Omar Campbell: Values under attack
December 11, 2012
Iconoclast — an interesting and descriptive word that aptly describes the cultural changes that are taking place in our community and our country. Webster's Dictionary defines iconoclast as "image to break." Its many meanings include those who attack cherished traditional values, beliefs and institutions of society.
In no particular order of significance, some of these icons are:
■ Constitutional republic. The greatest icon of them all. We mistakenly refer to our form of government as a democracy. An article in Google refers to a true democracy as "mobocracy," or rule by a mob. The founding fathers were well aware of this danger and set up a system of checks and balances deliberately to prevent mob rule. But since the early 1900s, we have been slipping into a state of dependency on government that is beginning to look like mob (or majority) rule. Witness the last election, where certain demographic groups, largely dependent on welfare and entitlements, voted heavily for the incumbent.
■ Religion. Church attendance is dwindling steadily. Sunday school and catechism taught moral and ethical values early in life — some of which stuck into adulthood. Whether or not one is religious, the Ten Commandments, especially those beginning with "Thou shalt not," are good precepts to live by.
■ Marriage. The federal Support of Marriage Act defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Gay marriage and civil unions are aberrations that defy millennia of the natural man/woman relationship. The military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is out, and same-sex marriage and civil unions are in and legal in some states. Our leader was first against them, then his opinion evolved during the campaign to be for them when it meant votes.
■ Illegal drugs. Icons for some. Colorado users and sympathizers voted to legalize an addictive drug, despite federal law. Some voted for the recreational enjoyment of the drug, and others because they think it will generate taxes and tourism, and perhaps reduce the law enforcement burden. What's next —legalizing cocaine, heroin, meth, etc. for the same reasons? When the dust settles, non-users might some day rue their affirmative votes. We will have to wait and see if the law of the land is enforced and if the law of unforeseen consequences turns up more problems. It is unlikely that Attorney General Holder and his handler will opt for enforcement.
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