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Opinion: Decline in morality threatens America
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The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful, influential civilizations in world history. Its demise began internally with moral erosion and ended externally with military invasions. In about half the time of the Roman Empire, America has become the greatest civilization ever, yet we’ve learned very little from the past.

Alexander Fraser Tyler (1747-1813), a Scottish historian, said: “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.”

Nearly two-and-a-half centuries later, America is between apathy and dependence. Our nation was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles after we fought courageously to gain our freedom from English tyranny. 

The “land of the free and home of the brave” has been blessed with abundant prosperity. Sadly, selfishness and apathy have poisoned our culture and now capitalism is threatened by socialism — a failed system that deceives its citizens into government reliance versus dependence upon God and hard work.

America’s moral lapse accelerated in the early 20th century when progressive ideas crept into politics, academia and the entertainment industry. Gradually, the media replaced journalistic ethics with bias and dishonesty. Possessions, pleasure, power and pride became more pressing priorities than the pursuit of creator. 

King Solomon, known for his wisdom, sought these same earthly desires and, at the end of his life, lamented that it was all “meaningless, like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:4) Good news: Solomon repented and returned to the wisdom he’d ask God to grant him earlier in his life. Like Solomon, America needs to return to its founding principles or surely dependence and bondage will follow.

Alas, radical Democrats are hell-bent on turning America into a socialistic nation. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and their minions want to gut our private health insurance plans and provide “free” government health care to everyone. They want “free” college education. They want an unaffordable, unsustainable and unrealistic “Green New Deal” that would escalate energy bills and bankrupt America. They want to enlarge the U.S. Supreme Court filled with activist justices. 

They want open borders and freebies for illegal immigrants. They support unlawful sanctuary cities. They want to trample on our second amendment right to bear arms. They want to slash military spending. They love abortion-on-demand and same-sex “marriage.” They crave more onerous regulations and higher taxes. I could go on, but the bottom line is bigger government and fewer personal liberties, including a loss of free speech and religious freedom. 

My fellow citizens, if you don’t believe the American dream can become a socialistic nightmare, think again. Many mighty empires have fallen over the centuries due to selfishness, apathy and ignorance. Speak up. Write letters. Make calls. Protest peacefully. Become educated and share the truth with others. Vote. Demand accountability from these so-called public servants. Most critically, pray for America.


Dick Biggs

Gainesville

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