrent with seeking to transform the nation into his vision of a socialist state. All the while exploiting his skin color as he calculatingly divides Americans into groups which he coldly and with forethought pits against each other.
The recent re-election campaign of Barack Obama encapsulated all these traits into the strategy employed as he set out to not only personally destroy his opposition by innuendo and falsehoods but to hoodwink the American voter. Unfortunately, the voters have become receptive to these tactics as they have been conditioned over the past forty years by an education establishment — dominated by greed, self-absorption and fealty to statist ideology — to believe that government, as controlled by the American left, is the source of wealth and salvation. Adding to this indoctrination, the entertainment industry, whose primary concern is an unfettered lifestyle, has slowly but surely convinced a near majority of the people that there are no moral absolutes.
The mainstream media, also concerned with an unfettered lifestyle but more importantly with access to the politically powerful, have chosen sides and become an extension of the state propaganda machinery as well as pawns in the hands of Barack Obama and the Democrats. Many in the media, also greatly influenced by the education and entertainment establishment, have left any semblance of honor at the doorway of cronyism as they safeguard their standard of living.
Far too many in the corporate and financial sphere have cast their principles aside as they too are increasingly operating their enterprises with the end justifies the means mindset. Further, as much of the free market is effectively under the thumb of government bureaucrats and politicians, many are convinced that in order to survive and prosper they must “play the game” with Washington D.C. and financially support those who have amassed the power to destroy them. Others have willing prostituted themselves and openly become crony capitalists eerily reminiscent of the relationship between industry and the government in fascist Italy and Germany.
This debasement of honor has extended its tentacles into many religious institutions who are now preaching the gospel of big government, abortion, euthanasia, and the toleration of any lifestyle. (emphasis bbb’s) They are doing so in order to maintain some semblance of a congregation and the income derived from the same as well as groveling before the almighty monolith on the shores of the Potomac River… Read more
Have we become nation that has embraced “the Ends justify the means” mentality? What will it cost us? What has it already cost us?
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