Your Opinion: Abandoning principles fuels moral decay

Dear Editor:

I heard on the news that two separate national polls indicate that Americans want Congress to compromise “even if it means abandoning their personal principles.”

What have we become?

This country was founded and has thrived on men and women having enough integrity and courage to unwaveringly support their personal principles against any foe and all odds. Now we just need to all get along and if that means that you have to forsake your values and discard your morality then you really ought to do that!?

This is the thinking that has promoted and resulted in the moral decay in American society. Practices and viewpoints that, just a generation ago, were considered immoral, repulsive, and abhorrent are everywhere you look.

Why? Because we have abandoned our personal principles.

A nation founded on personal responsibility and Christian ethics is disappearing because citizens who profess those apparently outdated ideas are demeaned and ridiculed, sit back and take this onslaught by the media, and eventually give in and negotiate away our principles. Any wildly depraved idea that anyone wants to throw out there gradually is viewed as acceptable and then commonplace and finally if you don’t accept it you, at least in the eyes of the national media, are the bizarre one. The result is a new and very different society, the very notion of which would have been scoffed by our grandparents.

The American people seemingly being so easily convinced that principles should be routinely trashed in favor of being nice to one another is alarming. Every time we compromise, conservatives give away a little more of their liberty.

Two quotes come to mind:

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — commonly attributed to Edmund Burke.

The popular Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the U.S.A.” says, “the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.” Oh, yeah, they can. And they are, bit by bit by bit.

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