Great column today by Gary Palmer of the Alabama Policy Institute. Do click through the link.
It has long been understood that nations go into decline when the moral character of their citizens go into decline. Not only do large segments of the population neglect their civic responsibilities, but far too many of those who do participate do so primarily out of personal self-interest. And this is not just true for liberals who want to expand entitlement programs to “…spread the wealth around.” It is also true for conservatives who turn a blind eye to government corporate welfare and other programs that benefit them.
Our system of government as a constitutional republic cannot continue indefinitely if half of all Americans who vote are at odds with the other half over fundamental truths and principles regarding the role and scope of government.
When we have almost 40 million people on food stamps; almost 50 percent of all wage earners paying no income tax; almost 40 percent of all children born out-of-wedlock; social classes pitted one against another; and race and gender used for the advancement of a political agenda, society has become unbalanced to the point of tearing the nation apart.
Clearly, these are not the values of a great nation and it is a problem that will not self-correct. It will take leaders with conviction and courage to challenge the American people to a great awakening of the virtues that allowed America to become a great nation……
Gary is right. This election is about far more than economics. Maybe one day the Romney campaign will figure that out.