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Hope and Optimism in America: Wins in the Culture Wars

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AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

optimismThe late Jesuit priest, scholar, and man of letters Paul Mankowski was fond of saying he saw no reason for optimism, but every reason for hope. The difference is that hope goes beyond the immediate circumstances and deals ultimately with the big picture: God is always in control, brings good out of the worst of evils, and has a plan for the universe, you, and me. This is important to remember. Americans are congenitally optimistic, but without hope, bad times can take us from the “Morning in America” of Ronald Reagan to the “WAH-WAHH” of Rachel Dratch’s character Debbie Downer. Downer-ism has its own perverse pleasures that can be addicting and can blind us to reasons we might have to see good things on the near horizon (optimism!) and not simply in the New Heaven and New Earth (hope!). We have every reason for hope these days but, thanks be to God, a great many reasons for optimism today.

Tammy Bruce highlighted a number of these reasons just a couple of days ago at AMAC in her article “Good News for Us Happy Warriors.” These included: a number of judicial decisions, most noticeably for millions of travelers Judge Mizelle’s striking down of the federal airplane mask mandate;  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s signing into law a bill ending Disney World’s special status as a kind of self-governing political territory in the state; and the shuttering of Warner’s streaming service CNN+ after three weeks.

There was much more in the article, but what’s wonderful and a sign of renewed optimism is how many more good things have happened since Bruce’s Friday column in the corporate world, judicial decisions and state-level legislation and administration. Most important, however, are optimistic signs rooted in that theological hope Fr. Mankowski referred to.

First, the good news from corporate America. Some of the good news is that the rule “Go Woke, Go Broke,” though not without exception, is being applied to some of the biggest offenders. Not only is woke Disney finding its shares cratering, but uberwoke Netflix, which foisted the child-porn Cuties and are planning a show about “pregnant men,” had a 37% crash on their shares after reporting massive losses of subscribers with more to come. It might seem some CEOs and boards are waking up to the disasters looming if they keep up their current positioning on public health tyranny and progressive ideology.

  • Delta has decided to take “mask violators” off their no-fly list, while United and American say they will do so, too.
  • Exxon has forbidden employees from flying the Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ pride flags from the flagpoles outside its corporate headquarters.
  • Baskin-Robbins has released its first new advertising campaign in twenty years and, rather than basing it on critical race theory or transgenderism, they have decided to highlight—of all things—their product. Ice cream! They have three new flavors!

Two more decisions from courts have come down in the last few days as well. They help in cracking down on the chilling of free speech and the continuing trend of racialized business dealings in the name of “equity.”

  • The 11th Circuit Court has given the green light to litigants suing the University of Central Florida on First Amendment grounds based on the way their “Bias-Related Incidents” bureaucracy works.
  • A New York appeals court ruled that Uber must pay the American Arbitration Association for a promotion in which they waived delivery fees for black customers but nobody else. This could cost them up to $91 million.

And in the political realm, Florida keeps serving as the political sunshine state. In addition to the law ending Disney’s self-governing status in Florida, Governor DeSantis signed this week the “Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees Act” (shortened to Stop W.O.K.E.” Act). This law forbids subjecting individuals to requirements that they accept or profess teachings that some group is inherently superior or inferior, victim or oppressor in order to get jobs, certification, licensing, credentialing, or passing grades on examinations in schools. Examples given include that:

  • “Members of one race, color, sex, or national origin are morally superior to members of another race, color, sex, or national origin.”
  • “An individual, by virtue of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
  • “An individual, by virtue of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin, bears responsibility for, or should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment because of actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, sex, or national origin.”

Not only did Florida pass this bill, but their Department of Health released guidelines on the treatment of children with gender dysphoria that actually “follow the science,” taking into account the harm done to children that has been acknowledged by experts in a number of countries. Those guidelines state:

  • “Social gender transition should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.”
  • “Anyone under 18 should not be prescribed puberty blockers or hormone therapy.”
  • “Gender reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.”

These are good signs all. Though our society is sick, many people are discovering courage to fight back politically and economically. I suspect that this has to do with the fact that though overall church attendance has been going down for a number of years in the United States, many serious believers—Christians and Jews—have become awakened to how bad the situation is. They are digging deeper into their own faith and relying on God, who gives hope for the long term and any success we have in the short term. At the Catholic Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota, where I live, there were growing numbers of men this year who have decided to seriously ask God whether they might serve in parish priesthood. Across the river, Anselm House, the marvelous Protestant Christian ministry organization, has bought a large building right by the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus so that they can help more students think in distinctly Christian ways about what it means to be a human being and serve God with one’s mind.

Victories in the culture wars require culture. Culture ultimately requires a good bit of worship—or cultus in the Latin. I think the victories we’ve been seeing are answers to prayers made by people who have been exercising that hope through a dark couple of years. And the victories build the kind of realistic optimism that can inspire more people to fight good fights to make our country saner and better.

There is plenty of bad news, no doubt. But I see every reason for hope and optimism today. And every reason to keep praying, fighting, and rebuilding our country.

David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.

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David Millikan
David Millikan
2 years ago

Winsome Sears, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia got it right when she said, “OUR GOVERNMENT IS WE THE PEOPLE-NOT WE THE POLITICIANS, NOT WE THE ELITE.”
I could not have said it better myself.

Marian Barchilon
Marian Barchilon
2 years ago

Yes.

Lynne Edwards
Lynne Edwards
2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this. It is so much more encouraging to hear the things that are moving in the right direction rather than the things that inspire hopelessness.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
2 years ago

The Democrat leaders, who are actually socialists and communists, are being increasingly thwarted from realizing their anti-American goals. This gives patriotic Americans a renewed hope that “this too shall pass.” It was not that long ago, that we were still a country of fairness. Americans were judged on their character and ability to do their work. Critical race theory was considered a far left, Marxist, fringe idea. If the midterm elections are honestly run, within a few years, most Americans will be able to have faith, once again. Yes, indeed, the USA is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Jonathan E Werdenberg
Jonathan E Werdenberg
2 years ago

I love that you stand for all that is right in America. Keep bringing the positive news, it does encourage hope and optimism.

Mario Capparuccini
Mario Capparuccini
2 years ago

I am part of a group of Christians who meet regularly for prayer every week to make intercession for our country. Praise be to God for the good news outlined in this article. This is an answer to prayer and an impetus to continue in prayer.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

When common sense logic and decency wins over madness in all aspects of our life that will be victory

Frances
Frances
2 years ago

I see it too! Well written article. Thank you.

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
2 years ago

I am thankful for AMAC. There needs to be a messaging service that promotes positive thinking. …and the more the better.

Frank
Frank
2 years ago

Biden not only divided the country the world governments have started choosing sides and the U.N. and their One World Government Order has begun. Biden is flooding the lower courts with liberal judges and with the traitor rhino republicans siding with the liberal left there still is no indication the 2020 rigged election that should have been overturned by now won’t be. Everyone keeps saying the republicans will win the midterms, yet the democrats aren’t worried because they got away with their 2020 coup so they are confident they will get away with yet another rigged election. Sorry but I do not see any hope or optimism at all.

Monk
Monk
2 years ago

You just talked about the “hope” we have in God and then you turn around and quote from an unashamed homosexual who’s sin is an abomination to our Holy God! I don’t want to hear anything Tammy Bruce has to say!! There is no hope in blatant sin and referencing a woman who is shaking her fist in God’s face doesn’t give me any hope in AMAC!!
You need to get consistent with God’s word and call sin, sin!!

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

Division in this country started with Obama, escalated with Trump, and now it is Biden trying to please his group —- which is not the entire country that POTUS should respect & treat equally. And reading comments that 68% of Republicans still believe that Trump won 2020 election, makes me believe America is headed to mid-terms thinking vote Red/Blue & not for the best candidates in USA elections.

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

God Bless our great country and our hard working people that allow us to live a good like. The American taxpayer is taken advantage of by too many of our politicians who think we work for them. They are to SERVE the people or find another JOB. Period!

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

Great article. Gives true Americans hope.

Janet Poling
Janet Poling
2 years ago

Thank you for this article! A great way to start the day!

Jeanine
Jeanine
2 years ago

Very good article! A welcome relief from all the doom and gloom from the reporting of present day events. The only part that disparate from the presentation was a quote from Bruce; whom is discordant with God’s law. Other than that, the article was a welcome relief.

TIKA
TIKA
2 years ago

how the HXLL did FATBOY pritzker get into a meeting with Trump? (see picture)

Chris Russo
Chris Russo
2 years ago

How dare you mention my God and his wonders of hope and his total control and then mention a open homosexual to prove your point. Maybe you should read your Bible, because my Bible says homosexuality is a grave sin. She has not and can not give her heart to Jesus as her God and Savior and still participate in her sin. Your publication went from a 10 to a 1 with this article and I will no longer read anything on your site and am now going to uninstaller your app. Because AARP was not fulfilling it’s duty to ADULTS, which is in it’s very description, I turned to you. I’m sorry I did that.

Gail
Gail
2 years ago

An article of hope. We feel a little lighter with these simple statements that show rationale. Godly thoughts are still winning. Needed relief for one day at a time

Mike Reinders
Mike Reinders
2 years ago

Great article

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Good article, but God never said to serve Him with just our minds, but to serve him with all our hearts and all our soul! How do we serve Him? By serving others!!

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