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April 18, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Traditional values being undermined

America and being an American carries with it unique and very definite meanings for me.

This is very important to me, and conveying the meaning of American values is an immensely vital act in my opinion.

To my way of thinking, there are three essential principle American values. Any actions or behaviors that reinforce and perpetuate the adherence to these values amounts to virtuous behavior. To the contrary, those actions and behaviors that tend to undermine these values are destructive to America and its integrity as a nation and is unvirtuous behavior.

These are the traditional values to which I refer:

• Liberty: the freedom to pursue one’s hopes and dreams without undue interference from one’s government and fellows.

• In God We Trust: The notion and belief that an almighty power is the foundation and guiding force for the nation.

• E pluribus unum: meaning “out of the many, one.”

There is a ferocious political and cultural struggle going on that centers on both undercutting these values on the one hand and protecting and perpetuating them on the other.

This is essentially a struggle between those who may be called leftists and those who are devoted to protecting these values. I call the latter traditionalists.

Any action to strip away wealth/property from one person and redistribute it to another tramples on the liberty of the individual from whom the wealth/property has been taken. The class warfare politics that are so prevalent today would be considered unvirtuous.

Next, those actions designed to remove God from the public square undermine traditional American values.

Finally, any action designed to split the cultural dynamics of America, such as multiculturalism, would be viewed as unvirtuous.

The left seems determined to challenge and undermine these traditional values across the spectrum of our society.

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  1. God Bless America and long may She live.

    CarmineD

  2. It is apparent that Bob Jack feels strongly about these American values.
    In many ways I guess I consider myself a "leftist", but I don't see that as unvirtuous. Bob and I differ greatly on what constitutes "undue interference". I favour much more government involvement than he does, but I don't see either his view or mine as being right or wrong.
    As far as believing in an almighty power who guides the nation, my own personal faith has over the course of my lifetime waxed and waned, and coincidentally at this moment is relatively non-existent. Consequently I'm uncomfortable with ramming God down everyone's throats in society, especially given that so many people in 2012 have no faith or belief whatsoever.
    Multiculturalism is also neither right nor wrong. Here in Canada we're experimenting with it, and certainly there are growing pains, but it's unlikely we can reverse the process.
    One of the most wonderful things about America (and Canada) is that people like Bob Jack and I can disagree on such basic issues but not go to war over it.
    Happy 236th birthday, United States of America.

    FromBellevilleCanada (Don Desaulniers)

  3. This letter reeks with so much RIGHTeousness that it's almost nauseating.

    "Any action to strip away wealth/property from one person and redistribute it to another tramples on the liberty of the individual from whom the wealth/property has been taken."

    I assume this would also apply if the person being stripped was less wealthy than the person doing the stripping, although I don't believe that's the writers concern. It is more indicative of what we've observed in the past ten years or so.

    If we want to wrap ourselves with the flag of "In God We Trust", lets ask ourselves "What would Jesus do?" As I recall, He had some issues with the Money Changers. I also remember His concern about curing the sick. He did so without asking what their copay was or if they had insurance at all. Are Creators opposed to "multiculturism"?

    "Next, those actions designed to remove God from the public square undermine traditional American values".

    I would submit that following the Ten Commandments in the public square has more value than posting them there. Definitely needs some work.

    We can carry on the pretense of fighting over traditional values, but the real fight is about values measured in dollars.

  4. On my way to church, when I was much younger, I would walk past other houses of worship. That exposure to other religions taught me tolerance and to accept and understand others without being prejudice or biased.

    Apparently Bob Jack has no room in his America for those who think differently or disagree with him. Diversity and multi cultural input is what made this a great nation. There is no such animal as traditional values other than to be treated as an equal and treat other accordingly. We are a nation of immigrants, period.

  5. TEA - "What a bunch of ultra-liberal gobbeldyguke."

    Another example of Bob Jack's traditionalism, a complete lack of tolerance.

  6. Hey Bob, which God are you talking about? Are you saying if someone doesn't believe in (your) God then they are un-American? If God is guiding America then why are people mad at politicians? They must all be part of his plan. And since God is in control and they are part of his plan, why does it matter who we vote for? God will guide us. Gott mit uns!

  7. Let's keep underminding those tradition values like Grant took Richmond.

  8. Blacks were 3/5's of a human being and could not vote under the original constitution and women didn't gain the vote until the early twentieth century. Now remind me again about "traditional" values?

  9. On the 4th of July in the Land Of The Free & The Home Of The Brave...

    we've got the TeaNuts coming on here and telling us how special they are and how 'un-special' liberals are;
    Well, ain't THAT patriotic of 'em?

  10. @Don from Canada--A Happy American Fourth of July to you. Thanks for your thoughtful comments above.

    @Mark Traeger--Your videos are great.

    To the Left who posted--you all made my point--thanks!

  11. Earth to houston : maybe you dudes should have stayed suceded.You certainly have made the rest of us pretty miserable the last hundred and fifty years.

  12. Slavery,pogroms,the inquisition,lynchings,famine-perhaps you confuse the words fascist and virtue.

  13. Brad. Your points are right on. The values that I described are the ones envisioned by the Founders. The vitriol from the left is clear. My point is clear. There is a primal struggle going on in America between these traditional values and the leftist ideals. You can confirm this by reading the leftist posts above.living the leftist lies is not an option.

  14. "To my way of thinking, there are three essential principle [sic] American values. . . . .In God We Trust: The notion and belief that an almighty power is the foundation and guiding force for the nation."

    Jack -- it's not a value, it's an opinion. Disbelief in your god is just as protected as belief. It's all part of the actual liberty, freedom of conscience. The root cause of this perversion being nothing appeals to masses of voters like religion with all its attendant evils. Hence the Christian Creep -- that motto on our money, "under god" inserted post WWII into the pledge of allegiance. Seems you god-fearers are just better organized than us god-whatevers.

    "Let's keep underminding those tradition values like Grant took Richmond. . . . . .Slavery,pogroms,the inquisition,lynchings,famine-perhaps you confuse the words fascist and virtue."

    hookershaky -- amen!

    "As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" -- John Adams, letter to FA Van der Kamp, December 27, 1816

  15. "In God we trust" is definitelyo a value. It is one of the three principal American values
    that I described. . You really are mincing words and intentionally missing the point.
    The point that one side is more successful than the other in getting the word engraved in important public places to describe its own values is really what this debate is all about. As a matter of fact you leftist s cannot tolerate the values on which this nation is based, and keep attempting to eradicates the important symbolism that represents these values.

  16. "The point that one side is more successful than the other in getting the word engraved in important public places to describe its own values is really what this debate is all about. As a matter of fact you leftist s cannot tolerate the values on which this nation is based, and keep attempting to eradicates the important symbolism that represents these values."

    Jack -- that's hardly "the point," and your opinion masquerading with a "leftist" label as "American values" shows how ignorant you really are. I actually read the Constitution and the Founders, as you can see from how my quotes usually include their source. Yours are just nude -- as in baseless -- opinions.

    "The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of cliches. What they mistake for thought is simply a repetition of what they have heard. My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought." -- H L Mencken, 1956 "Minority Report"

  17. You have to admit things have changed greatly from the time the Pilgrims and their Puritan beliefs stepped onto the rock to form this country. I thought it was "all men are created equal" in having the same chance to succeed and freedom of speech and religion were the main concerns. The country now seems to have strayed from these points now, or has it really?

  18. Traditionalists supported George the Third and fled to Canada !

  19. If we're lucky, maybe these supporters of George the sixth will flee to Texas !

  20. Houston is pretty much a broken link though ! Freedom of religion is pretty much our founding principle.

  21. Good Lord...

    Hey, Bradley, Old Chap;
    How high IS that Mighty Steed you ride in here on every day, and at your age, how the heck to you get up on it???

  22. The Left is doing what the Left does. Changes the location and shape of the goal posts, and declares a new game is in play. These fundamental values are etched in place guys. You can make all the noise you want but my position as stated in letter is correct-- "There is a ferocious political and cultural struggle going on that centers on both undercutting these values on the one hand and protecting and perpetuating them on the other."

    Many of these posts are by left wing values based people--you make my case.

  23. Dear Left --I do not think my god should be anyone else's god--I am stating that this nation--the most exceptional nation on earth was founded on very clearly articulated values. These values are well known--if not well accepted by the leftist posters.My main point is that I believe these values are essential to the traditional American spirit, and they are being undermined by leftists who ascribe to secularism, multiculturalism and big govenment interfering with individual freedoms. Take it ot leave it --it's that simple folks.

  24. Since the author states that God guides our nation, in God we trust, and assigns some acts and beliefs as virtuous, it might be helpful to review some spiritual virtues. They are guidelines for behavior and intention.

    The sense I got was that the Christian God was behind the comments on Tradition, and because of historical events. On that basis I include the following.

    [This doesn't mean any disrespect to other beliefs or lack of them. It is simply in the context I mentioned.]

    They are from the Catholic catechism, but the source is the Old and New Testament scriptures, as well as Aristotle and Plato. It think they are very traditional across most Christian denominations.

    I will also throw in the opposite of these virtues, the vices, for edification.

    Chastity/Lust
    Temperance/Gluttony
    Charity/Greed
    Diligence/Sloth
    Patience/Wrath
    Kindness/Envy
    Humility/Pride

    From Proverbs 6:16-19...what the Lord hates:

    A proud look.
    A lying tongue.
    Hands that shed innocent blood.
    A heart that devises wicked plots.
    Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
    A deceitful witness that speaks lies.
    [The worst of all is...]
    Him that sows discord among brethren.

    Who is without sin?

    Some Christian reminders:

    "Do not judge so that you will not be judged." (Matthew 7:1)

    "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:5)

    The Gospels have numerous account of Jesus' teachings. For Christians it is imperative they study and understand the meaning of the teaching for their lives.

    It is not enough for Christians to proclaim God is guiding this country if so many are claiming a connection with God, yet do the opposite of the teachings of Jesus.

    Traditional? Right? Left? Conservative? Progressive? Liberal?

    All who call themselves Christians have a very high standard to live up to, and to witness to the world.

    Do the comments here give witness to the teaching on Love? If not, maybe some time should be devoted to considering what virtues and vices are effecting the quality of communication here. However, only apply them to yourself.

    It is easy to learn the meaning associated with each of the virtues and vises.

    In closing, I refer those interested to 1 Corinthians 13:13...
    "Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love."