The Decline Of Western Civilization

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager talked about a song named “F*** You” nominated for Grammy Record of the Year.

“In the video, everyone in it was a black American. I just wonder if any other community would not find this a little disgraceful? I’m sure many black Americans do. If everybody there wore a cross, at least impersonating Christians, I think the Christian community would say something. This doesn’t represent us.

“There is an inner-city culture that the general society tolerates, does not condemn as anti-civilizational because of fear of being called racist, and that is racist because they would say it if anyone else did this, let alone nominate it for a Grammy award.”

“Barbarians always exist. The difference between a great civilization and a failing civilization is not the presence or absence of barbarians. Barbarians will always exists, but what matters is that the civilization condemns the barbarian. When the civilization honors the barbarian, we have gone from condemnation to toleration to adoration.

“I would not have talked about this song if it was just out there. That it was nominated for a Grammy… That the elite find this profanity-laced crap worthy of an award shows that the barbarians govern in the world of the elite, in the arts and education… The rot is at the head, not the tail.”

“If a bunch of kids with yarmulkes had a profanity-laced video, I would be very embarrassed as a Jew. I believe that would be true for any community.”

The USA Today reports:

The House today approved a bill that would improve the safety and nutritional value of food served at schools — and expand the number of schoolchildren eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals.

The legislation, already approved by the Senate and expected to be signed by President Obama, directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set new nutrition standards for all food served in schools — in lunchrooms and in vending machines. It also streamlines rules for federally subsidized school lunch and breakfast programs so that an estimated 115,000 more low-income students will qualify for free or discounted meals, which now go to about 62% of the 31 million students a day who eat school food.

Dennis Prager: “We are going to pay for more and more kids’ meals in schools in the continuing expansion of the welfare state. The state will take care of you. You don’t have to feed your children. The state will.

“If I were a parent now of a child that age, I would tell my child, don’t you eat one morsel of government-supplied food. What they are doing is undermining your mommy and daddy’s dignity by doing this. They want to undermine your mommy and daddy’s dignity because they believe that we are useless.

“The ultimate left view is that parents are there for biological reasons and for their vote. That is their entire purpose in life. To have intercourse, produce children, and then leave the scene so that the government can then teach your children, feed your children, and then do everything necessary for your children.”

“I am very aware of dignity and it is such an insult to parents — we know better how to feed your children. What does the parent do then? Get your kid on the school bus and then vote? What is the role of the parent? You don’t educate your kids anymore. You don’t feed your kids. Will the government provide clothing?”

Newsbusters.org reports:

In a Wednesday interview on BBC World News America, liberal FCC Commissioner Michael Copps told correspondent Katty Kay: “I think American media has a bad case of substance abuse right now….we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the future direction of their country.”

As TVNewser reported on Thursday, after Kay asked about instituting a “Public Value Test” of media outlets, Copps replied: “What we’ve had in recent years is an aberration where we have had no oversight of the media. For years and years we had some public interest guidelines…they agreed to serve the public interest and that public interest to me right now is crying ‘news and information, news and information, news and information.'”

Despite seeming to endorse heavy-handed government regulation of news media, Copps legitimately criticized the lack of hard news coverage: “It’s a pretty serious situation that we’re in. I think American media has a bad case of substance abuse right now. We are not producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue, we’re not producing as much news as we did five years, 10 years, 15 years ago and we have to reverse that trend.”

Dennis Prager: “I have said since I studied the left at the School of International Affairs at Columbia University…of the deep totalitarian DNA in the left. Everybody has to fight parts of their nature. When you move left of center, you have to fight the temptation that you know better what people should do, read, think, feel and that you will therefore, knowing better, legislate what they do, how they keep their money, how much of their money they will keep, how their children will be educated and fed, we will ban toys in Happy Meals because we know better. You can give toys and you can give Happy Meals but you can’t give a Happy Meal with a toy.”

“It’s a lie that we have less access to information today than five years ago. I mean good information from all over the world. You can read the major German weekly Der Spiegel in English. You can read the major Israeli daily Haaretz in English.

“What is the major difference between today and five years ago? He doesn’t like the news.”

From DennisPrager.com:

Friday, December 03, 2010 Radio Show
H1: F*** You
Prager H1: That’s the title of a song nominated for Grammy Record of the Year. The lyrics of the song are as deep as the title suggests. Gershwin, Cole Porter, Cee Lo Green. And, so a civilization declines… A FCC commissioner sounds like a Soviet commissar in an interview to BBC… The CT murderer says he welcomes death. How about next week? His defense attorney makes usual “death penalty makes us all murderers” argument. Pass the vomit bag.

Friday, December 03, 2010 Radio Show
H2: Happiness Hour: Hobbies
Prager H2: The more things in life that bring you joy, the happier you will be. Hobbies are a great source of happiness.

Friday, December 03, 2010 Radio Show
H3: Open Lines
Prager H3: Per usual, callers set the agenda. Issues raised include: how important is self-esteem; does Dennis use an electric razor; Allen and Dennis do a honey tasting; is it okay for a young son to buy his father a cigar as a gift; what’s so bad about saying “happy holidays”; what is the Old Testament attitude toward premarital sex.

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