The Jersey Shore set a record for viewership, over 9 million people watched it last week. The Hills, MTV's child porn show 'Skins" and even the ABC Family show "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" promote sex, violence and that kind of material is trickling down to stations like Nickelodeon (watch iCarly for evidence). Rap music (which even I must take my lumps for listening to) has become worse and worse in its advocacy of killing people, raping and mistreating women and using drugs.
Look at this Google search for "girl fights". I don't care where you stand on women's rights, I have and America HAD more respect for our women than this:
In Wilmington, Delaware there's a suggestion that we bring in the National Guard because the police are unable to stop the murders or even solve many of the cases. The city has a population of 80,000 and in 2010, 27 people were murdered which set a record eclipsing the mark set in 2008 (26). Gang violence is on the rise, recidivism is up and more and more of our young people are going to prison. I urge all of you to watch the show "Gangland" on the History Channel (now also playing on Spike). You may not LIKE the content but you need to KNOW that it exists and that it exists here in Delaware.
Even if these girl fights and murders don't affect you, you've been in a store where someone has gotten mouthy with the clerk in front of their kids or yours. My wife and I and our 4 children were in the new Target at Christiana Mall shopping in the baby section around a couple of young girls when one of them started using the F--- word literally in every sentence. It was so bad that my wife and I had to move away. I've been at Kmart when a woman has verbally assaulted another woman in front of their kids. Almost everyone has seen this video:
I know what you're thinking. Evan, we all KNOW these things. We've all seen this a million times before. Well folks, this is the problem. We all know about it but no one will DO anything. That doesn't mean we censor rap music, ban YouTube or that women shouldn't be allowed to advance and achieve. It means that we, as a society must stop thinking of ourselves as nothing more than animals. We must stop accepting these things as normal or looking the other way. WE have a responsibility to STAND up no matter the cost.
The problem with our nation is not political. It's something my good friend Jerry calls "moral decline". It's the "Me Craze", "If it feels good do it" and everything is "an expression of self". It's a loss of a moral compass. For most people (more than 90%) that compass points to God. For others it's just a sense of right and wrong they determine for themselves. Whatever it is that they point to, too many people have lost their way. We've lost our faith in God, more accurately we have misplaced it. When times are tough, when all the chips are down we often find it but that is not enough. We have to find the good in ourselves and live it all the time. There will be things we disagree on and disagree on strongly but there is a path to goodness.
It's not OK to fight in front of our children, it's not acceptable to pull out our cell phones and videotape a fight to put it on YouTube. It's not OK for our children to attack an authority figure and it's not acceptable to kill or attack a police officer. Our culture is corrupt, our kids are getting worse. What's more unacceptable? The passengers on the bus. The people that do NOTHING are as guilty as those who do not know how to act. I often hear people my father's age talk about how "in my day this wouldn't have happened" and you know what, they're right. The REASON why these things didn't happen then is because parents spent more time with their kids and the communities were such that if you got in trouble around the corner, your mother knew about it before you got home or in some cases, the adult who caught you went ahead and took care of you then and there. Kids were raised to RESPECT their elders at all costs, now 12 year olds consider themselves BETTER than adults. It's not enough to raise your own children anymore. We must take an active role in ALL of our children's lives. Remember,