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Moral Values - Who Needs Them?
Angry and stunned Democrats are still weaving their spin as to why they lost the election. Most of them blame the Bible thumpers, the Evangelical and Christian right wingers and Catholics for making the difference. Some still cling to voter fraud conspiracies despite the fact that there were thousands of lawyers all over the place during the election. Most critics agree that John Kerry ran a poor campaign and Democratic strategists, including former president Bill Clinton, say
Kerry should have emphasized "moral" issues like health care, unemployment, and the deficit. The Democrats still don’t get it. These issues they consider "moral" are basically economic and only die-hard socialists could equate them with morality. They refuse to consider the importance of morality in terms of personal behavior, but to the people who voted on moral values, these values most definitely represent individual moral choices and behavior.
There is a misconception among the Democratic leadership and the media, who did everything they could (especially CBS and Dan Rather) to get Kerry elected, that this is about a religious element in our nation trying to force their religious values on the rest of the country. This is not the real truth. Actually, most people of religious faith are pretty tolerant and respectful of the values and behavior of others who don’t share their religious beliefs. I’m sure there were many Christian and Jewish people who voted for Kerry because they were totally opposed to the Iraq war.
What do people, who considered moral values important enough to vote for Bush, really think? What I have learned from people who don’t live in New York or California and from my personal conversations with many of my clients, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers, is that they are just plain fed up. They’re fed up with atheists telling us we are a secular nation when the vast majority of us know this nation was founded on the basis of Judeo-Christian principles. They’re fed up with the entertainment industry kingmakers, particularly Hollywood, with generous help from the media, making icons, heroes, and heroines out of a bunch of hedonistic little tramps and dopers who run, like vampires from a crucifix, when the name of God is mentioned. They’re fed up with dumb, classless, reality shows and T & A movies on cable television and an internet invaded by promoters of porn and filth. And they’re very unhappy with the courts that refuse to protect their young from exposure to this garbage. When the Hollywood left, led by Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, Whoopie Goldberg, Madonna, etc., came on strong for Kerry, he was doomed by association.
Believe it or not, most Americans, even the ones who voted for the same sex marriage amendments, do not hate gays. Many of these people have gay children and relatives themselves. What people are fed up with is the glorification by Hollywood, in concert with an eager media, of the homosexual lifestyle. Hollywood’s portrayal of the gay lifestyle has gone over the top, making the gay experience appear chic and one to be not only accepted, but also celebrated and perhaps even envied. This portrayal of gays concerns many parents, whose young children are prone to emulate their Hollywood heroes and heroines. It took many years for people to go from tolerance to acceptance and respect for the homosexual community. The advent of AIDS in the early eighties did not help to advance the gay rights cause.
People who approved the same sex marriage bans in eleven states did so because they oppose an insignificant segment of this culture who are attempting to denigrate an institution (and a Sacrament to Catholics), which for thousands of years, has never been defined by any civilization in the history of the world, as anything other than a union between a man and a woman. However, many of these against same sex marriage are in favor of civil unions, which would entitle homosexual couples to the same legal benefits as married heterosexual couples.
Future Supreme Court appointments are extremely important to those who were motivated by moral values. They knew that John Kerry and the Democrats would be selecting more liberal judges on an already liberal leaning Supreme Court, while continuing to stock the lower courts with liberals as well.
These next four years may prove very difficult for those who would have our culture move even further toward secularist Europe. Others yearning for the resurrection of moral values and renewed respect for God and religion will also have a tough fight on their hands.
And so the cultural war continues. It looks like a long, long war.
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