While the current election season is somewhat entertaining, it is also following a predictable pattern. This is especially true among the Republican candidates.
The Chicken Little message is that this election is the most important in history. That is because the nation is falling into a moral abyss and “only I” can stop the moral decline. I am quoting somewhat closely several candidates including Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz. He recently plagiarzed Robert Bork’s book name, Slouching to Gomorrah.
I wonder if the majority of the public sees his moral judgments as I do, as arbitrary rules he inherited from his own particular history.
Another candidate who talks a lot about morals is Marco Rubio. He cleverly attends both Protestant evangelical and Catholic services to make sure his “moral” bases are covered. Reporters here in Iowa have been trying to pin him down as to whether he would advocate exception to abortion bans for rape and incest. He is firmly in favor of both no exceptions and exceptions.
That this particular election is more important than any other due to a decline in morals reminds me that Jesus thought the world would end in his lifetime. Countless other people have predicted the end as well. I think the current prediction is December 15, 2015.
One wonders if the Chicken Little effect will kick in, that people will grow weary of hearing the end is near of collapse of morals is eminent. It seems obvious morals just chug along, changing in certain ways as society changes, but never really get worse.