Mark Caserta: Social progressives are ruining America

16 Mar

GOD'S WORD VS MANMar. 13, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

America is in a state of rapid decline, with nearly every measure of society spiraling in efficacy.

Socially, our nation is becoming morally anemic. While understanding the family unit is God’s foundation for our purposeful growth, progressives have waged a relentless attack on traditional marriage. Their tenacity has successfully moved our nation to the acceptance of same-sex parents with the term “partner” used over the time-honored titles of “husband” and “wife.”

As purity loses its value and augmented by the declining number of marriages in our nation, more and more babies are being born out of wedlock. A 2012 study sponsored by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows that nearly half of “first” babies born in the U.S. are born to unwed mothers.

Economically speaking, our nation’s financial woes have never been worse. Washington continues to spend money we simply don’t have and five years into the Obama presidency, Americans have little to show for the president’s $787 billion stimulus package.

Under this administration, the labor force participation rate is the lowest in three decades, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of people relying on food stamps is at a record high at 48 million, or a 49 percent increase since Obama took office.

And with millions of Americans out of work, liberals have conveniently forgotten the “shovel-ready jobs” promise president-elect Obama made in December 2008. “I’m confident … our 21st century investments will create jobs immediately,” Obama said while speaking in Chicago. “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.”

But the jobs never materialized. And although many struggling families took this president at his word, this “executive miss” gave Obama a little “chuckle” while meeting with his jobs council in 2011. He remarked that “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”

Internationally, America’s relationship with the world has never been more problematic. We’ve opened ourselves to unprecedented challenge by countries across the globe who have longed for a moment in time when the “mighty” U.S. would falter under dysfunctional leadership.

Barack Obama set the stage early in his presidency when he took his international “apology tour” on the road. In less than 100 days, the president apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors, lavishing his country with descriptors like “arrogant,” “dismissive” and “even derisive.”

While hardly words of a patriot, this admission of fault and subsequent “passive” leadership has emboldened our enemies and alienated our allies. This administration’s failure in its goal to “reset” relations with Russia is only the most recent example of impotent leadership, and might indeed reinstate a Cold War.

Progressives are destroying our nation. Their ideology is depreciating America both domestically and internationally, and the American people are paying the price.

America can once again become the beacon of freedom and liberty across the globe simply by returning to the conservative principles which made us great.

It’s time to stop the progressive movement and “reset” American exceptionalism.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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