Porn and Our Regularly-Scheduled Bi-Election Immigration Crisis

Porn and Our Regularly-Scheduled Bi-Election Immigration Crisis July 23, 2014

 

There are two kinds of people who obsessively watch porn.

Those who enjoy it.

and …

Those who believe it.

Either way, porn is addicting and degrading. Porn is based on degrading a group of people for the titillation of those who get off on the degradation.

Both those who watch porn because they enjoy it, and those who believe it, will become addicted to it if they don’t pull back from it. That alter world where degradation of other people reigns will take them over and the day will come when they find they can’t just turn it off.

The difference between those who watch it for the titillation alone, and those who get so wound into it that they believe it, is the difference between doing harm to oneself and doing harm to others.

The porn believers can become dangerous as they seek to act out the things they have watched. Every prostitute I’ve ever known has told me about painful and rather hideous things johns did to them in attempts to live out things they’d seen in porn. Rape victims report the same stories.

I would guess that the international sex tourism industry finds its customers among porn believers. Acting out fantasies of degrading other people can take porn believers over. That leads to every kind of horror for their victims.

These same assessments also apply to intellectual porn. All the demagogues of all the eras and epochs of history instinctively knew this. They could, by producing the mind porn of hate politics, gain power. It was — and is — as seductive to the demagogue as to the demagogues’ followers.

The practice of moral and intellectual demagoguery gets votes. It ups ratings, sells books and pleases advertisers. It also confers a kind of heady, ego-driven power over other people.

There are, as usual, two kinds of people who obsessively watch this intellectual porn or listen to it on the radio.

Those who get off on the titillation it provides.

and …

Those who believe it.

The trouble with demagogic porn is that it never, ever, claims to be a fantasy. Point a finger at sexual pornographers and one of their first defenses is that “it’s not real.”

But the purveyors of intellectual porn always, always, always claim that what they are saying is factual and true. They can get away with this because it usually is based on facts. What they leave out is that the facts are carefully selected to promote one viewpoint and that the facts are mixed with a lot lying implications.

Here is a case in point:

The sudden incessant discussion of the supposedly all-new “border crisis” is moral and intellectual porn. It is obvious demagoguery.

This story gets ramped up every bi-election season. Then, after the votes are counted, it goes away. It is being put out there right now because we are in a bi-election season.

It is political demagoguery, designed to gain power. It is also intellectual and moral porn of the worst sort.

The problem of people coming over America’s southern border illegally is real. The trajectory of children crossing the border alone has taken on a 70 degree angle. It has gone up, and is going up.

However, the wild stories about gangs meeting them at the border to recruit them and how one in four of them are “criminals” are untrue. They are being told to ratchet up the emotions and build the outrage past rational thought. The constant 24/7 drumbeat of hysteria about this issue is manufactured for political reasons.

One of the simplest and most effective things we could do to stem this tide of people crossing into our country illegally would be to severely punish the business interests who hire them. If they couldn’t find jobs, a lot of this would go away.

If you try to pass a law like this, the business interests will work against it with all they’ve got. And they will win, especially if the people who are running the show at the time are Rs. I’m not just saying this. I’ve seen it. I can also verify with court actions taken by business interests to attack such laws.

We also need to look past the Rio Grande and consider why they’re coming. We spend billions “building” countries in other hemispheres. Perhaps we should take a more serious look at our own.

However, this is all talk. Nobody is going to fix the border problem. Nobody wants to fix it. Just try to act on either of these two suggestions and watch who will object. It will be the same people who own the media that runs this bi-election immigration frenzy.

This reportage is demagoguery for political purposes.

It is moral and intellectual porn designed to whip people around. It uses fear and hatred of other people to get viewers worked up past the thinking point and keep them there until November. It turns good people into the face of ugly. At that point, it is impossible to reason with the viewers and believers of this porn. They are irrational.

The easiest and simplest way to avoid falling into the porn trap (whatever the type of porn) is to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.

No other church will take the stands on issues where the public is all whipped up against them. Other denominations follow the zeitgeist. It pains me to say this, but all I have to do is consider the sounding silence I’m hearing from everyone but the Catholic Church right now, and the ugliness I’ve seen on this one issue from various clergy in the past.

If you want to go to heaven, do what the Church teaches. If you want to follow Christ, then turn off the porn.

What these media people are doing by deliberately whipping people up into mass hatred in order to change how they vote is deeply immoral. It is anti-Christ.

If you blindly follow them, you become immoral and anti-Christ, right along with them.

My delete file is bulging with ugly, bitter and downright crazy diatribes against both me and the Catholic bishops because I dare to say this.

So be it.

I am a Christian. I am a Catholic. I choose Christ.

It is my responsibility as a Christian, Catholic blogger who chooses Christ to say this. If nobody listens, that’s on them.

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30 responses to “Porn and Our Regularly-Scheduled Bi-Election Immigration Crisis”

  1. I’ve never noticed that this is a biennial problem, but I’ll take your word. To me it is a perennial problem that needs to be dealt with for justice and it’s nothing new. The narcotraficantes’ violence, though, is.
    Just one thing I would mention, the commercial interests pushing for cheap labor via free immigration are both R and D. The casino owners, and Disney along with a lot of others are mostly just crony capitalists who may be sometimes supportive of Rs, but they’ll get in bed with anybody to further their businesses, regardless of effects. Ask Harry Reid. He’s their senator.

  2. “One of the simplest and most effective things we could do to stem this tide of people crossing into our country illegally would be to severely punish the business interests who hire them. If they couldn’t find jobs, a lot of this would go away.”

    Ah, but the real problem is that there are industries that can only find workers to do the work by hiring illegals. If these businesses started closing down and moving out of town because the flow of illegals was stopped, then the politicians would be voted out as well.

    The real problem is our declining birth rate, which is due to contraception.

    We do not have enough workers anymore to support the existing population, so we need to import them. Europe did the same thing for years with their “guest worker” programs, and now they have issues with a large Muslim population. So again, here we see another bit of social chaos caused by contraception.

    • While there is no question that declining birth rates have not helped, it is not simply that these industries cannot find anyone willing and legal. Rather, they cannot find anyone legal and willing to the work at the wages these companies want to pay. Most of these job are the dirtiest, hardest work possible in our society– dull, repetitive, back-breaking work, work that can often carries significant health and safety risks (especially if companies cut corners in these areas, as they have been known to do). And yet these companies offer little more than minimum wage (and there are companies that have pulled all kinds of chicanery to pay far less than that). Only the truly desperate would accept these jobs at such low pay– and desperate are what illegal immigrants are.

      • Keary nails it! If the (ordered, legal) free market took its course, employers would have to pay more money to attract legal workers, or go out of the business they are in and do something else with their capital that can sustain wages that attract legal workers. But instead, they corrupt and maniplulate the market, colluding with government that looks the other way, by attracting and hiring illegal immigrants from other economies where the wages are even lower. (Much of what gets derided as “free market” evil is not the workings of a free market, properly understood, at all. It’s a corrupt, maniplulated and distorted market.)

        Much of what is being called for as immigration reform is effectively a bailout of these racketeer employers that formalizes and legalizes their racket and grants amnesty to their crimes.

    • There are MILLIONS of Americans who would love to have a decent job. We aren’t willing to work for less than the minimum wage, though, and therefore the employers you are referring to aren’t interested in hiring us. And if those businesses who violate the law on a regular basis in this respect were forced out, their places would be taken by those who would pay their employees at least the minimum required by law, even if not enough to live on (but that’s another story).

  3. I agree that the two points about enforcement of employment law and looking into why many Latin American countries are in such poor condition that thier people want to leave in droves are sorely under-discussed. (I also agree that Republicans are often to blame for the resistance to enforcing employment law, but would point out that these are the “establishment” or the “chamber of commerce” Republicans that are under seige by the “Tea party” Repubs. So, many folks are in agreement with the tea party folks on this matter perhaps without realizing it.)

    However, I wonder what specifically we’re talking about that constitiutes whipping people up into mass hatred. I don’t know whether it’s so easy to dismiss concerns about gang recruitment. All of it is lies? Are there some good sources on this I have missed?

    That gangs would take advantage of the situation is surely not a far-fetched notion. And, those who are concerned or outraged about reports of gang recruitment, can’t they be outraged out of concern for the young immigrants?

    Let’s say for the sake of argument that it is the case that all reports of gang recruitment and dangerous criminality are false. Are the people who are falling for it hating immigrants, or may they just be concerned about crime? Do we assume the worst?

    Of course, falsely founded outrage for crime is not a good thing, but does this go into the hate column automatically?

    I just want to help you sharpen your argument.

    • Thank you for the editorial help George. 🙂

      1. Turn on your tv.
      2. Set it to cable news that goes to the right.
      3. Look at campaign ads all around the country in the next few months.
      4. Then see what happens after the election.

      • Thanks, Rebecca. I pay plenty of attention to media providers of all slants on the issue. I’ll try harder to see everything that you’re seeing.

    • It probably is in some places. I’m going to get back on the Ds Manny. I can and do criticize both parties. How about you?

      • Yes, I recognize an issue when it’s for political purposes. Tax cuts on the right is a biennial motivator for the grass roots on the right. It doesn’t mean it’s necessarily wrong or I don’t support it, but I recognize the manipulation.

  4. An interesting angle. I too agree with your characterization of the hyperbole as porn. Your failure to include the D influence in trying to overrun the system with illegals is rather telling though. I also wish the bishops had not politicized the church by “staging” the holy sacrifice of the mass at the border. Were it just innocent solidarity then I imagine they would perform such masses with regularity before the supreme court for an end to abortion, that sacrosanct “scarament” of D politicians.
    As a nation of laws our bishops should be rallying for changes to unjust laws but political showmanship on the border security issue just plays into the D hands of claiming they “side with the church”. Does the church, like the current occupant of the oval offce support the violation of our laws on immigration? This is a political hornets nest which the church should stay out of. How sad that many of our prelates either willingly or unwittingly support the Ds, when the D’s support in a wholesale fashion, the secular culture on the 5 non-negotiables of abortion, cloning, emryonic stem cell research, homoseual acts and euthanasia. We can disagree on immigration and remain members of the church. One cannot disagree with the doctrine of the faith on the 5 non-negotiables and claim to remain in union with the catholic faith.
    The R’s are major hypocrites themselves but at least they have not yet succumbed to the public support of the secular take on the 5 non-negotiables as the Ds have done long ago.
    As a catholic who tries to live by the magisterium I pray for more Bishops like Cardinal Burke.

    • I jump on the Ds all the time. Read the blog and see. The Ds tar me for it, while the Rs want to put a halo over my head. When I criticize the Rs, everybody changes positions. 🙂

      As for the Bishops saying mass at the border, I have no problem with that. Priests say mass in war zones, don’t they? Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from the people He came to save. Our job — and that of the bishops — is to take Jesus to everyone, everywhere; including the border.

    • Ajo, there were bishops and priests on the steps of the Supreme Court at the March for Life and lots of other times. I doubt they would be allowed to celebrate a mass there as it is a secure space and would be a nightmare.
      I get aggravated because the bishops don’t confront their brother bishops in CA, but Pope Francis has done that with a pretty strong statement, which was a first as far as I know.
      Also, read Rebecca’s previous article on immigration. Lots of info and food for thought.

    • 5 non-negotiables of abortion, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, homosexual acts and euthanasia.

      Interesting. So those are the 5 non-negotiables? Catholics cannot have their own opinions on these issues?

      • So sorry for the delay in response Bil; when one opposes truth (Jesus teaching through His church) one cannot remain in the truth (the body of Christ – the church). When one opposes the truth the only remedy is to confess one’s sin and do penance. So, no, Catholics cannot act on their own opinions which happen to be contrary to the church. As to holding erroneous opinions in contravention of church teaching, many of us do that and have to pray for the grace to remain faithful to the Truth, despite temptation to error, until we can have our blinders removed and see the error of our ways.

        May God have mercy on you sir, and me as well.

        • AJO,

          It is a great blessing that we live in a time and a place when and where we are fairly free to hold and express our own opinions. If you think that the great intelligence behind all this, which you call “God”, has chosen Jesus and his followers and ultimately the Roman Catholic Church as the sources of information for us to use in our daily life to judge not only our own behavior but also the behavior or others, I feel that I would have to say that you are sadly mistaken. Sorry for the run-on sentence. This of course is only my opinion, which I feel I am free to express in a reasoned discussion.

          • We must agree to disagree Bill. I shall pray for you and ask for your prayers as well. The gift of faith in God, in the person of Jesus Christ, is not earned or achieved but is a free gift from God. I do not deserve this gift but I have received it. I shall pray for you to receive this gift as well.

            I agree that it is a great blessing to be able to freely hold and express opinions, for now, but God will not be mocked. Our country, blessed beyond measure (in the history of the world) by God has turned its back on God and will suffer for its snub of God and Truth.

            A couple of questions for you Bill, 1.do you acknowledge the existence of hell and the fact that we will be judged based on our actions in this life? 2. Do you believe that Jesus existed (and continues to exist)? 3. Were you raised with any Christianity and if so do you still have any faith? May God bless you sir. AJO

  5. In addition to the many excellent points that you have raised here, I would add another layer of complexity to this issue. For the issue of illegal immigration cannot be separated from the many and complex issues of our agricultural system. It is immigrants, legal and illegal, who work in our massive fields picking our tomatoes and lettuces. It is immigrants who work in our slaughter houses and meat packing plants preparing the cuts of beef, pork, and chicken we buy in our grocery stores and at our restaurants. There really is very little in our industrial agricultural that does not rely heavily on the labor of immigrants to do back breaking labor for pittance, often under conditions that you and I would consider inhumane. Unless you grow and raise one hundred percent of the food you eat, or meticulously source the origins of your food, the odds are very good that an immigrant, legal or illegal, had a hand in providing your food.
    There are a myriad of reasons for this– as I said the issues here are complex, and there are MANY MANY hands in this particular pot (something we here in my home state of Iowa are all too aware of). But consumer choices are absolutely part of it. These companies pay pittance because that is one way they can satisfy our never ending demand for food at rock bottom prices, no matter how they achieve those prices.
    I am not saying that this is THE reason, or even perhaps the main reason, but it is certainly a factor– one that is often left out of these immigration debates.

  6. Friends, smart shoppers, countrymen, hold please thy sneers! R b’men (most smaller, struggling entrepreneurs) hiring illegals? Yes, because we insist on the
    cheapest prices. How else to cut costs and be competitive (Fredx2)? What crafty negotiators we are.

    AJO, there is no such thing as “staging” a Mass my malignant muse. It is a Holy Sacrifice offered by God’s priests resplendent with Grace for all. Our prelates are not plugging a political party, pal. They’re standing with courage (comes from Grace) against very twisted evil. Can I get an amen?
    And why should the Church stay out of any hornet’s nest when it involves real live humans? Political posturing: AJO. Concern for people: Bishops.

    The “R’s … have not yet succumbed to the public support of the secular take on the 5 non-negotiables’? Preposterous- what “5 Non-nego R” proponents do you propose?

    Stop looking for the splinter in other’s eyes. Among the ‘they’ that will
    be held responsible- in the end- be us.

  7. “One of the simplest and most effective things we could do to stem this tide of people crossing into our country illegally would be to severely punish the business interests who hire them. If they couldn’t find jobs, a lot of this would go away. ”

    I used to believe that. Then I started listening to this latest wave of immigrants. I do not think that these Central Americans are coming for work.

    • Theodore, I’ve been very, very involved in Central America for years. They have a huge problem, first with corruption that goes from the highest to the very lowest. Their second problem is with violence, linked inextricably with corruption. It has always been that way. They are very good at stories about their hardships but really do not take action. They think they will get permanent residence which is why they are coming.
      I’m sorry this has to be such a blanket statement as there are individual cases.
      Please look at the statistics. Violence is not up and the murder rate is about what it was during the civil wars there.
      I believe in immigration but not sentimentalism.

  8. I’m Catholic and I appreciate church’s concern for immigrants: it seems to resolve into supporting a person’s basic right to find a way to live.

    I’m disgusted by the Democratic Party here: EACH TIME this immigration waiver stuff happens is said to be the “last time” it will happen. The Democratic Party nowadays is a gangster operation.

    The problem, though, is that even though Republicans are perfectly posed to wipe the snot out of the Democratis, they send for a Big Money Candidate of Wall Street Economic Libertarianism . . . which isn’t the solution to the problems we have.

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