US in Moral Decline ~ Must Watch VIDEO

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that's in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction. Barr said that our moral decline is not random but “organized destruction.” Namely that “Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

The attorney general is absolutely correct. Whether we have the stomach to own up to it or not, we have become an immoral people left with little more than the pretense of morality.

The left's attack on religion is just the tiny tip of the iceberg in our nation's moral decline. You say: “That's a pretty heavy charge, Williams. You'd better be prepared to back it up with evidence!” I'll try with a few questions for you to answer.

Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another? And, if that person does not peaceably submit to such use, do you believe that there should be the initiation of force against him? Neither question is complex and can be answered by either a yes or no. For me the answer is no to both questions. I bet that nearly every college professor, politician or even minister could not give a simple yes or no response.

A no answer, translated to public policy, would slash the federal budget by no less than two-thirds to three-quarters. After all most federal spending consist of taking the earnings of one American to give to another American in the form of farm subsidies, business bailouts, aid to higher education, welfare and food stamps. Keep in mind that Congress has no resources of its own. Plus there's no Santa Claus or tooth fairy that gives Congress resources. Thus, the only way that Congress can give one American a dollar is to first, through intimidation and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American.

Such actions by the U.S. Congress should offend any sense of moral decency. If you're a Christian or a Jew, you should be against the notion of one American living at the expense of some other American. When God gave Moses the Eighth Commandment — “Thou shalt not steal” — I am sure that He did not mean thou shalt not steal unless there is a majority vote in the U.S. Congress. By the way, I do not take this position because I don't believe in helping our fellow man. I believe that helping those in need by reaching into one's own pocket to do is praiseworthy and laudable. But helping one's fellow man in need by reaching into somebody else's pockets to do so is worthy of condemnation.

We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society's first line of defense against uncivilized behavior. Religious teachings, one way of inculcating morality, have been under siege in our country for well over a half a century. In the name of not being judgmental and the vision that one lifestyle or set of values is just as good as another, traditional moral absolutes have been abandoned as guiding principles. We no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuses. The moral problems Attorney General William Barr mentioned in his speech, plus murder, mayhem and other forms of anti-social behavior, will continue until we regain our moral footing.

In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” I am all too afraid that a historian, writing a few hundred years from now, will note that the liberty American enjoyed was simply a historical curiosity.

Then it all returned to mankind's normal state of affairs — arbitrary abuse and control by the powerful elite.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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Will Flatt
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The Left in America – namely the Demonrat Party – has followed the 45 Communist Goals for the USA that were read into the Congressional Record in 1963. Here is the complete list: 1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war. 2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. [These encapsulate the Kennan Doctrine, which advocated for the “containment” of communism. Establishment figures supporting the amoral containment policy at least implicitly worked with the communists in scaring the wits out of the American people concerning nuclear war. President Ronald Reagan… Read more »

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

IF – – – the shoe FITS YOU, YOU MUST WEAR IT. The People I know, the shoe YOU speak of does not exist.

Doszap
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Doszap

PREACH ON AG BARR…………….even though you are Anti 2nd Amendment I give you Kudo’s for common sense.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

And WHO was in charge when the SLAUGHTER at RUBY RIDGE OCCURRED??? You guessed it – – William Barr. He covered for the killers that were NEVER PROSECUTED!!!!!!!!! Talk about LIARS!!!!!

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

Barr is all talk! He claims to believe in not stealing, yet he’s willing to steal our right to self-defense, which by the way is mentioned by God in scripture. Stealing is not just money or property!

Whormd
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Whormd

Very well said sir. Unfortunately I fear as like-minded people, we are rapidly becoming the minority. Even worse, I do not know how to reverse the trend.

Doszap
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Doszap

Only one way, and it’s fast approaching.

Firewagon
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Firewagon

“….attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction.” Gotta love AG Barr, reminds me of ‘Columbo.’ Finally, somebody in this ‘vaunted’ (not) government that attempts to explain how America has decayed over the past fifty-odd years. The knee-jerk reactionaries always point to the implement, guns/knives/fists/hammers, or product, drugs, that are killing millions of people. The question they FAIL to ask is: “What Has Changed in America These Past Fifty Years” that has Americans ‘reaping’ the chaff over these past twenty-five years? And the answer is:… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

What I put out there is up to you if offends or not. Nothing stated was of opinion, but fact. Look it up if you think otherwise. History is replete with the failings of religion. If you didn’t learn anything from what I shared with you, it’s because your idea of re-ligion has you more closed off than you know, and you have circled the wagons. I run into this all the time. If we can’t come to terms with what keeps this world mired in subjectivity and divisiveness (all you need do to know this as true is have… Read more »

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

Speaking for myself, I am certainly not offended, I just believe you are way off base. In my opinion, you have fallen for the liberal BS. Of course you can lift up examples of people who have done bad things in the name of religion but what about Maximilian Kolbe? There are literally millions of people like him who sacrifice themselves in all sorts of ways but we never hear about them because it isn’t in the liberal agenda. It’s simple really (in my opinion) either you believe in God or you don’t. If you do and you are a… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

You sir are a gentleman and a scholar. I respect your view, and the way you express it. You were civil and thoughtful. And, it would seem, you are in the majority when it comes to me posting my thoughts on this in the wrong forum, so I digress. Live and learn.

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

No harm, no foul brother, we have much more in common than not. Thanks for your service.

RoyD
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RoyD

I am glad that you have seen the light and, “will desist from writing anything more about it.” If, perchance, you see this post as a “slam” then feel free to respond.

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

And you are a FOOL! You spout scripture no differently than an atheist or other hater of Christianity; and by the way it’s interesting that you only chose “Christianity” to dispel your anti-religious views. Your quoting of Matthew 5:17 shows your true ignorance considering that the fulfillment of God’s law was FORGIVENESS from sin, which happened by Christ dying for those sins; but requires faith in Christ as savior to receive that forgiveness. Prior to Christ coming, death was the penalty for nearly all sin, so his death was fulfilling that penalty. Make no mistake, those who refuse to accept… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Rattler, you write as if God is real, but then fail in “His” teachings by judging others. You prove that when the pious sin, it’s okay because Jesus died to forgive your sins. Sounds like Socialist feel-good doctrine, which by the way, when you look at what Jesus, if you believe in the Bible, was teaching, it was a form of Socialism. Reread the part of the Bible on tolerance. We are not required to accept others and their views, only tolerate them, that is if you are a “good” Christian, anyway. It seems you might be on your way… Read more »

Grim
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Grim

Wrong forum!

StWayne
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StWayne

Since we’re going there, allow me to be first to open up this can of worms. What I share with you now, you will want to know. I guarantee it. Just know that what I share with you I don’t do because I have it in for religion, or anyone’s beliefs. To each their own. To the contrary, what I share with you I share because it’s the truth. The thing about truth is that no amount of denial can keep it down, as truth always finds a way to rise above its detractors. It’s what it does. Having said… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Is that all you have? I thought you might provide something worthy of the time it took to read it. As far as I am concerned, you failed in this respect. But, there is always next time.

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

Praying for you StWayne – you really need it.

Will
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Will

@SW,like many others you confuse “the truth” with “your opinion” ! You think because you say it,it’s the truth. When discussing anything that can’t be proven fact or fiction,then it’s just an opinion.

loveaduck
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loveaduck

It’s not religion in its true form, it’s the misuse of religion by immoral usurpers.

Oldmarine
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Oldmarine

I would like to remind Sir, you that nothing is perfect and there is at least two or more sides to every story. Remember that most of history is written third hand or more or by those in power. There is some good and some bad in any subject your pick its all a matter of opinion accepted or rejected. When it comes to Religion and Politics you should never argue because there is NO true solution. Both are man make subjects not part of nature, leaving them to ridicules solutions.
NOTHING IS PERFECT.

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

Again it is interesting that you insist on equating religion with Christianity in all of your comments. You are correct in your explanation of “religion”, in that it is nothing but a contrived commercial belief system, a condition of belief that keeps the people forever bound to its tenants no matter how far off the rails the church decides to take it; although some wake up and leave it. Catholicism is a great example of creating a religion to control the masses, and was done to con true Christians into conforming to Roman rule. Then you mention Jones and Koresch… Read more »

tomcat
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tomcat

As has been mentioned here several times, it was not common to lock the doors of your house or car because there was no reason. Things have changed for the worse in this country because the liberals are trying to remove God from everything, because they want to be the God that everybody worships. Even stealing from churches, holding them up on Sunday or taking advantage of the good christians are what use to be a big black mark on you and karmia would pay you back for your bad deeds. That is no longer a problem for those who… Read more »

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

May God bless Mr. Barr and Mr. Williams. I don’t know if we can save this nation but folk like them give me hope. I am sure Mr. Barr will face the wrath of the left for speaking such truth but, it appears he is up to it. I will hold both in prayer.

JPM
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JPM

Even if you aren’t religious, simply being around good, moral people with ethics can’t help but rub off on you. Church was that way for most of us even if we don’t attend regularly any more. The fact that we were exposed to ethics, manners, accountability and hearing the stories from the Bible was something that stayed with us and helped shape us as good moral adults. Now, few if any parents, much less children have been exposed to church or worship and moral teachings in a formal setting and we see the results daily across this nation. I hated… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Your implication is that only those that are “religious” are good moral people. Just using the crisis in the Catholic church as an example should dissuade you from making that statement – clearly not factual. Being able to “repent” then go on about your day, as you did prior, sinning, is not an example of good, moral character. Belief in “God” and religion does not make one a good, moral person – that comes from within. The big difference is in toleration of different points of view, not in acceptance of those views. To live in a civil society, one… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Heed, Do you think so? I thought that the implication was more that one must be exposed to morality and ethics at an early age. Then I jumped to the conclusion that he implied very early age. I’m probably wrong.

JPM
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JPM

You are right on the money Bill.

RoyD
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RoyD

“To live in a civil society, one must abide by the mores, ethics and laws of that society.”
Would you say that Russia was a “civil society” after the Communists took over? Enquiring minds want to know.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

RoyD, as I stated “civil” society. If the place one is living is not civil, then you might not want to abide by those rules. However, just like all the unjust and unconstitutional laws we currently have in the USA, if you do not abide by them, you will by punished.

If you believe that the Founding Fathers were so righteous and pious, please explain why the 3/5ths rule even existed and why slavery existed, since “all men are created equal”?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Heed, “… just like all the unjust and unconstitutional laws we currently have in the USA, if you do not abide by them, you will by punished.” True, if one gets caught. That is why anonymity and operational security must be practiced on a daily basis.

Rattlerjake
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Rattlerjake

1) If you are born and raised in an “uncivil” or “civil” society, how do you know it is “uncivil” or “civil”? Your claim is stupid! 2) Why did slavery exist? Because before slavery was abolished, it was NOT considered wrong, and that was in “CIVIL” society. Slavery existed for nearly as long as man has existed. “all men are created equal” is a very misused phrase. If you actually read the Bible, MAN was created by God, but all other humans, like nehilims and behemah are not of MAN. The word man in both Hebrew and Greek, means skin… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Rattler, good to see you completely missed my point or just deflected from it. How does one know whether or not one lives in a civil society? I thought you, Mr. Pious, would know how to tell that. Now, with that in mind, reread my post. My point was, if the Founding Fathers believed what they wrote, with sincere conviction of their values and beliefs, they would not have accepted slavery nor blacks to be 3/5ths of person, yet they did – solely for political gain, going 100% against what they purportedly believed.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Heed, I don’t think that the founders were revered for forward looking notions, that were ahead of their time. The founders were revered for seizing sovereignty from the king of England, by means of a hot shooting war; and then rather than keeping sovereignty for themselves they gave it to We the People.
Washington could have been king, and the others the new aristocracy, but they gave sovereignty to the people.
All other issues pale in comparison.

JPM
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JPM

That was NOT my implication. Being exposed to something good can have a good effect regardless of the source.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

That was your implication. Reread your post. All you talked about was the church and religion when you mentioned morality. “The fact that we were exposed to ethics, manners, accountability and hearing the stories from the Bible was something that stayed with us and helped shape us as good moral adults. Now, few if any parents, much less children have been exposed to church or worship and moral teachings in a formal setting and we see the results daily across this nation.” If you believed otherwise, you’d have stated such. However you cited the above as the reason people today… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Walter Williams, as usual, the best because he always hits the nail on the head.

Will
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Will

Hit nail on head or have very sore thumb.

Rock
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Rock

Moral decline across the board…Sad.

Sisu
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Sisu

Prof. Williams, thank you for sharing this video and your comments. A transcript of the speech can be found at https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-william-p-barr-delivers-remarks-law-school-and-de-nicola-center-ethics. Separately, I would like to listen to the conversation that followed but cannot find a video or record of its content. I would appreciate if another reader can provide a link. Based on the my search for the “conversation” it appears this speech by AG Barr hit many of “nerves”. Good. Maybe now the pundits will start discussing the “establishment clause”, how de facto “government has become the ‘state religion'” (a culture of ‘secular values’ in a self-justifying political… Read more »