Culture matters : 2012 Archives

RANDOM ACTS OF MASS MURDER - ROOT CAUSES BUT NO MEANING

What are the roots of the problem when random acts of mass murder occur? The incidence of mass murders has declined, but random acts of mass murders, where no intent is readily discernible, have increased. Michael Ramirez has some thoughts.

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Mark Steyn makes the point that "the media’s stampede for meaning in massacre this last week overlooks the obvious: that the central meaning of these acts is that they are without meaning....the infanticidal maniac of Sandy Hook was merely conscripting grade-school extras for a hollow act of public suicide."

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MARRIAGE, CHILDREN, POVERTY AND THE FUTURE OF RETIREMENT PROGRAMS

Where is America headed? Populations are plummeting worldwide as women are bearing fewer and fewer children. The future of government retirement programs are in jeopardy because there won't be enough workers to support those who have retired.

Until recently, it was thought that the U.S. was immune from this problem. However, recent data shows that birth rates in all ethnic groups in the U.S. have dropped sharply to well below "replacement rate," the rate needed to keep the population stable.

There are various reasons for this: Higher education for many causing a delay in marriage and child-bearing and personal decisions against marriage and children being among the most prominent. Professor Robert George of Princeton believes that

"limited government “cannot be maintained where the marriage culture collapses and families fail to form or easily dissolve. Where these things happen, the health, education, and welfare functions of the family will have to be undertaken by someone, or some institution, and that will sooner or later be the government.” Marriage is what makes the entire Western project​—​liberalism, the dignity of the human person, the free market, and the limited, democratic state​—​possible.

“The two greatest institutions ever devised for lifting people out of poverty and enabling them to live in dignity are the market economy and the institution of marriage. These institutions will, in the end, stand or fall together.”

Will people care enough about the future of mankind to change their habits when the culture in which they live are pushing them in the opposite direction, towards "now" and self indulgence?

The article by Jonathan Last addressing these issues is a must-read.

Click here.

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ARE WE NOW A NATION OF GOVERNMENT DEPENDENTS?

Liberal NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff says he doesn’t like to admit it, “but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in soul-crushing dependency.” As conservative columnist and pollster Michael Barone notes,

Consider the plight of someone who at some level knows he can work but decides to collect disability payments instead. That person is not likely to ever seek work again, especially if the sluggish recovery turns out to be the new normal. He may be gleeful that he was able to game the system or just grimly determined to get what he can in a tough situation. But he will not be able to get the satisfaction of earned success from honest work that contributes something to society and the economy.” Generosity that produces “soul-crushing dependency” is not really generosity.

Of course, that’s just what Obama wants, to create a dependent class of voters who will support Democrats no matter what. He could care less about teaching them how to fish.


So where are we as a nation? Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt has published a short book entitled “A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic.” It’s a horrifying account of how much the entitlement mentality has already corrupted minds and burdened the economy. One fact: The percentage of American males in their 30s not in the workforce and not looking for work is higher than the percentage in Greece!


The history of socialism is one of failure, but Obama is relentlessly pushing the U.S. in that direction. Even 61% of Americans polled see that. Yet 52% of voters voted for him anyway. The poll also shows how sharply views differ. Some think Obama is a “great” president and others (mostly Republicans) know he is destructive and a disaster for the nation. A sizeable majority recognize how biased the media was to Obama.

Professor Thomas Sowell reminds us that socialism leads to equality, yes, equality of poverty.


Leading conservative light Jim DeMint leaves the Senate for the Heritage Foundation.

Jim DeMint was a giant in the Senate. He was a fighter. His departure is a real loss. It's unclear who will take up the mantle of leading the conservative cause.

Why did Jim leave? He didn’t see much conservative vigor among his colleagues. “I just believed that Republicans have not been reliable partners of the conservative cause,” he said. “I think there is a lack of vision and boldness that we need at the national level.” He’s frustrated with the Senate, but intends to fight on in what he believes will be in a role in which he can be more effective DeMint went on to point out that successes are taking place:

[C]onservative ideas are working at the state level all around the country. Right-to-work states are attracting businesses. School choice is working for minorities and the poor. And we can prove that Obama’s policies, liberal, progressive policies, in California, Illinois, New York — you can see where they’re going. We are going to continue to lose elections at the national level if we don’t convince Americans that our ideas are better.”

It's heartening that new conservative leaders have emerged in states like Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and now Michigan with its adoption of right-to-work legislation.

But the task DeMint takes on is monumental. Generations have been brainwashed and indoctrinated by the left-controlled media, entertainment industry, and the education industry from kindergarten through graduate school that what is good is big government, "equality," "social justice," "fairness," "entitlement," and lots of new "rights," but nothing about responsibilities, accountability, hard work, initiative, the reality of competition and the need to strive to succeed.

It's not only that the ideas Jim DeMint talks about are better. They are what built this nation. The left's march towards socialism and away from Judeo-Christian morality and the principles and concepts of our founders enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence is far advanced. Can the march be halted and turned back? Is our culture gone?

Was the 2012 election evidence that the tipping point has been reached and gone by? Are we a nation of dependents reaching out to the government for our daily dole?

The economics just don't work, the government can't just keep showering everyone with benefits. Sooner or later, the money will run out, the economy will collapse. Look at history. Look at Spain, Greece, Portugal.

It can't go on like this. But, then, as Vladimir said to Estragon in Waiting for Godot, "That's what you think."

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WINNING BACK THE CULTURE AT CAPE COD'S POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL

Pope John Paul II High School in Hyannis (Massachusetts) is just five years old. It has made amazing progress in attracting great students and providing quality education and a full student life. Its website tells the story, but it is the testimony of parents and staff that bring it to life.

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