Is America undergoing a great awakening in light of the deluge of sex scandals that are now coming to light? Are we seeing a revival of that old-time religion of chastity, purity, and self-control? One would think so as liberals, who once laughed at sexual improprieties, clapped as sinners danced in the streets, and pointed fingers at accusers on national television, are now offering mea culpas and purging all ranks with the fervor of medieval inquisitors.
It certainly looks like a change for good. But don’t be fooled. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Whether it’s stripping Matt Lauer of his former glory or firing up the torches in the Roy Moore election, the goal of the Left is not purity, but power. This fact does not negate the reality of transgressions or the possibilities of criminality in individual cases, but anyone who values both goodness and freedom in this country needs to be wise as serpents. We’re not seeing a revival of virtue in America. We’re seeing a resistance to it.
For true national repentance, there needs to be recognition of objective standards that allow for any of these judgments to be made in the first place. There’s not. We’re not seeing careful consideration of how we got to this point — the abandonment of God as the source of all moral authority or, at the very least, a common recognition of natural law and traditional social norms.
Instead, we are seeing navel-gazing about how to rethink sex, what to do about the brutality of masculinity, and how to delegitimize conservatives who have been accused of abandoning character for political expediency.
Leftists aren’t embracing morality; they’re looking for a way to reclaim the moral authority they lost after past decades of materialism, creeping totalitarianism, and moral bankruptcy. Like fools drunk from their own power, they slipped out of their self-appointed divine seat as arbiters of morals and truth, and they’re now reclaiming it by whatever means necessary. They’re not humbling themselves before the true Moral Authority. They’re replacing it with their own.
We live in a secularized society riddled with subjectivism, and in that world, moral authority has nothing to do with common virtue and everything to do with legitimacy and worldly authority. The individual or the group with the most power defines what is moral and acceptable for their own purposes, and they delegitimize anyone who opposes them through vicious labeling.
Those labels are many and varied, including “enemies of the people,” “sexists,” “racists,” “bigots,” or a popular one with the Moore election, “pedophiles” — referring not to Moore, but to anyone who dares to vote for him no matter how thoughtful the reason. They use whatever is the most effective label to wrest authority from the opposition and transfer it to those lusting for power.
This is the climate every conservative needs to realize he or she is living in and respond accordingly. You should not fall for the notion that you have to align with the new Puritans of the Left and distance yourself from anyone stained with a stigmatized label out of fear that your character, not just your reputation, will be forever soiled.
Don’t think for a minute that your own moral authority will be lost because of your “unseemly” political associations, which are really — at the root — bigger than the label placed on a man; they’re an effort to reestablish good governance in our society based on virtue, truth, and freedom. If you do fall for the power of the label, you’re falling into a trap set by a culture in which the social and political movements are not toward goodness but toward division and chaos.
We are not living in a time of spiritual or moral awakenings. We are living in a time of cultural and political war. Morality is a weapon in the struggle, used by the Left to attack or defend. If it works for them to puff up their own legitimacy and “reputation” as do-gooders and cultural saints, then they’ll use it. If it works to beat up on their opponents who are making political decisions no different than voters have made throughout the course of American history on both sides of the aisle, then they’ll don the armor of morality and take aim.
I’ve seen writers, politicians, pundits, and everyday voters on the Right quake with fear at the thought of supporting the “vulgar” Donald Trump or even voting for Roy Moore despite their concerns about his character, particularly if they don’t believe the accusers, yet they think his dating habits from 40 years ago were questionable.
I’ve seen many on the Right applaud and smile with glee as another sexual predator is exposed in business or politics, before they even know the details. I’ve seen them tremble at the thought of questioning the women and their motives for fear of being labeled an uncompassionate louse or a sexist.
These people aren’t noble or wise. They’re not acting on principles or in faith, but out of fear. What I see mostly are people not concerned about morality, God’s purposes in this world, how a questionable man will truly govern when in office, or even truth itself. I see people concerned about their own reputations, wrongly thinking that whatever anyone says about them is true about their character.
No, liberals don’t care about morality, abuse, public safety, racism or anything else BUT power. Only when they can serve a political purpose are they important.
It’s all about the bullshit memes in the article titles. The articles are just an excuse to put them in front of your faces.
Actually, maybe you should think about it. “Conservative” moral authority is diminished every time you endorse or elect a person whose words and actions clearly demonstrate a complete lack of the same.
Why do you think this person and others are repeatedly telling you that lack shouldn’t matter to you? That assertion is becoming an increasingly frequent part of their messages.
That would be true, if it ever happened. However, what you are confusing with reality is when the left puts the words they want to hear in the mouths of conservatives, then pretend to be outraged. For instance, Trump is a racist for saying the most immigrants are criminals when, in the real factual world, HE NEVER SAID THAT. He quoted FBI data about ILLEGAL immigrants, some of whom are violent criminals. And, it goes on and on and on.
So, the LEFT loses what moral authority it has left when it lies about statements, all the while allowing, excusing and ignoring the same ACTUAL actions of its own.
Off topic, or dead on target?
December 4 – Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race
Because, you know, he denied it, and that should be good enough for anybody. (Never mind that all those women are saying otherwise. You can’t believe something is true just because somebody says it.)
Now his accuser tells MSNBC she doesn’t remember what happened. Gee, she sure gave a lot of details on something she doesn’t remember.
Trump waited until the best evidence and information we have shows pretty clearly that the accusations against Moore of politically motivated left wing lies. Of course, that is becoming the rule rather than the exception.
@Bill… Deplorable Me, #3:
Dec. 4 – Moore police release body cam footage from night state senator found in hotel room with teen boy
The Ephesians 5:22 shirt is a nice holier-than-thou touch, don’t you think? This guy seems to be into the biblical submission message.
The following article—which is an unfortunate example of the left playing the game on the same debased level Trump propagandists routinely operate on—is what the GOP is opening itself up for by embracing Roy Moore. They surely know this, but they’ll trade their integrity for a Senate seat in spite of knowing. I suppose it was only pretense, anyway. It’s not like they’re trading anything that was ever real.
The Republicans Chose to Become the Party of Child Molesters
To be clear, I’m not suggesting all or even most republicans have lost their souls. I’m only suggesting that they’re turning their party over to those who have done. There won’t be much left of the GOP, post-Trump. Which is actually the plan of extremists like Bannon. He’s out to wreck the GOP. He has big plans concerning how to reassemble the pieces.
@Greg: Careful Greggie there are flight logs and Podesta emails ect that prove things are worse than we all think, in both parties.
@Greg: The difference is that Republicans shed those deviants when they are exposed (so to speak). The left turns them into icons. Kennedy, Frank, Clinton… gods to liberals.
As you have made clear, “innocent until proven guilty” is a concept that applies only to liberals, when it becomes, “innocent until proven guilty, then swept under the rug.”
Totally off topic. The Arizona police officer who committed this act was just acquitted.
We appear to have a serious problem. Can anyone watch the video and deny it? The cop in question is a frickin’ homicidal psycho. He just got away with murder. This sort of thing doesn’t help our law enforcement community. They have a hard enough time already.
@Greg: Well, when being arrested for allegedly pointing guns at people, I wonder what part of “keep your hands up and do not reach behind you or you will be shot” was not understood? Tragic, indeed, but people had best begin to realize, in this atmosphere of a constant encouragement of people to randomly kill cops, that it is in their best interests to obey the orders of cops.
What part of “Let’s play Simon Says until I terrify you into making a mistake and kill you” don’t you understand? The shooter was a homicidal lunatic with a badge. We’ll be lucky not to see his name come up again sometime in the future. Officer No. 2 is clearly freaked out as he’s trying to open the door. He seems worried that he’s going to get shot, too.
@Greg: I expect you have no understanding of the concept of someone with a hidden weapon that is looking for the opportunity to kill you, so, again, there really is no point in a discussion. Apparently, just to be on the safe side, officers should let themselves be killed.
The other idiot didn’t seem to have a problem understanding and carrying out the instructions. I give the officer the benefit of the doubt.
The “idiot” who wound up dead on the floor was a law-abiding husband and father named Daniel Shaver, who was guilty of nothing whatsoever. He was shot 5 times to neutralize the threat he represented to a police officer who was pointing an AR-15 at him as he crawled on the floor as instructed, begging for his life.
@Greg: No, he didn’t do as instructed. He put his hands down, again, and reached for his waistband. The cop doesn’t have the luxury of knowing he’s a husband and father; they are investigating suspects that are reported to have weapons and THEY have families as well, so THEY want to go home alive.
A terrible and deadly mistake, to be sure, but not the officer’s fault. If you want to find fault, blame the leftists who use every excuse to heighten tensions and promote violence, which tends to make law enforcement somewhat tense.
Anything to attack law and law enforcement. Anything.
If you can’t recognize from the officer’s words, tone, and behavior that he wasn’t in proper control of himself, I really don’t know what to say. This is a man with a serious psychological problem. He’s supposed to be there to protect the public, not to kill them.
@Greg: The only problem this officer had was he didn’t want to be killed and he didn’t know if this suspect had a weapon on him. It hasn’t been that long since Las Vegas, you know.