BY CHRISTOPHER ADAMO – Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. Isaiah 5:20
Twenty seven centuries ago, the Prophet sternly forewarned of the perils of what we now call “political correctness.” And clearly, the human condition has not “evolved” into anything higher since then. In this past week, America has been subjected to a tirade of liberal sanctimony and hypocrisy unprecedented in recent years, attesting to the glaring perversity with which the American left propagates lies and distortions to advance its agenda. And when, in this process, truth itself becomes a casualty, all who abide in truth will eventually be victims.
The Obama Administration has desperately sought to redirect the 2012 election cycle onto any topic other than how its policies have decimated America’s economy, its political standing in the world, and the time honored freedoms of its citizens. Eventually, it landed on the issue of forcing religious organizations and private companies to bankroll socialized contraception, under the fraudulent premise that refusing to do so was tantamount to infringing on the “rights” of women to engage in profligate sexual activity. Sandra Fluke, a foot soldier in this propaganda war, testified before a contrived “committee” that she and other college women had, as a result of their chosen lifestyles, incurred such exorbitant costs for contraception that their finances were in tatters.
Initially, the incident went largely unnoticed, which in itself is a sad commentary on the spiritual condition of the nation. Yet a major controversy has since erupted in the aftermath of a blunt assessment of Fluke’s moral character by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. And its distorted portrayal in the liberal media tells a far more grim tale of how Fluke, and other young women of the modern era, are being systematically indoctrinated to accept the premise that such behavior is entirely acceptable and even “virtuous” in its own right. Worse still, in an appalling effort to maximize the political hay they believe they can reap from this episode, liberals are lionizing Fluke in the highest of terms, essentially elevating her to the status of “role model” for other young women.
Republicans could have reframed the issue in real terms, reminding America that the real debate was not over some imaginary GOP war on women (with Limbaugh leading the charge). Rather, it was about whether or not Fluke and her supposed minions of promiscuous coeds should have the power to demand that the costs of their proclivities be borne by others. Instead the GOP responded out of complete cowardice, as epitomized by the insipid assent of House Speaker John Boehner (R.-OH) to the incensed Democrats and their phony outrage.
Sadly but predictably, the invertebrates of the Republican Party were quick to genuflect at the altar of “political correctness,” publicly distancing themselves from Limbaugh and his comments, in hopes of avoiding association with the criticism directed at him. And in the process, the message delivered to the Sandra Flukes of the world is that they are to be credited for their advocacy of a morality that once was largely relegated to the nation’s barnyards.
That Fluke is a willing participant in this sorry chapter of America’s decline is, at best, irrelevant. Throughout history, disastrous social transformations have always required pawns, “useful idiots” Lenin called them, to lead the way down the slippery slope. Some never recover from their downfall, while others eventually recognize the degree to which the “cause” has shattered any prospect of normalcy in their lives. And at that point, they are summarily abandoned by their liberal accomplices, to live out their remaining days in isolation and despair. America owes them something better. But throughout its many institutions, America is failing them.
In a well-orchestrated effort, the many organizations that once upheld the responsibility to instill virtue and worth in young people have been co-opted by the counterculture. Consequently, on reaching adulthood they have been thoroughly cheapened in their own minds, and made merchandise for the promotion of the new order. Schools, pastors, and even parents are either complicit in this abhorrent business, or too timid to confront the rampant cultural disintegration. And the hideous result became painfully apparent in Fluke’s depiction of life among her peers.
Forget such quaint notions as “modesty.” The picture of modern young adulthood she presented in her testimony was one of total moral bankruptcy, abetted by a completely calloused and seared conscience, and lacking any vestige of shame. In truth, Fluke embodied the manner in which too many young women have, in the name of “liberation,” been reduced to being fodder for the nation’s abortion mills and now, the empowerment of the monster state.
Not surprisingly Barack Obama, the champion of that monster state, seized the opportunity of the Limbaugh controversy to call Fluke and offer encouragement to her. Holding the nation’s highest office, he could have inspired coming generations to accept personal responsibility and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes a healthy society. But that would seriously undermine the objectives of the nanny state.
The ugly truth is that Obama’s pandering epitomizes the ongoing betrayal of the nation’s young people. Posing as her friend, he condoned and encouraged more of the self-destructive behavior she trumpeted, which will eventually cost her for more than she can comprehend. A societal class that is thoroughly conditioned to expect the provision of its needs, and the indulgence of its wants, is one that over time will abandon its vision, lose its dreams, and ultimately be reduced to subsistence.
In the starkest of contrasts, Rush Limbaugh’s harsh words for Fluke conveyed an underlying message that she and her kindred can aspire to something far higher and better than the abysmal station to which they have been consigned. And for that he owes no one an apology.