Dennis Prager has reminded us that if President Obama were out of office tomorrow, absolutely nothing would change. Nothing. Why? Because the culture has changed. I recently re-read Robert Bork's "Sodom and Gomorrah" and noticed that he said the same thing in 1996. So for those of us on the right, we have to admit that for now we are beat? How do we get the culture back?
We know the answer is not a political solution. Why? Because at least 51 percent of the voters like the culture the way it is, and we know the GOP is not the answer because instead of standing strong for individualism, it spends most of its energy trying to find ways to appease and woo the various demographic groups of voters.
Richard Kelly's article in the June 26 Tribune ("Rachel Abrams and the need to confront amnesia," Other Views) describes the way today's culture is similar to the late 1960s and early '70s, and then he adds an interesting observation: Why was the Woodstock generation able to abandon their ways and vote for Ronald Reagan and thereby change the culture? He wrote, "Part of the reason was a religious revival. ... Simply put, after millions of formerly radicalized boomers had 'found Jesus,' many of them also experienced a political conversion." Bork suggested the same solution in '96.
Thus, for those of us on the right, I suggest we give a little time and money to our conservative politicians, but that we concentrate on praying for revival as most of you are already doing. We wish it would come now, but (religious leaders John and Charles) Wesley and George Whitfield had no idea that they would bring revival, either. It just came. I may not see it in my lifetime, but I hope it will come. I would rather it come without the religious excesses, but God can decide that.
Roy E. Rood