It’s Not Just ‘Normal’ Versus ‘Crazy,’ It’s Good Versus Evil

What a week.

As per usual, President Joe Biden’s State of the Union “speech” was an incoherent mishmash of inane nonsense, manufactured hysteria, irrelevance and outright lies.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders provided a hard-hitting, no-nonsense response that went after the worst excesses being inflicted on the country: weakness in foreign policy, completely unenforced immigration laws, illegal drugs pouring across our borders, raging inflation, top-down economic meddling under the guide of “green” “investments,” and the absolute insanity of the culture wars.

“Whether Joe Biden believes this madness or is simply too weak to resist it,” Sanders said, “this administration has been completely hijacked by the radical left.” She drove the point home with one of her best barbs: “The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal or crazy.”

Kudos to the governor for saying what millions of Americans have been thinking for quite some time now. But in truth we are wayyyy past “normal” versus “crazy.”

This is good versus evil.

It isn’t just Biden’s deeply destructive policies, or the Olympic-level gymnastics our profoundly deceitful press engages in to pretend that his bald-faced lies are the truth.

It’s everywhere.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) tweeted a “thumbs up” photo of himself headed to the State of the Union Address, sporting a pin that was the word “Abortion” with a cut-out heart for the first “o” in the word; a gift from Planned Parenthood. “Abortion is essential healthcare,” Markey’s tweet read, “and we need to codify this right.”

I remember when Democrats maintained that abortion was a sad but sometimes necessary circumstance. Former President Bill Clinton sought to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” Now it’s celebrated; it’s a fashion statement; it’s jewelry. Legislation being passed in blue states is legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and those calling to “codify” Roe v. Wade want the same kind of law passed by Congress.

Celebrating the destruction of our own children — including full-term, viable babies in utero — is not just “crazy”; it is evil.

Every day, the Twitter account Libs of TikTok exposes more of the attitudes and actions of so-called progressives — often teachers with the responsibility for shaping young minds — who are exposing children to their own sexual predilections, their gender confusion and their insecurities about their own identities, and demanding that children be forced to “accept” it all as part of their “education.” That is not education; it is indoctrination. Encouraging sexual promiscuity and gender confusion in minors, promoting the mutilation of healthy bodies, hiding classroom behavior from parents and deliberately driving a wedge between children and their families is not just “crazy”; it is evil.

A State University of New York at Fredonia professor is under scrutiny; he’s been arguing for the normalization of pedophilia for at least 20 years. Other academics and activists insist that we should now use the term “minor-attracted persons” rather than “pedophiles.” Society should be more sympathetic, they say; the law should be more lenient.

Query: Do you think that the arguments pushing “gender transition” of children over the objection or without the knowledge of their parents will not be also used to justify covert sexual activity with children if the law and cultural mores move in that direction?

This isn’t just “crazy”; it is evil.

With disturbing frequency, the “radical left” Sanders referenced in her speech is honest about the side it has taken. One need look no further than this week’s Grammy Awards. Award nominees Sam Smith and Kim Petras performed their duet titled (wait for it …) “Unholy,” complete with ominous red lighting and dancers writhing amid flames. Smith was dressed like Satan in a red cape and top hat with horns. He tweeted photos of himself during rehearsal saying, “This is going to be SPECIAL.” To which CBS, the network broadcasting the show, responded with the tweet, “You can say that again. We are ready to worship!”

Worshipping Satan? Is that supposed to be funny?

And in a bit of irony that couldn’t be scripted, Smith’s performance was followed by a commercial break with the tagline, “the Grammy Awards are sponsored by Pfizer.” (Pfizer has seen its share of bad publicity over the past few months, most recently with Project Veritas’ hidden camera video footage of one of Pfizer’s employees stating that the pharmaceutical giant is considering deliberately mutating COVID-like viruses in the lab because the vaccines for those viruses are “cash cows.”)

The internet went ballistic. CBS deleted the tweet. Pfizer issued a statement saying that they sponsored the awards show, not any individual’s specific performance — which is not exactly the save they apparently think it is.

Even Madonna — a sad manifestation of excessive plastic surgery and unflattering style choices — was there to reinforce the message and her own cultural relevance. In introducing Smith and Petras, she said, “If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you’re definitely on to something.”

Really? Still? In the artistic struggle to be more and more “shocking,” “scandalous” and “dangerous,” what’s left? Do we even want to find out?

Sanders said, “Most Americans simply want to live their lives in freedom and peace, but we are under attack in a left-wing culture war we didn’t start and never wanted to fight.”

True. But our reservation and restraint have been our undoing. We may not have wanted this battle, but we are in it now, and our only choices now are to fight or to surrender.

In 1867, John Stuart Mill said: “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

We must not surrender. We’ve been “doing nothing” for too long.

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Laura Hollis

Laura Hirschfeld Hollis is a native of Champaign, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Hollis' career as an attorney has spanned 28 years, the past 23 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has nearly 15 years' experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences. Her scholarly interests include entrepreneurship and public policy, economic development, technology commercialization and general business law. In addition to her legal publications, Hollis has been a freelance political writer since 1993, writing for The Detroit News, HOUR Detroit magazine, and the Christian Post, on matters of politics and culture. She is a frequent public speaker. Hollis has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, community service and contributions to entrepreneurship education. She is married to Jess Hollis, a musician, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and they live in Indiana with their two children, Alistair and Celeste.

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  1. Excellent explanation of what is the true cause of the downfall of this once great nation. As seen in Israel’s early days, God does not ignore or look lightly upon nations that kick Him out of the public realm and replace Him with idols of their own making. We are seeing the results of removing prayer and the ten commandments from our society. When kids have no rules to follow, they will turn to all things evil.

  2. The left has waged a constant war to “Secularize” society and demonize Christianity and organized religion for sixty years. As the author relates, they even invented the dogma of “Separation of Church and State” when, in fact, the first amendment says only “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. It says absolutely nothing about the practice of voluntary prayer in government or public facilities which was common practice for most of our history. Or the fact that the word “God” in on all our currency, in our “Pledge of Allegiance”, and “Our Creator” is in our Declaration of Independence, and we have required people to swear “on the Bible” in court to tell the truth for all of our history, and we have our Politicians put their hand on the Bible when they are sworn into office, etc., etc.

    In the sixties and seventies the sexual revolution and “the pill” came along, freeing women from the burden of unwanted pregnancy and usurping some of the need for marriage and beginning the decline of our mores. Ditto, the rise of Planned Parenthood and our abortion culture. It took many years but radical Marxist ideology eventually took over our college campuses, inculcating and indoctrinating our youth and further changing our culture. Now we find that CRT and “sexual grooming” are all the way down to our elementary schools. Anti American sentiment is everywhere; our history is reviled and distorted and historical icons (all Christians) are erased. Few people realize that the founders of BLM are anti-family, anti-Christian and openly Marxist. Now, of course, we have radical CRT ideology pushed all throughout our government and even private companies. Though it used to be illegal, “rainbow flags” now fly over our embassies and Federal buildings and in military recruitment ads.

    Every sort of sexual prevision is lionized and supported by the left, and they want us now to call pedophiles “minor attracted persons”. We have a fake transgender “Admiral” as the highest ranking officer in our Health and Human services agency and he/she?, says it’s ok to sexually mutilate or castrate children in the name of “gender affirmation”. Then there’s the “non-binary” high level bureaucrat, in charge of our country’s nuclear waste disposal, who was just arrested for stealing women’s underwear out of other people’s airport luggage. It’s insane.

    Our religious foundations and moral compass has been destroyed in favor of “moral relativism”. Even our churches bow to the “woke” culture and most perform homosexual marriages and even support BLM and illegal “sanctuary” policies. Is it any wonder that our country is irreparably damaged and will soon be destroyed or turn into another secular totalitarian state. Just like every other Socialist/Communist state in history.

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