Building on human weakness is destroying US
Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:13 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
This week, there was a story about a historic moment at West Point. In this article about a same sex marriage, reference was made to a creed, part of which mentioned choosing the harder right instead of the easier wrong and fighting for the whole truth. This begs the question, "What is truth to you?" This issue of same sex marriage is becoming a federal issue, but there is no constitutional basis for this. The Constitution gives no authority for the federal government to be involved with what is called personal choice. It is only in recent history that marriages needed state sanction for legality. Prior to this, adhering to one's religious belief made marriage legitimate.
Societies are groups of people that have joined together with a common set of beliefs - some refer to this as a social contract. One historian has said our system originally was a covenant system, which is more binding than a contract. So, what is the basis for this social contract in this nation? In 1996, Newsweek headlined an article that revealed the Bible was the foundation of our government. This establishes a standard, or foundation, to build our society upon. If there is no foundation, there is no sense of direction. It becomes, "I'll do whatever makes me feel good, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else." Societies are a relationship, and everything you do will affect someone. But some say everyone has a right to be happy. If someone has to find another entity to legitimatize an action that gives them happiness, both have broken the social contract. Where would this end? Only with the destruction of the society.
This nation is on the road to destruction because we have allowed the foundation of our society to become weak by building upon our human weaknesses, choosing the easier wrong just to feel good about ourselves. We need to get back to the harder truth to bring back the unity and stability of this society.
Tony Corte, Victoria