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The Spot-On Quote Of The Day…

05 June 2010 @ 15:26

…is awarded to Stacy McCain, a man who has achieved the rank of sage as he has aged, for his insight into that section of Western Culture that is occupied by the young and for his insight into the philosophy that guides the self-castrated arbiters of said Culture [this is worth quoting at length]:

What George Will says is true, in a limited sense: Young people are indeed more “gay-friendly” than their elders, because American youth have swum in a cultural ocean of “gay-friendly” messages for the past three decades. Whether it’s TV sitcoms or ”tolerance” curricula in schools, the cumulative cultural effect is such that traditional moral strictures against homosexual behavior are seldom voiced except in the most conservative churches.

Despite the fact that more than 97% of Americans are heterosexual, the interests of the 2% gay minority are so actively advocated — in news media, in entertainment, in academia, in politics — that anyone in public life who says, “Hey, that’s wrong,” is instantly denounced. To invoke 3,000 years of Judeo-Christian moral teaching in a policy dispute is to invite the accusation of “hate” and “prejudice” and, without fail, to be diagnosed as suffering from that dreadfully disabling disorder, “homophobia.”

Well, it is neither hateful nor prejudiced nor psychotic to say that sin is sin. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV). Once politics enters into the equation, however, and sin is defined as a “right,” Americans become confused, as I explained in November 2008:

Because Americans are taught to think of “rights” as something sacred in our civic religion, those accused of violating “rights” are easily demonized, while those who advocate “rights” are sanctified. . . .

“Rights talk” allowed liberals a means of preemptively delegitimizing their opponents and thereby to avoid arguing about policy in terms of necessity, utility and efficacy. If all legal and political conflicts are about “rights,” there is no need to argue about the specific consequences of laws and policies. Merely determine which side of the controversy represents “rights” and the debate ends there.

George Will and his intellectual peers have surrendered to the inexorable logic of “rights.” The ultimate consequences of that surrender can only be imagined. (Marines marching hand-in-hand in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade?) To the intellectual elite, however, such consequences are of less concern than the difficulty of telling George Stephanopoulos, “I disagree.”

Spot-on.

Such a surrender can only happen when the more sensible guardians of The Culture [ie: those with a moral sense —I speak not of the ones who have embraced Leftism without reservation, who are lost souls in the cess pit of nonsense and, therefore, of no consequence] abdicate their responsibilities in order to seek mental and emotional security from controversy and when the desire to be accepted takes precedence over one’s obligation to speak the truth.  In the last fifty years, men like George Will and Charles Krauthammer have opted to concede too much ground in the fight to preserve Right Reason, like so many over-indulgent Baby Boomer parents did with their children in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.  They are the main culprits in the slide of Western Civilization into the bowels of the moral relativist beast because they have, by their unwillingness to stand up and fight for what is right, allowed the uptopians and nihilists through the cultural checkpoint Charlie without following the proper vetting procedures.  The result is that we live in a Culture that is neurotic, one so erratic and confused that it has lost the skill, instincts, and habits of Common Sense.  The majority of people are morally overwrought, maladjusted, anxious, and distraught, with the result that they too often take actions, that in any other time, would be instantly adjudged foolish, irrational and stupid, immediately rejected out-of-hand.  There is plenty of blame to go around, but a special True Bill of Indictment should be issued against the people who have the full-time job of studying and analyzing The Culture.

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