The key question this election was who do you trust more on the war on terror? The voters spoke clearly on that topic last night when they re-elected President George W Bush. Now that the election is over, it is time for the president to answer a deep and abiding question. It?s not a question that is simply Republican or Democrat. Rather, it?s a question that has to do with moral excellence: what can we do restore the tenets of faith and morality in our culture?
The public is ripe for this kind of appeal. They spoke on Election Day when all eleven states voting on a proposed gay marriage amendment, rejected the measure. And they spoke even more clearly when they pulled the lever for the President .Bush understands that morality is what animates our lives with meaning.
Of course, in this day and age, our politicians are not supposed admit to being guided by God. The public is, on the whole, happy with things. So any politician truly seeking revival?moral, political or social?will seem out of touch with these decadent times. By extension, their message will be marginalized as extremist. In a society comfortable with its own material prosperity, talk of true moral revision tends to recede.
Few comforting conclusions may be drawn about a country that is loosing its framework of moral reference. History tells us that such decadence flowered in Rome, leading to the fall. As ancient Rome?s colonial policy siphoned resources from around the known world, wealthy citizens sought new and lavish ways to proclaim their material wealth and dominance. The old virtues (duty to the state over individual wants) fell by the wayside of a culture increasingly obsessed with a belief that their society was enduring, complete. It was this belief in the inevitability of their way of life, which led to the fall. In modern America, the same pattern repeats. Same-sex marriages, eroding family values, and criminal violence are prevalent and cause concern. But little more. We take for granted that American life will go on. This kind of decadence will be our undoing.
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