“During recent decades a war against traditional morality and culture has raged in America. Patrick Buchanan was excoriated in the press and the academy when he stated in his address to the 1992 Republican Convention, ‘There is a religious war going on. We must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country.’
“Evidence of the existence of the culture war abounds. William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, distinguished fellow in Cultural Policies Studies, and author of the best-selling Book of Virtues, published a report in 1993 on the casualties caused by the culture war, entitled: ‘Is Our Culture in Decline?’ referencing a compilation of the Heritage Foundation, ‘The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators.’”
From “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators”: “Since 1960 [and this was written in 1993], the U.S. population has increased by 41 percent; the gross domestic product has nearly tripled; and total social spending by all levels of government… there has been a 560 percent increase in violent crime; a 419 percent increase in illegitimate births; a quadrupling in divorce rates; a tripling of the percentage of children living in single-parent homes; more than a 200 percent increase in the teenage suicide rate; and a drop of almost 80 points in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores….
“A disturbing and telling sign of the declining condition among the young is the result of an on-going teacher survey. Over the years teachers have been asked to identify the top problems in America’s public schools. In 1940 teachers identified talking out of turn; chewing gum; making noise; running in halls; cutting in line; dress code infractions; and littering. Wen asked the same question in 1990, teachers identified drug abuse; alcohol abuse; pregnancy; suicide; rape; robbery; and assault…
“The social regression [motivated by evolutionary morality] of the last 30 years is due in large part to the enfeebled state of our social institutions and their failure to carry out a critical and time-honored task: the moral education of the young. We desperately need to recover a sense of the fundamental purpose of education which is to engage in the architecture of souls. When a self-governing society ignores this responsibility [and trusts evolutionary professors], then, as this document demonstrates, it does so at its peril.”
Hope For the Future.
An opinion piece in The Washington Post, written by David Byler in September of 2019, claims that conservatives are now in a position to win the culture war. His article is entitled “Conservatives already won the culture war. They just don’t know it.”
In fact, he says “…[a] glum assessment makes sense only if conservatives ignore their most important strength. Despite the perception that institutions that conservatives hold in high regard — the military, police, the two-parent nuclear family and religion — have taken hits, the public has a high level of trust and attachment to them. And that faith gives conservatives a huge, long-term advantage.” He continues, “For both conservatives and liberals, the 2020 election feels like a pivotal moment in the United States’ long-running culture wars. That’s understandable but mistaken. On the fundamental question of the culture war — how much Americans respect and want to preserve our core institutions — conservatives underestimate their strength.”
These established foundations have not been forgotten by the average citizen. Most Americans still reference them, whether they know it or not, as foundational to their lives and their decision-making. But can we win the culture war without God-honoring principles being taught to our sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, in our public education system? The necessity of bringing back these principles into the public schools and universities cannot be stressed enough.
Strides are being made. Let’s keep the impetus going!
~ D. Norris