Even though it’s not an election year, it’s clear the avenues of communication between North Dakota Democrats and national liberal media like the Huffington Post are still wide open.
A couple of weeks ago Rep. Kevin Cramer delivered the commencement remarks at the University of Mary in Bismarck. In the remarks, Rep. Cramer decried what he sees as societal decline in areas like violence and vulgarity in the media, legalized abortion and school shootings. That, of course, runs afoul of the Democrat narrative about abortion which holds that anyone questioning the morality of it is a dangerous extremist out to hurt women.
Now the Huffington Post is on the story. Here’s video of Cramer’s remarks, and an excerpt:
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Just in the last several days, a Bismarck news anchor mistakenly uttered vulgarity on live television. He’s been heralded by celebrities from New York to California as some sort of pop icon. His bosses have been called goons because they fired him.
We learned this week that the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to rape, and advocated that military personnel and colluding chaplains who proselytize should be court-marshalled.
Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortion on demand. And we wonder why our culture sees school shootings so often.
I think some of Cramer’s conclusions here are a little silly. It’s fashionable for each generation of Americans to think they’re living in some modern Babylon. There was a generation who thought Elvis and the Beatles were ushering in the end times. Today it’s violent video games and sex on television.
Yet, by most metrics, our society is better off. Teen birthrates are down. Unwanted pregnancies are down. Violent crime, up to and including school shootings, are down.
So people don’t get so wrapped around the axle about profanity, violent video games and provocative television. Big deal.
But Cramer’s remarks grabbing the attention of a national media outlet is a preview of things to come. In the 2010 election cycle Rep. Cramer will be on his own at the top of the ballot in North Dakota. There will be no Senate race, or Governor’s race, to share the spotlight. As such, Cramer is going to be in the crosshairs of a Democrat party that’s feeling bold after eking out a win with Heidi Heitkamp in last year’s Senate race.
If we thought 2012 was a nasty election cycle, 2014 is probably going to be worse.