Culture Challenge of the Week: The Left Declares Victory
“The culture wars are over, and the Republicans lost.” So says liberal columnist John Alter.
He’s not the only one declaring victory. Over at the Daily Beast, one columnist judged the Republican Party as “flat-out nuts” for taking on social issues and mocked Rick Santorum as “a refugee from the 16th century.” And Andrew Sullivan takes things a step further, saying that “Republicans are losing the pop culture wars” played out in music, movies, and art. And Salon, the predictable liberal voice, shrills about “the Right’s lost causes” and claims victory.
So what have they “won?”
Let’s look at two examples of the ‘achievements’ wrought by liberalism:
Fractured families and a soaring out-of-wedlock birth rate. The liberals’ mantra that ‘there’s nothing inherently better about a married mom and dad raising their own kids’ has produced dismal results. According to new data from Child Trends, and reported in the New York Times, 53% of children born to women under 30 (the age group that is responsible for two-thirds of the birth rate) are now born out of wedlock. And, tragically, the leading cause of poverty in America is single motherhood.
Other predictable results for children born outside the stable structure of marriage? Educational deficits, greater risks of emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. And the problems are not evenly distributed: minorities and women with only a high-school education reflect startlingly high rates of unmarried births: 73% of African-Americans are born to single mothers and only 43% of women whose highest level of education is high school will give birth within marriage. Those least equipped to overcome the long odds of unmarried parenthood are the most likely to shun marriage. In some schools and neighborhoods, the next generation of children will not only grow up without the stability of marriage, they also will encounter fewexamples of intact, married families. It’s a situation that’s tragic for the children, destabilizes society, and swells the ranks of folks dependent on government handouts for a steady monthly income.
Meaningless sex and soaring STD rates. The left’s triumph on the sexual front is empty indeed. Columnist Michael Lind boasts that, “Now practically anything can be viewed on PCs and phones, and most award-winning dramas feature profanity and softcore sex scenes that would have provoked nationwide protests a few decades ago. This is a triumph for libertinism, if not liberalism.”
As a result, children have little protection from adult sexual indulgence. The fruit? Children exposed to sexual content are more likely to have sex earlier, generating a spiral of negative consequences, even apart form pregnancy and abortion. Forty percent of sexually active teenage girls have a sexually transmitted disease. Among minorities, those rates are even higher--and as STD rates skyrocket, cures are becoming less likely. Gonorrhea, for example, is fast becoming resistant to the antibiotics currently used to treat it. The sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV)---which has already been identified as the cause of most cases of cervical cancer, now appears to be causing an increase in oral and throat cancer as well. Add to all this the tragedy of young human hearts who experience sex merely as animalistic gratification; they never learn the tender connection between sex, commitment, and self-giving love.
How to Save Your Family: Fight hard—And vote to win
America literally cannot survive another four years of destruction inflicted by elite Leftists.
Faith, family and freedom-loving Americans have always been willing to sacriice to protect what we hold dear. We don't have to go to war or risk our lives in this cultural battle - but we do need to understand the issues and be willing to make sacrifices. Rick Santorum is the only presidential candidate who constantly reminds us that "as the family goes, so goes the nation". Visit his website at www.ricksantorum.com to learn more.
Be involved in the political process - be willing to go out of your comfort zone and tell your friends and family the truth. The stakes are too high have a "wait and see" attitude, or to remain silent in this most critical juncture in recent American history.
We can take our country back. We can restore America for our children. We can help restore the family unit and save much pain and suffering. But it won't happen unless we are wiling to "speak the truth in love," and start working for cultural change.
Rick Santorum is taking a bold stand and challenging us to help. So the final question is, "Will you?"
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