Friday, December 03, 2004

How liberalism destroys America

Columnist Walter Williams tackles a subject near and dear to me: The decline of our culture at the hands of liberal ideologues. Williams says:

The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. There are not enough cops, and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society. At best, the police and the criminal justice system are the last desperate lines of defense for a civilized society.

Customs, traditions and moral values have been discarded without an appreciation for the role they played in creating a civilized society, and now, we're paying the price. What's worse is that instead of a return to what worked, many of us fail to make the connection and insist "there ought to be a law." As such, it points to another failure of the so-called "great generation" -- the failure to transmit to their children what their parents transmitted to them.
Read Walter Williams complete column.


Daddy said...

Thanks for the comment. Yes I did read the columns on Jerry Mezzatesta. West Virginia is a very interesting state. It went for Bush by over 12 points this year yet the state has a democrat filled legislature. Both of my parents are still in the state and this year they actively campaigned for Bush, and against several other candidates. I think Bush got an increase of 4% in votes over 2000, so their efforts along with the other grass roots efforts must have been helpful.

As far as Mezzatesta goes, well what can I say, I don't think he is so far off course for a lot of politicians in that party nowadays. That is kind of sad isn't it.

p.s. Have you ever been to that state. It is ashame how poor it is. It is beautiful but there is little work to be had there, and with corrupt politicians the citizens don't always see benefits where they should.

Daddy said...

I was actually born in Charleston, WV and lived in Ripley (about 45 minutes outside of Charleston) for several years. I think that is about an hour and a half out of Huntington. All of it is beautiful. Not to completely change the subject matter, but wouldn't you say that WV must have been the state to invent the "hairpin turn." Seriously, some of the roads in WV don't have any equals.

I do think that the Republican movement is getting stronger and stronger. The people are coming around to the realization that, for the most part, the Democratic party hasn't done anything for them.

My dad (Ripley Area) has a blog...somewhat political...and if you'd like to check it out it is:

He's working really hard to see that the conservative movement grows within the state.

Daddy said...

I asked my father if he knew the Bourgeoise name in the area and he said he did. Did your wife's mother have a son?

My dad's last name is Kelley. Probably if any of his family is known in the area it would be his dad James Olen Kelley (Olen is pronounced with a long O). He was a farmer from the area so he may have visited the feed store.