Roskam & Kirk: Courage, moral confusion and litmus tests (Part 1)

A friend sent out a note the other day to a group of people with the following text (and links) saying:

“I can’t possibly keep up with the depravity taking place in public education.

Gay students going ‘full kitsch’ for mixer

Club wants a splashy affair for its first dance at Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School

And I bet public funds were involved in some way, making the public complicit in this travesty.”

For those who don’t want to bother clicking on the above links (and since they might expire anyway), imagine how WGN and the Chicago Tribune would’ve covered the depravity of Rome during its collapse.

The Chicago Tribune has been embarrassing itself for years now in its unabashed confusion over the nature of human sexual impulses. The “enlightened” editorial board and various reporters truly don’t understand the connection between morality and civilization.

In addition to the above news items, the following appeared in another Chicago newspaper on the same day: “GOP reps Roskam, Kirk eyeing Senate seat.” In the piece, writer Steve Huntley mentioned that Congressman Peter Roskam was showing “political generosity” by inviting Congressman Mark Kirk to speak at last night’s DuPage County Republican Lincoln dinner. Huntley quoted Roskam saying this about Kirk:

“DuPage folks need to get to know Mark.”

“[Kirk] is one of those guys who I’ve really come to admire. He’s smart, he’s a hard worker, he does his homework, and I think he could be a very effective senator.”

I’ve met Roskam, have been impressed when seeing him speak, and applaud his success. Unfortunately, Roskam is now in danger of failing the litmus test that the base of the party must apply to would-be leaders.

That’s right, state Republican Party chairman Andy McKenna has it exactly wrong (as usual) when he talks about litmus tests. Andy thinks there shouldn’t be any; principled Republicans know there must be.

Roskam, I would assume, takes all the right positions on the social issues but then uses his “sharp” mind to rationalize. His possible support for a Kirk senate candidacy shows that he prefers to block out the recent Dennis Hastert history. He also seems to want to ignore the well-developed argument made by Republican Party platform supporters when it comes to the obvious connection between the social and economic issues.

Representative Kirk is the most left-wing Republican member of Congress in the country when it comes to abortion. His refusal to support the ban on partial birth abortion is an abomination. Roskam should know better than to be endorsing a man (Kirk) who, as Cathy Santos rightly pointed out, should switch parties.

Kirk is also proud of his open and enthusiastic support for so-called “homosexual rights.” The odds are pretty good that Mr. Kirk has never read anything that addresses the fundamental confusion over human behavior. Or if he has, there’s a good chance he is in the crowd that will always be unable to rise above that confusion. And because of the endorsement of his good buddy, Representative Roskam probably hasn’t yet applied his sharp mind to learning more about the subject either.

Huntley quotes Roskam’s desire for a “united party” facing a possible special election to fill the senate seat should Roland Burris step down.

If Peter wants a united party, then the insidious culture that existed surrounding the Hastert Speakership which ultimately led to the Mark Foley scandal cannot be tolerated again.

Let’s start with a simple question for misters Roskam and Kirk: Is it appropriate for a public high school to host a dance for its homosexual straight alliance club as reported in the articles linked above?

Steve Huntley refers to Roskam and Kirk as representing “generational change.” That’s nice, except sometimes one generation can be as foolish as the next. Huntley says both men are “sharp and energetic.” That’s nice, too, except that it would seem both men are in need of some remedial education when it comes to the very important social issues.

I’d recommends a return to school for both Roskam and Kirk. It’s never too late to learn. For those who are squeamish about discussing right and wrong, I’d suggest that part of being a serious, mature adult, is to have the capacity to do just that. If you would lead or hold high political office, it’s all the more important that you send yourself to boot camp and toughen up.

Up next: Part 2.

©2009 John Francis Biver