Mike Hughes: Socialism and moral decay go hand in hand

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 07:01 PM

Which came first, the rise of socialism in America or the fall of morality? This may be a causality dilemma similar to the chicken and egg, but there’s no doubt that the two are interconnected. To be clear, when I speak of socialism, I speak of progressive government and the dependence and corruption that inevitably go with it.
Two recent crime stories haven’t received much attention in the news, but they should cause people to think about why these crimes occurred and how our society deals with crime. The first story is about the 13-month-old infant in Brunswick, Ga., who was shot in the face. Two teens have been arrested for the murder. The mother of one of the teens was also arrested, along with the teen’s aunt and sister. A city commissioner was also arrested for obstruction.
Bleeding-heart liberals would say that the shooter is a victim of his environment. I’d use the word product instead of victim, but what kind of an environment produces a criminal such as this one? Who created that environment? Why is that environment acceptable to anyone?
The second story involves another teen murderer. During his sentencing hearing, the convicted Chardon, Ohio, school shooter wore a white T-shirt with the word “killer” hand-written in black marker. He showed no remorse, and harassed the victim’s family members. As reported by ABC News, the shooter “spewed vile and unprintable words … at the families of three students he killed, gave them the finger and then laughed and smiled.”
Again, I have to ask, what kind of an environment can produce a human being such as this one? But my first thought was that we treat our criminals way too good. Why wasn’t this criminal physically restrained? Why was he allowed to freely insult the victim’s family members? If this incident is not indicative of a broken legal system, then I don’t know what is. Unfortunately, there are many, many more examples that illustrate the fact that our system is broken.
So what does this have to do with socialism? The answer is that progressive government sustains this destructive environment. This is the same environment that has destroyed cities like Detroit and nations like Cambodia. It’s the same environment that’s currently wreaking havoc in Chicago and other large American cities. This environment used to exist only in large inner-cities, but it’s been spreading, apparently to places like Brunswick, Ga., and Chardon, Ohio.
There’s a healthy social aspect to government, but ours has gone way beyond that. When people begin referring to a government as socialist, they’re partly referring to a decline in personal responsibility. This decline in personal responsibility leads to an increase in crime and corruption.
Many try to justify socialism with the idea of a safety net. But society already had a safety net in family and community. The safety net of big government is a net without true safety.
Pope Francis recently said that Christians should respond to evil with good. All Americans should respond to socialism and moral decay with personal responsibility, family and community – and smaller, less intrusive government.

Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail  him at mrmike27282@gmail.com. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.