November 6: The Dark Night of the Soul

By: David Bozeman
For how low we have sunk culturally, consider that the administrations of   FDR, JFK, Johnson and even Clinton at least aspired to bigger things:    national greatness, establishing a Peace Corps and other public service   projects, landing a man on the moon, etc., and, in so doing, asked   something of each of us.  “Ask not what your country can do for you. .   . ” has morphed into bi-lingual radio ads touting food stamps and free   cell phones.  Republicans certainly bear much of the blame for their   election night blowout, but with an adolescent-oriented culture hostile to   conservative Republican principles, Mitt Romney should be congratulated for   convincing 48% of the electorate to vote for him.
To say that liberalism and the Democratic Party appeal to our baser   instincts misses the larger point.  They actually rob citizens of their   individuality.  We’re all demographics now: race, ethnicity, gender, red   state/blue state, and some of us can expect to be courted heavily in the   coming years, and some of us will be written off, as we are no longer   profitable to the major parties.
That has always been at least somewhat true in political warfare, but   only a coarsened society would exhort voting “as if your lady parts   depended on it.”  Setting aside the fact that birth control was never   even an issue, lowering the concept of womanhood to the common   denominator of primal sexual functions is far more demeaning than racy photos   and off-color jokes in the workplace.  To opine that a woman needs a   husband constitutes sexism, to state that she needs the protection of Barack   Obama nets you a prime-time slot at the Democratic Convention.  Eleanor   Roosevelt step aside, make way for Sandra Fluke, Ashley Judd and sex tips from   Cosmopolitan magazine.
Moving to the economy, the you-didn’t-build-that philosophy of our   president does not extol economic liberty or individual achievement,   and our citizen- of- the- world leader rarely celebrates American   exceptionalism.  The Kennedy/Johnson ’60′s gave us The New Frontier and   The Great Society, concepts that could conceivably inspire.  2012 offers   the banal, navel-gazing chants of hope and change and the lethargy induced by   the super-annoying concept of ‘the new normal.’
The down-side of a post-judgmental society is that when we are all the   same, we surrender our individuality.  Super-spy James Bond, created 60   years ago by Ian Fleming as a dark-haired lothario, is now blonde and dropping   hints that he’s a man’s man in more than one sense, if you get my drift   (granted, a minor controversy, in the newly released Skyfall).    Pornographers and reality stars now share the bestseller lists with   presidential biographers.  No distinctions, no censored titles, we’re all   part of a greater cosmic, open borders whole.  Why not wallow in the   gutter, our diluted culture harbors no hang-ups and may offer a reality show,   punctuated in an election year with a preponderance of ads for Democrats.
It was this brazen, collectivized worldview that won the election.    In an Obama-nized world, he is the star and we are merely extras.    Ideally, it is the quirks, passions and unpredictability of everyday people   that paint a nation’s landscape, and they still do.  But American   leadership no longer speaks to us individually, rather it herds us into   government health care, higher tax rates, dependency and the trenches of class   warfare.
The brown-nosing hall monitors of civic discourse remind the   opposition to accept defeat gracefully, but one must never surrender, because,   for the integrity of the individual soul to survive, it must guard itself   every day from the crude, common and collectivist impulses of   a tumultuous world.

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