I realize that in today's America, the notion that we should seek to preserve and promote the traditions, values and ideals that this country's founding generation mostly shared is considered not just passé but offensively wrongheaded. Yes, why would we want to perpetuate a once underlying consensus (and the Constitution formulated on it) that gave rise to the greatest nation in world history? Well, many don't, as they level further assaults on our Constitution, our liberty tradition and what used to be our shared values.
We haven't just accepted as normal what was heretofore considered abnormal; we are, increasingly, embracing evil while calling it good and demonizing those who are still "clinging" to traditional values. Unless you buy into the self-destructive course much of our society has decided to pursue, unless you consent to the systematic dismantling of our core foundations, you are the problem.
Let me give you a further sampling of the insanity that passes for normal and the wrong that masquerades as right, plucked right out of the news the past few days.
--Liberal Democrats in Congress are pressuring their colleagues to sign a pledge not to cut entitlement spending, even though it is objectively true that without structural reform in our entitlement programs, we are headed, inexorably, toward national bankruptcy.
--Grosse Pointe South High School officials canceled a Rick Santorum speech at the school and only reversed themselves after fierce criticism, though they will require students to obtain their parents' permission to attend the speech. The original cancellation was allegedly because of Santorum's opposition to same-sex marriage, even though Santorum apparently had no intention of addressing that issue in his speech.
--The liberal media have unconscionably suppressed reporting on the "House of Horrors" murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. A Wikipedia editor supposedly suggested that a Wikipedia article on the case be scrubbed completely.
--It could be that Gosnell's heinous practices were not necessarily unique. Reports of horrendous conditions at other abortion clinics are beginning to emerge.
--Julia Twenge, author of "Generation Me," reported that America's high-school "students are getting better grades for less work." Jack Kosakowski, CEO of Junior Achievement USA, said: "The only things our kids rank the highest in are confidence in their abilities. Math, science and everything else has gone down."