Solving the Nation's Problems
Regis NicollRegis Nicoll's weblog
- 2010 Oct 22
It is being said, and often, that the upcoming election is the most important in our nation's history. Among conservatives and liberals alike, there's a belief that fixing the problems of joblessness, economic recession, spiraling debt, creeping socialism (or unchecked capitalism), political corruption, and moral decay is a matter of getting the right folks in office.
Well, this election is important, as every election is. Civil servants who uphold the Constitution and perform the duties of their office with integrity and honor are essential to the formation and maintenance of a just society. That makes voting one of the greatest responsibilities of citizenship.
But while electing competent and honorable individuals to office is important, it is never the solution to a nation's woes. Unless political change is accompanied by cultural change, any improvements in the social conditions of a country will be limited and temporary, regardless of who is at the helm.
If history has taught us anything, it is that neither politics nor politicians will save us. Over the last few decades, we have seen that political corruption, abuse, and scandal are no respecters of parties or persons, and that political party affiliation is no guarantee that values social conservatives hold dear, like the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, will be upheld.
I am of an age to remember that in 1969, Republican governor Ronald Reagan pioneered "no-fault" divorce with the California Family Law Act. Later, in 1973, Roe v. Wade was decided during a Republican administration by a Supreme Court in which six out of the nine judges had been installed by Republican presidents. And today, there is a movement within the GOP to back off social issues, and even change its position on gay "marriage."
Those actions, as well as the ones being blamed for our current state of affairs, did not emanate from the hats of our government leaders; they were informed by the real or perceived values of society. That's because culture shapes politics, and not the other way around. Consequently, any real and lasting solution to our nation's problems must address its moral climate... Continue reading here.