The Right Opinion

Our Deviant Society

By Walter E. Williams · Nov. 7, 2012

Here's one usage of the term gentleman: The gentleman helped the fallen lady to her feet. Here's another, one we might hear from a newscaster or a police spokesman: Tonight we report on the arrest of two gentlemen who raped, sodomized and murdered an 80-year-old woman.

During earlier times, to be called a gentleman meant one was honest, brave, courteous and loyal. Today “gentleman” is used interchangeably in reference to decent people and the scum of the earth.

Much of today's language usage demonstrates a desire to be nonjudgmental. People used to shack up; now they cohabit or are living partners. Few young women of yesteryear would have felt comfortable to publicly declare they slept around. Unmarried women used to give birth to a bastard; later, this was upgraded to an illegitimate birth or a nonmarital birth. In many instances, unwed mothers proudly hold baby showers celebrating their illegitimate offspring, and the man, if known, who sired the baby is referred to as “my baby's daddy” or sometimes as “my baby daddy.”

Homosexual marriages, which are not a basic human survival trait, were unheard of; today, in some jurisdictions, homosexual marriages have legal sanction. To be judgmental about modern codes of conduct is to risk being labeled a prude, racist, sexist or a homophobe. People ignore the fact that to accept another's right to engage in certain peaceable, voluntary behavior doesn't require moral acceptance or sanction.

Another measure of social deviancy is reflected by the excuses and apologies that are made for failures and how we make mascots out of social misfits, such as criminals and bums. The intellectual elite tell us that it's poverty or racism that produces criminals, as opposed to a moral defect. We call bums homeless people. That suggests a moral equivalency between people who have lost their homes in a fire or natural disaster and people who choose to be social parasites; therefore, neither group is to be blamed for its respective condition. People who are very productive members of our society, such as the rich, are often held up to ridicule and scorn.

Think back to former President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the nation's response that “it was just about sex.” Therefore, it was no big thing for the president and his men to become involved in witness tampering, perjury, obstruction of justice and a White House-organized attack on Kenneth Starr, an officer of the court. Most Americans thought removal from office was too harsh for Clinton's lawlessness.

That kind of lawlessness helped establish a precedent for lawless acts by President Barack Obama. His most recent was an executive order that suspended legal liability for young people who are brought to our country illegally by their parents. He also repealed the legal requirement that welfare recipients must work, by simply redefining “work” to include other things, such as going to classes on weight control. Then there are waivers from Obamacare for favored allies – waivers that offend the principle of equality before the law.

Whether the president's actions were good or bad ideas or not is irrelevant. What's relevant is whether we want to establish a precedent whereby a president, who has no constitutional authority to repeal parts of congressional legislation, can grant special favors and rule by presidential decree like Third World tyrants.

I don't hold President Obama completely responsible for his unconstitutional actions. It's the American people who are to blame, for it is we who have lost our morality and our love, knowledge and respect for our Constitution, laying the foundation for Washington tyranny. It is all part and parcel of “defining deviancy down,” which is the term former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined in 1993 to describe how we've switched from moral absolutes to situational morality and from strict constitutional interpretation to the Constitution's being a “living document.” Constitutional principles that do not allow one American to live at the expense of another American are to be held in contempt. Today's Americans have betrayed the values that made us a great nation, and that does not bode well for future generations.

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16 Comments

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

Sad, but true. And now, the MSM has already called the election for Obama. America as the leader of the free world, will likely be lost. America has not repented from its sins, and still believes today that it is okay, even desirable, to murder its own children. God forgive us! God help us!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Robert in NEW Mexico replied:

I was thinking the same thing, more or less.

I also believe that those of us who call on God (you, for example) are going to get through this O.K.

I'm not sure about everyone else though.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:21 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

What makes you think that this sorry result was not ordained by God?
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever." -- Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:05 PM

India in GA said:

"Today's Americans have betrayed the values that made us a great nation, and that does not bode well for future generations."

God help us.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Richard of CT in Cheshire, CT said:

Well, I truly did not believe my fellow Americans could be this stupid. Four more years of a lame brain, community organizer, bought and paid for by the Chicago Machine, George Soros and the Hollywood 'elite'!!

You get what you deserve.

Thanks for selling our once beautiful Republic to the Communist Chinese and for ending the American Dream. Never again will we ever be held in the high esteem we once were. The whole world is laughing at us, and you probably think it is applause!

For those of you that fought the good fight over these past months and weeks, thanks for trying.
I hope you survive the dark night that is about to envelope us, with a few more super liberal appointments to the SCOTUS, more Executive orders that will strip us of our freedom and liberty, and if you happen to be over 65 you can forget about receiving the kind of healthcare your parents enjoyed.

Oh, and our grandkids will be paying the bill for this until the day they die.
Peasants and serfs is what we will be, on the Obama Plantation.
Hope and Change has morphed into Rope and Chains!
Best,
Richard

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:38 AM

nhpollack in Western Colorado replied:

Amen Richard! You hit every note. We've faced worse in our history, but without the additional handicap of a century of increasing Progressivism weighing us down. The fat lady may have sung, but I don't think the opera is over by a long shot. If we don't give up, they can't win. In the immortal words of John Paul Jones when asked to strike his colors on the sinking Bonhomme Richard, "I have not yet begun to fight!" and, "I may sink, but I'll be damned if I strike[my colors]."

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Robert in NEW Mexico said:

We are deviant. We are perverse.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

You are right in every assertion. I am praying. We are in deep, deep, deep trouble. The constitution has been shredded time and again. The press is totallly complicit. Lord, help us all...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Mikey in Southwest Idaho said:

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." - Samuel Adams. It was true in 1749 and it is true today as the election results prove.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Deanna in Illinois said:

I agree with you completely. Rest in Peace my beloved country! God bless all those who believe in God, morals, and the Constitution. The USA may now as well be called the Titanic - we're going down. Heaven help the children.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

alex torello in Branford, CT said:

Richard (Cheshire): Many thanks.
Well said. As a Marine Veteran and member of a Republican Town Committee, I spend so much time trying to effect change--finding great candidates, writing editorials, waking the sleeping citizenry, waving signs for candidates, making calls, warrning people of the coming disaster, etc. only to wake up Wednesday morning to find that Connecticut--once again-- has ignored all reason, and keeps electing the people who pick their pockets for their own end.
Today, American officially committed suicide.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Tarymelon in belleville, Il replied:

What????Give up???? What's happened here. Come on now. What American Patriot ever gave up?? We cannot. Pray without ceasing. If we stop believing, we'll become one of lemmings. I'm not going there.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

In High School English classes do they still read "The Scarlet Letter?"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

Yes, it's Orwellian. Someone I know posted something about "reproductive rights" on my facebook page. I wrote, "a woman's reproductive rights begin at the onset of menses and end at menopause. I think you mean the right *not* to reproduce.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

America: it was nice while it lasted.

It's been said that people get the government they deserve. Well, the American people have spoken, and now should be made to live with the harshest consequences of their vote.

Bring on the economic collapse! It will hurt most those idiots who supported obama and the others who put us in this situation. Maybe the survivors will learn some of the lessons the wiser half of the country already understood.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

NK in Colorado said:

I have never been so disappointed and ashamed of America as I am today!!
How sad.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:27 AM