The acquiescing Aquinas
Daniel Johnson in the New York Sun (no link) writes of going to the recent Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony at the White House to see his father, the author Paul Johnson, who is of course English, receive the Medal of Freedom. The younger Johnson applauds America for not limiting the Medal of Freedom to Americans, contrasting America favorably with his own stuffy and narrow country, where the British Order of Merit is only given to British subjects. It’s the same old neocon thing. Any value that is merely national, limited to the people of a particular country, is morally inferior. Unless a thing is equally accessible to every nationality on earth (like U.S. citizenship, say), it’s no good.
Displaying the sickening self-congratulation that characterizes the neocon establishment, Johnson describes the Catholic neocon Michael Novak, who was also at the dinner, at the “Aquinas of our time.”
By the way, has this Aquinas of neoconservatism said anything about Mary Cheney’s test tube baby? Not as far as I can tell. I guess it’s too much fun being on the White House guest list. And hardly anyone else in the conservative movement has said anything about it either, not even, to my surprise, the hard-line Concerned Women for America, though Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a decent piece on it. Why the silence? If we can judge by comments at the Corner, many conservatives feel that Mary’s pregnancy is a private matter. But liberals don’t see the Cheney event as a private matter at all—to the contrary, they are celebrating it to the skies. Andrew Sullivan has a cover article in The New Republic hailing the pregnancy as a major step toward the pro-homosexual society he champions, and Ruth Marcus writes in the Washington Post, “Whether she intends it or not, [Mary Cheney’s] pregnancy will, I think, turn out to be a watershed in public understanding and acceptance of this phenomenon,” meaning homosexual couples having test tube babies. So it’s not just a private issue, is it?
Marcus then continues, in what is perhaps the single most perverted sentence I have ever read:
“[This] high-profile pregnancy will help the Republican party come to grips with [the] facts of life.”
For triumphant liberals, unopposed by silently acquiescing “conservatives,” the facts of life now means that a man masturbates into a test tube and hands the test tube to a lab technician who injects the contents of the test tube into a lesbian’s vagina.