“Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a Democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FREEDOM AND LICENSE!
In recent years the Greatest Nation on earth has been slipping into the licentious nature off a Country that has entered into the trap that substitutes the rights we have as God given rights, and rights granted to Us by our Constitution and Bill of Rights with the acceptance of permissiveness and immorality.
Ronald Reagan said: “The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas – a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated”.
I have been lucky enough to have lived from the great depression to the present day. During this time I have been fortunate to witness the development of Penicillin that saved at least two of my younger brothers, and many more “miracle drugs” that have both prolonged life and made life more endurable for those suffering terminal illnesses.
Unfortunately I have also been witness to the degradation of our culture via the miracle of television and the Internet. In my boyhood days television was seen from late afternoon until midnight, and shows like Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater, Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town and Hody Doody were watched on 5 inch black and white televisions.
In my home state color TV was not available until the early 1950s, and then only on a limited basis for lots of money! Ten inch sets were the maximum size.
Today the choices are numerous. Satellite, cable and the old standard TV antennas depending upon your location and ability to pay. But the one constant is that no matter what your mode of reception, there is a avalanche of sexual content and violence available twenty four hours, seven days a week!
With programs like Sex and The City, there has been a significant increase in the number of television shows with sexual content over the last two years. Just one in ten of these shows includes a reference to safer sex or to the possible risks and responsibilities of sex.
These are among the findings of SEX ON TV: Content and Context, the largest study ever of sexual content on television. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released the study at its Sex on TV conference for entertainment industry leaders at the Museum of Television and Radio.
Their study shows that Sexual intercourse is depicted or strongly implied in 10% of shows, up from 7% during the 1997/98 season. Nearly a quarter (23%) of the couples in scenes with intercourse appeared to be young adults ages 18 to 24, and 9% appeared to be under age 18. In 16% of all scenes with intercourse, the couples have just met.
Nine percent of all shows on TV include sexual content involving teens (8% two years ago). In addition, more teen television characters are involved in sexual intercourse. Two years ago, 3% of all television characters involved in intercourse were teens; that figure is now 9%.
Ten percent of TV shows with sexual content make at least a passing reference to the risks and responsibilities of sexual activity about the same as the nine percent of shows with sexual content that included such a reference two years ago. Dramas are most likely to include such references (15%), and sitcoms are least likely to do so (5%).
And if you think television has degraded the morals of this country then the statistics about the movie industry are just as bad, if not worse from a moral point of view.
Movies were the most likely to contain sexual content (89%), followed by sitcoms (84%) and soap operas (80%). Reality shows were least likely to do so (27%). The largest increase occurred in situation comedies, which went from 56% to 84% of all episodes.
The purveyors of sex and violence have used the freedom of speech and tolerance to give way to permissiveness, and moral degeneration!
As a result the rate of teenage sexual activity has increased from a relatively small percentage of promiscuous teen age children in the 40s and 50s to the present high rate of teenagers, who despite taking birth control pill and available contraceptives, become pregnant.
Of the 29 million young people between the ages of 13 and 19, approximately 12 million have had sexual intercourse. Of this group, in 1981, more than 1.1 million became pregnant; three- quarters of these pregnancies were unintended, and 434,000 ended in abortion (What Government Can Do, 1984). The number of pregnancies increased among teenagers in all age groups during the 1970s, but among those who were sexually active the pregnancy rate has been declining. Because of increased and more consistent use of contraceptives by teenagers, the rate of pregnancy among them has been increasing more slowly than their rate of sexual activity. Although the number of teenagers who are sexually active increased by two-thirds over the 1970s, over half of U.S. teenagers are sexually inactive (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981).
About five percent of U. S. teenagers give birth each year. A recent study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute showed teen birthrates here to be twice as high as Canada, England, and Wales, three times as high as Sweden, and seven times higher than the Netherlands.
Although these statistics are somewhat deceiving because of the now mandated ability of a teenager to have an abortion without parental consent. The rise in the out-of-wedlock birthrate has continued among almost all groups of teenagers. The rise has been steepest among 15- to 17-year-old whites.
Repeated Unintentional Pregnancies
As might be expected, 78 percent of births to teenagers are first births. However, 19percent are second births, and four percent are third or higher order births.
Source: Subcommittee on Census and Population of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service and Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress,
After falling steadily for more than a decade, the birth rate for American teenagers jumped last year, federal health officials reported yesterday, a sharp reversal in what has been one of the nation’s most celebrated social and public health successes.
The birth rate rose by 3 percent between 2005 and 2006 among 15-to-19-year-old girls, after plummeting 34 percent between 1991 and 2005, the National Center for Health Statistics reported. And not just coincidentally the number of explicit and suggestive sexual content shows has been increased during the same period!
The marriage rate also dropped to 7.3 in 2005 from 7.6 the year earlier and 7.7 in 2004, the report said. People are taking longer to decide who they’ll marry and more are considering financial security, whether to have children.This tracks right along with the high rate of couples living together outside of marriage, and the high rate of abortion for connivance in career women.
Fifty-two percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 33 percent of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 19 percent. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2 1/2 times as likely. Forty-three percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant,despite knowing that their religion considers abortion a Mortal sin, 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic.
Two-thirds of all abortions are among never-married women. Over 60 percent of abortions are among women who have had 1 or more children. On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 2/3 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. the sum substance of all three are abortions( killing a human being) for convenience!
More than 50 million abortions have been performed since Roe-Wade, and now we have partial birth abortions!
And we elected a President who voted twice not to give medicine or sustenance to a live baby born after a botched abortion!
And we call us a civilized Nation!