By Pat Stacey
How sad is it to hear about the scandal involving Secret Service personnel in Columbia. Columbia is one of the most dangerous places on earth and here we have a security detail trained to protect the president, acting like a bunch of college thugs. But the actions of the Secret Service agents just put an exclamation point on the state of moral and professional responsibility that is prevalent in our country. How many instances have we seen recently where supposed professionals are discovered acting irresponsibly? The problem is that we are only seeing the tip of the ice berg because if it were not for some sleazy cell phone picture or video or in this case a loud prostitute, most of these cases would go undiscovered. It seems our national conscience has just evaporated down to near nothing over the past two or three generations. The erosion started with the fall of the family and the lagging parental influence. Which brings up another point about stay-at-home mothers - these women are certainly doing the hardest work on the planet, and, if you equate recent behavior problems like the Secret Service scandal, we need more stay at home mothers. And to make it possible we need more engaged fathers, ready to take on the responsibility for their families. You just can't escape the cause and effect and re-establishing the family and the moral responsibility that goes with it will prevent some of the scandals of the future and it will make for a Better East Texas.