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April 30, 2012

"America's Crisis of Character"

I'll help Peggy Noonan:

Now I'd go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising.

Every story that has broken through the past few weeks has been about who we are as a people. And they are all disturbing. . . . 

Something seems to be going terribly wrong.

Maybe we have to stop and think about this.

She cites six examples. Five of the six indict not our character but our . . . government. (And the sixth is indirectly related to government failure.)

Less government will promote better character.

Some support: "Fix the Economy and Conservative Values Will Follow".

Enact the fiscally sound policies that by their nature promote accountability, personal responsibility, and self-reliance; and the country will be more open to the rest of the argument.


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This is pretty much how I personally came to libertarianism. I am very conservative, and yes, conservative on moral issues. But I do not think you can promote morality through legislation.

What you can do is stop people from using government as a way to mitigate the effects of their own laziness or immorality. So it all begins with fiscal sanity and pulling back the size of government.

Jack Pelham

I respectfully reject outright the assertions made in the two comments above. They are:

++++++++Less government will promote better character.++++++

+++++++Some support: "Fix the Economy and Conservative Values Will Follow".+++++++

+++++++So it all begins with fiscal sanity and pulling back the size of government.+++++++

Just who is it that is going to whittle down this government and whip this economy into shape? Our corrupt, lazy, and indifferent public?

Character is at the root of the entire issue, folks. Our aggregate national character is such that we are terrible overseers of our own government. You two are expecting someone to magically change the government when the only party that exists who is capable of doing so is our disinterested public. You have got the diagnosis wrong, and thus the proposed solutions.

I detail this thoroughly in my free online book, Character Not Included: What America must fix before she can fix anything else.


So we have to become moral before we can pay our bills? Yeah, good luck with that.

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