By Jackie Moreau | Watchdog Arena
Ordinarily, when student groups visit their state Capitol, they do so to learn more about the political process. In Colorado, however, high school students with a nonprofit called “Colorado Youth Matter” were busy visiting their legislators the day before the vote on a bill that would continue a grant for free methods of birth control.
Implemented in 2008 with a multi-year grant requiring no appropriation from the state of Colorado, the Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) program makes intrauterine devices (IUD) and hormonal implant contraceptives available at low or no cost to women between the ages of 15 and 24 throughout the state, targeting communities with high poverty rates. The grant that funds the LARC program, administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is due to sunset in June of this year. Those advocating for continuing the LARC program have worked with legislators to create House Bill 15-1194, also known as the “IUD Bill,” requiring a new appropriation of $5 million per year from the general fund.
Colorado Youth Matter, funded in-part by the state of Colorado, receives 16 percent of its monies through the Colorado Department of Human Services. The federal Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) operates under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act, and allots public health dollars to be given to programs aiming to decrease rates of teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted disease, and related instances of school dropout. Colorado Youth Matter, which coordinates closely with other family planning and pro-choice advocates, is one such program.
Colorado Youth Matter scheduled their “Capitol Action Day” on March 9, in anticipation of the vote on HB 15-1194 that was originally scheduled for March 10. Youth Matter coordinator Taylor Stein made appointments for high school students to meet with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
One legislator indicated that the meeting with Colorado Youth Matter high school students consisted primarily of advocacy for the IUD bill. According to the legislator’s account, the students opened by asking for support for the LARC program and remained largely focused on the bill and related issues. The young men and women from both rural and urban Colorado high schools came armed with talking points and statistics gleaned from a number of reproductive rights websites, and lobbied the legislator on this specific bill.
The stated mission of Colorado Youth Matters is “WISE,” an acronym for “Working to Institutionalize Sex-education,” and it has branches in several Colorado school districts. The group finds interested participants through their Teen Outreach Program(TOP), and the CREATE, a national voter registration drive. Colorado Youth Matter offers ‘mini grants’ of $3,000-$5,000 to two or three school districts annually to implement comprehensive sex-education programs, despite the fact that, in 2013, Democrats in the Colorado Legislature passed a bill creating a new grant program tofund comprehensive sex-education programs for school districts which wanted it as part of their health curricula.
The Personal Responsibility Education Program, under which Colorado Youth Matter functions, awards grants to organizations which educate young people on abstinence and contraception, and seek to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Its title, however, denotes more learning and less activism.
To date, HB 15-1194 is waiting in the Colorado House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. If passed through that body it will then go to the Senate, which has a Republican majority.
This article was written by a contributor of Watchdog Arena, Franklin Center’s network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists.
Reposted with permission by Reagangirl.com 3/21/15
In October, terminally ill cancer patient, Brittany Maynard, became the face of the assisted suicide movement in our country. Brittany had stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most deadly form of brain cancer and was given six-months to live.
After her diagnosis, Brittany decided to move from her California home to Oregon so she could have access to lethal drugs to use to take her life. Oregon is one of five states, along with New Mexico, Montana, Washington, and Vermont that allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Tragically, on November 2nd, Brittany legally ended her own life with a lethal dose of Phenobarbital.
A Colorado lawmaker is proposing a bill to allow assisted suicide in our state.
The death with dignity bill is still being drafted but it already has a lot of people talking, 7NEWS Anchor Christine Chang reported.
Colorado Representative Joann Ginal is behind the effort. Over the weekend, Ginal talked with a group up in Fort Collins about the bill, which could be modeled after Oregon’s death with dignity law.
Earlier this month 29-year-old Brittany Maynard decided to take her own life in that state. The Colorado-based group ‘Compassion & Choices’ helped with Maynard’s end-of-life plan.
According to the Reporter Herald, Rep. Ginal said the reaction has been mostly positive but some people have expressed concerns. She says the bill will have protections and that only the patient can make the final decision.
However, what many don’t know about the “compassionate” group is that they advocate for the “right to die” for people who are not even terminal. On their website, they promote a practice called VSED, which instructs elderly people to stop eating and taking liquids if they want to kill themselves.
This is already happening in the Netherlands and Belgium where the mentally ill are being euthanized.
Even putting moral, religious, and ethical question aside, supporting assisted suicide has serious ramifications. This is because it goes too far and begs the question, “Where do you draw the line?” If a terminal patient can end their life, why can’t a person who is suffering from a severe handicap? And who gets to decide when it’s a patient’s time to die?
For now, in some U.S. states the prescription is available to qualifying terminally ill patients; but one might argue that clinically depressed patients should have access to the lethal pill because they simply cannot keep going.
For now, the pill is considered “safe” because no one can force you to take it or coerce you into it; but how can the government ensure that this will actually not occur? And for now, the lethal concoction is a “choice” for patients who are sick and want to end their life. Simply put, there are not enough ways to safeguard against abuse of this practice and it completely goes against the medical profession which vows to “do no harm.”
Ultimately, “Death with Dignity” is a step toward an ugly future, which includes killing unwilling victims because it is a “kind and merciful” act. It includes patients who are suffering with mental illness killing themselves with the help of doctors; and it includes the handicapped, elderly and sick being taken advantage of by others who wish for their demise.
In Oregon, depressed people have died by assisted suicide, and patients, who were denied medical treatment, were steered to assisted suicide by the state health plan. Oregon resident Jeanette Hall, who was terminally ill and wanted assisted suicide, is alive today because her doctor convinced her to try medical treatment.
ACTION: To help stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Colorado, contact Colorado Citizens for Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reposted by Reagangirl.com 11/18/14
Once Upon a Time in the Pacific Theater there were four sailors. These young men had been out to sea for months and were relieved and excited to find that they would be docking at a beautiful and exotic, though somewhat infamous, port the next day. They would have 24 hours of shore leave to relax and become acquainted with the residents of this alluring locale. The four sailor were:
Brains Bailey, who prided himself on worldly knowledge,
Lucky Lewis, who always seemed to have good luck on his side,
Slick Sullivan, who had a way of getting information–and other things he wanted–from anyone,
Goody Gibson, so named because the other sailors mocked him for his kind demeanor and moral character.
When the vessel docked, the captain of the ship gave his men the perfunctory, “Shore Leave Lecture,” warning the men not to play certain games with the natives on shore. “Men,” said the captain, “those tempting women in this port city will rob you of your wealth and your health. Don’t risk either on a brief evening of fun.”
The seasoned captain knew that his words would go unheeded by many, however, the men had their rights, and now had their 24 hour liberty to do as they pleased while the ship was in port.
The four friends, Brains, Lucky, Slick and Goody, gathered a few items, some cash, and prepared to disembark.
Brains, the most assertive of the group said to his friends, “Well boys, what did you think of the Cap’s little talk? He thinks he knows everything! Well, I’ve studied about this place. I read in a book that the women are beautiful, and very virtuous. I betcha they’ve been saving themselves for a guy just like me!”
Lucky replied, “I’m not worried, not worried at all! Even if there are one or two women who have a gift I’d rather not open, I am certain I won’t meet em. My luck has always protected me. I’m gonna find a gal who has never played before, and I’m gonna teach her all about what it means to get Lucky!”
Slick interjected, “Big deal! Brains reads books, Lucky thinks he can always escape the bad stuff because he’s a fortunate guy, but I got somethin’ better. I can read people. I can look a girl in the eyes and see her soul. Once I read a woman, all I have to do is ask a couple questions, butter ‘er up real sweet like. If she’s damaged goods, I’m outta there. If she tells me what I wanna hear, I’m all in.”
Goody listened skeptically and in his quiet manner, turned up the corner of his mouth in a subtle smirk. Though he loved his buddies, he had little faith in their ingenious plans to get away with defying the captain’s warning.
“Yo Goody,” called out Brains, “whatcha gonna do for the next 24 hours, find an orphanage and help the nuns change diapers?” The three men howled with laughter, but Goody just smiled politely and nodded his head as if to say, “maybe.”
Once ashore, the men found a restaurant and ate a delicious and exotic meal, then they dispersed. Brains, Lucky and Slick headed to the bustling, mysterious avenues of ill-repute. Goody, on the other hand, found a theater and laughed through a movie whose subtitles made no sense. He found strange and fascinating artifacts in a museum. And along his way he passed an orphanage with children playing in the courtyard where he handed out some sticks of gum until his gum was all gone. At the end of the liberty, the exhausted men returned to the ship.
Two weeks later Goody was called into meet with the captain. He wondered timidly if he had done something wrong during his liberty in the exotic port city. “Petty Officer Gibson, please have a seat,” directed the captain. “I’m concerned that you may need medical attention and you’re too embarrassed to visit the infirmary.”
“No Sir,” said Goody, “I feel fine. Why would you think I need to see the doc?”
“Well,” said the captain, shifting in his chair, “your friends, the three other sailors, Bailey, Lewis and Sullivan, have been getting treatments from the doc for some, uh, problems they picked up on shore.”
“Oh.” said Goody.
“It’s quite serious, Gibson. Bailey and Lewis picked up a disease that could affect their future families, if you know what I mean. Sullivan is getting some shots as well, but even more seriously, he was mugged and hit on the head by the girl…well…the prostitute he visited on shore.”
“Captain, I didn’t know. Brains, Lucky and Slick were mum.” said Goody, concerned.
“Are you all right son?” said the captain.
“Oh yes, Sir, I’m fine. I went to a movie and a museum and visited some kids at an orphanage while ashore. But thanks for thinking about me.” said Goody.
“I can understand why your buddies would be mum, seeing that you had a good time without bringing any extra baggage back to the ship with you, if you know what I mean.”
“Yes, Sir, I know what you mean.” said Goody.
“Thank you , son. I appreciate that at least one young man took my “Shore Leave Lecture” to heart. It will save you a world of hurt in the long run.”
And thus goes the parable of the Four Sailors at Liberty.
It’s not necessary for a person to know everything about the people around them. It’s not necessary to have luck on your side. It’s not necessary to be able to read the intentions of people. For, when a person employs a set of good principles, such as personal chastity and the pursuit of wholesome recreation, he is protected from the unknown and the unintended. High standards of personal conduct, and living by moral principles every day, is the best protection from the woes of a diseased and deceptive world.
by Marjorie Haun 6/30/14
This is an actual conversation that took place in my home.
Daughter of ReaganGirl: Guess what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian named their baby.
ReaganGirl: Who are they?
DR: I can’t believe you know don’t know who Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are.
RG: Well, I don’t watch much TV.
DR: So they named their kid…
DR: No, “North.” Get it, “North West?”
RG: Why didn’t they name it “Wild?”
DR: Yeah, “Wyld,” with a ‘Y.’
RG: Wyld West would have been catchier.
DR: I don’t know why Kanye likes Kim Kardashian, she’s such a tramp, and he’s so talented.
RG: So, did they get married before they made this “North West” baby?
DR: Of course not. Nobody gets married these days. They just have a baby and go on to the next victim.
This mother-daughter summarizes the well from which all our cultural and economic woes spring; sexual immorality, fornication, and the trivialization of traditional marriage.
White weddings used to represent moral purity, but now virginity is considered to be the unfortunate state of a sexually deficient single. The symbolic white of weddings has lost its power, as the wedding night has lost its significance. Fornication is commonplace among available singles and more attention is paid to “safe sex” than to spiritual and emotional preparation for a lifelong commitment.
But the commandments of God have not changed and white weddings for couples who ignore the godly Law of Chastity are a mockery.
Moral chastity is the attitude that sexual love and procreation are sacred, our most direct connections to God. Sex is the key to our creatorship. Sexuality is the force behind our individuality, and the source of our creativity in all realms of thought and application. But to misuse our sexuality, to debase our most creative and godlike aspects , leads to damaging behaviors and personal human misery. The Commandment, “Thou shalt commit adultery or anything like unto it,” was not instituted to restrain human enjoyment, but to unleash their potential for joy and the highest aspirations of human existence.
These values are Judeo-Christian values. Most Conservatives of the Reagan ilk of social/fiscal conservatism preach these values. But I’m astounded by how many great Conservatives fail to live them. It is a form of hypocrisy when those Conservatives who espouse personal morality choose to overlook the Seventh Commandment. How is it that the central value of social conservatism is optional to those whose identify themselves as socially conservative?
The words “Under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance by an act of Congress in 1954 after the Knights of Columbus campaigned to include a tribute to the Creator, as spoken of in the Declaration of Independence. This was an inspired act. God, one could say, was taken for granted in American culture until this time. But the 1950’s were the last years during which the cultural tide flowed in the direction of God and morality. The ensuing decades brought about the “sexual revolution,” the legalization of abortion, sex education in schools, and the diminished roles of God and religion in private and public life. Those who believe that marriage and traditional values matter, find themselves swimming against an increasingly hostile current.
The role of God has shrunk in American life as the government has grown. As God has taken a back seat to secularism and relativistic political values, individual liberty and the very consequence of human life have been diminished to the point where government has become arbiter of who is free and who is in bondage to the state; who lives and who dies.
If Conservatives and Conservatism–the memory and popularity of Ronald Reagan serving to symbolize the movement to restore America as a cultural and economic force for good–are key to taking our government out of the hands of tyrants, and restoring it to a government of the people, then Conservatives must become the moral people of whom our Founders spoke. John Adams wrote:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The Constitution is voided when We the People lose our moral standing with God. Too many who call themselves “socially conservative” fail to meet the requirements of self-regulation, personal virtue, and observance of the Laws of God.
I’ve been single for many years. I am celibate, and find no shame in that. My sexuality is the best, the most precious gift I have to offer as a Daughter of God. The Law of Chastity is a protection from a generation of ills, from epidemics of sexually-transmitted diseases, to dysfunctional views on the roles of men and women, and warped, self-centered notions about dating. When I preach Reagan Conservatism, I am living it as well. I try to keep avoid the terrible cost of selling my moral birthright to for a mess of hypocrisy.
by Marjorie Haun 2/11/14
The United States is always in crisis mode these days. These ongoing crises, it seems, can be traced, directly or indirectly, to the activities of government. America’s spiritual crisis is no different. In spite of the personal nature of the crisis of spirit that threatens our families, communities, and our national identity, its roots are the same Progressive ideology that has forced our economy into a tailspin.
The concept of limited government, as expressed in the Founding Documents, is one which promotes the individual, his life, liberty, and right to own property above all other considerations. Government in the Age of Obama has perilously diminished the importance of the individual, his rights to life and property, and his moral responsibility to himself and the civil society of which he is a part. As the value of the definite and distinct individual life dwindles, the indefinite and amorphous collective is exalted. And when this occurs, the life, liberty, and property if the individual may be confiscated, distributed, or eliminated according to the needs of the collective, with violence if necessary.
Obama’s progressive ideology and the policies which extend from it are antithetical to the principles of our Founding. Progressivism opposes God, diminishes the individual, punishes achievement, crushes incentive, and ultimately destroys hope. These forces, along with an increasingly depraved and godless culture, lie at the roots of despair and suicide in the Age of Obama.
What is the relationship between Obama’s big government policies and the conditions that lead to increased suicide rates?
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Mesa County, Colorado–my home–suffered a record number of suicides in 2012. The number is very likely under-reported and medical examiners try to protect families by withholding details of the circumstances surrounding suicides from reporters. As of January 6, two additional suicides (one of which was an acquaintance of mine) had occurred in this semi-rural, medium-sized town. There is ordinarily an uptick in suicides following the excitement of the Holidays. But if the trend continues, my Western Colorado home will have to withstand another grim record year.
Leftist policies separate us from God. Leftist/Progressive ideology supplants with the power and authority of God with the power and authority of the state. It teaches that the state is the source wisdom and morality, and the means of physical security, and that man will be judged, not according to the Commandments of God, but by the moral Decalogue of the ‘collective good.’
Mental and emotional health are inseparable from a strong sense of identity and self-worth. Myriad factors can be identified that bring an individual to the point of utter hopelessness, but one cannot ignore the compounding effects of a godless culture and a government determined to destroy the achievement and wealth of its citizens.
by Marjorie Haun 2/5/14
DIRTY LAUNDRY: Forward Montana created the ‘Vote F*cker’ campaign to let young voters know that casting ballots isn’t just for the elderly.
By Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens | Watchdog.org
Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative.
The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan.
Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar above partisan politics. “Not left. Not right. But Forward,” preaches the site of The Bus Project’s Montana affiliate, Forward Montana.
A look under the hood reveals something far less innocuous: a hyper-partisan structure dedicated solely to turning America’s West blue.
And these buses, rolling in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Washington, are gassed up thanks to labor unions and left-wing foundations.
BUS PASS: Jefferson Smith founded the project as a way to engage younger voters.
Oregon Democrat Jefferson Smith founded The Bus Project in 2001 to mobilize and register young voters, who often bypass the polls in large numbers. That’s where the innovative and unique approach came into play. The groups often use oddball tactics to persuade young voters, who tend to vote for more liberal and progressive candidates, to the polls.
The Colorado branch, New Era Colorado, produced thisYoutube video encouraging voters in that state to cast their ballots naked. The original Portland-based group created the “Vote, F*cker” campaign to send a message that casting ballotsisn’t solely for the elderly.
The group was wildly successful, so much so that its legend crossed borders.
“Further proof of the organization’s success was the change in majority party of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006,” wrote Democrats in Idaho, who hosted Smith at a banquet in late October.
The Idaho Democrats, though, failed to mention which party held the Oregon House after the Bus Project’s furious registration push in 2006.
It was the Democrats.
That should come as no surprise, though, considering the project’s funding and union-linked board members.
Much of the group’s funding comes from liberal foundations bent on pushing America toward a progressive utopia.
In 2010, the project received $257,000 from the Tides Foundation, a piggy bank of sorts for all things liberal. Tides gave the project another $193,000 in 2012, according to the foundation’s documents. The Tides cash made up nearly 50 percent of the group’s budget last year.
Tides also funneled $10,000 last year to Forward Montana’s 501(c)4 arm.
The Oregon Education Association, the state’s public teachers union, also picked up some of the tab for the group’s work. According to the project’s 2012 financial report, the labor union donated an undisclosed amount.
But the ties between left-wing causes and the project hardly end with money. Boards for the groups are full of Democratic and union operatives.
Three of the nine politicos who sit on the Oregon chapter’s board are affiliated with labor unions, including the Joe Baessler, the political director for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 75. Forward Montana boastsa uniquely accomplished bunch of Democratic players, including John Bacino, chief of strategy for his state’s Democratic Party. The Montana board also features two members who operative Hilltop Public Solutions, a ruthless political consulting firm with ties to dark money based in Billings.
Research did turn up one obvious connection to a politico who isn’t a union member or Democrat — former Montana state Rep. John Brueggeman.
Watchdog.org couldn’t find any other ties to Republicans or conservatives.
SHHH: Bus Project Director Tara Sulzen declined to answer questions about her group’s partisan ties.
The group isn’t interested in answering questions about its façade of nonpartisan work.
“I don’t care to comment at this time,” said Tara Sulzen, executive director of the Oregon chapter.
Calls and emails to the affiliated groups in Montana, Colorado and Washington were not returned.
Greg Leo, spokesman for the Oregon Republican Party, said his party believes the Bus Project is hardly the nonpartisan outfit the project professes to be.
“We do not perceive them as nonpartisan,” he said. “We think it’s hard for them to say that with a straight face. I mean, like, who are you kidding? It’s fair to say they areDemocrat Party-oriented and that they really are a subsidiary of the Democratic Party of Oregon.”
Leo said voter registration is integral to election victory.
“Voter registration is one of the most important things that political parties can do,” he said. “It’s really the determining factor for victory in so many seats.”
Leo’s comments, though, may have been tinged with a hint of jealousy. He suggested this his party is developing its own voter registration tactics.
“We look at the Bus Project as kind of what the folks on the other side of the aisle have done,” he said. “This is not a frivolous matter. This is a serious matter in that serious activities and money and attention needs to be directed at voter registration activities.”
Contact Dustin Hurst at Dustin@Watchdog.org
by J. A. Hunsinger
A generation may be defined as the time between the birth of one generation and the birth of the next, generally twenty-five years. For my generation that equates to our children and their children, or about fifty years, give or take. Changes have occurred from one generation to the next since the beginning of time.
The changes that have occurred in civil society during my life–some 70+ years–are profound. I have seen the general disintegration of civility, manners, morals, honesty, integrity, an ingrained desire to be law-abiding, love of country, the work ethic that made the USA what it is, a belief in God that has forged this Republic in the crucible of fire; well, you get the idea. I could go on and on.
The USA is in an advanced state of disintegration and degeneration brought about by moral decay. Any public mention of God seems to be an antipathy to the Godless socialist’s hue and cry throughout the land, never mind that this country was founded on religious principles or that His Name is prominently displayed on our government buildings and throughout our founding documents.
Our society has become all about ME; what’s in it for ME, while we watch the very fabric of our once great social order crumble around us. We have plunged into a cesspool where homosexuals marry one another – to pass themselves off as somehow normal when they are an aberration of nature; young women abort their offspring because they don’t want to be bothered with the responsibility of rearing a new life.
Half the people in the country voted a man into the office of the Presidency for a second term who is the most unqualified, do-nothing individual to ever hold the office. He presides over an Executive branch of government administered by his fiat administration with an army of czars doing God knows what at every turn, facilitated by a corrupt Congress, and an inept Judiciary. Why was he elected: because he promised them Free Stuff? He and his minions espouse socialism, a system that has never worked in all of human history, vilifying the capitalistic system that has made this country great. Capitalism has set the US and other industrialized countries above the fray for generations, allowing them to feed and protect the less fortunate the world over. When comparing the two systems, realize that socialist countries feed and care for nobody save themselves and just barely at that. Their system of government allows for no excess, there is nothing left to help humanity. And, that is where the USA is headed, into the dark abyss of socialism.
How did all this come about in the space of 50 to 60-years? It didn’t, it actually began with that much revered socialist Abraham Lincoln. Now that the inexorable process of infiltrating our schools from beginning to end–the indoctrination process begins in kindergarten–all levels of government, and every social institution with the tenants of National Socialism is complete, the grand scheme has finally bubbled up to the attention of the myopic American people, well, some of them. The current President’s minions are working day and night to drive a stake into the heart of what remains of this Republic.
Unlike today, when I was a young man they had lots of trouble shoving the benefits of socialism down our throats. We met them on battlefields across the globe to stop the overt takeover of everything we held dear. Thanks to our socialist politicians we have not won an engagement–war is won when the enemy is mostly dead and completely defeated—since August 1945, the day that WWII ended. Since then, wars end when we cut and run or some politician says it is over; it is kind of hard to separate the two when we lose either way. But, I digress; we were talking about having socialism shoved down our throats.
What, or who, instilled in the young–boys and girls—a desire to further the cause of liberty; to conduct ones self as dictated by society; to be honest and forthright; to be the boys and girls worthy of accepting the mantle of our free society? Our parents, the foundation of our family, did that, as parents had to the best of their abilities through each preceding generation. Both parents performed a job that is missing in too much of modern society; they reared their children. Most of that fell to the mother because she was with the children more, even after they began their schooling, while the father worked to make a living for the family. With so many on welfare and other hand-out programs, that too has changed; the incentive to work for a living is gone from many of our fellow citizens.
Webster defines rear: to bring up, foster. The last word in this definition, foster, is the key: to give parental care, nurture, to promote the growth or development of, encourage. What I have observed nowadays is exactly the opposite. When did the change in the way we rear children occur? When the mother went to work outside the home. Let me repeat that because it is a key to many of our current problems: when the mother went to work outside the home. Without the mother’s iron will, children went their own way; girls became more promiscuous—don’t think so, been to a high school lately; boys growing to manhood gradually became more feminine, so they could be more in-touch with modern females, many of whom grew to expect that men were no better than they, so why not make them less manly, or girly men, as a famous California public figure appropriately referred to them. This male metamorphosis, thankfully, did not affect every male, but it has affected too many, making many of them accepting of homosexual lifestyles, without the work ethic previous generations were imbued with, a lawless behavior that they apparently think is cool, without direction or guidance and seemingly without a goal in life. What is life without goals, without dreams?
By re-electing Obama, the American people have indicated their willingness to embrace socialism. The changes this administration is making without the consent of the governed will profoundly affect every aspect of our lives, forever altering the fabric of this Republic. You asked for it folks and he will give it to you. By 2016 you will no longer recognize your own country.
I was observing a teacher as she administered a math lesson to some second graders using three-dimensional geometric shapes which she kept in a basket. One of the boys reached in the basket and grabbed some items and began to play with them. “Don’t mess with my junk!” the teacher barked in a half-kidding tone. Titters and giggles erupted from the kids seated at the table and a couple of them muttered under their breath, “she said junk!”
My own children had to educate me about “junk,” which back in my day was referred to as the “family jewels,” and in formal terms is known as “genitalia.”
Any reference to human genitals carries with it a hint of ribald humor, but “family jewels” once denoted something also of value, to be protected and kept from harm. The modern reference of “junk” unfortunately mirrors a societal cheapening of human sexuality which is now regarded as something of fleeting purpose and dubious worth, and in the end, irreverently squalid.
Romantic love is the supreme endowment that sets people apart from their animal cousins. The capacity of man and woman to form lasting bonds of monogamy in a world rife with temptation, and to form a family and create a home in which children grow in the best circumstances possible is a wonderful thing. Sexual pairings that bind committed couples biologically, and continuously renew their emotional ties through intimate contact, provide the richest experiences life has to offer. But these notions have been lost in the popular culture of our age, and are mocked as either prudish or preposterous in the age of shacking up, no-fault divorce, and alternative lifestyles. The physical modesty of children is assaulted and broken down through sex education and continuous streams of obscenity coming from video games, movies, TV, the Internet, magazines, and parents without boundaries or moral values.
Contemporary euphemisms for immoral sexual conduct have softened and blended with the titles once reserved for holy matrimony and nuclear family. “Hooking up” is the fishy term for anonymous sexual liaisons with serial strangers. “Living with” someone has replaced the harsher “shacking up,” alluding to what, in my youth, was called “living in sin.” “Baby mamas” and “baby daddies” were just a few years ago known as “out of wedlock parents,” or “unwed mothers and fathers,” and a few decades ago, “fornicators, sluts, pigs” and “whores.” “Bastard” was the label once assigned babies born outside of marriage. When that term was deemed politically incorrect, they were called “illegitimate.” And today there is no distinction made at all between children whose parents are married and those whose parents are neither married, nor identifiable. The value of marriage and family has been all but destroyed in those populations where nearly 4 of 5 children are born without a daddy in their lives.
As mollifying terms referencing immoral behaviors and situations are used more and more often to appease the demands of political correctness, terminology which refers to the very private and cherished constituents of human sexuality coarsens. Media and entertainment are full of crude references to sex in all its varied forms, and the body parts involved. Nothing is sacrosanct, and the raunchiest terms are applied to those things which should be kept private and reverent while authentically vile and licentious activities are couched in approving language.
The downward spiral from “family jewels” to “junk” is more than just a byproduct of the acceptance of the profane and the desecration of the sacred, it signals an utter disengagement from God. Romantic love is the archetype through which men and women become most like God by becoming co-creators with Him. As human sexual identity has been dissipated through social movements including militant feminism, the recognition of homosexuals as a protected class, the transgender culture, and the normalization of other perversions, the idea that marriage and procreation are the highest of human aspirations has been minimized. As the function of sexuality has been increasingly estranged from God, the high purposes of courtship, romance, and marriage have given way to superficial and cursory bursts of carnal pleasure encouraged by a morally decadent culture. These behaviors inevitably lead to despair as disengagement from godly identity leads to increased depravity, and the individuals caught up in the degenerate culture are little more than dots of debris floating on a sea of meaninglessness and self-loathing.
Words mean things, and the language; the euphemisms of our age, reflect the state of the human spirit and how we regard ourselves and those attributes that are most personal, and should be the most godly. A teacher innocently using the term “junk,” and sending a gaggle of second graders into fits of titters may seem harmless and silly in and of itself, but it’s worth a little cultural self-assessment to try to understand why that which should be held in the highest regard, the “family jewels,” is now given the same title as cheap and dirty back alley rubbish.
by Marjorie Haun 5/11/13