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"Do not indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” -- George Washington

The future of masculinity

The recent Democratic debates have revealed the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the modern progressive movement. In both debates, the common denominator was the clear attempts at appeasement of the progressive base by the various Democratic candidates. Many argued in favor of so-called "Medicare for all," despite the objective economic unsupportability and the overwhelming number of Americans who want to keep their current insurance.

‘Boots on the ground’

Almost all candidates agreed that immigration laws should not be enforced, despite the predictable implosion of society and loss of sovereignty. Unrealistic and irresponsible rhetoric about free college for all and/or forgiveness of all student debt (requiring working class high school grads, formerly the Democratic base, who didn't attend college and those who paid for their college to up the tab).

T&D missed Connor point

Democratic candidates fell all over themselves to proclaim which was the most pro-abortion of the lot. The abortion euphemism "reproductive rights" became transformed to something called "reproductive justice." Interestingly, as African American women abort babies at about three times the rate of white women, most would wonder about "justice" in this context.

Honoring 'all' who died

Julian Castro went so far in appeasement as to claim "reproductive justice" applied not only to biological women but biological men identifying as women ("trans women"). The impossibility of biological men becoming pregnant was not even questioned by the fellow Democrats and Castro's ridiculous statement was met with loud cheers from the progressive crowd.

Progressives follow a value system that is completely at odds with biblical-based and Judeo-Christian value system followed by American political parties throughout much of American history. It's time for Americans to recognize the danger of the progressive value system and make clear to the Democratic Party that it must dump the progressives or lose all support as a party. It's critical for America to keep the traditional values system at the heart of our system.

First, the philosophical underpinnings of our laws and government are rooted in a general acknowledgement of God and the Bible. As Justice William O. Douglas put it: “Our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.”

Political philosopher Samuel Huntington also wrote: “To deny God is to challenge the fundamental principle underlying American society.”

As John Adams put it: "This Constitution was written for a moral and religious people, it is wholly unsuited to the governance of any other."

To allow "the people" to control government through their vote and representation required people with a moral value system. The first justification for public education in American (Northwest Ordinance) was stated clearly by Congress: Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.

Unlike what the progressives have pushed as their seeming top value in secularizing America by demanding a "wall of separation between church and state," neither the Constitution, nor any other early American document, includes this term. This phrase was taken out of context from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to Danbury Baptists written in 1802. It was later used by the Supreme Court in 1947 to redefine the establishment clause for a secular public square.

The actions of our founders are decisive. The day after passing the First Amendment, Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for a day of prayer and thanksgiving to God. It read: “We acknowledge with grateful hearts the many signal favors of almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peacefully to establish a constitutional government for their safety and happiness.”

Progressive ideology is not anchored in truth or a tested moral code like the Bible. It is anchored in nothing and becomes irrational, as seen with Castro's statement about abortion rights for biological men. It would allow for open borders, abortion up to (and at) birth, biological men (trans women) to continue dominating female sports, irrational economic ideas that cannot be sustained, a marginalization of Christians in America, and on and on.

We cannot allow the Democratic Party to ruin America. It is time to stand up for truth and the future of our children.

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Bill Connor, an Army Infantry colonel, author and Orangeburg attorney, has deployed multiple times to the Middle East. Connor was the senior U.S. military adviser to Afghan forces in Helmand Province, where he received the Bronze Star. A Citadel graduate with a JD from USC, he is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army War College, earning his master of strategic studies. He is the author of the book "Articles from War.”

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