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THE CURSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG Many people treat ethics like a good set of dishes something to be saved just for special occasions A monitor poll shows that most Americans think that their countrys moral standards are falling and that stronger families must be the solution Widespread evidence of moral decay can be found in nearly every American city Things such as sleazy movies vulgar TV shows neglected children and broken families are the type of things most people oppose In every major region in the country a majority of people polled agreed that the Nations values have weakened since the 1950s That view is particularly evident in the South and West However there is evidence that shows morality could have also been a problem in our Nations history especially in politics President Thomas Jefferson faced longstanding rumors about sexual involvement with one of his slaves Sally Hemings President Grover Cleveland laid to rest accusations about fathering an illegitimate child by taking responsibility for that child In recent years politicians have been caught with prostitutes and survived Others have admitted to infidelity and seen their political careers plummet The fact that morality seems to be in decline may be in large part due to the media Advancements in technology have made it possible for peoples lives to be quickly and more widely known therefore making the public more aware of what is happening When Americans look for something to blame for declining morals they point straight at the media particularly the entertainment media and especially TV Jason Sines of Chase Md says the worst is television He notes that TV is readily available in the home and harder to avoid Other sources like magazines movies and other media require a trip to the store or the theater Sines views are widely shared More than 3 out of 4 Americans say that the values
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