Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

No Sooner are the Words Out of my Mouth

      Then I come across Richard Cohen's latest Washington Post column, tying in nicely with my previous post.

      Cohen starts off with faint praise:
I intend no harsh assessment of the late pope since, above all, I admired and respected him. He was that abstraction very close to my heart -- a political (not cultural) liberal -- who hated communism and disliked rapacious capitalism and confronted authoritarian regimes wherever he found them. He cherished human life and for that reason opposed the death penalty as well as abortion -- a moral lesson to our own president. On the war in Iraq, he was indistinguishable from many liberals here. He simply opposed it. He indirectly confronted the church's lamentable record on anti-Semitism by recognizing Israel and making innumerable statements of understanding and commiseration -- the easy stuff, I think. Still, it was something.

      So, John Paul was a moral lesson to W., because he opposed the death penalty.  But not to liberals, who have nothing to learn about hating communism, confronting authoritarian regimes, or abortion.  Must be nice to be perfect.

      Now comes the real point of the column:
But he was also the author of 14 encyclicals and numerous rulings whose net effect was to make the church stubbornly conservative on issues that matter to us all.

      . . . I am referring now to his implacable opposition to birth control -- not just abortion, mind you, but the mere use of condoms. In January, for instance, a spokesman for Spain's Catholic bishops, Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said in Madrid that "the time has come for a joint strategy in the prevention of such a tragic pandemic as AIDS, and contraception has a place" in that fight. The next day the church said the spokesman had misspoken. "It is impossible to advise the use of condoms," the bishops said in a statement.

      And which part of the Pope's argument does Cohen disagree with?  'Argument?  What's that?'  The Pope is wrong, the Church is wrong, you needn't discuss the matter because COHEN HAS SPOKEN.  As for the consequences to the world if the Church did change it's policy, that needn't be discussed either.  The liberals like Cohen have decided that the consequences would be good, and wishing makes it so.

      Cohen notes that Europe has abandoned almost all respect for the traditional values of the Church.  He hasn't noticed that European civilization is dying.  If it was pointed out to him, he wouldn't make any connection between the impending death and the change in values.

      In the U.S., liberalism is also dying.  "Rock the Vote" holds rallies on Social Security reform, explaining why the current system must not be changed (that's what the MSM regard as "non-partisan"), and most attendees have gray hair.  In the U.S., life expectancy for those who make it past the dying young years is about 85 (for those who've reached 85, it's about 90; only a very few will live to age 100).  There are liberals who vote as if FDR were on the ticket, and in some cases, literally think FDR is on the ticket -- why should being senile prevent you from voting?  Half of them will die in the next five years, most of the rest will die in the six years after that.

      So the Democrats need to make inroads among the young.  Whom your parents voted for is a good determinant of whom you will most likely vote for.  Well, the liberals aren't reproducing themselves, except for minority voters who are socially conservative, and who are creeping towards the GOP.  Cohen won't connect that fact with the liberals' rejection of traditional values either.




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