Does this mean that conservative values are dead? Absolutely not. Does this mean that traditional America is gone forever? By no means. But what happened that caused people to re-elect a president who is so radically far to the left of our traditional values?
There are many factors, but I believe it has a lot to do with a cultural shift from God and morality to moral relativism, the belief that facts don't matter, but only how we feel about things is what counts. For moral relativism to exist, God must be removed, because to the relativist, the self is the supreme judge. In a morally relativistic mindset, freedom is defined as being able to do things without consequences, and right and wrong are personal interpretations, not objective standards of truth. That is why the violation of freedom inherent in the HHS mandate is meaningless to so many because to the relativist, freedom and truth exist only in the mind, not in any objective, external way.
The Democrats have pounced upon this forfeiting of objective truths in favor of personal emotion by using false issues to inflame emotions, like the "war on women", while ignoring the facts, like record debt and poverty levels, skyrocketing prices, a dangerously weak approach to foreign policy, and government takeover of healthcare. In conjunction with this, and even worse, is the fact that the media have been genius at presenting good as evil, and evil as good. Truth has become synonymous with intolerance, and intolerance synonymous with hate.
We see this in the media's depiction of Republicans. It doesn't matter what the Republican view is, it is mocked and derided as hateful. It doesn't matter how someone achieved success, they are seen as evil. Those who support economic freedom in the form of capitalism are scorned, and those who want to keep their taxes low so they can spend their money as they see fit are seen as greedy. It doesn't matter that, had Romney won, he would have never taken away women's right to contraception, but gullible women were told this and bought it hook, line and sinker. The public has also bought the lie that those who believe in the Biblical definition of marriage are intolerant bigots, and those who oppose the dismemberment of unborn children are extremists.
Critical thinking of the issues has all but evaporated in this media-driven world. The media tell the public something is bad, and the public believes it without questioning it. The media tell the public something is no big deal - like Obama's horrendous failure in Libya, or his dismal record on the economy - and the public conveniently dismisses these actions. But if it were Bush who played basketball on election day like Obama did yesterday, while Hurricane Sandy victims stood in line for food and gasoline, the media would tell the public that is bad, and the public would scream bloody murder. Hypocrisy in the media is nothing new, but it has consequences, the kind that culminated in the re-election of the most dangerous, anti-American president in our nation's history.
There is much more to be said about this - about where our culture is heading and how it is that we got ourselves on this path. For now, suffice it to say, it has to do with removing God from the public square, relying more on politicians than on God, and allowing blatant lies to cloud the real definitions of good and evil.
The battle is on, and, in the end, good will triumph over evil, but only if we return to the objective truths and values that come from above - not the false perceptions manufactured by the media or politicians.
May God continue to bless America, and may America, one day soon, turn back to God.
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