During the 2012 Republican National Convention, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a great speech in support of Mitt Romney. However, it was rather disturbing to watch Republican Party delegates cheer loudly when he said:
"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world’s greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor."
This is not "the hard truth" about abortion, it is the easy "truth" the Me Generation wants to hear. And now, this international genocide of the unwanted has reached the Republican Party, two parties, one genocide.
Was this, however, inevitable? Let’s call to mind a phrase coined by Pope John Paul II and popularized by George W. Bush, the "culture of death". While JPII was referring to those who support abortion and euthanasia, could this term be expanded and given a new meaning?
American culture has become a culture of death. Meaning, America is a nation obsessed with death. Whether it be drug and alcohol abuse, casual sex, violent television and video games, disrespect for the elderly and disabled (who need our care and kindness to live), or never-ending wars against random Middle Eastern countries, we seem to seek and embrace danger, death, and destruction.
And those who seek life, happiness, kindness, and peace – that is, religion, philosophy, ideology, values, purpose, higher power(s) – are viewed as "extremist nuts" in this country.
Obsession with death and violence, or obsession with life and happiness – which sounds more "nuts" to you?
Since Reagan, the Republican Party has prided itself on leading the way in matters of defense and security. In their use of the military, however, the GOP was always backed by values – freedom, democracy, capitalism, trade.
But with the choice of Mitt Clinton, selfishness has conquered all values, and the loud applause for Chris Christie’s support of abortion further proves this point. The party of wars of defense and freedom has become the party of wars of greed and theft, a selfishness which has now been brought to this nation in the form of abortion.
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