I think that the root cause of the breakdown of morals has been the advent of television, and has been worsened by the advent of the computer, mp3 players and cell phones. There is no turning back now and we are all on a collision course with the end of our society as we know it.
I have been watching a lot of old TV shows on cable TV lately. Sit-coms like the Beverly Hillbillies, Sanford and Son, Mash, Mary Tyler Moore (my favorite), Home Improvement, The Jeffersons, Good times, Happy Days, Leave it to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes and Andy Griffith. These shows were mostly made in the 60's and 70's when I was growing up. I didn't notice it when I originally watched these shows back in the 60s and 70s, but now I notice that all of these shows are sending out subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) liberal messages. As the years go by, the messages became more liberal and less subtle. When I was a kid, a big part of my view of the world was based on what I watched on TV. I probably watched 2 hours of TV per day. I remember wondering how my parents could have possibly existed without TV because there was no TV available when they grew up. My parents generation is know as "the greatest generation", because they sacrificed for their children, fought WWII and paved the way for today's prosperity and peace.
It is no accident that the sexual revolution, the feminist movement, the increase in divorce, the increase and acceptance of single mothers, the increase of blended families, the celebration of the working mother, frivolous student protests, the growth of social programs, divisiveness based on wealth and race, the growth of atheism, the pacifist movement, disrespect for the police and the military and the blind acceptance and celebration of everything weird and unusual have all become mainstream, as a result of the messages of these early TV shows and rock and roll music. Many of today's youths, have it so easy, that they never learn the hard truth about life, they learn from TV, movies and music. Others, who have grown up without a "normal family", or in an inner city ghetto, get the message that they are victims and entitled to sympathy and special treatment.
Studies show that today's average teen/tween spends 6 hours per day watching TV, playing video games, on the computer, listening to music and/or talking or text messaging on the cell phone. However, the messages that are sent out on today's media are very strong, blunt, explicit, disrespectful, inconsiderate, violent, sexual, homosexual, outright satanic and immoral. The view that today's youth have of the world is shaped by the messages offered by these medias, just like my generation's views were influenced by TV. But the messages that are sent out today are much stronger and are reinforced by the public schools, the universities, the news media and even by parents who grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The brainwashing that my generation got from watching Mash, Mary Tyler Moore, Happy Days, and "rock and roll" music, lead to the more blunt and extreme messages that are being disbursed by today's perverted media and education system.
Unfortunately, there is no turning back now. I wish we could go back to newspapers snail mail and the land-line, but we can't put the Jeanie back in the bottle. We are on on downward spiral toward a complete breakdown in morality. Widespread corruption and anarchy will surely follow. When the collapse in our society eventually comes, people will not work together, instead they will act like a mob fighting over the scraps of a once great civilization. They will undoubtedly blame the conservatives, the Christians, and anyone who has retained their moral compass as the cause of the subsequent breakdown of law and order. This will lead to real suffering and wholesale deaths in our country. Sorry if my forecast sounds extreme, and bleak, but I see no other outcome after we suffer a complete moral breakdown coupled with hard times from an economic disaster or an actual physical attack from a foreign or domestic source. Without a strong moral foundation we will be ultra-vulnerable to threats and hard times.
Do you think that I am completely nuts and over-reacting? Do you think that I have everything exactly 180 degrees out of kilter and liberalism will usher in a new era of universal love and peace? Or do you think we will just continue on the path of prosperity and individual freedoms?