CPAC - Did It Demonstrate The Need For A Spiritual Revival?

Reflections On America’s Fall, From CPAC 2014

Matt Barber says there is no political fix to America's death spiral.

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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.”

Libertine libertarianism.

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.



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Research the information, Van.  There is a way for churches to endorse candidates and promote issues of concern. 

Thank you !

Van, in the interest of saving their congregation the churches could easily give up their cherished tax status couldn't they? 

Yes sir.

As I have noted the Presbyterian USA, United Methodist, and Episcopal denomination HQ all operate a voluntary "interreligious program" of tolerance and understanding for Islam. It seems to me they are not Christian but evil working on the side of satan and Islam. Many church leader today want the money, the power, the benefits and are very socialist and cowardly. They need a visit from God to awaken them from their P.C.

Don't you think it is about time for the church to place a little less import on their tax status and preach the gospel and the fix to our problems? Are the churches so worried about their tax savings that they will allow the complete destruction of our morals to maintain it? If so they are overrun with hypocritical losers. I say to the devil with the tax exempt status, save our republic and our people. Render unto Cesar what is his, right?

Yes , if that is what it takes !

Johnny you are preaching to the choir. Yes the devil has a lot to do with it.

Yes we need a spiritual revival  and I do believe it has begun ! I have said for years that the church has failed and now it is time for the 'church' to get it right and start fixing things !

You are right Col. Riley the country is spiritually bereft.  Christianity has been rent assunder by the secularists, and here's a big BUT, we cannot fix all the problems this nation faces in one fell swoop.  Hollywood and the Media have a firm grasp not only on the political content of Print, Video and Radio news but the purveyors of this news and their ilk also have control of public education, arts and entertainment.  Through those outlets they are able to mold the psychy of the nation on many fronts.  We need to retake control of the Government to begin rolling back departments that feed these goons and give them license to spread their belief's.  Why should we have a department of Education?  We must end it.  What you are suggesting is that there is no hope.  You give me hope.  American Spring means something and is worth fighting for.  Adolescents screaming the obscenety you heard is a shout out in the night against the monster that is destroying their future utterly.  I think it is a good sign that our youth realize just how desperate this situation is.  We can start working back toward a more civil society after we have gotten the body politic back on a sound constitutional footing.  I have to admit that I would probably have been chanting right along with them because I am so utterly discouraged with where we are going.

I must say, 'Bill', I believe you ARE on the right much as ANY one focus can encompass the medusa-headed ills corrupting our Nation! Firstly, 'WE MUST' follow, steadfastly, a single path towards reclaiming our government - which I (As well as MANY others, too!) feel IS OAS, yet [Secondly,] we MUST ALSO continue to retake our CULTURE - OUR SPIRITUALITY, OUR LIVE'S, as a NATION UNITED, Constitutionally-Armed & Strengthened by the Righteousness of our REPUBLIC...such as it WAS...and WILL BE ONCE AGAIN! Lastly, 'WE MUST' PREVAIL & MAINTAIN OUR REPUBLIC...WE MUST RE-BUILD OUR YOUTH'S CULTURE TO ASK AGAIN, "Not what my country can do for me/us, BUT WHAT I/WE CAN DO FOR OUR REPUBLIC..."

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