The Republican establishment had a definite strategy. Stay away from controversial issues, focus on jobs and the economy, look high-minded, moderate, and presidential. Romney did that, brilliantly. Social cons went along. We implicitly agreed to lie low and vote, as long as our candidate discretely mentioned he was pro-life and pro-marriage. Then we crossed our fingers, said our prayers, and hoped the silent majority would arise.
Turns out, we're not a majority anymore. Turns out that social issues trump economic issues for the left. They don't care if the economy is in the toilet. They want abortion and free birth control and same-sex marriage. Like Marx, they're out to marginalize the Church and break down the family. Their voters want hand-outs, not personal responsibility.
The cultural and moral aggressions of the left have gone much farther than we'd hoped in eroding the foundations of the civil society.
Now we're facing, I fear, the break-up of the Republican Party. The establishment types will walk away from this defeat convinced that they have to further stifle and marginalize the social conservatives. And the social conservatives will be deeply persuaded that they have done far too much accommodating.
I, for one, think we have hardly begun to resist the evil and injustice of abortion and SSM. I now think we would have done better to lose decrying those than pretending they're side issues.
I also haven't been religious enough. I've put too much hope in princes. God forgive me.
Last night was a sleepless one for me. As usual, I tried to remedy the insomnia by listening to Wittaker Chambers' Witness. Because my worry was worse than usual, I heard more of it than I usually do. It is a masterpiece. Here is just one of countless gems:
When man tries to organize society without God, he ends up organizing it against man.
The economic crisis we face is only a symptom of a deeper spiritual and moral crisis. We'll get nowhere good unless we address that first and foremost.