An ender for Ted Cruz? Mocks banning contraception, large families December 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, contraception, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
Ted Cruz is, by his rhetoric and voting record, probably one of the more pro-life candidates running for office in the 2016 election. But even he seems to fail to comprehend the moral environment that leads to massive demand for abortion, and more specifically, the inextricable link between mass contraceptive use and a million-plus abortions a year.
In a recent stump speech in Iowa, Cruz – who had heretofore been my preferred candidate in a very weak field – mocked both the idea of “banning” contraceptives and, to some, the idea of having a large family. I have some in-laws who might take a bit of exception to the tittering Cruz elicited with his comment on being glad not to have 17 kids:
This underscores one of the conundrums of trying to vote as a Catholic. There are virtually no national level politicians who do not hold morally unacceptable positions. Cruz is about as conservative a candidate as there is the Repubnik field but we see here even he holds some seriously problematic positions. This is a gaping hole in his pro-life credentials, since contraception creates the moral and intellectual environment in which abortion thrives. Failed contraception is the primary reason for seeking out abortion (aside from the innate selfishness of the act). To claim to be against abortion while ridiculing the idea of limiting contraception is a fool’s errand and a completely untenable position.
As a political strategy I understand where Cruz is coming from. The “war on women” has always been made up, just like the current “rape epidemic” on college campuses is utterly made up, too. Both have been deliberate demonrat strategies to achieve electoral success. But I find Cruz’s logic and response flawed. He probably knows all too well, even were he inclined to work towards some kinds of limits on contraceptive availability, that to advocate for such would mean electoral death worse than threatening to do away with Social Security. Which is a dang sad commentary on our nation, Sandra Day O’Connor was not incorrect when she stated that the entire post-60’s revolution American lifestyle is built around contraception. So I get there is a strong political angle to this.
But at some point we’re going to have to have some pols who will be willing to recognize that this nation will never extricate itself from its current rapid slide into destruction unless some of these sacred shibboleths of the left and leftist inspired “conventional wisdom” are challenged. There are some fringe parties that are a bit more moral choice, but in the near term they are unlikely to have much success. There are radical options like secession but Texans are as addicted to contraception and any number of other moral evils as anyone else. I don’t see a lot of hope on the horizon for the conversion of this nation – because that’s absolutely what’s needed – short of some calamity that finally shakes people from their comfortably amoral lethargy and gets them to recognize the cancers eating away at this nations’ fabric.
Until then, I’ll remain politically active but excuse my cynicism if it all seems like window dressing and bread and circuses for the more intelligent.