The answer to the "moral decline of America" question will always illicit an array of arguments. Some people will point out American progress over the last fifty years and wholeheartedly claim that America is on the rise. Likewise, some people will point to America's problems over the last fifty years and vehemently claim that it is falling from grace. Wherever you come down on this issue, the fact is that you most likely have an opinion on whether or not America is in moral decline. Sadly, I believe it is.
Here we are just coming out of Black History month and instead of celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring the progress of women around the world, Americans are glorifying the lives of several women who actually deserve no attention at all. Anna Nicole Smith, a woman who became famous by milking a dying millionaire out of his estate, received more media attention after her death than any mother in the world. Her peer, Brittany Spears, shaved her head (most likely to avoid a drug testing dilemma), checked herself into rehab, got a tattoo, and leapt to the front page of our newspapers and the opening story on our nightly news. Examples of moral disintegration in this country are not merely limited to the rich and famous. Everyday on our streets, in our schools, and at our workplaces we see people breaking the law, cheating the system, and living without any moral compass and we dwell on tiffs between the likes of Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump. The divorce rate is climbing; adultery is on the rise; there are few stable marriages in Hollywood and our politicians are not far off the list of statistics.
I was at Union Station's book store in Washington, DC, and witnessed firsthand the shooting of a high school boy. The victim was shot by another high schooler who was upset this boy was checking out his girlfriend. After arguing and fighting in front of dozens of cheering onlookers, the teenage killer pulled out a gun and shot the other boy. The Union Station shooting (other than my watching television) was the first time in my life I’ve ever witnessed someone shot. It truly forced me to face the reality of what path our country is headed down and how casual our youngsters will resort to violence. There's no doubt that this aggressive behavior is being reinforced by the shameless media and entertainment industry that constantly barrage us with these images.