“From all that I had read of History of Government, of human life and manners, I had drawn the conclusion, that the manners of Women were the most infallible barometer, to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue in a nation. All that I have since read and all the observations I have made in different nations, have confirmed me in this opinion. The manners of women, are in the surest criterion by which to determine whether a Republican government is practicable, in a nation or not. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit, their Republican Principles and habits, and their Republican forms of Government, when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women…
The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families. In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children, in their earliest years. The mothers are the earliest and most instructors of youth….The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children. How is it possible that children can have any sense of the sacred obligation of morality or religion if, from their earliest infancy, they learn that their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers?” – John Adams. Autobiography IV: 123. (Thanks to Iron Ink for bringing this quote to my attention!) http://ironink.org/index.php?blog=1&page=1&paged=6
In the above quote John Adams shares with us the importance of observing the attitude and treatment of women when determining the moral status of a culture. I was first introduced to this concept by Otto Scott and R.J. Rushdoony in many of their “From the Easy Chair” discussions. I specifically remember hearing it in their discussion on “Masculinity” as well as in the “Cultural Decay” episode.
After hearing these great men discuss it, I wasn’t at all surprised to find the Adams quote.
I think the truth of this concept can be clearly seen in the Columbine school shootings. In light of the recent memorial of the event, the Council of Conservative Citizens posted this article: http://cofcc.org/?p=4415
You see, after the Columbine shootings, we were all told that the two depraved individuals were some sort of right wing extremists neo-Nazis. Vigilantes amped up on too much violent music and Matrix videos who were intent on striking out against the “popular kids” in school who may have picked on them in the past.
This portrayal in the media couldn’t have been further from the truth (as the Concil of Conservative Citizens article linked to above demonstrates.)
The two boys displayed homosexual activity. The so called “Trench Coat Mafia” was considered a homosexual group by other students. The two shooters seeped themselves in radical left-wing rock music. The “mastermind” of the duo, Klebold was from a Jewish family. These boys were intent on gunning down white Christians, especially white Christian women. The article describes statements the boys made in a recording, (clips of which can be found on the net.)
And how does our nation react? The media scurries to spin it for their own political gain.
Meenwhile…the death throes of chivalry can be heard even here in D.C.
(Thanks to Incog Man for initially posting the article. http://incogman.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/columbine-10-years-of-jew-media-lies/ )
(Additionally, while googling a good picture for Chivalry, I ran across a great discussion of the issue from a woman’s perspective: http://sisterskeepers.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/part-2-a-girls-response-to-chivalry/ )