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Our deviant society

Walter Williams's picture

Here’s one usage of the term gentleman: The gentleman helped the fallen lady to her feet. Here’s another, one we might hear from a newscaster or a police spokesman: Tonight we report on the arrest of two gentlemen who raped, sodomized and murdered an 80-year-old woman.

During earlier times, to be called a gentleman meant one was honest, brave, courteous and loyal. Today “gentleman” is used interchangeably in reference to decent people and the scum of the earth.

Much of today’s language usage demonstrates a desire to be nonjudgmental. People used to shack up; now they cohabit or are living partners. Few young women of yesteryear would have felt comfortable to publicly declare they slept around.

Unmarried women used to give birth to a bastard; later, this was upgraded to an illegitimate birth or a nonmarital birth. In many instances, unwed mothers proudly hold baby showers celebrating their illegitimate offspring, and the man, if known, who sired the baby is referred to as “my baby’s daddy” or sometimes as “my baby daddy.”

Homosexual marriages, which are not a basic human survival trait, were unheard of; today, in some jurisdictions, homosexual marriages have legal sanction. To be judgmental about modern codes of conduct is to risk being labeled a prude, racist, sexist or a homophobe. People ignore the fact that to accept another’s right to engage in certain peaceable, voluntary behavior doesn’t require moral acceptance or sanction.

Another measure of social deviancy is reflected by the excuses and apologies that are made for failures and how we make mascots out of social misfits, such as criminals and bums.

The intellectual elite tell us that it’s poverty or racism that produces criminals, as opposed to a moral defect. We call bums homeless people. That suggests a moral equivalency between people who have lost their homes in a fire or natural disaster and people who choose to be social parasites; therefore, neither group is to be blamed for its respective condition.

People who are very productive members of our society, such as the rich, are often held up to ridicule and scorn.

Think back to former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and the nation’s response that “it was just about sex.” Therefore, it was no big thing for the president and his men to become involved in witness tampering, perjury, obstruction of justice and a White House-organized attack on Kenneth Starr, an officer of the court. Most Americans thought removal from office was too harsh for Clinton’s lawlessness.

That kind of lawlessness helped establish a precedent for lawless acts by President Barack Obama. His most recent was an executive order that suspended legal liability for young people who are brought to our country illegally by their parents.

He also repealed the legal requirement that welfare recipients must work, by simply redefining “work” to include other things, such as going to classes on weight control.

Then there are waivers from Obamacare for favored allies — waivers that offend the principle of equality before the law.

Whether the president’s actions were good or bad ideas or not is irrelevant. What’s relevant is whether we want to establish a precedent whereby a president, who has no constitutional authority to repeal parts of congressional legislation, can grant special favors and rule by presidential decree like Third World tyrants.

I don’t hold President Obama completely responsible for his unconstitutional actions. It’s the American people who are to blame, for it is we who have lost our morality and our love, knowledge and respect for our Constitution, laying the foundation for Washington tyranny.

It is all part and parcel of “defining deviancy down,” which is the term former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined in 1993 to describe how we’ve switched from moral absolutes to situational morality and from strict constitutional interpretation to the Constitution’s being a “living document.” Constitutional principles that do not allow one American to live at the expense of another American are to be held in contempt.

Today’s Americans have betrayed the values that made us a great nation, and that does not bode well for future generations.

[Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.] COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM


kcchiefandy's picture

...welcome to 2012, where anything goes and holding anyone to ANY moral standard is considered discriminatory and wrong and where personal responsibility has been legislated away. When major media broadcasters promote sex & sexual deviancy, produce shows like 'Modern Family' and 'The New Normal' to infect our youth & population with their version of 'what's right', little else remains from the past you and I know and bodes more of the same for the future. Justification(s) for preteen marriage, incest, numerous types of crime and the punishments for such, increasing disrespect for any form of authority, etc...will further degrade the standards of our communities and nation.

We may appear to some/many to be old 'curmudgeons', but some standard of conduct has to exist to bind a society together; you/we are experiencing the dissolution of such. As I've said before, quoting some unknown author, "if you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything".

Robert W. Morgan's picture

A couple of years ago he wrote an excellent essay on how the decades-long Big Tent philosophy of the Democrat Party fosters deviant and downright bad behavior. Of course the sparks of all this began with the Vietnam War protests where early baby boomers took the normal deviant behavior of the next generation to a whole new level. Some of the spawn of the Greatest Generation starred in the freak show that began mid-1960s and ran through the 1970s (and later, some will say). Jane Fonda, Bill Ayers, Abbie Hoffman, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, John Kerry and countless others learned they could push the envelope further and further with limited or no consequences (notable exception- Janis).

Then the Dems really ramp up the Big Tent thing and one or two generations later we see the following groups giving their strong majority support to the Democrat Party:
Jews (yes, its true)
Trial lawyers
Abortion doctors
Union bosses
Members of most unions
College professors
College Administrators
TV and movie actors, producers, directors, writers
Homosexual males
Transgendered individuals
"Enlightened" women whose major issues are abortion, birth control or same sex marriage
Convicted felons
2012 Fayette County School Board (yes, 3 out of 5 is a majority)
Print Journalists
TV talking heads
2013 or 14 US Supreme Court
Federal government desk-bound employees (thousands of them)

That doesn't leave the opposition party much to work with - just bible thumpers, gun owners, Orientals and active-duty and retired police, firefighters and military. And Republican Governors of both red and blue states.

So, if all this deviant behavior and degradation of our moral standards was sparked by LBJ and his ham-handed approach to Vietnam and those protesting the war, thank them for starting the fire, but you also have to thank the Democrats for throwing gasoline on that fire - solely for the purpose of gaining political power. And as we saw on November 6, this fire is going to keep burning and will not be put out anytime soon.

Live free or die!

kcchiefandy's picture'll need to add a significant portion of the military to the list. The inroads of Liberalism have worked their way into this demographic. The military is a young man's game, and the reflection of the last 20 years is certainly present there.

Oh, and welcome to the 'old curmudgeons club'!

Robert W. Morgan's picture

That's ok as long as the senior officers in leadership positions are focused on keeping the high moral standards of the military and setting an example as they have done since the birth of this country. We can still function with some liberalism in the ranks - it is an all-volunteer group, after all and I believe that trumps political philosophy. Just so the generals don't start letting their standards slip and succumb to the temptations sought by lesser mortal beings.

Live free or die!

If you want to stay convinced about moral standards of those Generals, you best not be reading about the ongoing trial of BG Sinclair at Ft Bragg, who could go to prison for life if convicted of all charges.

kcchiefandy's picture

...Petraus & Allen! Heck, even Patton & Eisenhower had dames on the side, supposedly...! RWM, I wouldn't look too hard at senior leaders; some are as bad as any enlisted troop, maybe worse (they have a great deal more financial ability & pull to do some REALLY stupid things!); just Google LTC James H. Johnson III.

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