BY: Bill Crawford

Mounting portions of our population grow up without moral or civic instruction. Those who profess Christian values are in decline and those who practice such values even more so. Indeed, our society tolerates, or perhaps prefers, immorality as indicated by the rise of sexuality and profanity in movies, advertising, and music videos. At the same time, American prosperity is fragmenting, e.g. more people qualify for food stamps than ever before.

We tend to be more divided, more hateful, and less willing to work together or seek mutual benefit than in years past.

The dominance of one faction over another, especially when motivated by revenge, “is a frightful despotism,” warned Washington.

We will only reverse course when we discipline ourselves and sway others to choose local, state, and national leaders willing to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”

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