We’ve stopped teaching standards

There are no words to describe the unimaginable horror of the slaughter of the innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Right on cue, the liberal left renewed their hue and cry for banning guns.

This holiday, more than 300 people will die in auto accidents, half that many from the effects of too much drink or overdose on prescription drugs. An abused housewife will use a kitchen knife to stab her husband, or an outraged husband will beat his wife with a hammer.

Guns, automobiles, alcohol, narcotics, kitchen knives, hammers, et al, are inanimate objects with no ability for thought, action, or moral judgment. They are tools, which when used properly for their designed purpose, contribute to civilization. When used improperly, they bring injury, death and destruction.

We have stood by complacently while that same liberal left has herded us into our modern society and culture of political correctness. We teach our youth that there are no moral absolutes, only situational ethics relative to the moment. If it feels good, do it. For fear that we might somehow warp their tender psyches, we further teach them that there are no consequences to their actions and that the individual’s feelings and personal rights are arbiters of behavior.

Almost without exception, every world religion teaches the same moral standards that are listed in the Ten Commandments of our Judeo-Christian heritage: Honor thy father and mother, do not kill, do not steal, do not covet. But for the ridiculous fear that someone, somewhere, somehow might be offended, we have not only banned public display of these standards of conduct, worse, we have stopped teaching them.

Many years ago, a then-popular comic strip philosopher, Pogo Possum, summed it up when he said, “We have met the enemy … and he is us.”

Jack DuBose