America's Crumbling Moral Infrastructure

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789:

“There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

John Adams, 2nd President of the USA:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Dr. Nelson Price:

“Democracy is not the soil out of which morality grows. Morality is the essential soil in which democracy thrives. A certain ethos, a characteristic spirit of a culture or community, is required.”

Antonio Gramsci, Italian Marxist:

A revolution is not just fought in the realm of politics or with violence. To be successful “any revolutionary class . . . must secure cultural hegemony.”

Prov 24:19; Romans 12:19:

“Do not fret because of evildoers.””Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”


“Trust a God who loved us enough to die for us.”

The United States of Shame
by Jeff Wysaski – PleatedJeans – Jan 24, 2011
Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category. Check out the map (click image to enlarge) to see what your state is the worst at. Most stats taken from and (unless otherwise noted)

  1. Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8 percent) (tied with Oklahoma)
  2. Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)
  3. Arizona: highest rate of alcoholism
  4. Arkansas: worst average credit score (636)
  5. California: most air pollution (15.2 micrograms per cubic meter)
  6. Colorado: highest rate of cocaine use per capita (3.9 percent total population)
  7. Connecticut: highest rate of breast cancer
  8. Delaware: highest abortion rate (27 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44)
  9. Florida: highest rate of identity theft (122.3 reports per 100,000 people)
  10. Georgia: sickly based on highest rate of influenza
  11. Hawaii –highest cost of living (tied with California)
  12. Idaho – lowest level of Congressional clout
  13. Illinois: highest rate of robbery (284.7 incidences per 100,000 people)
  14. Indiana: rated the most environmentally unfriendly by NMI solutions
  15. Iowa: highest percentage of people age 85 and older (1.8 percent) (tied with three other states)
  16. Kansas: poorest health based on highest average number of limited activity days per month (3.5 days)
  17. Kentucky: most cancer deaths (227 per 100,000 people) (BONUS fact: Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers – 25.6 percent)
  18. Louisiana: highest rate of gonorrhea (264.4 reported cases per 100,000 people)
  19. Maine: dumbest state claim based on lowest average SAT score (1389)
  20. Maryland: highest rate of AIDS diagnosis (27.6 people per 100,000 people)
  21. Massachusetts: worst drivers claim based on highest rate of auto accidents
  22. Michigan: highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent)
  23. Minnesota: highest number of reported tornadoes (123 in 2010)
  24. Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3 percent of total population) BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks last in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty (31.9 percent), highest rate of infant mortality (10.3 percent) lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19) and highest overall rate of STDs.
  25. Missouri: highest rate of bankruptcy (700 out of every 100,000 people)
  26. Montana: highest rate of drunk driving deaths (1.12 deaths per 100 million miles driven)
  27. Nebraska: highest rate of women murdered annually
  28. Nevada: highest rate violent crime (702.2 offenses per 100,000 people). BONUS fact: Nevada also has the highest rate of foreclosure (one in 99 houses)
  29. New Hampshire: highest rate of corporate taxes
  30. New Jersey: highest rate of citizen taxation (11.8 percent)
  31. New Mexico: antisocial claim based on lowest ranking in social heath policies
  32. New York: longest average daily commute (30.6 minutes)
  33. North Carolina: lowest average teacher salary
  34. North Dakota: ranked last in ugliest residents report as chosen by The Daily Beast
  35. Ohio: nerdiest state claim based on highest number of library visits per capita (6.9)
  36. Oklahoma: highest rate of female incarceration
  37. Oregon: highest rate of long-term homeless people
  38. Pennsylvania: highest rate of arson deaths (55.56 annually)
  39. Rhode Island: highest rate of illicit drug use (12.5 percent of population)
  40. South Carolina: highest percentage of mobile homes (18.8 percent)
  41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000
  42. Tennessee: chosen most corrupt state by The Daily Beast
  43. Texas: lowest high school graduation rate (78.3 percent)
  44. Utah: highest rate of of online porn subscriptions
  45. Vermont: infertility claim based on lowest birth rate of any state (10.6 births per 1,000) (tied with Maine)
  46. Virginia: highest number of alcohol-related motorcyle deaths
  47. Washington: most cases of bestiality (4 reported in 2010)
  48. West Virginia: highest rate of heart attack (6.5 percent of population)
  49. Wisconsin: highest rate of binge drinking (23.2 percent of population)
  50. Wyoming: highest rate of deadly car crashes (24.6 deaths per 100,000)

~Posted by Eowyn

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Bestiality? Eeeeeew! Last I heard, that guy moved away from Washington to Tennessee. Now he’s their problem.

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Yup! That’s the guy. There was also another case of a British man doing something similar up north near the Candian border last year. I can’t remember the details.


This is an amazing series of stats, but in a most bizarre way. Still, it’s some kind of national snapshot of our “culture”, whatever that may be for the polity.
I would have thought it more evenly distributed, but what the Hell do I know? Anyhow, we can add this to our email folder marker “WOW!” for future mailings.


Indiana looks the best of the lot! I think I read that they provide most, if not all, of their own electricity via coal. Hmmm. Sounds too independent. That must be why they have the EPA and every other “green” group after them. (they pay less for their electricity than any other state on the country)
After all, it isn’t fair to other states.
Idaho and Ohio look pretty non-conforming too. Wonder how long that will last.