Our Deviant Society

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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  • Mary Sue

    The poor senator Moynihan is spinning so fast in his grave he's digging vertically to South America. Or something. I swear. He'd not recognize what the Democrats have become.

    This reminds me of an old Mad Magazine article where the premise was, soon Americans will be come soft, and easy pickings for the barbarians of the East (after the Romans became soft and easy pickings for the barbarians of the North). The source of this softness, a predicted (and wonderfully satirized) dependence upon motor-scooters. (today we'd probably identify the scooters that the elderly or walking-impaired that are ubiquitous nowadays). The article claimed that the use of the scooters would make the legs vestigial eventually, and that Americans would start looking like round bottomed toy dolls, unable to defend themselves against invading Red Chinese.

    The problem is, moral decay doesn't occur in a vacuum. Eventually something happens to either halt the decay, or something really awful happens. This is why decency was so important in the past: People actually remembered that not being decent led to chaos! And not the good kind, either.

    I hope this downward trend can be halted at some point but to be honest I'm not that optimistic. If we can't do something about this, well, unless the Quiverfull people start going into overtime cranking out kids or something, we're all doomed.

  • David R

    "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, hating good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power." (The Bible, 2 Timothy chap 3 verse 1)
    Welcome to the last days!

    • Mary Sue

      We were already there, but yeah, they're getting….um….last-er. Yup.

      • radicalconservative

        Mary Sue! Funny! Very true. Ugh, we seem to be slouching toward Gomorrah.

        • Mary Sue

          hehe thx. I know, right?

  • R.C.

    Basically true–and the evil American people are getting what they deserve with tyrants like Barack Obama!

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Williams started out reasonably enough in this persuasion piece, but then he got progressively more rash. His argument was still strong at "Much of today’s language usage demonstrates a desire to be nonjudgmental" but then it fell apart at "to accept another’s right to engage in certain peaceable, voluntary behavior doesn’t require moral acceptance or sanction."

    Mr. Williams is wrong. If what abounds is peaceable, voluntary behavior, then we really ought to give it our sanction. If what Mr. Williams means by "moral" is that we openly state that we believe our own peaceable and voluntary behavior is superior, and that of others is inferior, so be it, but it does in fact generate ill will to do so. If by moral, Mr. Williams means sanctioned by a deity or by a religious code of ethics, then he is simply trying to inflict his imagination upon other people. In truth, he actually does that as a columnist.

    Mr. Williams presents a strong argument at the beginning of his article, but it unravels where he wants to liken gay people to bums, or rapists, or hooligans. He is also being selectively moral when he portrays Clinton as being a liar, but upholds Ken Starr, and by affinity, Ken Duberstein, and Richard Mellon Scaife, at least one of whom is a financial contributor to this website who used to finance the Vince Foster Murder Conspiracy. It seems that Mr. Williams is OK with some kinds of lying.

    • Western Canadian

      Uttered like a true scumbag lawyer. There is a difference between sanctioning, and being indifferent to something.

    • Paul Pagnozie

      I know, right? likening gay people to bums, rapists, etc. I agree that certain moral things are set, yet sometimes things can get subjective. He writes like being one thing automatically makes you immoral/moral. And that selective morality thing….dear God. It reminds me of all these hard core Christians I used to know who went around hating gays and muslims for "being sinners" while at the same time having premarital sex, abortions, did drugs, stole, etc.

    • aspacia


      You would not know a valid claim if it bit you on the nose. I have taught Argument and Evidence at the Junior CC level and know what is valid and invalid. You go off on emotion smuck about amorality with zero valid evidence. According to you there is no right or wrong, when in fact there valid and invalid claims and you would not know a valid claim if it bit you. Clinton is a liar and was impeached for it. To you there is no right or wrong, moral or immoral. You are nothing more than an equivocator. Take a class in logic-or read Rottenberg's Argument and Evidence before making yourself look like a bigger fool than we all know you to be.

      Without appreciation, regards, or respect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.honiker Bob Honiker

    Government is trading hedonistic license for true liberty.

    • Caroline

      Government is trading true liberty for hedonistic license.

  • tagalog

    It's entirely on-target to blame the ills of our society on our near-universal willingess to compromise our standards for greater convenience and expediency and to rationalize that by invoking cultural and moral relativism.

    The presidential election displays what I believe is the will of the Lord when a civilization turns its back on Him. I'm not all that religious, but I've come to believe that. We have taken the place once occupied by the erring Hebrews who fashioned the golden calf, by Sodom and Gomorrah, by a world that tempted God to unleash the Flood.

    The saddest thing about the "I Won't Lie I Want A Beer" picture at the head of this commentary is that some people will give the guy who's begging some money out of respect -if you can call it that- for his "honesty." And others will call the giving of money to that beggar "compassion for the needy."

    • Free

      Most of us give out our surplus rather than our substance , so do the hard thing , the right thing , walk out of your way to a Mickey D , purchase one of their meals , and present it to the beggar .He only knows what he wants , but you know what he needs .

      • Mary Sue

        I've heard of Homeless people in Canada that will throw food back in the person's face and demand straight up money, because they want to buy drugs.

  • Ozzy

    You know Walter the bible never talks about being too kind.
    I think there are plenty of us who understand the rich are parasites living in a paradise created by millions of others hard work, the kind of hard work that will never make the poor rich.

    • Selmainboca

      you're not poor because someone else is rich – your class envy is showing

      • Ozzy

        All nations on earth have poverty and the wealthy. The systems you two describe have nothing to do with wealth. There was wealth and poverty in biblical times with the prophets admonishment to care for the poor and not worship wealth. I do however believe you genuinely believe another political ideas are class related.

        How do you explain poor republicans and rich democrats?

    • tagalog

      There ARE several societies in the world today that pride themselves on having built systems that prohibit the parasitical rich, and which exalt the worker. Why don't you stop compromising your values by continuing to live in a country built on capitalist values, and go to one of those Workers' Paradises?

      Leave us capitalist types to stew in our own exploitative juices and live in a society that suffers from periodic ecomomic collapses, and go where everyone is poor and the economic collapse is a permanent lifestyle.

      • Ozzy

        Excellent reply. There are no such societies as you describe.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "There are no such societies as you describe."

          Sure there are. Some are works in progress. Are you not progressive enough to handle it? Or do you just talk the progressive talk?

        • tagalog

          Peoples' Republic of Vietnam? Peoples' Republic of China? What's the formal name of North Korea?

          • Steeloak

            I believe it is known as the DPRK – Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    • aspacia

      Aiding and abetting alcoholism is not being kind Ozzy.

  • DrBukk

    The coarsening of America is the natural result of 50 years of liberal-engineered reverse eugenics, i.e. rewarding people for the least successful lifestyle and encouraging their irresponsible procreation. Surprise, surprise!

  • Bartemais

    It’s actually worse than Mr. Williams portrays. The handwriting is on the walk. We have been weighed in the balance of a holy God and we have been found wanting. When something as irrational and immoral as "same sex marriage" (among many other transgressions) is actually taken seriously we know we have lost our moral compass and we will begin to reap what we are sowing. "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind." God is not mocked what so ever a man (or a nation) sows that shall he also reap. One is compelled to warn fellow Americans that we are looking at serious troubles ahead.

  • Margaret

    You definately reap what you sow….time to start the pay back.

    • Free

      All sin is the same , so who do you want to payback first Margaret ?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Reaping and sowing is not exclusively about sin.

  • Alex Kovnat

    I Twittered the above, and also made the above article available to my circle of friends on Facebook.

  • Free

    I'm just glad Mr. Williams was wise enough to describe the colloquial " WE " in his bumbasher .

  • Ghostwriter

    I have no comment.

  • erica

    The majority of Americans are sheeple. They follow pop culture – positive or negative – to be “cool,popular & part of the in crowd.”

    Whether it be $500 tennis shoes,having babies at 14 or murder,it is generally acts committed to be accepted by certain gangs,tribes or groups. Victims are irrelevant .

    The media hypes the “leaders” with alot of media exposure and excuses for forgiveness .

    The president and media says single mothers are heroic.Drug dealers/addicts are cool, foul language is entertainment and dead ambassadors are bumps in the road.Freedom is uncontrolled ,random sex. White men are racists ,the rich are evil ,emotions are civil rights,and lies are the truth.

  • deborah lurya

    there have always been evil doers- just not reported. Electronic media brings the world to our bedrooms. As for America changing, yes, it is, as is everything in this world- nothing is static. I feel like my grandmother talking about the good old days sometimes when i tell my children about life before the computer- and they think I am a crank. Only G-d is eternal. His creations were made to evolve and transform into something that to the naked eye is completely new and different, but to Him it is just a continuation of His works. AS for deviant society, one only has to read the Torah and one can find plenty of deviancy, the stuff of which movies are made and cheap novels and serials.
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  • Free

    Erica , that is what's known as a generalization or "broadbrushing " , and if the media is doing that [in your opinion] not in mine , then you are looking at the world through a jaded glass . Drug Dealers cool ? Says who ? Murder ? Your view is contorted by your politics .Yes people do all those things , but no , they are not accepted or tolerated to anywhere near the degree you describe.All those things that you find "negative ", permeate throught out society and transcend all races , and all classes from poor to rich .You seem to be posing as an exception or atleast one who sees themself as a judge of entire populations . You're wrong kid .

    • Paul Pagnoise

      When she says murder and etc, yeah she's way out of line. I don't know people who think murder's cool (though they're into creepy victorian death related stuff like any other kid at Hot Topic, etc). However, if you dismiss when she speaks of consumerism then…lol. If you don't believe her "generalization," go to an American high school for four years. For the girls I knew who got prenant at 14-17, the others always said, "OMG age doesn't matter. They can take care of the kids well enough!" And while I don't think people care about dealers, most people i've seen have something against people who hate drugs. So you seem to be lacking a dose of reality : / or haven't experienced peer pressure.

  • Mike in VA

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

    No truer words have ever been said or needed to be said. Kudos to the good doctor…

    • Sabrina

      People have been betraying values since the beginning of time T_T the only difference is now people are more open about it.

  • john spielman

    The increasing wickedness is because we 've deceived ourselves that God doesn't exist and so the LORD been given us over to deceptive thinking that evil is good and good evil .(Romans 1) We now enbrace unatural sex (homosexuality) , single parent families and moral relativism where there is no real evil or sin. Lawless abounds wher there is no fear of eternal damnation and hell fire.
    Simply extrapolating what two generations from now
    will be like is frightening.

  • Free

    Frightening ? Where's your faith man ? It is sin to be frightened , it indicates a weakness of faith . And please , refrain from the " WE " thing , speak for yourself .. A man can break all Ten Commandments in 10 minutes without leaving his chair ,and be legally culpable for none , but spiritually culpable for all . You could be sitting right next to him and never know it .

  • Thomas Wells

    Obama will rule by "executional orders".

  • tedh754

    Revenge. Obama talked about revenge. When the bill comes due, the laws of economics will wreak revenge on everyone, not just conservatives. But conservatives are better armed.

  • stardust2013

    This deviancy has been with us for quite sometime, however too few have had the courage to call it what it is. The time has past for fence sitting, it;s now time to tell it like it is.
    Thank you sir, for doing what you've always done and that is telling the truth.

  • riverboatbill

    Not "deviancy", but rather "degeneration".