“The issue is now quite clear. It is between light and darkness and every one must choose his side.” G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Paul Ryan: Planned Parenthood's Worst Nightmare

It took less than 48 hours  for Planned Parenthood to roll out their first anti-Paul Ryan commercial.

It's a combination of the "Republican war on women" scare tactics over contraception and abortion, with the traditional Democratic scare-tactics over Ryan's proposals concerning the reform of Medicare and Medicaid.

What's interesting is that this commercial runs counter to the standard narrative in the media about the Ryan selection.  According to most of the commentators--left, right, and center--Romney's selection of Ryan indicated that the election was going to be about the"big question" that face us as a nation.  Question of how to achieve economic growth; reduce the deficit; reform entitlements; reduce spending.  Basic dollars and cents, role of government issues that we've needed to talk about for years.  But except for the Medicare/Medicaid issue, there's no mention of any of these issues.  President Obama has said almost nothing about entitlement reform, but he has spoken much about the need to provide free contraceptives to women.  Why?

The answer is very simple.  For Planned Parenthood and their radical secularist allies (such as the President), this election is not about the economy.  It's not about jobs.  It's not about deficit reduction and entitlement reform.

It's about survival.  Their survival.  They are concerned about the loss of taxpayer's money, it's true;  but the simple fact of the matter is that the loss of federal monies for Planned Parenthood will not lead to their closing their doors (unfortunately).  Planned Parenthood is a huge, billion dollar non-profit that gets 2/3 of its income from private sources.  So, why the violent reaction to Romney-Ryan?

Ultimately, Planned Parenthood and groups like them are concerned about the erosion of their constituency.  If people begin to question the secularist sexual orthodoxy, then their survival is at risk. Secularists, being at heart totalitarians, cannot tolerate (ironic, no?) anyone who would question their views.  Thus, the Catholic Church must be forced to provide contraceptives; abortion must be accepted as necessary for women's health;  same-sex marriage must be accepted by everyone.  With Paul Ryan, there is someone on a major party ticket who in his speech and his life rejects the secularist orthodoxy.  In their view, he is a heretic;  and since we don't burn heretics anymore, he must be destroyed.  Lest he be elected and destroy what they worked so hard to build.

And that is what this election is really about for Planned Parenthood and their radical secularist allies. It's about the survival of a sexual ethos made possible over the last several decades by the contraception and abortions they've provided.  It's about the survival of a culture where individual choice and personal pleasure are the highest ideals.  It's about the survival of a society constructed on the dead bodies of millions of aborted babies, on families shattered by divorce, on relationships ruined by pornography, on the lives of teenagers affected by unplanned pregnancies and the spread of resistant strains of STDs, and children whose innocence was stolen by perverts who turned them into sexual playthings (yes, I'm including those in a Church). 

I'm sure Planned Parenthood would say they were either not responsible for these things, or they were an unfortunate byproduct of the creation of a new and better world.  After all, Joseph Stalin once said, "If you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs."  Well, the chickens have come home to roost.

If the election is not about the economy for Planned Parenthood, what does that mean for us?  It means that for us, our primary concern should not be the economy;  it should not be about government spending; it should not be about deficit reduction or entitlement reform.  These are important, but there are bigger issues--eternal issues--at stake.  While we should know the details of Romney's five point economic plan, even more important;y we should know Pope Benedict's non-negotiables for Catholics.  This election is about two visions for our country.  One vision will continue to promote and expand the "Culture of Death"; the other will promote the spread of a "Culture of Life."  We do have a stark choice this election; it's the same choice Moses gave 5000 years ago:
I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live:...(Deut. 30:19, D-R)

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