Nancy Sarowski: The proverbial frog
We are being slowly "cooked." We give very little resistance to the changes being made in our culture. We think, "Well, I guess I can tolerate that crude behavior or that unjust law or that socialist attitude." Today, we don't recognize our country as the country we grew up in. Worse, just like the frog, we don't even know how it happened!
How is it that the "f" word, the "c" word, the "s" word are all tolerated while the "G" word makes many people react anywhere from being uncomfortable to being enraged?
"We don't want to hear it," they scream. In response, many people stopped talking about God because they didn't want to offend anyone. But the foul, crude words, which offended us, became common and acceptable. The "water" temperature rose.
"Church clothes" went from jackets and ties and dresses with sleeves to jeans, shorts and tank tops! We tolerated this because "we're just glad they're coming to church!" We didn't want to offend them and drive them away. The "water" temperature rose.
Recently, in Ann Arbor, I saw two young men, wearing their jeans so low that their underwear was fully exposed. Teenage girls "let it all hang out" as well. Parents tolerated this immodest behavior because they wanted their children to be independent. The "water" temperature rose.
Teachers can't use red ink to correct a paper because it hurts the student's feelings. Students walk out of the room without permission, use foul language, and disrupt the classroom with no consequences. The student who doesn't study or do homework can't be failed. The teacher is considered to have "failed" the student.
The "water" temperature rose.
Police can't describe a suspect by the person's skin color. They tolerate this regulation because they don't want to be accused of using racial profiling. The "water" temperature rose.
Divorce, out of wedlock pregnancy and abortions are viewed as normal instead of tragedies to be avoided. The "water" temperature rose.
Sex education includes homosexual relationships and their sexual activities. The "water" temperature rose.
Schools officials declare that parental rights end at the school's front door. The "water" temperature rose.
Gun owners who possess legal permits to carry are demonized and harassed. The "water" temperature rose.
The Supreme Court just ruled that Arizona cannot require voter identification. The "water" temperature is rising.
The FCC is considering relaxing the restrictions on foul words and nudity in prime time television. The "water" temperature is rising.
The attitude, "You don't like what I'm doing? Too bad!" is leading our country toward anarchy or mob rule.
Disorder and chaos in the citizenry leads government leaders toward socialism where the desires of the individual are subordinated to the "common good." Then, as we are currently experiencing, government tries to gain control by dictating every behavior and supplying everyone's needs.
No one has to take personal responsibility when the government makes and enforces all the rules.
Are we at the point where we need government to force our women to cover up in a burqa? Do we really need government to authorize "clothing police," as they do in Iran, to demand that our young men pull up their pants? Actually, that's already being done in some municipalities in America. The "water" temperature is rising.
At this point in our history, a man who was raised and influenced by many people who believe in socialism, communism and bringing down capitalism decided to run for the presidency. He announced clearly that he wanted to "fundamentally change America" and to redistribute wealth. We elected him. Then we elected him again. The "water" temperature has risen to near boiling.
There may still be time for the frog to jump out!
What can we do?
Ronald Reagan said, "All change begins at the dinner table."
Dinner table!? How many families even have a dinner table? That table is now where the iPad is set up and the junk mail is collected. So the first thing we can do is bring back mealtimes together. No electronics allowed at this table. Talk. Listen. Respond. Connect. Guide. Teach. Love.
Volunteer in classrooms to help the teachers control the environment so the children can learn. Work with youth organizations to give good examples of acceptable dress and respectful behavior. Vote for leaders who will work to reduce the government's overreach into our lives.
If we don't get our country back from the death grip of government and get back to civil behavior, individual achievement and personal responsibility, we're cooked!
Let's meet again next Tuesday.
Nancy Sarowski is the president of Emmet County Republican Women. Her column appears each week. Contact Sarowski at email@example.com. You can learn more about the Emmet County Republican Women's group on Facebook.