A family of little faith is doomed. Children will be allowed to spend precious and unrecoverable hours before a television. They will be allowed a virtually unrestricted diet of fats and sweets. They will know little discipline, little postponement of gratification, because the convenience of the present is of far greater priority to their parents than the long-term health and social development of the children. The pleasures and benefits of this indulgent policy are immediately felt; its price will be paid far off into the future. Seeing that ultimate price demands faith the family does not possess.
A society of no faith is equally doomed. They will demand goodies from their leaders who, lacking the faith to say no, gladly indulge the populace in exchange for the votes that keep them in power. They know full well that the price will have to be paid on some future leader’s watch. At least it won’t be paid on theirs. Whether the issue is Social Security, socialized medicine, rent control, making married couples pay more tax than they would pay were they single, or any other fiscal policy, too many of us see only the immediate benefits. We have been indoctrinated with the propaganda of compassion. Feeling people’s pain sounds noble and good. In reality it serves the need of those who seek to benefit now by making future generations pay the price.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," pg.245