Posted by Curt on 2 December, 2017 at 12:07 pm. 16 comments already!


D.C. Mcallister:

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.

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