I occasionally listen to the liberal talk-radio station in Chicago. The longer I listen to liberal (or progressive) talk-show hosts and commentators the more evident it becomes to me that most of these folks are extremely bright but morally challenged. One such liberal national radio host is the infamous Jerry Springer, the former mayor of Cincinnati. Springer was crowing last week about how the liberals have already won America. (He could be right but the evidence is, generally speaking, still quite anecdotal.) Springer said: “We may not be winning all the elections yet but give us time since we are winning the culture wars!”
Jerry Springer’s argument was based upon his personal vision of moral values, which in his case is an extremely limited vision in terms of anything you could remotely define as decency and morality. He asked, “What books do young people read? What shows do they watch? What music do they listen to? Where do they spend their time? What are their real sexual practices?” He concluded that the evidence abounds that liberals have won the day and the political landscape will soon catch up to this cultural reality. Personally, I think he may be right. This underscores two points to my mind. First, if you want to change a society you must first change the culture, not the politics. Second, modern liberals are morally challenged when it comes to culture. Rarely does a political or social liberal speak up on issues that address essential moral values in our increasingly coarsened and depraved society. This was not always the case with social and political liberals, at least prior to the 1960s. Today it seems to be a rare exception to find a liberal who is not morally challenged.