Do We have a Right to be Outraged?

Weiner 2“Progressivism leads inevitably to utter irrationality and eventually political, as well as moral, chaos.”

So writes editor R.V. Young in the summer issue of Modern Age, the journal of which Russell Kirk was founding editor.

The magazine arrived with the latest post from our cultural capital, where the front-runner in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger, has been caught again “sexting” photos of his privates, this time to a 22-year-old woman.

That broke it for The New York Times:

“The serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”

And Weiner’s conduct does seem weird, creepy, crazy.

But it was not illegal. And as it was between consenting adults, was it immoral — by the standards of modern liberalism?

In 1973, the “Humanist Manifesto II,” a moral foundation for much of American law, declared: “The many varieties of sexual exploration should not in themselves be considered ‘evil.’ … Individuals should be permitted to express their sexual proclivities and pursue their lifestyles as they desire.”

Is this not what Anthony was up to? Why then the indignation?

Consider how far we are along the path that liberalism equates with social and moral progress. Ronald Reagan was the first and is the only divorced and remarried man elected president.

But the front-runner in the New York mayor’s race today quit Congress as a serial texter of lewd photos to anonymous women. The front-runner in the city comptroller’s race was “Client No. 9″ in the prostitution ring of the convicted madam who is running against him.

Weiner’s strongest challenger for mayor is a lesbian about to marry another lesbian. The sitting mayor and governor are divorced and living with women not their wives. The former mayor’s second wife had to go to court to stop his girlfriend from showing up at Gracie Mansion.

Weiner looks like a mainstream liberal.

On cable channels we hear cries that Weiner is “mentally sick.” Ex-colleague Rep. Jerrold Nadler says Weiner needs “psychiatric help.”

Whoa, Jerry. Up to 1973, the American Psychiatric Association said homosexuality was a mental disorder. The APA now regrets that. And why is Weiner’s private sexting a sign of mental illness, when kids all over America are engaged in the same thing every day?

Spitzer 2Are we, possibly, a mentally and morally sick society?

Thirty year ago, homosexual acts were crimes. The Supreme Court has since discovered sodomy to be a constitutional right. State courts are discovering another new right — of homosexuals to marry.

To call homosexuality unnatural, immoral or a mental disorder will soon constitute a hate crime in America.

Once we cast aside morality rooted in religion — as the “Humanist Manifesto II” insists we do — who draws the line on what is tolerable in the new dispensation?

Upon what moral ground do we stand to deny a man many wives, should he wish to leave behind many children, and the wives all consent to the arrangement? Biblically and historically, polygamy was more acceptable than homosexuality.

The second is now a constitutional right. Why not the first?

Are we not indeed headed “inevitably to utter irrationality and eventually political, as well as moral, chaos”?

Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Clinton marched in gay pride parades with the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Anyone doubt that NAMBLA will one day succeed in having the age of consent for sex between men and boys dropped into the middle or low teens?

The Federal Drug Administration has approved over-the-counter sales of birth control pills to 11-year-old girls. High schools have been handing out condoms, pills and patches to students for years.

If sex among teenagers is natural and normal, and homosexual sex is natural and normal, upon what moral ground does liberalism stand to deny teens the right to consensual sex with the men and women they love?

Is denying this not age discrimination? What liberal can be for that?

Years ago, Dr. Judith Reisman exposed the fraud of Dr. Alfred Kinsey.

The only way Kinsey could have gathered the data for his “Sexual Behavior and the Human Male,” on how children and even infants supposedly enjoy and benefit from sex, is by interviewing perverts and child abusers, or conducting the perversions themselves. Yet, sex with sub-teens is surely on some future progressive agenda.

One suspects the Times does not really have any moral objection to what Weiner is up to on his cellphone.

The Times just does not want the city it celebrates as America’s citadel of progressivism to be made a staple of late night comedians — and a running joke for the rest of us out here in Cracker Country.

However, as America needs to see where progressivism is leading what we used to call God’s country, perhaps it might be well if New York came out of the closet by electing the ticket of Carlos Danger and Client No. 9.

To borrow a political slogan from ’72 : “Weiner & Spitzer — Now More Than Ever!”

 

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Pat Buchanan

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Patrick Buchanan is a conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?.

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  • Barrysullivan1

    My analysis of our culture is “There is no bottom of the barrel when it comes to perversion and immorality once a belief in God is abandoned.” The current political situation in New York is my latest piece of evidence to support my thesis.

  • Tom Dundee

    Do We Have A Right To Be Outraged?
    We have a right to be outraged. Does this shock me? Not in the least. While disgusting, it is all too common and almost the needed ticket of entry into Liberal politics. To be outraged, a person would need standards and values to work towards.
    “It is a private matter and not related to his job performance”. That was the Liberal mantra during the Clinton years. I almost said scandals; but the Liberals were scandalized and they held the majority. When I say Liberals, I am including a number of Republicans.
    Gone are the days when we wanted our kids to grow up to be President. I believe there is a book out explaining this mentality, “Defining Deviancy Downward”, though the author’s name escapes me at the moment. I will look and post it later because I do not want to lose this.

  • Tom Dundee

    The first step in this was to remove God from our lives which began in the 1880s with Nietzche’s pronouncement “God Is Dead”.
    GK Chesterton explains why this was necessary to advance Liberalism. Chesterton was not a Liberal.
    “When we cease to worship God, we do not then worship nothing, we worship anything”.
    It went from Nietzche to the present and you see where it has led us. Books have been written on this topic, and I will not attempt to summarize the concept.

  • Louden Redinger

    Let’s recall what happened in Sodom and Gomorra, I believe what is happening in the United States has exceeded what happened in those two sinful places.

  • Therese

    While I am plenty annoyed with the impotence of the Republican party, I am repulsed by the financial and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic party.

  • Richard III

    That’s exactly what I heard from a great priest I know. He continued that if we keep going in our rot and filth, God’s either going to have to severely chastise us or else do some serious apologizing to S and G.

  • Richard III

    America is indeed mentally and morally sick, and I am physically sickened by it.

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