Most of us love this country, the freedom it gives and the opportunities it provides. There is no other nation like it and probably never will be again. But many of us don't like what America is becoming.

From liberty, we are turning to license. When telling someone they couldn't, or shouldn't do something because it was bad for them or society, we have moved to our present moment when telling anyone such things is regarded as bad and bad for society. Now, we love the sin and hate the one who points it out.

How did this happen? It happened because we worship at the shrine of the golden calf of the Dow Jones Industrial Averages. Materialism, pleasure and self is the new Trinity. God died in the Sixties. Time magazine said so. And things haven't been the same since.

"If it feels good, do it," not "in God we trust' is our motto in practice, if not in law.

The Supreme Court (search) thinks it can dismantle the constitution and disable the moral law. Justice Anthony Kennedy said as much when he wrote in the Texas sodomy case that thousands of years of human history, law and theology are no longer relevant. Kennedy prefers the wisdom of the last fifty years. He wants to delete the past and download the postmodernism of the last half century.

At 227 years, the United States of America has outlived every democracy that has ever been tried. We are really living on borrowed time. if a new generation will not redeem the time and restore us to the foundational principles that have allowed America to last this long, it is unlikely our descendants will be around 227 years from now in a land as free as the one we have enjoyed.

And that's Column One for this week.

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Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.