The impact of low moral standards

July 3, 2018

There are a lot of things people like to believe that are patently absurd if you think about it (much of the Obama Administration was based on making nonsensical declarations – “We can’t just drill our way out of an energy shortage,” etc. – in a somber tone that made them sound like unquestionable fact.)  One of the most common is that “the government can’t legislate morality!” 


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But of course, they do it all the time.  We have millions of laws, just to enforce society’s consensus of what’s morally right or wrong.   Each law comes with loopholes that someone will try to exploit, so government adds more laws.  Plus police, courts and jails, because some people will always insist on doing the wrong thing anyway.  All this to legislate morality.

 

Self-government requires self-discipline, self-respect, and respect for others.  When people don’t follow the accepted standard moral code, government keeps passing new laws to try to force them to, which creates bigger government and more expense for everybody.  Maybe the national debt wouldn’t be sky high now if our behavior standards hadn’t sunk so low. 



 

How much do people’s bad personal choices end up costing all the rest of us?  You might be surprised at the size of the bill.  When I left the governor’s office in Arkansas, we had more than 13,000 inmates in the Department of Corrections.  Just keeping them locked up cost taxpayers more than $220 million a year.  That’s more than it would have cost to send 13,000 kids to any college in the state, all expenses paid.  If every prison inmate had just lived a moral life and stayed out of trouble, the taxpayers could have enjoyed a $220 million tax cut.  The money might have been used to improve roads and services that benefit everyone. 

 

From the left, I’d always hear that we should spend more money on prisoners or else turn more of them loose.  From the right, I’d hear that we should lock up more people and eliminate parole while cutting the prison budget.  Both were unrealistic.  But hardly anyone wanted to talk about the real problem: the lack of morality that led to all those people being locked up in the first place. 

 

And what about juvenile offenders?  Every kid placed into our Division of Youth Services cost taxpayers up to $80,000 a year.  If they’d all had stable, nurturing homes and been taught to be obedient, responsible and moral, it would’ve saved the taxpayers of just that one state $80 million a year.  Imagine how many parks we could have built for all kids to enjoy if we could’ve freed up $80 million a year in the state budget.

 

A lot of kids get into trouble because of peer pressure.  They think breaking the rules makes them look cool to their friends.  So kids, when someone you know starts acting up, instead of rewarding them with your admiration, please tell them instead, “That’s not cool!  Thanks for costing us our parks and turning our generation into tax slaves, jerk!” 

 

Hey, as long as kids are going to be vulnerable to peer pressure, why not use its power for good?


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  • Sandra Moore

    04/04/2019 08:46 PM

    I so appreciate your moral stand and also your newsletter. I agree wholeheartedly. I face the PC mindset all the time. I am so sad our morals have sunk so low. People do not even know how to love others anymore.

  • Robert McFate

    04/04/2019 04:10 PM

    It saddens me to state the truth but many of societies problems today are directly caused by the erosen of what use to be moral standards that most of us of the older generation were taught. The me me me society we have today is killing the country!

  • Sam Vanderburg

    04/04/2019 04:06 PM

    You nailed it, Gov! “Self-government requires self-discipline, self-respect, and respect for others. When people don’t follow the accepted standard moral code, government keeps passing new laws to try to force them to, which creates bigger government and more expense for everybody.”

  • Allen L. Walker

    04/04/2019 03:11 PM

    This is about the Stephanie Murphy story. She is my congresswoman. Although I do not agree with her much of the time, I believe she has more sense than most of the Democrats in Congress. I would appreciate having her comments in printed form that I can print out if you are able to provide a link or point me to them is some way.
    I would appreciate it greatly.
    Allen L. Walker

  • Carl Serkland

    04/04/2019 12:51 PM

    They say, "You can't legislate morality" but they continually prove that you CAN legislate IMMORALITY.

  • Shelley Hoelz

    04/04/2019 12:37 PM

    As our founders stated, our country is for a moral people. We are far from that today. As people reject God and turn to their sinful ways, the government tries to control these people by putting in more laws, but it takes away from the freedoms that God wanted us to have. Currently our government is making immoral decisions and the democrats are pushing on our society sinful laws. If we cannot right this ship and become a moral nation we will collapse. This has all been planned by the socialists - the destruction of the family, the indoctrination in education, the push to accept what we once would have rejected (especially in television and movies). We have people turning to drugs to fill a void and deal with the struggles of daily life instead of turning to God.

  • Surfer

    04/03/2019 09:51 PM

    Dear Sir,

    Agreed, when I became very uncool, and the women shunned me, I turned towards being the bad kid. It were fun, and everyone had a great laugh. But it cost me my childhood and to this day!
    Really hit it home with this one.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Vera Cleek

    04/03/2019 09:24 PM

    Thank you again, Gov. Huckabee, for telling us what people need to hear. If we would turn back to God, things would change. We appreciate you and love your TV program. It's the one program I truly look forward to and don't even have to buzz through the commercials. May God continue to bless you and work through you.

  • jim scanlon

    07/06/2018 11:22 AM

    Great article!

  • John Sorensen

    07/04/2018 02:53 PM

    Thanks Mike! Great article. This is the reason that we at EE run our ministry in the prisons across America. Regardless of what people believe spiritually, they should insist that we train every inmate in America in EE. Our recidivism rate is less than 2% with tens of thousands of inmates trained. We all know that the only way to truly change society is to change hearts. And the only way to truly change hearts is the Gospel of Jesus Christ...

  • Elizabeth Jones

    07/04/2018 12:46 PM

    Thank you very much for this much needed information concerning even the financial cost to the USA from immoral behavior. You are so right on.
    Keep up the good work.
    We pray for your daughter Sarah in the position as White House Press Secretary every day.

  • Elizabeth Kuester

    07/04/2018 06:48 AM

    You are so right, and our forefathers also saw what would happen when immorality became the predominant characteristic of a people. When the Bible and prayer
    was removed from the classroom, the spiritual foundation and objective basis for teaching right and wrong was also taken away. No wonder our youth are so lost today. We now live in times the prophet Isaiah foretold where good is now called evil, and evil called good:

    "Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people."
    George Washington

    "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
    Benjamin Franklin

  • Linda Olds

    07/04/2018 01:21 AM

    I can see the lowering of moral standards in the TV and movies that people watch. Decades ago, shows with good morals, like Andy Griffith, gave way to idiotic sitcoms in which kids are 'smarter' than adults, funny lines are replaced by foul language for laughs, and criminal activity is considered a good way to solve problems. Then they wonder why shootings, addictions, and other criminal activity increase. Then the liberals in Hollywood blame everything and everyone but themselves!

  • Joseph Behrendt

    07/03/2018 09:02 PM

    My observation is that not all the people are immoral mostly just the ones who seem to be following the Socialist ideologies. I also believe that by returning to the late 1800's with the penal codes we might just reduce the crime rate significantly. Instead of giving criminals civil rights lets just put them on chain gangs where criminals belong. If they kill someone line them up against the wall and shoot them. The good Lord made us so if he can't control the criminals we have to. The statistic prove there is no such thing as rehab for the lifers so take them out of the equation completely by eliminating life sentences. A life sentence is in it's self the condemnation of the ability of that person to ever have the moral aptitude to live in a civilized environment yet year after year we keep these people alive with lives better than most poor people have.

  • Linda Radosevich

    07/03/2018 08:24 PM

    One-hundred-percent spot on, Guv! Thank you for your Godly wisdom!

  • Linda Richardson

    07/03/2018 07:02 PM

    It seems that in the past few years we have been very readily handing out money to groups that are using our money to destroy us. It is past time we stop paying people to destroy our country.

  • Mike Smith

    07/03/2018 06:03 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I think that statement about "you can't legislate morality" might be taken out of context. I've always understood it to mean that making laws won't change a person's morality, not that the laws can't represent the public morality.

  • Tim Eno

    07/03/2018 04:23 PM

    Every law is made to define what is right, what is wrong, and to draw a clear line between them. In this way, every law necessarily 'legislates morallity'.

  • Anne Fernandes

    07/03/2018 02:57 PM

    I feel inclined to say only this: among many, sense is no longer common, and neither is morality. Narcissism is the new morality of self.

  • Melinda Lucas

    07/03/2018 02:30 PM

    Hello, thanks for your article, Mr. Huckabee! I know every generation thinks they did a better job than the next one or the last one, but I will say that we raised our children with specific moral standards as an example. They weren't silly Victorian notions, but basic standards that were based on the Ten Commandments and direction from their parents and church leaders. In our case, our prophet, since we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 'Mormons'. When there were questions from the children, we would tell them that rules are not fences, they are guardrails to keep them safe. So, bravo for you! You are absolutely right about how we would need less government and have more money for greater things if we would all just live moral lives. Thank you !

  • Jon C Potter

    07/03/2018 02:05 PM

    Your Backing Randy Boyd is WRONG. He is no conservative with his 250K donation to La Raza. Amazing who his the head of his campaign now. I do not want your emails if you cannot detach yourself from THE SWAMP.

  • Chris Mitchell

    07/03/2018 01:34 PM

    Morality is not a consensus, but more likely, an absolute. Every culture has standards. Do away with them and the result is a downfall of that particular society/ nation.

  • kenneth madden

    07/03/2018 12:45 PM

    Dems fearing that new Supreme Court will start "undoing" all the good things of the past 50 years. They fear court won't respect "precedent"
    Where were they when Obama, unilateraly, decided that we are no longer a Christian nation. The "precedent" here is the first SCOTUS Chief Justice and two subsequent Courts ruled that"in our civilization and our institutions, we are emphatically Christian".

  • Lee Anne Risk

    07/03/2018 12:18 PM

    Please give me your perspective on the recently elected president of Mexico. He talks like a socialist.
    (We are missionaries in Zacatecas, MX. 35 years. Church, school, orphanage etc)

  • James Evart

    07/03/2018 12:06 PM

    Oh yes, how good and pleasant it is to read your newsletters as well. They are a breath of fresh, objective, humorous and truthful air in a world of spin, deception and imbalance in a world gone crazy. Mike, this is meant mainly for you because I know that you read your press. Your letters are very welcomed by myself and others who still have their wits about them in seeing things as they are. It is hard for me to watch too much of Fox anymore because I am fed up to the gills with the obvious mental imbalance of the left and their self-interested myopic actions that have nothing to do with working for the greater good of our country. This is why I find that your evening edition is a little too much for me when I am trying to settle down and get some peaceful rest with God's word. Your scripture verses are great also.
    May God bless you and yours (especially your daughter), the president and all those who rise above themselves to do what is right. May he give strength, wisdom, courage, protection knowledge and his Spirit to all those who belong to him.