WASHINGTON, November 18, 2017 — Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has unleashed the morality police. And everybody from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey to the wheelchair-bound former President George H.W. Bush has stepped forward to beg the victims of their boorish rapiness to forgive them.
Actually, they don’t care about the victims; they are appeasing the morality police.
The morality police: Begging forgiveness for bad behavior
Now, it seems, not a day goes by without someone coming forward to relate their sad story of sexual humiliation at the hands of a favored member of the news-political-entertainment complex.
And Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore, Minnesota’s Senator Al Franken and MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin are feeling the heat.
It seems the offspring of the “anything goes” 1960s generation has rejected their parent’s boorish, cultural hedonism for a new secular puritanism. One that comes with a heavy price: the removal of the sinner’s hands from the powerful levers of popular culture, be it politics, radio, television, film or streaming internet content.
The morality police take on Actor Kevin Spacey.
Having been accused of committing various acts of sexual predation, Spacey’s popular Netflix political drama, “House of Cards,” was canceled and he is in the process of being erased from the upcoming film “All the Money in the World,” directed by Ridley Scott of “Blade Runner” fame.
Actor Christopher Plumber will replace Spacey in the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty, whose grandson, John Paul Getty III, was taken in July of 1973. Following the kidnapping, he was held for ransom.
It’s unclear how the film will be finished in time for its December release.
Would it be against the law for Ridley Scott to release the film with Spacey in it? Of course not.
The new puritanism ethics police
But there is little doubt such a move would ignite the passions of the new puritanism’s ethics police. They would organize theater protests and issue email talking points to newsrooms and TV networks on how to repudiate the film’s producers, editors, cameramen, key grips, publicists, and the ticket-buying public as enablers of sexual offenders.
And a quarter-century after the fact, Democrats are finally dealing with the party’s great sensualist. Kirsten Gillibrand, who holds the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by Hillary Clinton, told no less than the New York Times that President Bill Clinton should have resigned after the facts concerning his extramarital affair with White House Intern Monica Lewinski became, well, unimpeachable.
America’s AHA moment; courtesy of Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein
Thanks to Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein, America has arrived at a great aha moment: there simply aren’t enough morality police in the world to protect American society’s moral health.
Worst still, our modern, secular ethical system, which is forever shifting and evolving, failed.
The 60s generation that spawned Bubba Clinton and Weinstein rejects the steadfast Judeo-Christian moral authority Moses and Jesus Christ gave to us.
Judeo Christianity and the 60’s Generation
The New Testament book of 2nd Corinthians says, “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
In other words, the Judeo-Christian ethos manifests internally and individually before radiating outward to the world.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom,” said Benjamin Franklin. “As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
But there are other belief systems that reject the staunch, individualistic character of Judaism and Christianity for philosophies requiring external prodings by “masters” designed to enforce submission to its peculiar tenants.
Recently, Iran’s clerical authorities deployed 7,000 additional undercover “morality agents” in that nation’s capital, Tehran. They are tasked with enforcing a “fresh crackdown on women defying strict rules on the wearing of the hijab [headscarf], among other offenses deemed un-Islamic,” Britain’s Manchester Guardian reported.
Popular culture’s morality agents are a lot like Tehran’s, using clubs to enforce nebulous moral principles that will never find their way onto cold, dead hearts; the lifeless casualties of the “God id dead” 60’s culture wars.