When the culture devolves, the power of the Constitution gets lost
by Nelson Price
October 05, 2013 11:30 PM | 1281 views | 3 3 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people, it is totally inadequate for the government of any other.”

resident John Adams made that statement in an address to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 1789.

Frame what follows within that thought.

Evidence abounds that some leaders of our nation don’t even know our Constitution.

Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, quoted the Constitution as saying “all men and women are created equal.” Not! It is the Declaration of Independence that contains the quote she misquoted. The Declaration uses the phrase “all men are created equal.” Though it does not say “women,” as Pelosi said it does, certainly the term “men” as used here means males and females.

She also said, “...all members of Congress took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people.” There is no reference to protecting the American people in the oath. Her Mother Superior personality came through in that statement.

The Republicans are not to be left out on misquoting. Speaker of the House John Boehner held up his pocket copy of the Constitution and referring to it professed to “stand here with our Founding Fathers, who wrote in the preamble: ‘We hold these truths to be self evident....’”

Oops! That too is the Declaration of Independence.

Adam’s statement refers to “a moral and religious people....” Does that describe our culture in general?

Perhaps it might better be defined as a “crotch society.” That is base, but it seems most of our humor, TV sitcoms, movies, and novels are crotch centric. Most role models for our youth are immoral and irreligious.

Evidence abounds that we have slowly, almost imperceptibly, abandoned morality and forsaken religion. Persons who stand for these twin virtues are often demonized and their principled comments mocked.

The statement by Adams is looked at as an opinion and not as an intended absolute. It is not a flexible statement. In many regards we are ungoverned, our behavior is out of control, though a string of endless laws get adopted. Mass shootings are exhibit “A.” What is the proposed solution? Pass gun legislation. That is the symptom. The sickness is the erosion of our moral and religious values. No good doctor treats symptoms. They treat the sickness.

Young people without a moral compass form youth gangs with their gang ethic and rules. This shows they want restraints, but not knowing the value of the restraints of our Constitution they form their own guidelines which for them forms their comfort zone devoid of morals and religion.

In the preface of one copy of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is this statement, “What a difference it could have made if the village priest could have convinced the young Adolph there was a better way of life.”

For our youth gangs, there is a better way of life. But who is telling them of it?

We can’t leave this topic without one quote from Thomas Jefferson who said, “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it away from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is a true corrective of abuses of Constitutional powers.”

Are you listening educators, religious leaders, civic club members, and parents? What response does this solicit?

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus at Roswell Street Baptist Church.
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saggy pant tea party
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October 07, 2013
Are you really saying the problems the tea party are causing due to racism are rooted in the issue of saggy pants? You are one nutty old man. Maybe you and Borden can meet up at Shillings for lunch(lunch costs less FOR THE SAME THING after all)talk about how good things used to be.. when the you know who's were in their proper place
West Cobb
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October 06, 2013
In Arnold Toynbee's - A Study of History - Toynbee observed that one of the consistent symptoms of a disintegrating civilization is that elites begin to imitate the bottom of society. Toynbee says the growth phase of civilization is led by a creative minority who have a strong, self-confident sense of style, virtue and purpose. The uncreative majority follows along through attempts to imitate the creative minority. In disintegrating civilizations, the creative minority (elites) are no longer confident and setting the example. They "lapse into truancy" (reject the obligations of citizenship) and "surrender to a sense of promiscuity" (succumb to vulgarization of manners, the arts and language). Until a few decades ago, the groups we used to call "low-class" or "trash", are now called the underclass. The upper-class, instead of challenging trashy behavior, often imitates and placates it.

Dr. Price, the operative message here is that the upper-class (the leaders) placate the behaviors of the underclass. When I read this I think about all of the placating of behaviors I've observed over the past thirty years. Leaders accepting behavior that they knew was wrong. Leaders explaining away behavior that knew they was wrong and coercing others to accept behaviors that they knew was wrong. So, this is where we are today after thirty plus years of "Playing On Their Court." Am I wrong?
on balance
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October 07, 2013
West Cobb-

Excellent post to Dr Price's excellent article. Those who legislate, have, over the years, with all good intent, created a society where the miscreant is defended and the responsible authority is punished. Teachers face behavior in school from students that, back in the day, would have resulted in the ruler or the switch.

It has become quite fad to dress and talk as those who have no education. "Know wut Im sayin?"

Virginity is no longer valued. According to an article I read last week, we are actually at the stage of where some parents are talking about allowing their teenagers to have sex with their partner at home."Well, thy are going to do it anyway" was some of the reasoning and letting them do it at home would provide some kind of safety that I do not understand.

Dr Price--you are not some "nutty old man". You are a man of God with a sense of decency and I applaud your article.

Saggy--wash your mouth out with something that teaches you respect for your elders and for the clergy.
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