The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?”
I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent to the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire.
I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic reality is hopelessly inescapable. It’s a self-evident truth. Unless our next generation of leaders – Gen-Y Millennials – can successfully turn things around, we’re up the Potomac without a paddle.
The day’s speeches have ended, and conference-going night revelers are about. The indoor balcony to my 12th-floor room faces, as the hotel website accurately boasts, a “spectacular 18-story glass atrium.” My balcony door is open wide, and the bustling din from several parties across the cavernous vestibule soaks the room.
A chorus has begun. What is this? Have party-goers launched an impromptu rendering of “America the Beautiful”?
No, this is a chant, joined by scores – a hundred or more perhaps – of young conservative bacchanalians on multiple suite balconies and from the open air bar below. What is that they’re chanting? Is that, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!”?
At first, it’s hard to tell. It’s a booming echo that reverberates throughout the entire hotel.
And then it becomes clear.
Alas, our next generation of conservative leaders are not chanting, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!” They are, instead, chanting, “F**k O-bama! F**k O-bama!”
And I hang my head.
So, now, children at the hotel, parents, staff, tourists – both foreign and domestic – and every other conceivable variety of guest who happens to be staying at the Gaylord National hotel during CPAC 2014 has a skewed, and likely irreversible, first impression of America’s conservative movement.
Or is it skewed?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certain that the vast majority of CPAC attendees, both young and old, are as appalled and embarrassed by these drunken yuck monkeys as am I.
But I think the very fact that these blazer-clad, Cro-Magnon morons could even imagine, for a moment, that it’s somehow cool to publicly chant “F**k Obama!” – or “F**k” anything for that matter – speaks to a much larger problem, not just within the conservative movement, but, more importantly, within our entire culture.
I’m never going to win a popularity contest. It’s not my goal to be liked. I’ll probably never be a “Fox News contributor” or even broadly recognized as a dutifully compliant cog within the greater, GOP-heavy “conservative” political wheel.
That’s because I say things like this: There is no political fix to America’s death spiral.
We are drowning in a turgid river of postmodern relativism. This is a spiritual problem, not a political problem. This is a worldview matter, not a partisan matter.
Hitherto it has been “progressives” alone dumping buckets of moral relativist poison into the Potomac. But, in the last decade or so, self-styled “conservatives” have likewise begun drinking the subjectivist Kool-Aid.
Libertine libertarianism has infected the conservative movement like a cancer. Situational ethics, driven by emotional, anecdotal sob stories, are used to justify every moral wrong as an absolute right. “Get off the social issues!” they demand. “Gay marriage? No problem.”
These gun-toting, free-market “conservatives” (of which I’m both) grace us with beauties like this: “I’m a ‘pro-choice,’ ‘pro-gay’ conservative,” or, “Yeah, I’m shacking up with my girlfriend, big deal.”
Relativism blurs the fixed lines of demarcation between right and wrong, which leads to the abolition of absolute truth, which leads to pockets of moral anarchy, which leads to Barack Obama and Eric Holder deciding which laws to ignore and which laws to enforce, which leads to lawlessness, which leads to chaos.
Welcome to chaos.
Yes. The “social issues” matter.
The battle is not Republican vs. Democrat. Neither is it conservative vs. liberal. The battle precedes time itself. The battle is right vs. wrong. The battle is moral vs. immoral. The battle is truth vs. the lie.
The battle is between good and evil.
We’ve been playing political Ping-Pong for decades. We’ve been, as they say, rearranging the chairs on the Titanic while Democrats take the helm for a spell, and Republicans take the helm for a spell.
The reality is that both political parties have driven us into the iceberg, and then pranced off together, hand-in-hand, to play best-of-three racquetball at the congressional bathhouse.
While here at CPAC, I met an interesting fellow by the name of Frank Mitchell. Frank founded the Memphis-based, classically conservative group “A Shining City on a Hill.” During our discussion, Frank said this: “There is no liberty without justice. Liberty without justice is only license.”
America cannot survive under a worldview that embraces unrestricted moral license. Such license destroys the individual. And such license destroys the nation.
“Liberty without justice is only license.”
There is only one Arbiter of true justice. And justice is defined by Him, not by us. He sets the parameters. As both individuals, and as a nation, we are ill-advised to breach those parameters and well-served to maintain them.
America does not need a political fix. America needs a spiritual fix.
The on-going Moral Depravity is abysmal. We are living in a Sewer, created by our Show Business Industry and our Media.
But, Jo, as long as the Church continues to be silent, and many members of it continue to partake, the Sewer will keep flowing its same sludge. The time to speak for God and Country is now. My prayers are that God's Presence will be felt in a mighty way in Washington, D.C. during Operation American Spring.
Political speech was taken away in 1957 by LBJ, the church will lose it's tax free status if it speaks of political evils.
Where there is a will there is a way ! Not from the pulpit but in outside gatherings and classes by comparison in the lessons , I would never expect our minister to preach politics like Obamas , Wright did , his job is to teach scripture but sometimes they sort of overlap !
Johnny, no Man of God could ignore what is happening to this Country, there is an immediate need for the Church to speak up, and defend God's Word. Christianity will disappear, if no one defends it, and these people make a Living, at Religion, so they better see the writing on the wall.
Make a living at religion ? Hmm ! Most that serve at the congregation where I attend do it out of love for God and the lost ...I do not understand that thinking ! And the hours our minister puts into counseling and serving , he is well worth every dollar ! Just for the time he puts into me alone ! LOL ! But I do know what you are saying ! Besides I agree with you so what is up with that ...you came off as if I thought we should be mute on this subject !
So are Churches about money, or the spreading the Word of God? If all they are interested in is money, then they are truly failing the People and God.
No, the churches are ham strung by law if they are a 501c3 church which limits their ability to communicate the evils that are perpetrated by our gov't. I can not rule out entirely your last sentence.
We Christians and Church Attenders need to get informed and talk to out Pastors and Church Leaders. David Barton (Wall Builders) has several really good CDs which teach about the rights of Pastors and Churches in their quest to speak out. The misinformation, which has been spread all around for a long time, is that Pastors and church members cannot express their political beliefs to their congregations. That is not true. (They are not "ham strung", van) Pastors/church members can and should speak out. In my experience, I have found many Pastors do not want to speak out because: 1) Jesus is coming to rapture everyone before anything gets bad; 2) Christians should only be spreading the good news not getting into politics; 3) God allows the just and the unjust to rule... The American Revolution was started by Preachers preaching against an evil government. We need those kind of preachers today!
Threats have been made to remove churches tax status because of political speech, and the churches have never challenged the law. Some have every year told the IRS they will violate the law and dare the IRS to challenge them. Some churches are not so brave. Mine asked me to get a candidate to come speak and they meet him in the parking lot to tell him what he could and could not say.
Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Where has our freedom of religion gone ? They are very ignorant of the meaning of the first amendment !