I don’t watch Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC.
In fact, I don’t watch MSNBC.
There’s a simple reason for that.
If you lived through the Cold War like I did, you might remember why so many Soviet citizens didn’t watch Pravda or Izvestia, the official newspapers of the totalitarian state. “Pravda” is the Russian word for “truth.” And “Izvestia” is the Russian word for news. The more discerning Soviet citizens used to say, “There is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.”
Neither is there any truth or news at MSNBC – or the Huffington Post or CNN or CBS or NBC or ABC or the New York Times, for that matter.
I do keep up on what these outlets have to say, thanks to the Internet.
It’s often pretty bizarre, as it was last week, when Maddow “reported,” and I use that term loosely, that “radical conspiracy theorist Joseph Farah has been boycotting CPAC in recent years because organizers did not want him to host a panel questioning President Obama’s citizenship. This year, Farah has been ‘welcomed back with open arms.’ GOProud, a gay conservative group, meanwhile, has been rejected as a CPAC sponsor.” She went on to say that means “gays must be kept at arm’s length.”
You will note that Maddow never explains why I am deemed a “radical conspiracy theorist.” She completely misrepresents why I chose not to participate in CPAC for the last two years. And she equates rejecting the sponsorship of a group that promotes hate-crimes laws, same-sex marriage and open participation by homosexuals, transgendereds, lesbians and transvestites in the U.S. military with bigotry against homosexuals.
These kinds of attacks are discouraging to many conservatives. Not me. I assume, when I hear them, that I must be getting under the skin of the extremists and liars who hurl them.
But some conservatives are so concerned about what is being said about them in the media that they stop articulating their moral positions clearly. They start to fudge. They try to soften their rhetoric. They dumb down their objections to radical social ideas.
Even at an event like CPAC you see it.
It’s headlined, “Are conservatives beginning to admit defeat on same-sex marriage?”
It might be wishful thinking on the part of the author, a very smart, radical homosexual talk-show host by the name of Michelangelo Signorile, but I suspect there is some measure of truth in it.
“Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King has in the past attacked same-sex marriage vehemently, ever since the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that marriage is a right for gays and lesbians in the Iowa Constitution,” Signorile writes. “He’s said it is ‘a purely socialist concept.’ He’s said it was an ‘active effort to desecrate a sacrament of the church.’ He even said it would lead to children being ‘raised in warehouses.’ But at the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend, King seemed to be singing a different tune.
“‘I never made the case that had to do with the social component in this,’ he told me in an interview, seeming to contradicting his previous statements while projecting a softer position on the issue. ‘I made the legal case. We had a supreme court that determined that they could find rights in the constitution that up to this point were unimagined.’
“King went on to say that he wanted a vote on the issue in Iowa, and that he would accept the outcome even if marriage for gays were approved. He in fact appears to have accepted marriage equality in New York, where the legislature passed a law rather than a court handing down a decision, noting that ‘that’s a different story’ from what happened in Iowa. And King even seemed to imply he’d accept a legislative vote that affirmed gay marriage in Iowa, noting other legislative actions that went against his beliefs but which he accepted.
“‘If it’s a legitimate legislative action that is constitutional, I would be OK with it,’ he said.”
Signorile goes on to suggest Michele Bachmann “toed this line too when I spoke to her, attacking the Prop 8 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – a common target of conservatives – rather than gay marriage itself, as did Oklahoma GOP Sen. Inhofe, who has staunchly attacked gay marriage in the past.”
I’m not judging those Signorile quotes, because he has his own agenda. But I’ve witnessed this kind of equivocation before.
What explains this kind of moral tap dance other than fear of the media – fear of being labeled a “bigot,” a “homophobe,” a “radical conspiracy theorist” or worse?
Have conservatives given up on the eternal truths?
Have conservatives become utilitarian political pragmatists without core convictions about God-ordained institutions like marriage?
Have conservatives – even the best of them – gone wobbly in the knees because of the likes of Rachel Maddow and a media hellbent on destroying America’s foundations?
Does anyone have the guts any more to just say homosexuality is a self-destructive sin and that idea of same-sex “marriage” is an abomination?