Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

The immoral left

By
October 7, 2006

STAR PARKER

There’s a difference between a party with principles not doing a good job executing those principles and a party with no principles. Anyone who thinks that turning the reins of power over to Democrats will raise the country’s moral bar should take a cold shower.


We can parse out every element of former Republican Congressman Mark Foley’s behavior that sickens normal, decent Americans and find that these elements are today, in one form or another, a generally accepted part of everyday life in the country. We can thank liberals for this state of affairs, and these liberals are Democrats.

What are we upset about?

Sexual promiscuity? A third of babies born today in the United States are born to unwed mothers. The idea that sexual behavior belongs in the exclusive realm of marriage has long departed from popular American culture.

We relate to others as objects for our use, and then cast them aside when they are no longer useful. Why should we expect the culture of the U.S. Congress be any different from what we find generally accepted in the country as a whole?

Homosexuality? Let’s face it. Culturally, homosexual behavior is now an accepted part of American life. Homosexuals host popular national talk shows. Most American corporations provide benefits for "partners" and prohibit any talk or behavior that might imply lack of openness to all "lifestyles."

The entertainment industry provides a steady diet of films, TV shows and music that legitimize every imaginable form of sexual behavior.

Underage sex?

According to data gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Child Trends DataBank in 2005, 34 percent of high school students reported that they had had sexual intercourse during the previous three months, including 22 percent of ninth-graders. Half of 12th-grade students say they had sex in the last three months.

Twenty-eight out of our fifty states permit a teen-age girl to get an abortion without the permission of her parents. Seventeen states do not even require that the teenage girl inform her parents before getting the abortion.

One of these seventeen states is California, home of Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi, now palpitating at the prospect of becoming the first woman speaker of the House.

In 2005, parents in a local school district in California sued the school system for allowing a questionnaire to be distributed to kids from 7 to 10 years old, asking them explicit questions about their sexual feelings. The district court ruled against the parents. According to the court ruling, parents have no right "to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so."

Sexual "education" is now a regular part of public school curricula. Girls and boys receive this material together. The only message these kids get is that the only reason to abstain from any form of sexual behavior is the extent to which that behavior might inconvenience one’s life. Sexual behavior is taught to be the result of "orientation" and not choice.

So what’s the big deal about Mark Foley?

Bill Clinton transformed the Oval Office into a sexual romper room, used the power of the nation’s highest office to prey on the young and naive for his pleasure, brought discussion about intimate sexual behavior into common public discourse, and educated America’s children about alternative modes of sexual behavior.

Clinton suffered at most an embarrassing few moments, apologized for something or other that to this day remains ambiguous to me, and today postures as a global statesman.

Supposed Democratic outrage about Mark Foley cannot possibly have anything to do with Foley’s behavior. In the world of the Democratic left, the only intolerance is intolerance. The only evil is to condemn any behavior that takes place between supposedly consenting adults.

Democratic outrage about the Foley affair is a simple stage show to provoke voters.

Republican leadership leaves a lot to be desired. The party has got to get focused and tighten the reins of management. But there is little question that there is only one party that still gives credence to traditional values, and that is the Republican Party.

To flip power over to the Democrats, the party of social chaos, is simply to take a bad situation and make it worse.

(Star Parker is president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org) and author of "White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay")

54 Responses to The immoral left

  1. LindaM

    October 7, 2006 at 8:56 pm

  2. John

    October 7, 2006 at 9:56 pm

  3. Steve C

    October 7, 2006 at 11:00 pm

  4. Richard Melvin

    October 7, 2006 at 11:00 pm

  5. CB

    October 7, 2006 at 11:23 pm

  6. MArk

    October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

  7. Ted Remington

    October 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm

  8. Sexnegativity is Easy

    October 7, 2006 at 11:42 pm

  9. Idiotland

    October 7, 2006 at 11:49 pm

  10. Eleanor

    October 8, 2006 at 12:07 am

  11. Vi

    October 8, 2006 at 1:16 am

  12. Richard Melvin

    October 8, 2006 at 3:05 am

  13. Richard Melvin

    October 8, 2006 at 4:09 am

  14. cyn

    October 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm

  15. roscoe

    October 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm

  16. Vincent Bemowski

    October 22, 2006 at 8:31 pm

  17. the man

    October 24, 2006 at 3:34 pm

  18. Vincent Bemowski

    October 27, 2006 at 7:24 pm

  19. Memsaab - The Global Indian Women

    October 7, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    memsaab.com brings every online Indian women closer to the people, information and communications tools that matter most to them – where, when and how they want it. Partners and advertisers want to be a part of that vision that is driving and keeping all of us together and striving memsaab.com to be the leading website.

  20. Dale Anderson

    October 7, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    The hypocracies ooze like a festering sore from both sides of the aisle. A natural product of parties that are more concerned about keeping power than actually being either ethical or moral.

    What’s needed is a new party that will actually be ethical, and also stand up for our rights that are being eroded away.

  21. Ted Remington

    October 7, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    When, exactly, did it become the responsibility of Government to impose or instill moral values in the citizens of the United States? Moral values cannot be dictated to children or adults. Rather, the only way to instill moral values is to teach them at home. Our most important job as parents or others who serve in loco parentis is convincing young children that they must formulate within themselves a sense of self-value, moral value, and code of conduct.

    To abdicate that role to anyone outside the home is tantamount to a public declaration of failure in our parental role. And any government, with or without a capital G, which tries to interject itself into that relationship between parent and child, reveals itself as a form of tyranny that is to be feared and resisted with all of the powers available to us.

  22. TruePatriotWarrior

    October 7, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Star, you sound like some Christian, Babble thumping fundie Christian suffering from cognitive dissonance. You can’t accept the fact that the Republican party is hypocritical and corrupt. You’re projecting. Go get some help. By the way, get rid of your porno collection.

  23. Fisher

    October 7, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    This article is a perfect example of all that is wrong in this nation today.

    The truth is that both political parties are corrupt and are filled with disegenous crooks.
    The bigger problem is that there are too many people, on both politcal sides, in this nation like the author of this article.(Star Parker). They are slaves to whichever party they support and will justify and excuse the ills of there side. They always as in this case tell us that the other side has someone who has done the bad ting in question or has done worse. That is of course a silly argument, but we see all of the talking heads on TV doing it all day long.
    These people fail to see that they are today like the communist of old. It is all about the party. Thay live for the party, Thay can and will justify anything the party does. The party can do no wrong and all others can do nothing right.
    What we need is for more of us regular citizens to say. “A plague on both your houses”, discount drivel from blatant partisans like this author, and the others on the other side and for us to stand up and applaud where applause is warranted and condemn where condemnation is required.
    In other words what we need is less bias and more truth and straight shooting.
    The Star Parkers of this world on both sides of the political fens are the problem. They should be ignored.

  24. JimZ

    October 7, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    I agree with most of the posts so far, as both parties are just as corrupt, although a few individuals in each arn’t bad. Morals come from both ends; we can’t blame government for our own immorality at the “bottom”.

    As for the “shock” of high school students or minors having sex, they’ve ALWAYS been having sex, so only good parenting can guarantee they do it carefully and safely, if they do it at all. Just keep them away from the adults for sex, and adults stay away from them. Punish those who digress. Geez it’s amazing the ignorance of some people that minors behave like minors.

  25. soldat

    October 7, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    I see Star Parker is still fantasising about Bill Clintons penis – maybe she should just ask him to do her?

  26. Foster

    October 7, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    There are so many things wrong with this “opinion.” Saying one has principles is not the same as having them. You can’t implement what you don’t have.

    Are the owners of the companies that make and distribute sex-laden movies, TV shows, magazines, advertisements, and porn all liberals? My guess is they are mostly conservatives and/or Republicans.

    The current moral state in this US cannot be blamed on the liberals alone. When it comes to making money, morality too often flies out the window,regardless of party affiliation, and the Republicans continue to display their feet of clay.

  27. Memsaab - The Global Indian Women

    October 7, 2006 at 2:50 pm

  28. Dale Anderson

    October 7, 2006 at 3:31 pm

  29. Ted Remington

    October 7, 2006 at 4:34 pm

  30. TruePatriotWarrior

    October 7, 2006 at 4:45 pm

  31. Fisher

    October 7, 2006 at 4:52 pm

  32. JimZ

    October 7, 2006 at 5:37 pm

  33. soldat

    October 7, 2006 at 6:48 pm

  34. Foster

    October 7, 2006 at 7:16 pm

  35. JUDY BODNAR

    October 7, 2006 at 7:23 pm

  36. JUDY BODNAR

    October 7, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    POLITICS IN GENERAL BRING ABOUT POWER, AND POWER IS THE CULPRIT. ANYONE WHO HAS OBSERVED POLITICS SHOULD KNOW THIS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WATCH ANYONE TOO LONG AFTER WINNING AN ELECTION TO SEE THEY BECOME IN SOME SMALL WAY IDOLIZED VERY SOON. WHAT FOLLOWS IS A DEMAND FOR THIER TIME AND THEIR FAVORS COUPLED WITH THE OFFERINGS ie: FREE TRANSPORTATION,VACATIONS, COVETED GAME TICKETS, CAMPAIGN DONATIONS ETC. AS THEIR TIME IN OFFICE GROWS SO DO THE FAVORS ASKED & GRANTED, DONATIONS SOUGHT & GIVEN AND IT GOES ON AND ON. THE POLITICIAN BEGINS TO BELIEVE HE IS PERSONALLY WELL LIKED AND THEREFORE HOLDS POWER OF FEW MEN IN THE NATION…OF COURSE THIS IS WRONG, MOST ARE “PERSONALLY LIKED”, SHOWN RESPECT, SOUGHT AFTER AND GIFTED WITH “FAVORS” ONLY AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN A OPOSITION TO GRANT THOSE VALUABLE FAVORS OR COMMAND A CROWD…THEN SUDDENLY, MOST (NOT ALL) ARE OUT OF POWER AND REALIZE THEY WERE LIVING IN A WORLD UNLIKE THEIR CONSTITUANTS.
    THEREFORE…ALL POLITICIANS NO MATTER WHAT PARTY (EVEN A NEW ONE) FALL INTO THE FANTASY WORLD THAT JUST BEING A POLITICIAN CREATES. POWER IS ADDICTIVE SEEMING TO BLIND MOST WHO ENTER THE FIELD. FOR INSTANCE… I
    MAINTAIN THAT IF A LIE DETECTOR TEST WAS GIVEN TO CONGRESS (BEFORE THEY COULD VOTE ON THE FLOOR) TO PROVE THEY HAD NOT CHEATED ON A SPOUSE, OR ACCEPTED MONEY FOR SIGNING A BILL…THERE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO FORM A QUOREM.
    THATS MY TAKE ON MORALITY IN POLITICS !

  37. LindaM

    October 7, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    This comment is typical for Star Parker, Jay Ambrose or Dale McFeatters.

    Star, I have some news for you. It wasn’t Clinton that told our children about what was going on with an adult female (who bragged to friends that she was going to be on her knees before the President), it was the very party you are praising for its morality. Clinton didn’t tell anyone. Monica told her wired “friend” who told the Republicans who put it on the internet. So, who is the person/party corrupting our children?

    The hypocricy of the people defended by this writer stinks. Yeah, there are immoral Democrats. But immorality doesn’t apply just to sexual matters. It’s immoral to kill innocent citizens of another country, to write laws favoring corporations and the very wealthy, to lie to the American people about just about everything the administration does, and to torture. Wish this writer and others would get their panties into a knot over these immoralities. But then, they’d have to criticize those “moral” hypocrites they are now defending.

    I feel like throwing up.

  38. John

    October 7, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    In the Book of Hosea, we see that God commands the Prophet Hosea to marry a whore. That is because as God sees it, by worshipping false gods, Israel itself has become a whore.
    So it is with the U.S.

    Thats the most logicasl reason for letting the Democrats back in power, and its Biblically based!

  39. Steve C

    October 7, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Starr is obviously one of the delusional wingnuts that does not understand the difference between consenting adults and predatory behavoir and the fact that the Republiscum power party is doing what it has always done, put party before principals.

    All we are doing is pointing that fact out. After being the victims of the lying rhetoric of Republiscum wedge issue, divide and conquer politics, can you really blame us for pointing out how completely full of crap Republicans are?! How there whole rap about family values is nothing more than a cheap sales line.

    Give me a freaking break, a party with prinipals that doesn’t practice them” pfffffffffft. You are so full of crap star! Your stealing Bill Benentt’s felicious reasoning on that one.

    I really hate these Christian Republican’s who use the fact they happen to have black skin to try to bolster a fundementalist point of view. That’s you star. Your a complete sell-out. Perhaps that’s why this one bothers you so much.

    Bill Clinton’s Romper room as you put it, was consentual. I know little facts like that are a distiction wihtout a difference to people like you. Because any sex is dirty unless it’s missionary and married. That is why you see no difference between pedophillia and homosexulaity. It’s all the same to you.

    The sex is not the issue anyway, Star, it’s the cover up that is the issue. To you wingnuts the dirty sin of one of your own is the issue. But as bad as the predetory behavoir is, that’s not the issue. It’s traditionalist doing ANYTHING, and I do mean anything to retain power. That’s what tradionalist do by nature.

    We are a party that believes in truth, objectivity, rationalisim, consistency, and the very moral philospy of letting each person deterimine their own decisions about what is moral and what is not, at least when it come’s to consenting adults and nobody else is hurt.

    Please spare us YOUR self-serving morality in the future. Go out and spend some of that money you get for being Master’s little token, and maybe you’ll feel better.

  40. Richard Melvin

    October 7, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Homosexuality, underage sex and illegitimate children are nothing new to the world as are corrupt acts by politicians. What I always find fascinating is how America’s past is ignored only to focus on the immediate present. I tend to think Thomas Jefferson sleeping with a slave and having offspring is on the immoral side. And how many presidents in American history had affairs before Clinton? Roosevelt; Harding or should we call him Hard-on because he had an illegitimate child while serving as president; GHW Bush had an affair as Vice President; what about Kennedy?; I have heard different opinions about ‘Ike’ having an affair and even Carter ‘lusted in his heart’. Morality in the presidency, and congress, is not the issue with new leadership, and more to the point, realistic decision making with an emphasis on correcting the long list of America’s ills should be the focus. Sure your thinking I am advocating all the about plus sexdual overtures to pages. I am not but the history of politics is full of self-important, egotistical, sex-fiends who need to be controlled by having a political system that guarentees transparency so they (and their perversions), can be held accountable. So much for the good old days.

  41. CB

    October 7, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Clinton Scandal: Involved consenting adults

    Foley Scandal: Involved minors

    What is it you don’t undersand?

  42. MArk

    October 7, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Democrats have been demonized and rendered powerless for years while the repubs have seized power and used it to sanction violence and greed, how you can somehow continue to blame dems for the evils of repubs amazes me. Perhaps returning to a two party system is not going to eliminate all the ills of the world but it would certainly balance a government bent on the destruction of our country as we know it. Once the two party system is back in order perhaps we can consider a third party with a bit more relevance.

  43. Ted Remington

    October 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    A previous poster here said: “I tend to think Thomas Jefferson (sic) sleeping with a slave and having offspring is on the immoral side.”

    Well, owning a slave, by our present-day precepts, is not only illegal but immoral. But from what I have read, Sally Heming was a willing participant with Mr. Jefferson in the procreative activities alleged. Who was harmed? And why the hell is it anyone’s business other than the parties involved?

    This is what I keep wondering about: Why do you or any other person give a rat’s ass about a stranger’s morals? If you take care of your own morals and strive to impart those values to your offspring, you’ve done your duty to yourself and to your children. And you have NO RIGHT to question another person’s moral decisions, values, or judgments. NONE.

    Instead of discussing the morals of a silly Congressman who needed a condom on his keyboard we should be discussing whether he broke any laws and whether any others broke laws by covering up those legal transgressions. Not the moral transgressions, the legal ones.

  44. Sexnegativity is Easy

    October 7, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    Brainwash framing. So easy to criticize.

    Unless you can state in positive terms how a person going from 10 to 22 years old should properly learn about sex, from whom, and when, this is not a rational discussion.

    It is just the latest in “let’s trash sex” because somehow we don’t think its a good thing.

    Tell us, what are the learning steps for young people about sex we all can approve of and agree on. Or do you believe that young people should never learn about sex. Or all in one day when they turn 21.

    And anyone who starts in with age numbers really is obligated to explain when they last adjusted their numbers for the declining age of puberty and why an abstract number supercedes the actual date of puberty or pace of developent in that individual. Everyone knows that different people mature at different rates, physically and socially.

    So no more beating up on how people before the transition to being sexual are supposed to be non-sexual without putting out at least one legit path to how they become sexually responsible and mature at 21. And if you say 16-19 year old boys should not be doing it with old man Foley, you really must clarify if that is because you think they should be doing xyz with their same age girlfriends and boyfriends or because you think they should be celibate.

  45. Idiotland

    October 7, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    It’s funny how the highest out of wedlock birth rates, the highest divorce rates, the highest crime rates, etc, etc, are all in the “red” states. Social chaos? Just look at the south. Hypocrisy anyone?

  46. Eleanor

    October 8, 2006 at 12:07 am

    What it boils down to is consenting sex between adults other than mates is still not as bad as playing on young kids and THE FACT THAT YOUR NEWT’S AND OTHER REPUBLICANS PRETEND TO BE HOLIER THAN THOUS WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE AS GUILTY AS THE ONES THEY POINT FINGERS AT AND THEN DO EVERYTHING TO COVER IT ALL UP. I TOO PLAN TO VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT TICKET AND WOULDN’T VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN EVEN THEY COULD DO A BETTER JOB BECAUSE NONE OF THEM WILL ADMIT TO THE COVER UP FOR OVER THREE YEARS OF THIS PEDOPHILE.

  47. Vi

    October 8, 2006 at 1:16 am

    These comments encourage me. I was beginning to think that we had no hope of regaining rationality and integrity in this country. Thanks all of you for your functioning brains. And Star, please grow up. It’s time.

  48. Richard Melvin

    October 8, 2006 at 3:05 am

    A previous quote:

    “Sally Heming was a willing participant with Mr. Jefferson in the procreative activities alleged. Who was harmed? And why the hell is it anyone’s business other than the parties involved?”

    If she would have had a choice in her life she would have not been a slave and consequently the relationship was not consensual. If she was picked up at a bar it would be a whole other matter. A slave is a slave is a slave plus Jefferson was an average slave owner and kept them after he penned the phrase ‘All Men Are Created Equal’.

    Another quote:

    “This is what I keep wondering about: Why do you or any other person give a rat’s ass about a stranger’s morals?”

    Just so their, a persons actions, are congruent with their words. And, the founding fathers are placed on a pedestal higher than everyone else yet they were flawed, had contradictions that need to be examined, and debated when needed. They should be treated as human beings, for better or worse, and not deities.

    PS. Also, I forgot to mention Ben Franklin had 14, I think, illegitimate children. Ben was precocious in every part of his life. But I have no criticism of Ben Franklini because he was not a hypocrite.

  49. Richard Melvin

    October 8, 2006 at 4:09 am

    I’ve had a long day and (obviously) ‘hypocrite’ is wrongly spelled. ooops

  50. cyn

    October 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    This is my first visit to this site…the postersare all of one mind[quite unual]. What struck me about this is the stark difference between the above opinions and the author’s{?). Is it always so? If so, it seems as thought she writes the guff in order to wind people up.

    Who can honestly consider the republican party principled after: abramoff,jack reed,grover norquist,gringrich,kenneth starr, the k-street project,no WMDs,tom delay,bogus christian organizations set up for money laundering…….need I go on

  51. roscoe

    October 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Off-topic, but don’t you think it interesting how the Right has co-opted the protesters at the Amish girls funerals??

    I mean, aren’t these loonies just Ann Coulter with signs? I wouldn’t let the rightwingers get away from their enabling behavior that allows these crazies to exist…

    This is like letting Bush call the terrorists “facists”; no Mr. President, YOU are the brownshirt.

  52. Vincent Bemowski

    October 22, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    MISLEADING GUIDELINES GIVEN TO U.S. BISHOPS

    Catholic bishops have been mislead regarding Vatican guidelines on the reception of Holy Communion by Catholic politicians. Consider the following:

    “It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the magisterium is totally compatible with being a ‘good Catholic’ and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error” – Pope John Paul II (Los Angeles speech to U.S. bishops, Sept. 16, 1987).

    In June, 2004 Cardinal Ratzinger, (now Pope Benedict XVI) sent a memorandum to Cardinal McCarrick that offered guidelines to bishops for discussing the Communion/abortion issue at their meeting near Denver. However, Cardinal McCarrick did not reveal critical contents of the cover letter to the bishops, but instead suggested each bishop decide for himself the action to be taken.

    Some of the key points in that cover letter:

    1. In the case of abortion or euthanasia, a Catholic politician manifests “formal cooperation” in grave sins by “consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws.”

    2. The politician’s pastor should “meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.”

    3. “When these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible, and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.”

    4. “Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.”

    Unfortunately, a number of two-faced “Catholic” politicians (especially permissive liberals in the Democratic Party) are taking advantage of this confusion.

    Vincent Bemowski – Writer (U.S. Politics & World Affairs & Veteran, U.S. Army)

    1325 Lucerne Dr. Apt. 12

    Menasha, WI 54952

    ph: 920-725-5477

    Website: Catholic Messages USA http://www.catholicmessagesusa.com/

    bemowskivince@sbcglobal.net

  53. the man

    October 24, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    why don’t all you self-righteous religious hypocrits kill your selves and make the world a better place.

  54. Vincent Bemowski

    October 27, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Just an added note on the state of the Democratic Party:

    Democrats claim that although they are critical of President Bush, they support our troops in Iraq. But they are liars. Our troops are volunteers who believe in their mission, and have great respect for their Commander-in-chief, whom they overwhelmingly voted for in the last Presidential election.

    Cowardly Democratic politicians won’t go to Iraq and speak-out against our President because they know they would be booed off our military bases. Most Democrats also believe in the “right to kill” millions of unborn human beings, yet they consider themselves “good” people.

    I voted for John Kennedy, and would have voted for Bobby Kennedy, but after these great men, a moral sickness darkened the soul of the Democratic Party.

    Catholic Messages USA