Today's guest blogger is Reb Bradley, author of Born Liberal Raised Right: How to Rescue America from Moral Decline--One Family at a Time. In this article, Reb discusses the increased instances of outrageous behavior in children, parents, and politicians.
Why America is seeing an increase in outrageous behavior in children, parents, and politicians--by Reb Bradley
America has a problem -- a HUGE problem.
Since 1960 violent crimes have increased more than 300%. Sexual assault is up 318%, aggravated assault is up 329%, and illegal drug use has increased 400%. In 1950 there were 5 known venereal diseases. An increase in deviant sexual practices has since given us over 50 distinct STD’s. A recent study revealed that 1 in 4 teenage girls has a sexually transmitted infection.
Every day we hear news reports of heinous crimes unheard of 50 years ago. Children murder their playmates, their teachers, and their parents. Teenage mothers abandon their newborn babies in trashcans, students commit carnage on their classmates, and sleaze talk shows turn it into entertainment and receive high ratings.
Our nation is in severe moral decline and our descent is not slowing.
I’d like to point out that I am not a political expert -- I am a parenting specialist. In 1998 I took note of the disintegrating moral fiber of our nation and decided to apply my diagnostic skills to find a cure for what ails our society. Just as I might sit down with a troubled family and trace out the root causes for their condition, I diagnosed our society’s condition and have prescribed a cure.
Some assume that our problems have been caused by underfunded education, by the entertainment industry, by poverty, or lax gun laws. They think our nation's problems can be cured by a government program. However, money, education, and restrictive laws will not solve the problem.
When societies are out-of-control, it is because the individuals in them lack self-control. You see, people steal, cheat, and murder, because they lack the ability to restrain their natural drives. The human heart has always lusted, coveted, and hated, but 50 years ago fewer people acted on their impulses. As individuals they had more self-control than we do. It is the self-control that is missing from the members of our society.
Where does self-control come from? The ability to master our passions does not come from a good education, from having money, or enjoying the freedom to do what one wants. Self-control is a character trait trained into children in the first few years of life. If America is to change, it is parents who must bring it about.
My new book Born Liberal Raised Right is my effort to counsel America.
I am convinced we can turn our nation around in one generation, but it will require that we own our responsibility and get a workable plan. Born Liberal Raised Right provides just that.
Reb Bradley, a retired pastor, has devoted his life to strengthening families. His classic bestseller Child Training Tips has sold thousands of copies to parents anxious to give their children the best start in life. Reb and his wife Beverly live in California, and have taught all six of their children at home.
Look for our review of Born Liberal Raised Righthere.
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