I haven’t got the heart to really write well about this today, so I’m copying and pasting a bit from Twitter this morning. There, I was looking at Republicans and conservatives bemoaning and trying to figure out what kind of candidate the GOP needs to put forth in order to win. But most of them are off-base. Here’s what I said there:
#FACT: The GOP can reach out all it wants, but as long as America loves the #CultureOfDeath as much as she does, it won’t do a damn thing. The problem isn’t necessarily our candidates, but the fact that our country is largely selfish. And it lies on BOTH sides of the aisle. Yes, Libs have cultivated culture of Gimme Free Stuff, but Conservatives are often just as selfish when it comes to Christian duty to poor. [And here I am not talking about more government programs, for Catholic Social Teaching does not require us to have a leviathan government that provides for people. Authentic Catholic Social Justice comes from *us* - the people in the neighborhoods that are hurting. But that's for another day.] So until our country learns humility and true charity, this is what we get: a small, petty man to be president of a small, petty country.
The fact is, the majority of people in our country now see selfishness and nihilism as more important than true charity and the protection of life and liberty. People would rather have meaningless sex with whomever they choose (no matter how empty they feel afterwards) than try to live up to a higher standard. They’d rather play God and decide whose life is worth living (from womb to tomb) than to see the inherent dignity of every human soul. They’d rather have a comfortable life provided by others than try to work hard and improve their own lot. And they’d rather have the stuff they want given to them than look at what freedoms they’re taking away from others in order to get them.
So the fact is, it’s not who the GOP puts out there that’s the problem. It’s our culture. We live in a Culture of Death, one that has embraced Death whole-heartedly. One in which children are seen as optional burdens that we may or may not take on, and in which we are willing to allow government panels to look at cost efficiency when it comes to deciding the level of care our loved ones will receive.
But we have Obamaphone, we have sosh security, we have Obamacare. And we’ve got Swamp People and Honey Boo Boo and Dancing with the Stars and Survivor and American Idol and TV shows that desensitize our families to gay “marriage.” We can’t drink 32 ounces of Coke in New York City, but we can legally light a joint in Colorado and under Obamacare my 14 year old daughter can be put on the Pill without my knowledge or consent.
Who cares if we don’t have liberty? Who cares if Catholics are forced underground because of the oppression that has begun under this president?
As long as we have bread and circuses, we’re all good.