Morons, idiots … I’ve told you this before, I’ve been telling you this for years … get rid of this moronic idiotic social conservatism crap; get rid of it. You are never going to make abortion illegal, we will never take illegal immigrants, Mexicans, and send them back to Mexico. And quit worrying your mindless heads off about a gay couple down the street living in a loving relationship. Stop hating them and start loving them.
– Neal Boortz
In an epic rant following the November 6th election, Neal Boortz called for a wholesale change in Republican strategy. Pinning Mitt Romney’s loss on (I kid you not) the Republican Party’s focus on abortion, homosexuality and immigration, Boortz called for the Party to get down with its Libertarian self and kick social conservatism to the compost bin.
You abortion whiners, you anti-gay marriage morons, you handed this country over to Barack Obama and the Democrat Party for another four years. Until it becomes more Libertarian and less religiously authoritarian the Republican Party is dead. You social conservatives have screwed the country that you claim to love so much with your anti-abortion zealotry, your mindless opposition to homosexuals and gay marriage and your actual belief that we are going to go out there and round up all these Mexicans and send them back to Mexico.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m at a loss to remember all those speeches at the convention and on the stump where Romney et al. waxed poetic about “the fetus, the queers, and the wet-backs.” Did I miss something? Listening to Boortz (full clip here), you’d think that Mitt Romney forcibly held Sandra Fluke down while Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson fastened the chastity belt. Was it not Mitt Romney who came out and restated his favor for homosexual scout-masters just after North Carolina voted to protect marriage? Was it not Paul Ryan who came out and said that reinstituting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be a “step backwards” and more harmful than good? Not that these were major themes of the campaign by any stretch of the imagination; the campaign never wanted to talk about social issues.
There is an easy way to demonstrate just why Neal Boortz and your Libertarian friends are wrong. It is right here in the writings of John Adams and George Washington:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” – John Adams, Oct. 11, 1798 in an Address to the military
How many times have you heard the shibboleth of some Ron Paul zombie spit out “Constitution!” As if in our current climate, sometime on the 12th of Never, Americans are going to put down the food stamps, birth control and Obama-phones and start quoting the Federalist Papers? The document is meaningless in this current climate. The Constitution has as much integrity as Bill Clinton’s marriage vows.
And this is why Libertarians are wrong for focusing so much on the Constitution and suggesting that morality has no place outside of balancing the national check book. They don’t go back far enough and even if you press them, they won’t go back far enough. To Adams and the other founders, Biblical morality was the prerequisite. If you take this quote seriously, then the American people are no longer deserving of the Constitution, it will do them no good – like a caveman fumbling with a microwave that’s unplugged. But the Libertarian mindset, including that of “Dr. Paul,” is that the Constitution will fix everything. Sorry, our founders knew that it can’t fix the black heart of a people that have forsaken God.
“No compact among men can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other,” wrote George Washington in the draft of his First Inaugural Address.
Words have meaning, but contracts among parties, whether at an altar or a bema are only as potent as the integrity of those pledging their allegiance. Neal Boortz and those who would have you believe that social conservatism is the problem with the Republican Party, albeit the problem with America, are actually calling for a second revolution in this country.
The problem is that their solution describes a second French Revolution to combat the Obama prescribed October Revolution. A second American Revolution, not grounded in morality, will not lead to peace and prosperity, but to the guillotine or the gulag. We cannot afford to forsake God in this dark hour. We would be wise to consider the words of the Republican’s first President, who seeing his nation in a similar straight, called for a day of fasting and reflection -
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
– Abraham Lincoln
Image: La Guillotine en 1793 ; H. Fleschmann; 1905; public domain/copyright expired.