The Left's Heart of Darkness
On January 2, Alan Colmes on Fox News mocked presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and Santorum's wife for bringing their critically ill newborn son, Gabriel, into the world and then bringing him home. Gabriel died 16 years ago, and Karen Santorum wrote a heartrending book, Letters to Gabriel, which describes how the couple dealt with the grief of his death. Mother Teresa wrote the foreword for the book.
Although Colmes has quickly retreated from his remarks, his crudeness shows how the left really thinks. When Sarah Palin brings Trig, a child with Down Syndrome, into the world, and he is cherished and loved, the left spins its head -- why not just waste the kid before he was born? This mockery did not end with the 2008 campaign: Family Guy in 2010 made fun of Trig, and in April, another leftist goon mocked the young child on his third birthday. The left's heart of darkness is so dreadful that appalling bile seems normal to its minions until normal, moral people object.
Less noticed in the Fox News interview is Colmes's statement that Santorum is crazy also because he thinks that consensual sex between unmarried people is wrong. What offends Colmes and the left seems to be adherence to the traditional moral values of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and most of the world's historic metaphysical value systems. Santorum has not said that fornication is as great a sin as adultery, but he believes that sex should be confined within a marriage.
Does the left grasp just how much human misery it has caused by promoting the chic fashion of promiscuity? Do its disciples not grasp the horrors of the sexual revolution -- the millions of abortions, huge subsets of America's babies born out of wedlock, a huge rise in sexually transmitted diseases, and the general collapse of the nuclear family? Do people like Alan Colmes really believe that thoughtful politicians should speak in favor of sexual promiscuity?
How high does our rate of teenage suicide have to go before leftists like Colmes grasp that the values which most Americans have historically held are not ignorant, but rather wise? Many of our teenagers are drowning in drugs and booze. Their media idols lead horrific lives which often end in early death. How splintered and lonely, how atomized and pathetic do the lives of tens of millions of our countrymen have to become before we grasp that rejecting moral values has grave personal consequences?
Is it not clear that we can't go on like this? All we love, all we cherish, all we hope for is spiraling down a long, snaky drain into the leftist heart of darkness. The planned economy, the planned social life built upon the precepts of scientific materialism, the Brave New World of people like Alan Colmes -- all fit together in a single awful theme: we -- the left, that is -- have supplanted God and all the outdated values He prescribed at Sinai, in Galilee, and throughout the Judeo-Christian world.
Reality, viewed through the long death march of leftism in practice over the last fifty years, shows that transcendent moral principles cannot be trumped by our imagined cleverness. Instead of making Heaven, we have opened new doors of Hell.
Conservatives sometimes get too distracted by dollars and deficits and debt. These matter, of course -- they matter a great deal in political life. But the deconstruction of the American economy is a consequence, not a cause, of our fundamental problem, which is moral.
The road back requires first of all that politicians who are asked to cure social problems be allowed to tell the truth about why these problems exist. The values given us from above are beyond the reach of leftist pygmies, and the laws prescribed for us by God have definite and absolute consequences which ripple throughout our lives and the lives we touch.
Most of us secretly know that the hedonistic and atheistic system foisted upon our culture by leftist bosses is a suicide pill. Let us hope -- better, let us pray -- that those men and women who carry the banner of conservatism into political combat have the courage to speak that too often unspoken truth.