As I see it, those old wig wearing founders were hip to the understanding that the young, are apt to screw up. And I think they alluded to that truism in the Constitution, by making age a criteria to hold certain positions in government. In fact, and for some offices, damn near decades past the age when one achieves majority.
So here’s Pat Buchanan at American Conservative…. a couple of days ago
”What are the causes of a de-Christianized America?
High among them is the Supreme Court, which, since the Earl Warren era began, purged Christianity from all public schools and the public square—and has been met with a puzzling lack of resistance from Middle America to the secularist revolution being imposed upon it.
Second, an anti-Christian elite captured the cultural heights—the arts, elite universities, popular culture, the media—and began, through movies, books, and magazines, an assault on Christian beliefs and morality.
Third was the social revolution of the 1960s, which began with the arrival of the baby boomers on campus in 1964. Five years on, Woodstock Nation was wallowing in the mud, listening to Country Joe & the Fish.
The counterculture of the ’60s would be used as a foil to build 49-state landslides for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, but then the ’60s views and values were embraced by the elites and came to dominate the culture in the time of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Given his baggage, “Slick Willy” of Yoknapatawpha County would have been a comic figure in the 1950s. Today he is the Democratic Party’s beau ideal of a statesman.“
But here’s Peter Wehner of the NYT just Today
“To see just how far the Democratic Party has moved to the left, compare Barack Obama with Bill Clinton. In 1992, Mr. Clinton ran as a centrist New Democrat. In several respects he governed as one as well. He endorsed a sentencing policy of “three strikes and you’re out,” and he proposed adding 100,000 police officers to the streets.“
”In contrast, President Obama’s former attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., criticized what he called “widespread incarceration” and championed the first decrease in the federal prison population in more than three decades. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, has chosen to focus on police abuses.“
Now remember those ”three strikes and you’re out“ sentiments as we hear from Mr. Buchanan again.
”The decline in Christian identity is greatest among the young. While 85 percent of Americans born before 1945 still call themselves Christians, only 57 percent of those born after 1980 do.“
Wait, 1980, the year of the Reagan Revolution? How did the great communicator fail us so. Why then, did the kids begin, to lose faith in such large numbers. How did the grass roots of the new Republican majority push back against those Country Joe & The Fish Firsters
They began to treat our children with the same cavalier approach they took with adult offenders of the good order. Nada, nope, zip, zero. Lock ‘em up and throw away the key. Running stealth candidates for low voter turn-out school boards, this new breed of GOP ultra-activist, untrusting of secular educated educators, instituted zero tolerance policies for all things, including and up to the crime of being young and dumb, and consequently rebellious. And many of these small town Torquemadas, were people of the Book, and members of the church, who saw no grace in the young playing in mud, and building character, via mistakes made, noted, acknowledge, and then corrected, just didn’t matter. You muster up or mustered out.
Then again, maybe character building should be left to the church.
What does Pat say about how the Church tried to heal the wounds of Woodstock.
”Many churches came out to meet the cultural revolution halfway. The results were irrelevance and scandal—too many Elmer Gantrys in televangelist pulpits and too many predators in priestly cassocks.“
No wonder the young flock is fleeing, Patrick.
So, One, Two, Three,…What are we fighting for.
Now, being Burkean in my appreciation of communitarian traditionalism I sympathize with both sides concerning the heat of the same sex marriage debate, so I suggest we pull our punches pluralistically.