By Irene F. Starkehaus -
I had it suggested to me, "This election is the last chance Americans have to make our voices heard on Obamacare," to which I replied, "Spoken like a true Republican. Always the fatalists." Quite the paradox when you consider how many Republicans are free will advocates.
But such is the fundamental difference between the two parties. The Republican establishment – with few exceptions – sees each and every election outcome as "The End…game over." The Dems see both wins and losses as "Once upon a time...now let's get working."
When a Republican loses at the ballot box, he shakes his head and gloomily declares that the people have spoken. The other side has triumphed. He will invariably assert that it's time to move on and find a way to adjust our lifestyles to the imminent hardships and restrictions. Think about John Boehner's fatalism over Obamacare…it's too late to repeal. We'll have to live with what we've got.
When a Democrat loses, he busies himself in the cause of promoting histrionic movie scripts, recruiting actors for contrived ribbon campaigns and rewriting our children's textbooks – all to proselytize it forward so that he can revisit the issue in ten years and rape the Constitution more successfully. Being politically savvy, he understands the slow burn of sustainable change as he keeps his eyes on the prize.
In this election, conservatives have been told to put aside our core beliefs and embrace the party no matter what her iniquities and malformations. By and large, conservatives have swallowed that bitter pill as there is no practical alternative for demonstrating our opposition to the current powerbrokers, but we should be under no illusion that we have fixed our current crisis by replacing the D with an R. The story isn't over. It has just begun.
The establishment's refrain: forget prolife issues. Accept that the abortion debate is over. The contraception debate is lost. Obamacare is immutable law. Gay marriage has been decided. Reflection on the wisdom of raising the minimum wage can no longer be tolerated. Welcome our new breed of libertarian Republicans who will erase the line in the sand that once demarcated the divide between the two parties. The new, more tolerant heroes of the GOP will draw a fresh line to appease the social liberals hoping to put the argument to rest.
But the social engineering is not over, and the Dems will now roll up their sleeves in preparation for their newest "Once upon a time..." I found myself shuddering this week as I read the news:
"Brittany Maynard…" I looked over my reading glasses at my husband and repeated the name to him.
"Remind me. Who is that again?" he said.
"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love…" I began, "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," Brittany wrote on Facebook. "The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my best as I type …. Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
My husband sighed, shook his head and went back to his spider solitaire game because there was not much else to say about it other than she was such a pretty girl. She'll make the perfect poster child for the "death with dignity" movement. She'll inspire thousands of ailing men and women, boys and girls to bravely face the death that comes to us all, and conquer it by rejecting hope, by defiantly rushing the time and place instead of waiting to see where the journey of natural death might lead them.
…that's terribly old fashioned, I know. Inefficient. Not very forward thinking at all. In ten years, death panels will seem so common place that many Republicans will declare that the discussion is over, and conservatives won't be allowed to debate that topic either.
And of course, the autism screening…another spectacularly scientific advent brought to you by the "life not worth living" crowd that sets up the opportunity for would-be parents undergoing IVF to choose embryos that do not carry those genetic mutations…I'm sure that there will never come a day when women carrying autistic children will be ridiculed for selfishly not aborting their babies. Ask the women of Down syndrome children. They never feel societal pressure to not waste precious resources on lives that some believe are not worth living.
For those parents of special needs children, it might be an interesting thought experiment for you to consider how many kids are currently confined in the autistic spectrum. For those of you without special needs children, there are a lot more "autistic" children than you might think.
There are certainly some of those children coping with extreme emotional and behavioral difficulties. Let us not forget that others simply have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time absorbing vast amounts of academic pabulum brought to them courtesy of Common Core. Others are extraordinarily bright but lacking in social skills. Parents are not infrequently persuaded to label their children as autistic because that's how the schools currently get their funding for special needs resources…so have fun with that because either way, these new studies suggest that autistic children aren't just labeled. They are stained. Defective. Expendable. And it is all too clear that the Administration thinks that special needs kids absorb too much of their mothers' attention. Per Barack Obama, that's not a choice we want Americans to make.
The children are the key to Democrats winning in the arena of ideas. In many cases, the Millennial interpretation of America would be unrecognizable by their own great-grandparents. Now, if you're scratching your head at how quickly America moved through the gay marriage debate, I recommend you take the Starkehaus challenge and read just five Young Adult books from the American Library Association's list of Best YA literature. If you can't understand why Millennials no longer believe in God, why they are prone to anarchism, nihilism, Satanism, dystopia, then listen to the metrical ennui pulsing through their iPods. If you can't figure out how they come to the conclusion that Texas should be returned to Mexico, pick up one of their textbooks.
If you are serious about leaving your children a nation that will protect life, freedom and prosperity, stop eyeing the power grid in Washington as if it's going to set the pace for cultural reform. The Left won't and the Right wouldn't dare.
On this one talking point, I can agree with Barack Obama…you are the one you are waiting for. Listen to your kids' music. Play their video games. Watch their shows. Read their books. And challenge them to question the desolation and suicide of popular art, music, and literature that they so readily embrace. This is absolutely a choice we want Americans to make toward saving our children and our future from the grip of culture rot.