KNIGHT: The perils of undermining American heritage

Time for national realignment to founding values

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Men who prefer pornography to real women are stuck in adolescent fantasy addiction and therefore less likely to be good husbands, fathers, citizens and officeholders.

Watching lots of television or playing video games does not make you smarter.

Bratty children who are raised to “be themselves” turn into thugs and prima donnas. As Benjamin Franklin observed, “Teach your child to hold his tongue, he’ll learn fast enough to speak.”

How about this one? The Boy Scouts of America won’t allow homosexual men to take boys camping. No one needed to explain this in a saner America.

The Scouts announced recently that after a two-year study by a secret committee, they would continue to bar from membership and leadership males attracted to other males. Why this obvious stance took a study is a tale of media pressure, harassment by the American Civil Liberties Union and a few misguided Scout board members from corporate America, which long ago adopted sexual anarchy as its pet “civil rights” project. What’s trendy at Harvard becomes trendy on Wall Street.

In a saner time, Americans didn’t need to be told that resisting temptation to do what’s wrong is evidence of character.

Americans didn’t need to be told that any government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

Wait. We did need to be told that, by Ronald Reagan, who stood against the progressive tide of ever-expansive government.

The case I’m making is that our founders’ “self-evident” truths about God, human nature, natural rights — including the right to life — and the dangers of unlimited government have been hidden away under a mountain of psychobabble, redistributionist politics, miseducation and willful disregard of obvious consequences. We are fast moving toward a day when just telling the truth will constitute a “hate crime.” If you don’t think so, ask Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.

Given incontrovertible evidence that abandoning moral norms and economic common sense causes heartbreak, disease, divorce, mental illness, sexual dysfunction, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, unemployment and poverty, why would any thinking person continue to aid and abet an even coarser culture and its corollary, bigger government?

The answer lies somewhere in what’s left of our media-battered consciences. It’s not so much that people are actually fooled, it’s that we want to be fooled so we won’t have to bow to any moral authority higher than our own appetites. It’s in our DNA.

As the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1: 20-22: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

Maybe it’s time to update that flower-power poster from the 1960s, “War is unhealthy for children and other living things,” and make it: “Ignoring self-evident truths is unhealthy — for fools and everyone else.”

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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