The strong Christian culture bequeathed to our nation at its birth in large measure allowed America to enjoy societal goodness for most of our history. We are well aware of America’s flaws since the Left delights in highlighting them at every opportunity, but goodness comprised the dominant character of our nation until recent decades. We were predominantly moral, enjoyed strong families, exercise fiscal responsibility, and fought wars against global forces of evil such as Nazi and Communist barbarism.
In earlier days Republicans and Democrats both displayed good qualities. Among Democrats of that era were men like Hubert Humphrey and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who gave indication of being rational and decent people. Though one might agree or disagree with Democrat fiscal policy, the party maintained the reputation of fighting for the little man and probably could be credited for lifting many Americans out of poverty and providing a safety net for others.
With the 1960s that all began to change. The hippie revolution went mainstream, transforming America into a post-Christian culture. Higher education and the mainstream media became primary propagators of that perspective. With the election of Bill Clinton to the presidency, the Democratic Party became increasingly more committed to the post-Christian culture. Since then it has become entirely overrun by that philosophy. “As Ronald Reagan famously stated, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”
That philosophy embodies the antithesis of a biblical worldview, asserting that life should be guided by feelings and that the individual has a right to engage in whatever behaviors his feelings embrace. That perspective legitimizes abortion, homosexuality, irresponsible spending, unrestrained welfare policies, dishonesty, illegal immigration, riots and destructive behavior, and a host of other actions detrimental to our society. Not only does it allow these types of activities but encourages them, asserting that feelings should comprise the dominant factor in decision-making. This perspective is also detrimental to our military in that it undermines military discipline (who feels like being disciplined), and it encourages decreased military spending in order to devote more funds to feel-good programs. It is destructive to our electoral system in its perspective that people who are not citizens should nonetheless be allowed to vote if they feel like it. If the Democratic Party loses an election, people on the Left should be able to express their hostility for this outcome in any destructive manner toward which their feelings incline them. They should be able to discredit the outcome merely because it doesn’t feel good, and anything that doesn’t feel good is inherently wrong. Likewise, socialism comprises the best governmental system because it provides a nanny state that accommodates everyone’s feelings. “Do you feel like going to college without paying? Sure, we can do that. You deserve to have free tuition.”
Notice that this philosophy and the related behaviors are all essentially evil. Doing what feels good frequently comprises a formula for immorality. As a result, the Democratic Party and its compatriots in the news and entertainment media, public and higher education, and the judiciary, have become the embodiment of evil in our society. I am not asserting that every Democrat is evil, but I am asserting that every Democrat is aligning himself with evil, is supporting a party, a worldview, and a behavior system that promotes killing babies, lying, hateful behavior, disregard for the rule of law, obstructionism, sexual promiscuity, and irresponsibility to name just a few of its evils.
Meanwhile, people committed to morality, decency, order, protecting the lives of babies, the rule of law, and responsible government have drifted toward the Republican Party. With a few exceptions, the Republican Party has become the home of evangelicals. While the Democratic Party has become the embodiment of evil, the Republican Party to a great extent has become the party that embraces good.
Of course the knee-jerk response of many Democrats would comprise mocking such a conclusion, pointing to some of Pres. Trump’s past immoral language and other behaviors. In response I would contend that no one is claiming perfection, but I believe that a solid case can be made for the Republican platform and the Republican pattern of behaviors being essentially aligned with morality. We don’t find Republicans smashing windows, ignoring the law as a governing principle, lying as a matter of policy, and advocating sensuous behavior.
My point is that we are not merely engaged in a matter of partisan politics or differences of opinion. Currently we are engaged in a struggle between good and evil, and the entities representing good and representing evil can be easily and clearly identified. The time has come to call the culture war what it is. Many conservatives have faulted Pres. Obama for failing to identify our enemy as Islamic terrorism. I believe that moral Americans must have the courage to identify our enemy: its name is evil and it is embodied in the various components of the American Left.
One consequence of acknowledging the evil of the Left is the accompanying mandate to separate ourselves from its influence. If we recognize the entertainment industry as evil and yet fill our minds with its output, we will lose the war. If we see the LGBT agenda as evil, but seek to make room for those propagating it in the Republican Party, we will lose the war. Identifying the Left as evil, as the enemy of the good, demands that we reject every element of the Left. Until we are willing to label the Left as evil and fight them as such, we cannot win the culture war. And if we lose that war, evil will triumph and America will self-destruct.