I heard recently that my home state of Maryland is on the verge of legislating gay “marriage” into existence there. I’m not surprised (frankly, I’m only surprised that they’re so far behind the curve of the rest of what is now mainstream liberalism; even the nominally red part of the state in which I grew up was positively filthy with fashionable yuppies). Really, I’m dead to the news.
Which is really a testament to how far liberalism has gone, and is going. Not even ten years ago, when the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ sodomy laws, Justice Scalia warned that this would lead to a push for gay marriage and everyone laughed at him. Well, here it is, and now our enemies are too busy swarming the deserted battlements to wipe the egg from their faces.
It’s easy for us to lose sight of what an historically unprecedented situation we’re in. I cannot find evidence of anything like a total, societal embrace of a vacuous ontological error like gay “marriage” anywhere in prior history. Not even legendary degenerates like Nero and Elegabalus presumed to make their flings the model on which civil law was to be promulgated. Which means that we are living in a society more deranged than the Roman Empire at its worst — in times characterized by historically unparalleled levels of depravity. And that’s to say nothing of the mass serial-killing of infants elevated to the status of a “human right” by the modern elites, from which has flowed waterfalls of blood that demand retribution.
What are we to make of this situation? If our common religion is not false — if, in fact, sins cry out to Heaven for justice — there will have to be a reckoning, a correction. And, indeed, there will be. It is pretty much a central feature of the order of being that evil will always be its own undoing. While the American state ramps up its totalitarianizing efforts, the threats which imperil its continued grasp on the affairs of the nation are mounting unchallenged. The Middle East is burning; the Euro is about to roll over like a well-trained dog; our own economy, crippled by terminal mismanagement, is gradually crapping the bed; and social cohesion has been wrecked by decades of leftist misrule, casually violent identity politics, cultivated dependency on a collapsing welfare and pension system, and the calculated destruction of every subsidiary institution which could possibly withstand the coming crash — all priming us for the harsh punishment soon to be ladled generously over this deserving nation. Because evil is not only its own undoing but, as Augustine pointed out, its own punishment — in every meaningful sense of the word.