Yesterday I was coming into the house after bringing my youngest to work. He was scheduled for 5 pm to close but was called in early. He had been offered five extra hours but decided on taking only three. I was a tad disappointed that he didn’t take the full three hours until I got home and was engulfed by the very strong smell of pot which permeated the air as a neighbor’s kids and their friends were spending the afternoon getting themselves high. In that moment I was reminded how lucky I am to have the sons I do. When I read this piece by Stacy McCain I was reminded again:
Even if we have been able to avoid the worst impacts of cultural decadence in our own lives, most of us have friends and relatives who’ve been directly affected by the unraveling of our social social fabric. Divorce, suicide, drug addiction, criminal violence — the kind of stuff Tucker Carlson was talking about Wednesday night — are both cause and effect of the downward spiral that has been destroying American culture for the past 50 years. My work involves constantly staring into the abyss, looking for the latest bizarre deviance to emerge in the years since our decadent elite opened the Pandora’s Box of atheistic perversion. And I don’t know how to explain why this swirling catastrophic collapse has left my own family unscathed, except to say that God answers prayer.
Being blessed with a good wife, and watching our children grow into caring, responsible adults, is not something I could ever deserve, and too often I take this evidence of God’s grace for granted.
I’ve met Stacy’s kids, and “good” is too weak an adjective to describe his wife but there is more to it. When I see my sons carry themselves as honorable Catholic gentlemen I remember my very devout mother who retired as they were born and were a strong positive influence in their lives until her death back in 2012. I give her a lot of credit in that department and yesterday when talking to one of my brothers who happened to stop by we talked about the realization of just how exceptional our parents were.
Having been born in 1921 and 1924 and having lived through the great depression and the second world war, one at home and the other in the Pacific my mother and father were very conscious of the blessings God had showed upon them and hope that I and my wife have passed that consciousness on to our sons.
But both I and Stacy had an advantage that our children do not have. We were brought up by people who lived in the American Christian culture of World War 2 and our own lives have straddled that era so that culture and the benefits of it are an actual memory for us rather than an abstract theory to be taught.
It’s a lot easier to retain a culture that you’ve lived in than a culture that you’ve been taught. It’s not easy in this current culture and I can’t imagine how it will be for our children and grandchildren when we’re gone, but they’ll have it a lot better than those who have never even been taught at all.
So if you’ve ever wondered why folks like Stacy McCain and I are so willing to fight a culture war that many conservatives elites have abandoned now you know.
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