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Piers Morgan called a guest on his national TV show “unbelievably stupid,” without apology. NBC, however, immediately apologized for Brent Musburger’s gentlemanly praise of gorgeous, beauty-pageant winner Katherine Webb (Miss Alabama). CNN remains mute about Kathy Griffin repeatedly trying to kiss Anderson Cooper’s crotch on air after threatening to “tickle his sack.” Words have lost their meaning. Compliments are assumed to be insults, and absolute depravity is met with winks and chuckles.

This cultural degradation is fostered by our scruples-bereft media, morality-deprived entertainment, and even revered leaders, who play with words until they are simply meaningless sounds.

Consider the recent campaign slogan “The War on Women.” People who used that phrase in reference to the US should be ashamed. There is a true war on women that is happening in China, with forced abortions, and Afghanistan, where Malala Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head for advocating education. Currently, an estimated 140 Million women and girls are living with the life-long, often debilitating, effects of female genital mutilation, and more join their ranks each year. But in the US, women scream hysterically for protection of their “reproductive rights,” referring to the right to stop or prevent reproduction, (something currently not even under threat).

“Gun Control” is equally meaningless; it’s really “law-abiding citizen control.” Criminals snicker while taking advantage of “Gun Free Zones,” a poor euphemism for “Easy Victim Area.” Let’s have a debate about “Criminal Control” instead.

Recently, the president of the United States called Republicans “irresponsible” for their reluctance to raise the debt ceiling. During his 2008 campaign, he chastised then president Bush’s outrageous spending as “irresponsible and unpatriotic.” Obama has outpaced Bush’s “irresponsible” spending four-fold, thus redefining that word to mean simply “in disagreement with me.”

Now, the word “terrorism” is up for grabs. While the military labels Tea Party activists potential terrorists, absent any substantive evidence, the rampage of Major Nidal Hasan killing 13 at Ft. Hood, while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” is considered simply “workplace violence.” Similarly, the attack at our Benghazi embassy defied definition for weeks. If they dilute the meaning of the word “terrorist” enough, it will apply to the barrista who looks askance at you for requesting whipped cream.

Good, tolerant people have allowed the cultural elite to redefine, even un-define, our language and to invent new phrases, euphemisms for dangerous or derisible ideas. “Climate Change” has replaced “Global Warming,” which had replaced “Global Cooling.” Few truly understand what it postulates, as yet unproven, (the “scientific data” is easily as corrupt as our language), but too many nod along and devote their efforts to its tenets: limiting and crippling industry and inducing guilt. It should be renamed “Regression Policy.” Funny; its staunchest supporters consider themselves “Progressives.”

Paralleling our society’s moral decay, the US economy is, unsurprisingly, in deep trouble. We have no more meaningful words to describe our fiscal policies. The “fiscal cliff” itself was an illusion – we jumped a long time ago, and now must contend with “suicide debt.”

Money is the language of any economy, and we are on the brink of monetary inflation comparable to our inflated language. Unfortunately, when it comes to economics, no apologies, meaningless or otherwise, will suffice. But a grass-roots effort on the part of the citizens to combat the devaluation of language, to speak out against depravity, to make words meaningful again, and to hold people, the media, and even politicians accountable for both words and actions could go a long way toward a real “recovery” – of the United States we love.

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Last Friday, right before Christmas, the world lost some of its innocence, quite literally, as a madman gunned down twenty blameless little first-graders and several unsuspecting adults. Each of the child-victims, of course, was gorgeous, loved, precious, and full of potential – full of the hopes of their parents and teachers. In a sense, Adam Lanza shot “hope” several times. But hope, like Christ, can rise again.

Initially, as most people did, I demanded answers while raging against this abomination. But, as I shared on my radio show, Flash Point Live, you cannot make sense of insanity. For the rational world, that is the most exasperating realization.

So, what is our response in our acute frustration? Some people turn to the church, but most of us ignore truth and instead pursue more details, straining to identify some action to fix it. “Something must be done!” we cry. And the bickering, posturing, and political banter begins. “Stricter gun laws!” “Better school security!” “Better testing and care for mental health!” In our horror, we demand answers from the government; we want hasty retribution, though it’s all just distraction from our grief. This is not an issue government can solve.

The more important discussion is why people go on killing rampages, and are we are less tethered to a common morality? We’ve removed God and prayer from schools. Church and religion are openly mocked, because in our extreme hubris we assume morality is a natural occurrence – that people are intrinsically good. They may be in genesis, but evil is seductive and people need encouragement and support from a discerning society, not tacit complicity in depravity like “Kindergarten Killer” or “Call of Duty,” Lanza’s game of choice. “Thou shall not kill” was important enough to write in stone, evidence that it must be taught – not assumed.

We need a mighty force to combat the hatred and violence nurtured in our culture. Furthermore, let’s extrapolate the sixth commandment to include not watching others kill and destroy. Our society has moral outrage against senseless violence, but not when it is deemed entertainment, i.e. video games and movies. That is completely irresponsible.

Parents discharge their children, unsupervised, into the clutches of the graphic, glamorized slaughter without affording them any context. In these scenarios, good often equals evil and death equals a restart of game or credit roll. Reality warps into meaningless pixels before their eyes. This has an effect.

In his final interview before his execution, Ted Bundy, who kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed at least thirty women, blamed porn as his corrupting influence. Porn – not even video games – but our current justice department shut down the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force last year.

We The People are losing a culture war to all kinds of vulgarity, in the guise of free speech.

It’s too easy for politicians to espouse more regulations – that’s just job security. But guns don’t kill people – people kill people. And legislating behavior is closer to communism than democracy.

We need self-regulation in our hearts. We need a renewal of modesty and discernment. We need to cuddle our children, give them the hope of a God in heaven, and protect them from images of evil and destruction, lest they choose to recreate it. Lastly, we need to embrace the greater spiritual picture in place of our reactive frustration and clamoring to the “all-mighty” government when we witness unspeakable, nonsensical horrors.

In the Bible, when Job learns he has lost everything, his wealth, his home, and his children, he bows down to the ground, crying, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 New International Version) He didn’t place blame. He didn’t scream for change. He decidedly didn’t ask the government to fix what ailed him. He submitted to the will of God.

It could be that the little children who fell victim last Friday have, in their passing, led many to greater closeness with God, just as Christ did. Christmastime is a season about birth, so my hope is that maybe their senseless loss can also inspire a return to a gentler, more morally centered, responsible culture: one that pays attention, identifies poison for what it is, and banishes it from our society. We can no longer afford to pretend these things don’t matter, or hope that the government will fix us.

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