William Jefferson Clinton Memorial Library
We'd like to welcome you to the
Clinton Library -- dedicated to preserving the true
legacy of the 42nd President of the United States.
promised as President that his would be the "most ethical administration in the
history of the country. As you explore the pages of this website, you can
decide for yourself whether he lived up to that promise
Signs of a Culture's End
There are ten signs that depict the end of a culture. Great
civilizations of the past were destroyed when people saw these signs but failed
to act. Each of these indicators is with us today.
The first sign of the end of a culture is that of a society
which no longer worships or acknowledges God.
Christianity had played a
significant role in the discovery and settlement of America. It had provided a
standard in judging education, legislation, and behavior-both public and
private. In the 1990s, it has actually become unpopular to advocate traditional
Judeo-Christian values, such as the Ten Commandments. Thanks to Political
Correctness, the popular culture ridicules those who worship God as the
sovereign creator. Instead, it is popular to put our
faith and trust in ourselves or in other
creations of God.
A second indicator of the end of a culture is the decline of
Just 40 years ago families usually lived close to
grandparents. Fathers were responsible for the welfare of the family. Moms
generally stayed home. It was safe to walk to school or go to the movies
unattended. Today, statistics show divorce is at an all time high in the United
States. It is now so common for young people to grow up in divorced households
that the term "broken family" is now a forgotten expression in the popular
culture. Fathers are living apart from their natural children. Mothers no
longer stay at home, but work as a head of the household. As a result, women in
our society have lost their feminine identity. As worship has declined, the
spiritual values communicated by mothers have all but ended with a generation.
The moral authority of fathers is undermined by a society that
no longer embraces the structure of the
A third important indicator of cultural demise is a society's
low view of life.
Today, the popular culture now views
abortion as a "right." The failure of our
government to outlaw partial birth abortion for such a long time demonstrated
how intolerant of life the culture has become. Steadily, society's undermining
of life has grown to include calls for legalizing euthanasia, assisted suicide,
and scientific experimentation. But history warns no society can last without a
high view of life.
Another sign of the end of the civilization is the prevalence
of base and immoral entertainment.
In its last days, Rome had become a
society with an insatiable appetite for debauchery and immorality. Perverted
entertainment translated into perverted speech and behavior. The Roman society
began to accept and encourage open homosexuality. The people turned away from
God and forgot his commandments and precepts, and Rome crumbled. And today, our
culture has begun to embrace the same kind of entertainment. In music, a song
eulogizing a murdered rap star has held the top spot on the charts for two
months. Many of our movies now feature heroes who triumph by copying the vises
of the villains. Television has scuttled its family hour for more dramas and
sitcoms that treat perversion as normal behavior. Wholesome entertainment is
becoming a forgotten relic.
Still another troublesome indicator of society's demise is
the increase of violent crime among young people.
Riddled with gang
violence, many of our inner cities have become powder kegs portending future
collapse. Today, young people think about death and dying more than any other
subject. In fact, surveys indicate they think about death even more than they
think about the opposite sex. There's a popular new sport called extreme
fighting, in which combatants injure one another like the gladiators of Rome.
The demise of the traditional family and absence of religion have combined to
create a culture of children who are morally retarded. In the wake of this, our
Politically Correct society offers young people no
consistent arguments against violence.
Another key cultural indicator is the declining middle class.
Politicians have discovered one of the keys to reelection is to
advocate more spending and government programs for the poor. The traditional
middle class is now defined as rich. The work of the federal government has
become the business of redistributing
wealth through taxation and new government programs. After years of
bureaucratic growth over the last fifty years, the United States has witnessed
shrinking numbers of middle class wage earners, many of whom have become the
working poor. The family structure has disintegrated over the last twenty-five
years in part because of the economic pressure for women to join the workforce.
This has lead to the increased polarization of the working class and the
wealthy. Russia witnessed just such a polarization before a revolution ushered
in the communist era.
Yet another sign of cultural demise is that of an insolvent
The French Revolution occurred against the backdrop of a
bankrupt government. Today, our government has
not managed a balanced budget in nearly thirty years. Beneath the annual budget
lies a debt of unmanageable proportions. History warns that a government
rendered insolvent cannot quell its disenchanted masses.
Related to this, a government that lives off of society's
moral decay is another sign of the end of a civilization.
civilization crumbled under the weight of an immoral and corrupt government.
Over the years, our government has devised the creation of whole agencies that
exist for no other reason than to manage some of the most immoral aspects of
the culture. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Legal Services
Corporation are examples of agencies that foster society's decline. Within the
judicial branch of government, judges accountable to no one have helped
undermine the religious freedoms that were once the centerpiece of our society.
Laws once protected children and families. Criminals were punished severely for
rape. People were arrested for cohabitation and adultery. Sodomy, outlawed in
every state, was listed in the newspaper as a "crime against nature." A couple
having a child out of wedlock was ostracized, and homosexuality was as foreign
to the world as walking on the moon.
One obvious indicator that a culture is in decline is when
the ruling class loses its will.
Our nation's leaders no longer see the
world according to right and wrong. Instead, the objective of today's foreign
policy Establishment is to maintain the status quo. In like manner, our elected
leaders have lost their moral authority. Elected officials no longer seek
office for the good of the country but instead seek reelection to further
lucrative careers within the Washington Establishment. Also, our nation's
defense Establishment has traded military readiness for social experimentation
with a feminized military.
The final indicator of the demise of a civilization is the
failure of its people to see what is happening.
In nearly every case,
citizens of past civilizations which ended witnessed all of the signs of demise
but failed to act. Today, the popular culture has helped society forget the
lessons of history. In school, teachers used to teach the basics; children
received report cards that actually reflected what they had achieved. In 1973,
the NEA president said, "The day of basic skills is over . . . we will be the
conveyor of national values" Today schools teach self-esteem and is a major
tool used to indoctrinate our children. It's not uncommon in science class for
children to be taught that humans evolved from a lower lifeform and that trees
have the same right to life as humans. Children learn that it is okay to have
two mommies and no daddy. Kids today are adept at using a calculator, but have
no concept of multiplication or division. They cannot make change but score
high in self-esteem.
All of the signs of the demise of our culture are with us today:
the hostility toward religion, the breakup of the family, the declining view of
life, the appetite immorality, the violence and crime, and the declining middle
class are coupled with an federal government on the brink of insolvency, whose
leaders are living off of society's moral decay leading to the loss of
leadership and moral will. The education system has robbed our of a classic
education; seduced them through deceit and outright lies; the court system has
given us "rights" we never owned; the criminal justice system does not provide
justice for those who are mistreated; legislators have legalized immoral
behavior; and our national leaders have set an example of immorality.
In the days of Noah, God warned a faithless, immoral and violent
civilization of the imminent catastrophe that was about to take place, but few
listened. Tonight, our civilization is at the crossroads, but few are noticing
the signs that are before us. It is time to take notice, and to pray for
spiritual awakening in this country, before the light of our civilization goes