I miss Charley Reese. I enjoyed his writing quite a bit. He struggled to achieve honesty in all his opinions, a skill and an obligation usually absent in most writers’ work.
I sense that Charley Reese had a conscience about his political thoughts. If something was poorly thought out or didn’t fit, he would ponder the matter until it made personal sense to him. He would seem to be embarrassed if his thoughts didn’t fit together, which is unheard-of in the mindless caterwaul that is American public discourse today.
I offer an excerpt from one of Charley’s columns about society’s falling rocks, written around the turn of the millennium. There’s been over a dozen years since this was written. Things have only gotten worse.
Somebody committed the indignity of taking one of Mr. Reese’s last columns and tacking his or her crap onto the end of it, to inflate the apparent value of their own thoughts. Such a decision does not make the anonymous plagiarizer better or more widely respected. It only shows that our modern days manifest the bad stuff he predicted years ago, but even more so.
Everything people do or don’t do, say or don’t say, is a result of their moral code. Whether a worker is conscientious or sloppy is a moral decision on the part of the worker. Whether a soldier obeys his oath is a moral decision. Whether people take care of their families or abuse them is a moral decision.
In America’s flight from morality, people have turned to a self-appointed secular priesthood of social workers, psychologists and propagandists for special-interest groups to tell them what is right or wrong. The common theme of the secular priesthood is that individuals aren’t responsible for their actions.
You would think that in America there were no people who abused children, that there was only a “problem of child abuse.” No, there are people who make the decision to abuse children, and the answer should be that when such people are identified, the government kills them or locks them up for life. No one ever should be given a second chance to abuse another child.
But just watch. There is already in preparation a new campaign by some psychologists to convince Americans that “intergenerational sexual relationships” can have a positive effect on the children. There long has been an organization, the North American Man/Boy Love Association, that lobbies for lowering the age of consent. You see, once you abandon morality, everything becomes negotiable and arguable. And, after all, the politically correct people say, one opinion is as good as another, and there is no truth.
When people no longer believe that their traditional moral code provides a valid set of criteria, then they’re at the mercy of the public-relations campaigns, the peddlers of junk science and the ideologues.
No nation or empire can survive a corrupt culture, because, as I stated, the corruption leaches into every aspect of society from business to government, from the military to the educational establishment and even the religious institutions. Pretty soon, none of the elements of a nation or empire works. Then it falls.
The best way to keep your sanity during the long process of decline and fall is to re-evaluate your own core beliefs and then, when you’re satisfied with them, close the subject. You say that these are my beliefs and that they are not debatable or subject to compromise and that I don’t give a flying flip who doesn’t like it.
Let the others drive themselves nuts trying to figure out what is expedient on a case-by-case basis under constantly changing circumstances.
A lot of Americans have been duped into the idea that discriminating against anything and anybody is dreadful, mortal sin. Actually, sane people do discriminate against evil, the unhealthy, the dangerous, the brutal, the violent, the unjust and the ugly. So, hang tough, folks, and watch out for falling pieces of a once-great society
Worth a read or two.