The Rise of Progressive Government and the Decline of Morality

☆astac☆~PWCM 2012/08/19 04:49:31
The growth of government has politicized life
and weakened the nation’s moral fabric.
Government intervention—in the economy, in
the community, and in society—has increased
the payoff from political action and reduced the
scope of private action. People have become
more dependent on the state and have sacrificed
freedom for a false sense of security.
The most obvious signs of moral decay in
America are the prevalence of out-of-wedlock
births, the breakup of families, the amorality of
public education, and the eruption of criminal
activity. But there are other signs as well: the
decline in civility, the lack of integrity in both
public and private life, and the growth of litigation
as the chief way to settle disputes.
One cannot blame government for all of
society’s ills, but there is no doubt that economic
and social legislation over the past 50 years has
had a negative impact on virtue. Individuals lose
their moral bearing when they become dependent
on welfare, when they are rewarded for
having children out of wedlock, and when they
are not held accountable for their actions. The
internal moral compass that normally guides
individual behavior will no longer function
when the state undermines incentives for moral
conduct and blurs the distinction between right
and wrong.
More government spending is not the
answer to our social, economic, or cultural problems.
The task is not to reinvent government or
to give politics meaning; the task is to limit government
and revitalize civil society. Government
meddling will only make matters worse.
If we want to help the disadvantaged, we
do not do so by making poverty pay, by restricting
markets, by prohibiting school choice, by discouraging
thrift, or by sending the message that
the principal function of government is to take
care of us. Rather, we do so by eliminating social
engineering and welfare, by cultivating free markets,
and by returning to our moral heritage.

Read More: http://www.cato.org/pubs/catosletters/cl-12.pdf

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  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/08/22 04:29:00
    You can blame a lot on the government. They are the ones that have controlled what our children have been taught and the attitudes that they have. This a the liberal courts. Like the guys saying that the site of the cross at the twin towers makes them sick. A Judge should not even consider the case and throw it out, but they won't. The fact is when I hear or read of such ridiculous stuff it makes me sick. I think they should be locked up for observation.
  • Steve Boston 2012/08/20 01:10:27
    Steve Boston
    Abolish the Department of Education. Its the most powerful weapon the progressives have under their control. The government has no damn business "educating" our children. We do, They've been churning out mind cloned generations of government dependent serfs for decades now. Look at the state of our nation today. I rest my case.
  • ☆astac☆... Steve B... 2012/08/20 01:16:07
    The indoctrination that goes on in the public schools are destroying millions of lives
  • doc moto 2012/08/19 15:21:41
    doc moto
    Just one of three, maybe we can pass on the need to read the constitution and learn to understand what are our rights, we have rights!
  • BlutandEhre 2012/08/19 13:39:29 (edited)
    Progressive politics has broken down the moral fabric of the nation. Also, Amerika is an "Immigrant nation," but it was never meant to be a shining city on a hill for just whomever wants to land here. It's for LEGAL immigrants. And it has to be controlled, with Amerika's interests in mind. The Clinton's & other progressives want to make us a nation without borders, similar to what is happening in Europe today. And you watch: I come from Europe, and Europe is going to have major problems in the future because of massive 3rd world immigration. The USA is next if they don't enforce their immigration laws. There will either be massive deportien in Europe, or wars.
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/08/19 12:14:53
    ☆ QueenAline
    That's the agenda..until November..then we can restore
  • JMCC 2012/08/19 10:41:39
    Before the fall of any civilisation, empire or economy there has always been a rise in decadence and immorality.

    I suspect that the two are linked more by the way that extreme wealth seems to give rise to an egocentric and hedonistic attitude within the "landed" and privileged. Since many in society look to these people as their role models, the rot sets in.

    I am not sure that this divides simply along political lines as it is a phenomenon that has been observed in even the least progressive of societies.
  • bricklyn JMCC 2012/08/19 16:34:28
    You do not seem to read much history.
  • JMCC bricklyn 2012/08/19 16:41:28
    I love history.
  • ☆astac☆... bricklyn 2012/08/19 16:45:15
    Actually he comes off as a person who reads quite a bit about History. He is from England, so he may not express his views like what we expect over here, but he is a very informed civil person
  • ☆astac☆... JMCC 2012/08/19 16:46:11
    Excellent point. Every society has always followed a path to it's own destruction.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/08/19 05:50:41
    You betcha. The feral animals that make up the leadership of the Progressive Party have zero moral compasses and even less class.
  • U-Dog 2012/08/19 05:17:53
    Excellent post astac, I could not agree more.
  • Don Leuty 2012/08/19 04:51:57
    Don Leuty
    Hmmm. Sounds just like the Romans.
  • ☆astac☆... Don Leuty 2012/08/19 04:52:37
    History tends to repeat
  • Don Leuty ☆astac☆... 2012/08/19 04:55:08
    Don Leuty
    Those who do not learn from it are doomed to repeat it.
  • ☆astac☆... Don Leuty 2012/08/19 04:56:41
    As we are seeing today
  • bricklyn ☆astac☆... 2012/08/19 16:31:29
    I guess you people do not read history.
  • ☆astac☆... bricklyn 2012/08/19 16:46:44
    Why are you trolling my articles.
  • stevmackey 2012/08/19 04:50:49
    They try to protect what is wrong. Ie: abortion.
  • ☆astac☆... stevmackey 2012/08/19 04:51:28
    And people like Kevin Jennings and his queering of the schools
  • bricklyn ☆astac☆... 2012/08/19 16:32:55
    You sound like a closet homosexual. They are always the ones who focus on these issue the strongest until they are caught with their boyfriends.
  • ☆astac☆... bricklyn 2012/08/19 16:47:02
    You sound like a troll

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