Friday, December 14, 2012

Weekend Read: Gaudete Sunday Edition

Some things to ponder over the weekend. Some may lift your heart others may just make you, well, think some more about things. Anyhow, interesting ideas regarding the Culture Wars.

John Hayward pens "Buying into the Culture War" after reading Glenn Reynold's recent article, "Where big GOP bucks could matter" in the NY Post.

Hayward writes,
Politicizing culture sometimes seems repulsive or unfair to conservatives.  We need to get over that, because the other side does it every day, in countless ways.  Those low-information voters tend to be very high consumers of popular culture.  Sometimes it’s the only medium for effectively communicating with them.  Better to spend a hundred million dollars on that pursuit right now, than on a hundred TV ads they’ll ignore in the fall of 2016.
By the way, Prof. Reynolds (The Instapundit) suggests

Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.
One of the groups with whom Romney did worst was female “low-information voters.” Those are women who don’t really follow politics, and vote based on a vague sense of who’s mean and who’s nice, who’s cool and who’s uncool.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suggests in"The End of Birth-Control Politics" in the WSJ, Dec. 13, 2012, that selling contraceptives over-the-counter would poke a hole in the Obamacare birth control mandate and get both government and the insurance industry out of the Birth Control business. Interesting.

We think all of these articles illustrate that the Contraceptive Mentality has won (not that we weren't warned by Humanae Vitae) but now we have to try new ways to win this battle.

Ponder. And sign up to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 25th.

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