A local conservative talk show host recently claimed that focusing on hot-button social and moral issues, such as personal pronouns and sexual identities, is merely a distraction from far more important challenges like national security, the southern border and economic challenges.

The argument is that we won’t care about pronouns preferences or LGBTQ identities in the face of war, civil unrest and economic ruination.

The problem with this claim is that it assumes we can strengthen our nation and restore our trusted institutions without first dealing with the fundamental moral decay that continues to hollow out the heart and soul of our citizenry.

Inasmuch as our children grow up in a fictional, morally subjective and ultimately delusional and self-referential reality, they will become a malformed generation with no stomach or desire to continue the American experiment in self-governance, as conceived by our Founding Fathers.

Widely quoted French political philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville, visited America 192 years ago to discover what special ideals had given rise to this new nation. Like a prophet, he declared the United States would collapse if the majority ever lost its faith in the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. More specifically, he maintained that our system of government would endure only as long as the people were informed and animated by clear, Christian morality.

That doesn’t sound like a “distraction.”

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Are hot-button social issues just distractions?

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ceak says:

    Our country will fall from within. It’s clearly happening already. It’s made me take God more seriously. It’s hard to ignore the signs.

    • Andrew says:

      Personally I believe all these so called hot button issues are all unamerican as you can get, every bit of it has been chipping away or attempting to chip away at the USA constitution. The tranny and LGBt groups all fall into it along with BLM and all the pronoun people, one big fascist group is all they are and it’s why the country has been going to hell.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      God created the earth and the fires he will make will burn this place we call home-earth.
      Yes get your act together with God because your last day might be tomorrow.

  • Lucinda says:

    “Inasmuch as our children grow up in a fictional, morally subjective and ultimately delusional and self-referential reality,”. There’s nothing more fictional and delusional than the Bible. Put that thing down and do some good for your community.

    • Mboll says:

      Apparently you are very uneducated. Do a little digging and you soon find out that science, history and yes, the Bible run very parallel.

      • Lucinda says:

        Mboll. I’ve studied religion and science all my life and with certainty, I can attest that the two do NOT run parallel. Snakes do not speak, can’t cause a person to turn into salt, the ark story is impossible, there is no evidence of a great flood, women do not get pregnant by spirits, dead men do not live again, there is zero evidence of ghosts or angels. Should I go on? I’d be interested in your response.

    • Ceak says:

      There is evidence of the Bible, but it’s hard for a skeptic to accept it. When you have faith, you’re able to see it clearly. Not everyone is at that point yet. I wasn’t until recently. God is real and he created you, whether you believe it or not.

      • Fact over fiction says:

        Talking animals, ghosts and spirits, mages and witches, all sounds pretty fictitious to me. Whether it be the bible or Harry Potter, fictional nonsense shouldn’t be running or informing our decisions

  • Jon says:

    It’s a good thing Alexis de Tocqueville is a very dead, very wrong guy. Our government isn’t motivated by any particular morality, let alone “clear, Christian morality,” which is a nonsense ideal anyway. Christians can’t agree on what’s moral or not, you just have an ass-backwards literalist view, acting as blinders to the real world.
    Your handwringing over things that don’t matter IS the moral decay. These people do not care about you, or your kids – they want you to leave them alone, and they want to leave you alone. But you have a rabid need to be outraged at something and you are more than happy to turn on historically maligned people to have an outlet for your rage. You should really look inward a bit more often.

    • micah6v8 says:

      I could not disagree with you more. You are part of the problem. But I think you already know that.

    • AK Mom says:

      Ah, but there’s the rub. They don’t actually want to be left alone or to leave me alone. They want me to capitulate to their delusions and force me to see them how they see themselves. And if I don’t go along with lies, they will organize their mobs to get me fired or doxx me and harass my family and my employer. They want to force me to accept their own personal reality that isn’t actual real reality.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    “Hot button issues” are low-hanging fruit. It is FAR easier to pass laws against transgender Americans and drag queens than it is to work on improving healthcare, shoring up Social Security, and balancing the budget.

    • micah6v8 says:

      So just focus on economic issues and let the rest go? Poppycock. The culture is as essential as the water we drink and the air we breathe. If it is completely polluted then economic issues do not matter, as the basis for creating the positive economic environment will never happen. People need meaning and purpose in their lives. Materialism does not address the God shaped hole in people’s lives, and a healthy culture- which ultimately comes from God- does. You can see the effects of our currently rancid culture by the epidemic of addiction, suicide, plunging birth rates, and mental illness.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I agree that these are distractions. HOWEVER, they are the little topics that weaken the state’s base and makes the entire nation unstable. We need to keep our heads on a swivel and work together better than we have have been to address ALL issues.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    John Adams stated much the same during the drafting of the constitution. As also Franklin. What a dark place we have now arrived. Evil is now touted as worthy of month long celebration and good is silenced.