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“Michelle Obama to receive a Grammy!”
“Hillary in 2016!”
“Michelle a favorite for Illinois Senate Race!”
It never ends. It’s amazing how these anti-family heroines can sashay
down the Capital’s Catwalks, pretending that they “earned it” — when
in fact they rose to fame not on their competence (dubious at best)
but clinging to their husbands’ coattails. They would be unknown zeroes
if they hadn’t married those two fake heroes — personifying what George
Orwell calls an ”inconvenient fact.”
It is convenient indeed, and quite appropriate, to call Hillary and
Michelle the “Doublethink Duo,” bearing in mind Orwell’s definition:
Doublethink is… The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's
mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them... To tell deliberate
lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has
become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to
draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed…
Of course, our dismal Doublethink Duo are lightweights — but they
can’t help believing the paparazzi. Judge Judy could make mincemeat
of 'em in one six-minute segment between Vioxx commercials. But their
faux message is sustained by the fawning feminists who flock to any
symbol that will affirm their haunting sense of alienation and angst,
and deliver them from the jaws of masculine evil.
Hillary and Michelle treat the natural family like antimatter, and
yet they are stuck with it. Where would they be without their men?
And yet, for all that, Hillary's husband is a fake, and Barack's father
was a no-show. For all the world to see, their careers careen like
real-life versions of "Survivor." These two know can handle
things without real men around. With that illusion they connect with
the countless American women who are avoiding children (but not sex)
like the plague, or who are raising children on their own, or wish
they were — women who know that “the government will fight for them,”
in Al Gore’s memorable phrase, because their husbands, boyfriends,
or ex’s, won’t.
The Real War On Women
To this growing number of American women, life (especially the unborn
kind) is a looming threat. You can’t go it alone and the traditional
alternative is unthinkable. A family? Let’s face it, you can't make
a silk purse out of a sow's ear, or a "Father Knows Best" out
of the "Me Generation.” After all, we were raised on mantras like
“Don’t trust anyone over thirty” — and then we turned fifty. So whom
do we trust? Swallow hard: the government, that’s whom. A good man
is hard to find — and who wants real men around anyway, when we have
such a fine, caring bureaucracy so willing to help?
of just defeating abortion opponents last month, they’ll be using
them as a punching bag for years, as they push for universal,
free abortion and contraception worldwide in the name of “family
planning” — only it’s Hillary and Michelle who are doing the
planning, and the plan is to destroy the family. "
|Well, politics is war by another means, which means
that you go to war with the family you've got. Hillary and Michelle,
twin suns who married into dysfunctional family trees, want to
take the global village by storm — or by tsunami — while they take
the traditional family to divorce court. They'll turn the tables
on the "battered-wife syndrome." Instead of just defeating
abortion opponents last month, they’ll be using them as a punching
bag for years, as they push for universal, free abortion and contraception
worldwide in the name of “family planning” — only it’s Hillary
and Michelle who are doing the planning, and the plan is to destroy
Doublethink “systematically undermines the solidarity of the family
all the while appealing to the sentiment of family,” Orwell writes.
Meanwhile, the government silently slips into the role of the absentee
father, providing everything that the real ones — you know, those stingy,
undependable cads — have denied them: school breakfasts, lunches, and
dinners, sex ed, Obamaphones, food stamps, and HillaryCare (dusted
off as Obamacare)…. With the duo, all roads lead to Washington, your
home away from home. “Government: We care like your daddy never did.”
Doublethink kills. It promises women independence as it makes them
serfs. It “helps families stay together” while it eliminates their
offspring. It makes women a caricature as it debases their nature.
It makes heroines out of the likes of Sandra Fluke, the middle-aged
Georgetown law student who soared to fame demanding a taxpayer-supported
sex life. But even Ted Cruz, the new (and immediately presidential)
conservative senator from Texas, got the message: “Listen, my wife
and I have two little girls. I am thrilled we don't have seventeen,”
he said last week, in an attempt to brush aside the “war on women”
theme as a gross canard cut out of whole cloth.
Which it is, of course. But the Doublethink is as contagious as it
is tempting, and it presents pro-family advocates with — to mix metaphors
— a steep mountain to climb, and a slippery slope at that. Which the
recent elections proved beyond any reasonable doubt.
In the meantime, Hillary, with Grammy-winning Michelle singing backup,
will continue to insist that it takes a village, even though their
vapid lives prove only that it takes a husband. And yet, exit polls
revealed that married women voted against Obama by a wide margin.
A Labor Of Love And Truth
“All men by nature desire to know,” Aristotle says at the outset of
the Metaphysics. Thinking is natural, a reflection of the fact that
we were created in the image and likeness of God. No man has personified
that desire more than Father James V. Schall, S.J., who gave his last
lecture in political theory at Georgetown on December 7, the Vigil
of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Can anything good come out of Georgetown? Father Schall hopes so,
and he has taught packed classrooms well into his eighties inspired
by that supernatural virtue. “We always return to Plato,” he says —
and Plato taught that the teacher must love his students as much as
he loves the truth. Father Schall has loved his students and they have
loved him back; he has just taught Aristotle’s Ethics for the 35th
time, he says, wryly noting C.S. Lewis’s observation that, “if you
haven’t read a book twice, you haven’t read it at all…. “And of course,
some books aren’t worth reading at all,” he continues with a wry smile.
Father Schall is an original thinker in that he constantly returns
to the origins. And he goes there often. Thomas Merton’s biographer
told me at Gethsemane forty years ago that the hermitage that the abbot
gave to Fr. Louis’s (Merton’s religious name) was stacked with hundreds
of little slips of paper. “Every time he scratched his head, he wrote
down something,” he marveled. Well, every time that Father Schall scratches
his head, he writes a book. He has written dozens, and they are all
Father Schall’s life’s work has been grounded in the truth. “The worst
thing that can happen to a young philosopher is that he give his soul
to an unworthy professor,” he wrote last semester, quoting Yves Simon.
“This sentence is one that every professor should write out by hand
and place on his desk. And what is it to be a ‘worthy’ professor? Certainly,
it is not necessary to be famous. Fame, in fact, may be an impediment,
something sought for its own sake and not for what justifies praise.
Does that go for politicians too, Father? But I digress.
“And what,” he continues, “does justify the praise of fame? Only that
truth be sought and shown to be grounded in what is.” The world is
too much with us, and alas, Georgetown is not an exception. “Truth
is not a popular topic in academia today, though there is nothing for
which our souls more long.”
Schall writes from the heart of Washington, where the light of
truth hits a stop sign somewhere around the Beltway."
Father Schall writes from the heart of Washington, where the light
of truth hits a stop sign somewhere around the Beltway. “The likelihood
of tyranny arising from democracy itself, though familiar to Plato
and Aristotle, is rarely mentioned,” he continues. Curiously, Orwell
writes that Doublethink “believes that democracy was impossible and
that the Party was the guardian of democracy.”
Generations of Georgetown students are grateful for this guardian of
truth who is a worthy professor indeed. Ad multos annos.
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Christopher Manion, Ph.D., served as a staff director on the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee for many years. He has taught in the departments
of politics, religion, and international relations at Boston University,
the Catholic University of America, and Christendom College, and is
the director of the Campaign for Humanae Vitae, a project of the Bellarmine
Forum. He is a Knight of Malta.
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