Decline on clear display

The 2012 presidential election focused more on free contraception for women, a guy in a bird costume and loose-leaf binders than on lofty ideas.

Our so-called democratic process excludes third-party candidates from the presidential debates. Virgil Goode (Constitution Party), Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party) were far more expansive and honest in their single debate than in the three featuring the main attractions.

A financial crisis has been looming for years, but the Federal Reserve responds with quantitative easing – i.e., a sugar high. Far more threatening than a financial crisis is the moral decay.

The president, who claims to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, endorses the murder of innocent unborn children at any stage of gestation, including after a botched abortion, and same-sex marriage. He obviously doesn’t read the Bible. Nowhere in it is the shedding of innocent blood or homosexuality sanctioned.

The word “sin” is being eliminated from our lexicon, even in our churches. Yet, Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The cycle of a civilization moves through bondage, courage, liberty, abundance, selfishness, complacency, apathy, dependence and finally a return to bondage. The U.S. has reached the dependence stage as witnessed by 47 million individuals currently receiving food stamps. Citizens are coaxed to transfer their allegiance from God to the government.

English historian Edward Gibbon published The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire beginning, ironically enough, in 1776. He cites a lack of civic virtue and decadence as two of the reasons for the decline. Someday, someone will pen a similar history of the United States of America. It is unfolding in front of our eyes.

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