VDH observes that those of us who do not subscribe to equalitarian dogma are deemed sinners by modern society:
The radically egalitarian ethos demands always the descent to the lowest common denominators of taste. A world without requisites is the fairest. To capture the most attention of the masses requires a Cyrus, Gaga, or West. Once classical canons of artistic, literary, or musical expression were torn down, and once those classically trained rebels who ripped them apart have passed on, we are left with the ruins of trying to shock what is perhaps beyond being shocked. What more could Miley Cyrus do — wear two foam fingers? Could Mr. West mount his girlfriend, and sing and dance while riding backwards?
In other words, once you have rebelled against hexameters, quarter notes, or realistic representation, and after you have rebelled against that rebellion with crucifixes in urine, obscenity-laced rap, and peek-a-boo nudity on stage, what are you left with? The 20th-century rebels who knew what they did not like have been replaced by the anti-rebels who don’t know that there was ever something against which to rebel. Again, we are left with the 21st-century of Lady Gaga giving birth to a blue sphere, Miley Cyrus probing body orifices with a foam oversized finger, and Kanye West humping on a motorcycle while reciting obscene nursery-rhyme ditties.
In a society where endorsing fairness and equality equates with success, no supposedly arbitrary canons can exclude much of anything. Who are you to say that song A is bad, or movie B is good, given your own class, race, and gender privileges that result in excluding someone or something? The less dialogue and the more explosions and nudity earn supposedly more ticket-buyers, at least until a new generation wishes to build something from the ashes.
There can be no truth in our culture, given that it discriminates and proves hurtful to too many. The greatest sin in America is not to lie, but to embrace a hierarchy of any sort at all.
So be it. I blaspheme against the equalitarian worms thusly:
ALL MEN ARE NOT EQUAL. WOMEN ARE NOT MEN. MEN ARE NOT WOMEN. CHILDREN ARE NOT ADULTS. ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. REALITY EXISTS AND IT IS NOT SUBJECTIVE. MORALITY EXISTS AND IT IS NOT SUBJECTIVE. HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABNORMALITY. RACE IS SCIENCE. CIVILIZATION IS NOT A GIVEN.
And, of course, the capstone:
THERE IS NO EQUALITY. EQUALITY DOES NOT EXIST IN ANY REAL, MATERIAL, LEGAL, OR SPIRITUAL SENSE.
And in more pragmatic terms, VDH’s article tends to put Ann Barnhardt’s essay, We are the Gold, in a stark and brutal light, does it not? Morality matters, and the society that casts morality aside will have no choice but to suffer the consequences.