Politics getting in the way

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:01 PM.

It is politics that emptied and then closed the nation’s mental hospitals in the name of expense and bleeding heart psycho-babble. How much is one little innocent life worth? This travesty of justice imposed severe limits on what we can do with people — like Lanza, Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Colorado movie theater), Eric Harris and Dillon Klebold (Columbine High School) and many others before and since — who need to be committed and treated before they violently take and destroy lives and communities.

It is politics that trivializes, mocks and denigrates the importance of strong fathers in a healthy family. (See Homer Simpson of "The Simpsons," now the longest-running scripted show in television history. He’s trained a generation of children and young adults on "fatherhood." A truly good father’s firm hand, dedicated participation, and discipline (oh, how we hate this word in America today) might have made a difference in any one of our recent shooting tragedies, including Newtown.

It is politics that makes marriage and divorce too easy and homosexual marriage legal. We don’t need a parcel of studies to tell us that it is a mother and a father — together — that provide the healthiest environment for child-rearing.

It is politics that makes violent video games a nom de guerre for "freedom of expression" in too many households in America. While the Bill of Rights may prohibit making violent video games illegal, they’d cease to exist if we’d quit buying them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist parent to figure out, nor should it take The American Psychological Association to tell them, that playing violent video games correlates with less caring children. It is beyond my capability to understand why Lanza or any child for that matter is permitted by their parents with no anticipation of ill-effect to take part in thousands of killings over hours of violent video games without negative consequences (as would happen in the real world). Instead, gamers get positive reinforcement by earning extra points or "lives" for every virtual murder they commit.

It is politics that takes God and religion from our schools, our communities, and our military. Stripping God and religion from public view loosens the anchor that held us moored to common ideals of right and wrong. Check the facts. Since the Supreme Court forbade the following simple and nondenominational prayer from being prayed in schools in 1962, our nation’s moral decay has accelerated substantially: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen."

It is politics that has created a culture of death (as opposed to a celebration of life) in the United States. Violent media, abortion, and legal assisted suicide combine to precipitate this culture of death.

It is politics that has fostered a culture of selfishness, coarseness, and crassness, and celebrates taking more than producing. This culture is the antithesis of the one we need to survive, one of politeness, servitude, sacrifice, hard work, and giving.

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