Our Nation’s Moral Character: Have We Lost Our Compass?
The Cultural Impact of the 60’s
Many experts will tell us that the dramatic decline in moral character in our society began in the 1960’s. The Vietnam war was waging and influential leaders were assassinated. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy all were murdered in this decade.
A time of innocence and hope soon turned into a time of anger and violence. The unrest and violence which followed effected many young Americans. A backlash of social unrest began and a statement of moral discourse arose in youth across the country, especially in our colleges. Most of their parents had jobs that paid well. Their children were taught what were called middle-class values. These values included a belief in God, hard work and service to your country.
But many young Americans didn’t buy into these beliefs. They didn’t believe these values were enough to help them deal with the social unrest and the difficulties of the nineteen sixties.
What began from this was a country-wide rebellion. A youth counterculture called hippies began in the mid-sixties. Men grew their hair long and strange clothing became the norm. Smoking marijuana and habitual drug usage were all part of this new culture. Music also reflected this rebellion with harsh and sexual lyrics which had never been heard before. “Do your own thing” became a common expression. It meant do whatever you wanted, without feeling guilty. Having open sexual relationships also became common practice in this “hippie” culture.
Out of the sixties also came the women’s movement. Early activists were usually rich liberal white women; hence the liberal movement began. Many of the hippies of the sixties went on to become college professors, indoctrinating our youth into the liberal mindset. The mindset where you and your needs come first, not your country.
JFK’s words were quickly forgotten, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The belief in God also began to diminish, many coming to believe that man created God, instead of the other way around. Our moral values were quickly changing, and not for the better.
Taking God Out of Society and Where it’s Led Us
Where does our moral compass come from? Many will tell us it comes from God. In my book, “A Rush to Judgement A Journey with Trump, God and Love,” I share my own experience of finding God in my life and having a relationship with Him. This was at age fifty-nine, just before I joined the Trump campaign. Although I always considered myself to have been a good person, upon becoming a Christian, I recognized my own moral compass took a different direction. Straight up to God.
If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll have noticed our cultures moral tone has declined over the past forty or fifty years. The belief in God above has been part of our history for two hundred and fifty years in America. The notions of good and evil lose their force when people cease to acknowledge God. As we rolled out of the sixties and into the seventies, the secular left in America set their sites on taking God out of education. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been used as the strong arm by the Left to keep God out of our schools by using “Freedom of Speech” as the curtain they hide behind.
When in fact, it’s power and control of our society that drives Liberal Democrats. By simply taking God out of education implies to children that a belief in God is not important. Less prayer means easier control. If you can raise a society with less importance on God, you can diminish their values from one generation to the next. I describe in my book where this came from, but my own belief is that “without God, everything is permissible.”
By growing up without faith and belief in a larger power than me, I set my own moral standards. Look at the degradation of moral standards in today’s society. What may have been considered abnormal in the past is gradually becoming normal.
It’s no coincidence that almost all forms of media in the U.S. are owned and run by liberal democrats. Reality television reflects an extremely low standard of moral values. Men who become women and therefore use “ladies’ bathrooms” is shown as perfectly normal by the media. Extreme violence in movies and video games has desensitized our youth to the core values of kindness and respect and the goodness of God loving people.
Part one of two: Next week read my column “Our Moral Values, how do We Find Our Way Back?”