Immoral, irreligious America is collapsing slowly -- but surely

Re: "Republicans must part with the religious right," From Readers, Nov. 19

Everything is built upon a foundation. America's foundation is the Judeo-Christian faith brought here by the Pilgrims. The government founded upon that faith can exist only if its moral code is upheld.

Noah Webster put it this way: "If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered ... and the rights of citizens will be violated or disregarded."

He went on to say that if the American form of government failed, "It must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands" and elected immoral people to make and administer the laws.

If America had embraced abortion and marriage redefinition one day and then collapsed the next, then the Doug Delmonts would see the connection between moral choices and physical decline. But America is collapsing by degrees.

A majority of Americans seem determined to continue the slide, so all that's left to say to them is that we have already seen where the Judeo-Christian morals we once had have taken us. In a generation, we'll see whether the amoral, atheistic values they hold so dear are working or whether, as God admonished Israel: "Your own wickedness will correct you." (Jeremiah 2:19).

Angela McIntosh


Tax credit ensures stable market for wind energy

Re: "GOP has chance to wage war on corporate welfare," Nov. 15

Timothy P. Carney's column suggests wind power be singled out as the only energy source to lose its federal tax credit this year. But ending the Production Tax Credit, or PTC, would put wind power's many benefits at risk.

Wind power locks in electricity prices for utilities and consumers, insulating against fuel price shocks. Wind creates thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs, reduces health costs by avoiding air pollution, and helps farmers and ranchers with lease payments and no water use.

Some incentive remains critical to finish the job of creating a long-term, stable market for wind power -- just as incentives still in place created strong markets for other energy industries in their time.

Supporters in both parties are determined to encourage an all-of-the-above energy policy when Congress returns to its lame-duck session next week by extending the PTC to keep wind energy a bright spot in the U.S. economy.

Elizabeth Salerno

Chief economist,

American Wind Energy Association


Republicans will recover, but will the United States?

While both the campaign managers and the candidates for the Republican Party made numerous mistakes in the recent election, in the long run the nation's worst enemies are the ones who voted to re-elect President Obama.

They voted for four more years of a stagnant economy, high unemployment, more taxes, an ever-increasing national debt and a failed foreign policy.

The Republican Party will recover from its recent defeat. More importantly, will the nation and the deluded voters who asked for four more years of the current administration be able to do the same?

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring