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Miley Cyrus, Donald Trump and the Decline and Fall of American Culture

Posted on September 1, 2015
Mr Donald Trump New Hampshire Town Hall on August 19th, 2015 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH by Michael Vadon 06.jpg

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I doubt the Video Music Awards and Miley Cyrus will garner a mention by Donald Trump or any other Republican Presidential candidate (with the possible exception of Mike Huckabee). But I am beginning to think that it should.

The current political debate careens between the twin pillars of the economy and security.

Globalization has come under attack from Donald Trump, of all people. He wants to build walls to keep out immigrants and cheap goods from China.

Trump is also dominating the discussion of how to deal with ISIS. His plan? Destroy them.

But Trump is not going to wade into America’s cultural wasteland. Too much risk for the man who gave us the Miss Universe pageant.

And outside of Mike Huckabee, no GOP candidate wants to be a modern day Dan Quayle, roundly derided by a media culture that is completely out of control.

The conservative movement got trounced when it went head-to-head with those who wanted to make gay marriage legal.

I don’t think that allowing homosexuals to get married marks the decline and fall of American civilization. I think it is a distraction from the very real social and cultural ills that are currently bedeviling our society.

And when the culture breaks down, it has a dramatic impact on the economy.

The current gap between the rich and poor is driven just as much by cultural habits as by economic advantages.

The wealthy stay married, stay in school, stay off drugs, and are raised by two parent families. People who slip into the underclass come from broken families, become addicted to drugs, leave school early, face daily violence and don’t have any fathers worth the effort.

Does our culture promote drug use, promiscuity, violence and leaving school early?

You bet it does.

You would be surprised by how many parents who live in Hollywood refuse to allow their children to plug into our current culture. They know how bad this filth is for their kids.

I am no prude, and I am not an advocate for a new puritanism.

But just spend a couple minutes watching MTV. Watch the highlights (or lowlights) from the Video Music Awards.

Or watch Snoop Dog say “mother-fucking” on an Eat24 commercial while you watch the Washington Nationals.

There needs to be a balance there somewhere.

I am not necessarily advocating that the government come in and regulate the content of all that we watch or listen to.

But somebody needs to draw the line somewhere.

We are seriously going off the rails. And if you don’t believe me, just watch Miley Cyrus. She would be funny if she weren’t so tragic.

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