Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Call girls and politics *UPDATE*


A comment was left, asking me why I chose not to link directly to the
Postmodern Coutesan. The post I was referring to, "Busy Tuesday," can be found here.

In retropspect, I probably should have linked directly. In fairness, there is no difference between linking to the postmodern coutesan blog than any other bloggers I take issue with. Maybe it's because I have a daughter that it more personal. I guess divorced dads with young teenage daugters pleading for more makeup might be a bit over sensitive.

At least, that's what I'm telling myself.

Much has been written on moral relativism, by myself, Paulie et al, at The Commons, BunkerMulligan, Sherry at Bittersweet and the ever thoughtful Marvin over at LittleRedBlog.

I ran across a blog today, called postmodern courtesan. It is authored by an obviously intelligent, educated and erudite writer. I'm reluctant to link to it, so if you want to read it, do a Google search.

There is a post about a 'relationship' with a man named Ellis, a very sympathetic fellow, indeed. Here, I use the term 'relationship' loosely. After all, she is a call girl. Notwithstanding her kind and good hearted nature, she is still a call girl.

The blog is well designed and well written and is very engaging.

It is also very disturbing. Our 'postmodern courtesan' blog has given another outlet/voice to what is a new front on the moral assault on the family and society-- the acceptance of anything goes.

No surprise, really.

In an election cycle that has seen new lows and deceit as an acceptable addition to the election process, the mainstreaming of Gay TV channels and blogging call girls should come as no surprise.

Someone just wrote me about the 'explosives' story that really isn't. My correspondent, a very insightful person, wrote that it would come as no surprise if we were to be at the receiving end of Heavenly swift kick in the rear (I'm paraphasing), as a result of completely a deliberate demeaning of the entire election process.

In response, I disagreed somewhat. I don't share the same 'fire and brimstone' as my insightful friend. I do believe however, that we have been experiencing a bit of neglect from the Power that is and will probably continue to do so. At any rate, theology isn't the point.

What is the point is that nowadays, anything goes and if anyobe thinks there won't be repurcussion, Heavenly and otherwise, they are sadly mistaken.

Now, I'm no fan of the 'good ole days' of repressed behavior, sexuality or back room politics and racial discrmination. I don't believe that mental illness is a curse from God, nor do I believe that Gays are inherently sinful by choice or that that aren't issues that aren't struggled with everyday. I've written about that before as have many others.

Nevertheless, there comes a point where we have to take responsibility for our actions, good or bad. While we can rightly claim the good we do, we must also take the blame for the wrongs we do- or those done in our name.

The postmodern courtesan is a blight on society in the same way terror is a blight to Islam. No amount of moral equivocation can change that.

Those words were chosen carefully. In the same way that terror groups have used Islam as a validation for their acts of evil, and as a result, they have decimated societies, in real and tangible ways.

The postmodern courtesan fired another shot at legitimizing her profession as 'necessary' or mainstream. For every Ellis, the sympathetic figure she writes about, there are men-- and women-- that end up with destroyed lives, familes and communities. It is a more benign terror, perhaps, but it is just as deadly. The trail of destruction is as real as any bomb going off anywhere, with victims and orphans of a different kind perhaps, but no less scarred.

The postmodern courtesan, symapthetic engaging and charming as she is, cannot justify the havoc her choices create. No blog, no recounting of the fine dining experiences and opera critique can change that. Like the well dressed and seemingly refined apologist for terror, the results of those choices made are incontrovertable. The destruction cannot be hidden. At some point, there must be a reckoning.

The postmodern courtesan's blog is disturbing, for many reasons. Read it, if you like.

In an time when 'anything goes,' I would like to add one more thing.

Like the postmodern courtesan, some politicians will say and do anything to legitimize their campaigns and agendas.

While we may accept is as 'business as usual,' we have our own responsibilities to other democracies. Like it or not, we have become the 'Light unto the Nations.'

As the Democrat Party and their power brokers and strategists gird themselves for the three ring circus of post election court fights and charges and counter charges, it might behoove them to think of what we look like to the rest of the world-- especially in countries where democracy is new or still young. We need not be teaching by example how to subvert a vote and make it appear 'legal.' In most countries, the legal system can easily be used to manipulate a populace. Is this the message we need to send? Do we need to set an example that contrived racial divides, concocted so as to further a political agenda, are accpetable? In countries where real discrimination exists, how credible are we if we engage is such practices?

At some point, the ideals of democracy must trump the personal ambitions and agendas of politicians and political parties.

We would be well served by Democrat politicians and a Democrat Party that shied away from a contrived spectacle of false charges and spurious, over the top court challenges.

No matter the differences between candidates and their ideologies, democracy isn't about the postmodern courtesan way of thinking.

Democracy is about a lot more than legitimizing the morally corrupt notion of that 'all is fair in love and war.'

Wandering Mind

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