Much of the data, along with some of my own observations, conclusions and thoughts became the cornerstones of the policy focus by Senator Chris McDaniel in his 2014 race for the US Senate. One of the four policy focused town hall styled events during that campaign was a presentation of the conservative position on traditional values.
But, all four of the themes of each policy event;
- Taxes, Spending and the Economy
- Traditional Values
were interspersed with the data revealed in Murray's work.
The subject of social degradation and the ongoing corruption of influencing institutions that have traditionally filtered out any widespread social contamination has continued to be a focus of our years long collaboration.
The church was once a strong counterbalance to government. It was a focal point of higher purpose and conscience of a community to always strive to do better and to give more. But the institution of the church at some point became more concerned with attracting attendance and building membership than in unashamedly preaching the redemptive power of the Cross.
When the heart of the churches message of faithful service began giving quarter to excuses based on “practical” concerns then the deeper networks and affiliations of the church were only a hop, skip and a jump away from this rationalized tolerance. As voices of moderation crept in so began the slide into near universal acceptance of mediocrity as a normal output for an unanchored, individualistic self-realized life.
When mediocrity becomes acceptable within an organization like the church, it no longer stands for principled belief, and therefore is no longer trusted as an institution of higher purpose.
Any church that bases it's existence on the whims of social currents or the desires of government is doomed to failure. What good is an anchor that doesn't hold against the storms of life?
Our society began accepting popular cultures weakening of the family and of marriage by way of a thousand tiny cuts. This occurred almost imperceptibly until we had compromised away our own responsibility for keeping family relationships strong and healthy. We settled instead for a more loosely defined “idea” of family.
We inherited an institution. But we denied the family the provisions that help to maintain its excellence, now we have more of a distant memory than an inheritance.
The result of social complacency is the divestment of personal responsibility. Far too many have decided rather than educate themselves they should accept being discontent or idle. This of course leads to the extermination of any diversity in culture or reverence for history, except for that which has been decided to be politically correct and culturally acceptable.
One of the many key indicators of this monumental slide is the data on the labor market, especially as it pertains to able-bodied working class men.