The Devil and Rick Santorum

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Written by: Bill Colley

Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul doesn’t get much positive press until he says something mainstream media can use to promote liberal causes.  Paul got plenty of attention a few days ago when he said a focus on social issues will cost his party the Presidency.

There is a nugget of truth here.  The GOP won’t need social issues this year.  Check your local pump price!  It’s highly unlikely gasoline prices will be below 4 dollars a gallon on Election Day.  Unless high fuel prices scuttle the anemic economic recovery and cause a dramatic drop in price per gallon and then a second Obama term is surely more unlikely.  Mainstream media isn’t selling it that way but 2010 was clear evidence Americans can still think for themselves.  The President’s apologists appeared caught off guard by the size of the Republican tide.  Just imagine the waning weeks of the campaign this year.  Picture a TV spot showing windswept and empty plains of Nebraska along with a voice over.  “There was going to be a pipeline here,” the announcer intones.  “Instead the President rejected the plan.  The expected jobs vaporized, the oil instead was shipped to China and this winter you’ll be unemployed, hungry and cold in an unheated home.”

It’s coming and it’s more powerful than any whining by Eugene Robinson, Rachel Maddow and Michael Moore.

As for the social issues, just because the Obama campaign appendages in mainstream media sanction immorality clearly doesn’t mean the electorate is engaged in a bacchanalia.  On my humble radio program I often cite a book I purchased in the late 1990s.  The title is The Fourth Turning.  The writers concluded Western and English speaking history runs in roughly 80 year cycles.  Eight decades ago the country was mired in the Great Depression and, yet.  The faith of the people deepened.

This morning I attended a nine o’clock Ash Wednesday service and the church was packed.  There are 5 such services today at our parish.  I can quibble about the depth of faith from what I witnessed.  A hepcat in the row immediately in front of me wore a hat throughout most of the service.  When I found my seat the woman in the row directly behind me told the fellow next to her that she now wouldn’t be able to see (and it was a double feature, ashes and wafers).  I saw a woman at the communion rail in a mini-skirt.  Look, these people may need a few reminders about traditional expressions of respect but I certainly don’t question their devotion.

I believe the general public isn’t anywhere near as literate about the Bible as previous generations.  Speaking of the Great Plains, the early settlers didn’t have many books and often just one. The family Bible and with no TV or video games the Bible was well worn.  Admittedly culture has changed and a great many people simply have a rudimentary understanding of Christianity.  Members of mainstream media are much like their neighbors on this matter.  A few weeks ago I telephoned an editor at the Baltimore Sun after his newspaper challenged the invitation of an evangelical speaker at a prayer breakfast in Ocean City, Maryland.  Lt. General “Jerry” Boykin is Biblically up to speed.  Not so much the editor.  The man on the other end of the telephone line told me he considered himself a Christian but admitted he doesn’t go to church or read the Bible.  He got angry when I cited John 14:6 in support of the General.  A terse “Thank you” ended our call.

I bring this up today because of the latest media generated firestorm.  Gadzooks!  Rick Santorum believes in Satan and believes Satan is an active agent in worldly affairs.  Santorum also believes several mainline churches are unknowingly dancing with the devil.  While candidate Santorum isn’t at the top of my list for President (my choice over Obama really only when it comes to who’ll nominate the next Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States) the media clearly doesn’t grasp traditional Christianity.  They have some vague notions about “Jesus’ teachings” and have adopted what even the liberal writer, Garrison Keillor, dismisses as “The Church of the Brunch.”  Early this morning I read Erick Erickson’s thoughts on the matter.  He explains members of mainstream media believe a mainline church equals mainstream church.  A shame the ink stained wretches are trying to educate us on matters they know not.

“Mainstream” is now how we’re supposed to live and be governed.  If slightly more than 50 percent of 12-hundred Americans surveyed by pollsters use birth control then birth control is now a right and right is now synonymous with free.  If slightly more than 50 percent of 12-hundred Americans surveyed think Satan is just a bogeyman designed to keep them on the straight and narrow then a belief in Satan clearly identifies you as an oppressor.  And here’s a hypothetical to chew; if slightly more than 50 percent of 12-hundred Americans surveyed believed Jews should have yellow stars stitched on their sleeves and be forced into ghetto’s, wouldn’t that be mainstream?

No, social issues won’t be the reason Mr. Obama will retire at a young age.  On the other hand, 158 million Americans can be wrong and sometimes just slightly over six hundred.

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