Some Republican leaders are counseling the party to keep quiet the “cultural agenda”: protection of marriage, right to life, and moral issues. They counsel, money trumps morality: the economy is the issue to win with.
This shallow analysis got us into this dangerous mess! A strong, vital culture is not one based merely on immediate self-gratification, self-preservation and self-indulgence. There’s not enough money in the world to borrow, to fill the true need in the human heart with “things”. We are bigger, made for greater purposes, requiring of us deeper lives than that.
Human nature requires a magnanimity – a great-soulness – of us. Without the freedom and call to find true greatness, we will die as persons and as a culture. Confined in a box of escapist entertainment, mind-numbing drugs and adolescent toys we will suffocate. An economy of shallow consumerism and a government of paternalism betrays the human soul! We can borrow and spend, spend and borrow until the Chinese own us: we will remain empty, hungry, unhappy and unfulfilled until we solve the real issues that human nature demands of us.
A society that denies life to the preborn child denies its own right to survive; a society that redefines man, woman and marriage discards the foundation of society for a fabrication, a fiction. A society that rewrites the Ten Commandments destroys its own moral compass, and is guided by fools. The “cultural agenda” is no “extra” – it is essential, discarded at our peril.