"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject
to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.
There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse,
or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."
General Douglas MacArthur
(1880-1964) WWII Supreme Allied Commander of the Southwest Pacific, Supreme United Nations Commander
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I would love to know his definition of "moral decay." Every civilization declines eventually, and I suspect different (and multiple) factors are involved in each case.
 -- Joe, N. Caldwell, NJ     
    Indeed the word 'moral' is a personal judgment, but the fact that its meaning seems to be so vague today just shows how much moral decay there has been. What good are morals when we have to do what we are told or else? The mores of society determine its direction -- if poofing the unbelieving scum on the other side out of existence becomes our patriotic duty, I think it is safe to say our future will soon mirror that of the Nazis. A people who do not value life or truth shall soon inherit their just desserts.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    We are becoming a nation of socialists (National Socialists, Nazis) and our country is in decay.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Preceding this statement comes this: "In this day of gathering storm, as the moral deterioration of political power spreads it's growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation was founded. For it is that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record..." This puts it in context a bit better.
     -- Zeb. Everett, WV     
     -- S B, Chandler      
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