Unemployment Breeds Immorality
January 23, 2014 by Bob Livingston
The decline of Americaâ€™s moral fabric has accelerated in recent years and is visible for all to see. It has not occurred in a vacuum.
It is evidenced in the increasing amount of random crime, the promotion of immorality by the government and the media, and the direct attacks by them on faith and the Christian religion.
There is a direct correlation between high unemployment and declining morality. The manipulated, phony unemployment figures promoted by government would have you believe that fewer than seven in 100 able-bodied Americans have no job. But the truth is that figure may be closer to four in 10. Shadowstatsâ€™ John Williams puts it at 23.3 percent, based on pre-1994 measurements that counted â€śdiscouraged workers.â€ť Certainly, a great number of young Americans are either unemployed or underemployed.
In 1782, Benjamin Franklin wrote:
The almost general mediocrity of fortune that prevails in America obliging its people to follow some business for subsistence, those vices, that arise usually from idleness, are in a great measure prevented. Industry and constant employment are great preservatives of the morals and virtue of a nation. Hence bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be a comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added, that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practised. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country, without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an atheist or an infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his approbation of the mutual forbearance and kindness with which the different sects treat each other, by the remarkable property with which He has been pleased to favor the whole country.
And in his Farewell Address, George Washington noted that without religion, morality in a nation cannot be maintained. He said:
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.