OF PORN AND PEARLS

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Pop culture is filth. ~John Derbyshire

I have made no secret of my intense dislike of Donald Trump. How a crude, bullying, narcissistic, thrice-married, unrepentant serial adulterer became the nominee of the party who has heretofore claimed to be all about family values—you know, the party who booed conscience at their 2016 national convention—is beyond me. I was all-in for Ted Cruz—a God-fearing man who may have seemed awkward at times but stood up for the Constitution at every turn. Cruz tolerated Trump’s dishonesty, his middle-school name-calling, his childish debating behavior, and his complete lack of knowledge about the Constitution, federal processes, economics, and basically every topic not“Donald Trump,” with equanimity. It was only when Trump smeared his wife and father that Cruz had finally had enough. That Trump’s followers were, by the time of the convention, so cult-like that they failed to recognize the inherent decency and honor of Cruz says infinitely more about them than the man they booed.

Nevertheless. This recent kerfuffle involving a recording of Trump’s crude talk about women reveals the Left’s hypocrisy as little else could. For the last number of decades, rot and filth have been pushed on us as entertainment, and when anyone objected, they were ridiculed and told,“If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.” Deviancy and degeneracy were not only excused, they were celebrated and their practitioners congratulated as brave and trailblazing. And again those who raised objections were told that whatever the pathology, it was no one else’s business. Female singers strutting nearly naked on stage were powerfully owning their sexuality, and anyone who said otherwise was a hateful misogynist. The relentless pornification of America means that everywhere you turn, pop culture is screaming,“Sex! Sex! Sex!” and anyone who dares say that perhaps sex is a private matter best practiced in loving, committed relationships is just a pathetic uptight prude who ought to get with the times.

Suddenly those who push this filth are clutching their pearls in horror that Donald Trump said some disgusting words reflecting a disgusting attitude that is a perfect reflection of the crudity and baseness they have demanded we applaud. Their favorite political couple consists of a serial groper/rapist who took advantage of an idiotic young intern while in the Oval Office and his enabling wife who trashed the reputations of any woman who dared speak out against him because of her thirst for power. Their enablers were a slavering media who didn’t really care what the truth was, only about protecting their ideological comrades. None of these people have ever really paid any kind of price for their immoral and/or illegal behavior, which seems to make them believe they are now in a position to haul out the fainting couches over what a bloviating braggart said a decade ago. It is indeed unlikely that Trump has changed in the ensuing years, which actually makes their outrage even more absurd—Donald Trump has been in the public eye for nearly 40 years, and they’re just now figuring out who he is? The media is clearly doing fabulously at their job.

So once again we are faced with the glaring hypocrisy of the Left. Once again we suffer through their selective outrage designed to push their candidate knowing full well she is a dishonest,power-hungrycriminal, because nothing can stand in the way of their quest to destroy any vestiges traditional America. Hillary Clinton is almost the only person who could compel many of us to vote for Trump—we have always known who he is, we fought to avoid him as the nominee, and we have agonized about what to do in November. The pearl-clutching hypocrites on the Left may actually make it easier, despite our serious misgivings, to hold our noses and vote for the vulgarian over that awful, grasping woman.

~Shyla Lefever