At Phyllis Schlafly's website (www.eagleforum.org) for her organization, Eagle Forum, she had the following article that shows how much conservatives despise the Liberal's New Age thinking of exploring new rules for life and not respecting old-fashioned morality:
'Situation Ethics' standard led to morally sick nation By Dennis L. Cuddy
Television commentator Ted Koppel, on a recent Nightline segment, noted President Clinton's high job approval ratings, and then said: "But ask about his honesty, moral and ethical standards or the president as a role model for young people and Mr. Clinton's approval ratings are down around 20 percent."
Koppel then asked several U.S. senators, "What does this say about our country and our values? What's the bottom line? Show me the money? If you're making money for me, what kind of a human being you are is sort of irrelevant?"
Translated, this means as long as the situation (a good economy) is acceptable, you won't be held accountable for misbehavior. This is classic "situation ethics," which has become the new national morality. But from where did this come?
In the 1960s, when God was removed from public schools, values continued to be taught. The student became the new authority for determining what is right and wrong - the autonomous moral decision maker - and decisions were made based upon particular situations.
Leading educator Ted Sizer in 1970 wrote: "Christian sermonizing denies individual autonomy, which lies at the heart of a new morality . . . toward which we are to guide ourselves and other people."
During the 1970s, one kept hearing the mantra, "Don't impose your morality on me." And in 1979, a CBS News poll found 66% of those surveyed would support a leader who would bend the rules to get things done.
In the 1980s, there was a conservative backlash against this humanistic moral relativism, but a co-founder of a four-million member humanist and ethical group, H.J. Blackham, wrote that if schools teach dependence (e.g., morals) upon one's self, they are "more revolutionary than any conspiracy to overthrow the government."
He was right! "If it feels good, do it" was the philosophy of many young people when it came to illicit sex and illegal drugs.
Tipper Gore wrote in the Jan. 8, 1990 Washington Post: "A majority of children surveyed by a Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center thought rape was acceptable. In New York City, rape arrests of 13-year-old boys have increased 200% in the past two years."
The Day America Told the Truth - What People Really Believe About Everything That Really Matters was published the next year. In that book, authors James Patterson and Peter Kim detail poll results showing Americans "are making up their own moral codes," with 9 out of 10 citizens reporting they lie regularly, one-third of all married Americans indicating they've had an affair, and 7% saying that for $10 million they would kill a stranger.
The problem with situation ethics is that nearly all our laws are based on the imposition of a particular morality (e.g., the biblical admonition "Thou shalt not bear false witness . . .") with which some will disagree on occasion. For example, because some people want to lie under oath about sexual matters, society has "imposed its morality" against perjury in those situations. That is why some people in government positions have been impeached or even jailed for having committed perjury.
Concerning allegations of perjury against Clinton, there should not be one law for the powerful and another for the poor. If courts cannot compel witnesses to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then our government will have been "overthrown," as Blackham was quoted above.
We can already see what situation ethics is doing to our teenagers today. According to a recent national poll of more than 20,000 middle and high school students conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: 70% of high school students admitted cheated on an exam at least once in the last year, 78% said they had lied two or more times, and an amazing 47% acknowledged having stolen something from a store in the last 12 months.
Ann Coulter wrote these insights about how terrified the Left is of the Right. They see the Right as bigots of Hitlerian proportions. She says this about Ted Kennedy's vicious attack on Robert Bork when he was nominated to be a Supreme Court justice: "... the fanatical ravings of a foaming-at-the-mouth James Carville and a United States Senator. But this is what Senator Teddy Kennedy said on the Senate floor about a respected jurist:
'Robert Borks America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim or government [sic], and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.'"
"This is how the Left expresses substantive disagreements with the constitutional law views of a sitting federal judge. One wonders what words could ever be deployed to describe a real bigot in our midst. The liberal taxonomy is the same for Ronald Reagan as it is for David Duke. Is it Hilter or is it . . . a former Yale professor who might vote to overrule Roe v. Wade?"
HARD TRUTHS ABOUT THE CULTURAL WAR by ROBERT BORK
In the magazine First Things (June/July 1995) Robert Bork begins an article titled "Hard Truths About the Culture War" saying, in the following excerpts, the case for the conservative side:
What began to concern me more and more were the clear signs of rot and decadence germinating within American society - a rot and decadence that was no longer the consequence of liberalism but was the actual agenda of contemporary liberalism. . . . Sector after sector of American life has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. It is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. -Irving Kristol, "My Cold War"
Equivocation has never been Irving Kristol's long suit. About the fact of rot and decadence there can be no dispute, except from those who deny that such terms have meaning, and who are, for that reason, major contributors to rot and decadence. We are accustomed to lamentations about American crime rates, the devastation wrought by drugs, rising illegitimacy, the decline of civility, and the increasing vulgarity of popular entertainment. But the manifestations of American cultural decline are even more widespread, ranging across virtually the entire society, from the violent underclass of the inner cities to our cultural and political elites, from rap music to literary studies, from pornography to law, from journalism to scholarship, from union halls to universities. Wherever one looks, the traditional virtues of this culture are being lost, its vices multiplied, its values degraded - in short, the culture itself is unraveling.
To point the parallel: in a book appropriately titled The Triumph of Vulgarity, Robert Pattison points out that rock music celebrates the unconstrained self
Vulgarity and obscenity are, of course, rife in popular culture. Rock is followed by rap; television situation comedies and magazine advertising increasingly rely on explicit sex; such cultural icons as
Roseanne Barr and Michael Jackson can be seen on family-oriented television clutching their crotches. The prospect is for more and worse.
Modern liberalism is most particularly a disease of our cultural elites, the people who control the institutions that manufacture or disseminate ideas, attitudes, and symbols - universities, some churches, Hollywood, the national press (print and electronic), much of the congressional Democratic party and some of the congressional Republicans as well, large sections of the judiciary, foundation staffs, and almost all the "public interest" organizations that exercise a profound if largely unseen effect on public policy.
radical feminists, black extremists, animal rights groups, radical environmentalists, activist homosexual groups, multiculturalists, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many more.
hedonism. These translate as bread and circuses.
our current moral anarchy and statism
The prospects look bleak
This is a picture of a bleak landscape, and there are many who disagree. Optimists point out, for example, that American culture is complex and resilient, that it contains much that is good and healthy, that many families continue to raise children with strong moral values. All that is true. I have been describing trends, not the overall condition of the culture, but the trends have been running the wrong way, dramatically so in the past thirty years. It would be difficult to contend that, the end of racial segregation aside, American culture today is superior to, or even on a par with, the culture of the 1950s.
No one can be certain of the future, of course. Cultures in decline have, unpredictably, turned themselves around before. Perhaps ours will too. Perhaps, ultimately, we will become so sick of the moral and aesthetic environment that is growing in America that stricter standards will be imposed democratically or by moral disapproval. Perhaps we will reject a government that is controlling more and more of our lives. A hopeful sign is the degree to which modern liberalism and its works - political correctness, affirmative action, multiculturalism, and the like - is coming under intellectual attack, not merely from conservative but also from liberal intellectuals. If its intellectual and moral bankruptcy is repeatedly exposed, perhaps modern liberalism will die of shame.
Thomas Sowell wrote an article called Losing the Cultural Wars saying:
IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SENATE'S ACQUITTAL of Bill Clinton, some conservatives are in a state of shock. This is not just because of what he got away with, but because it was the American public's support that enabled Clinton to get away with things that would once have destroyed anyone's political career.
Conservative activist Paul Weyrich -- author of the term "the Moral Majority" -- now says "I no longer believe that there is a moral majority." That is because "I do not believe that a majority of Americans actually shares our values."
Many other signs of cultural degeneration cause some of us to wonder if we are still living in America. Increasingly, those who believe in traditional values have times when they feel like aliens in the land of their birth.
Some are saying that we have lost the culture wars -- that what used to be called "the counter-culture" is now the dominant influence in American society. Sexual amorality is only part of it. The non-judgmental approach and other leftist fads have poisoned our schools, our criminal justice system and other basic social institutions.
Certainly we have lost some big cultural battles. But you can lose a lot of big battles disastrously and still end up winning the war, as the history of the Civil War or World War II shows.
The Liberals do not see much good in the past like Bork does and are excited about the turmoil families are in because it shows growth. In her book, The Way We Never Were, Stephanie Coontz explains, " Pessimists argue that the family is collapsing; optimists counter that it is merely diversifying. Too often, both camps begin with an ahistorical, static notion of what "the" family was like before the contemporary period. Thus we have one set of best sellers urging us to reaffirm traditional family values in an era of "family collapse" and another promising to set us free from traditional family traps if we can only turn off "old tapes" and break out of old ruts. . . . The actual complexity of our historyeven of our own personal experiencegets buried under the weight of an idealized image."
" Families have always been in flux and often in crisis; they have never lived up to nostalgic notions about "the way things used to be."
Liberals can't understand what the conservatives are saying. They usually miss the point completely and go off on tangents in their illogic. An example is the reaction of Diane English who said when accepting her Emmy for creating Murphy Brown, " To all you mothers out there who are raising your children alone either by choice or necessity, don't let anyone tell you you're not a family." Dan Quayle and all conservatives do not think single parents do not have families. Ms. English completely misses the point. This is the difficulty in fighting Liberals. They are so illogical and so stupid while being so confident in their so-called logic and emotions.
Arlene Skolnick, research psychologist at the Institute of Human Development, University of California, Berkeley, is author of Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty. She wrote an article giving the typical line of how wonderful a time we are living in with the massive breakdown of the family: "Because social change has come on as suddenly as an earthquake, it is not surprising that nostalgia has engulfed American culture in recent years. In a sense, we are all pioneers, leading lives for which the cultural scripts have not yet been written. But liberals need to retain and support our enduring values of compassion and democratic hope, and not succumb to the easy language of loss and moral crisis. We are going to have to make our politics fit the families we live in, not the families we would like to live by."
The Liberal press praises one of her ridiculous books saying, "Was there really a golden age of the family in the 1950s -- or ever? Research psychologist Arlene Skolnick probes and challenges our assumptions about the past, present, and future of the family. 'Down with nostalgia, up with reality. . . . It won't be, and never was, anything like 'Ozzie and Harriet'".-- KIRKUS REVIEWS. "Wise, thoughtful, and gracefully written".-- WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS.
A true review of her book was given in the following: "Naive Professor ignores Facts Skolnick sits in her high chair in Berkeley surrounded by her statistic reports and modern scholarship. She makes bold statements that kids from divorced homes don't end up so bad . . . no harm no foul. Of course many parents feel the same way. Let's get divorced. The kids will recover. As a school teacher, I have lost count of the numbers of tears I've dried from students who are going through and have gone through divorce. Sorry Doc, these kids bare scars for life! And what is this about promoting gay and lesbian marriages as acceptable? Arlene, have you ever watched a friend die of Aids? Have you ever heard their last words of regret for the 'lifestyle' they chose? Sorry, but come out of your university and see the real world." Giffordsd@aol.com from Orange County, California , September 26, 1999
Maggie Gallagher and David Blankenhorn wrote an article against hers saying: "Much of her essay is a defense of the idea that, from a child's perspective, divorce and unwed child bearing are not so bad after all or at least not as bad as some people (like the two of us) say, and certainly not as bad as some other bad things, such as unemployment, low income, or parents who squabble or are unhappy.
"On the question of whether today's disintegrating-family trend is harmful to children, Skolnick's determined optimism is increasingly rare today, both in the society at large and among the social scientists who study these issues. Indeed, her sanguine view evokes the 1970s, when the family structure revolution was still new and, in the area of sexuality and procreation, everything seemed possible. (Remember books from that era with titles like Creative Divorce?)"
Blankenhorn wrote Fatherless America and Gallagher wrote The Abolition of Marriage. Their books are the truth. The books of Skolnick and Coontz are false. The cultural war is between two irreconcilable sides. Some day, the Left will see the light. They will be humble to the truth from the Right that is like a beacon of light from a lighthouse. Disobey the lighthouse and you crash. America has been guided for many years by the false light of the Left. Hopefully, it will listen to the wake-up calls of people like Blankenhorn and Gallagher.
One conservative college organization says it believes in "individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values." These are not the values of the Left.