In response to:

Fewer Families, Less Religion -- and Less Freedom

NewJAl Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 7:29 AM
Funny how selfishness is the cry against everyone wanting to become financially comfortable. How very evil of them. But me, me, me, and what I should have is perfectly acceptable. But there are consequences to society and the individual, and they think Government will not make them pay. Life is not like that. Untrustworthy folks, unable to trust, is like hell, and that is their life. I say that after a marriage that has lasted longer than these fools have lived. People need stability if they are to thrive. People need to be able to trust promises made, or they become disfunctional and disturbed.

The kind of limited government, democratic republic America has always been is possible for only two reasons: (1) The government isn't the sole (or even major) source of economic and social support for its citizens; and (2) Principles, ethics and incentives other than the simple fear of punishment has been effective in deterring anti-social behavior.

That's why it's so disconcerting to learn that two big factors in President Obama's re-election was his electoral dominance among both unmarried Americans (at an all time high) and the religiously unaffiliated (also growing ever larger).

The statistics about single voters are discouraging because...