Robert Reilly, chairman of the Committee for Western Civilization, observes that for any individual, moral failure is hard to live with because of the rebuke of conscience. Habitual moral failure, what used to be called vice or sin, can be lived with only by obliterating conscience through rationalization. The door of the conscience is systematically forced open wider and wider by rationalization until the point is reached where the formerly objectionable practice is occurring constantly and for whatever reason:
“Your conscience is the part of you which embraces what is good and which rejects evil. It is like the doorkeeper of a house which is open to friends and closed to enemies.” (Hilary of Arles, Ancient Christian Devotional, p. 127)
Rationalization is a defense mechanism, a form of self-deception that compromises and befouls conscience so as to make tolerable and acceptable thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and motives that would otherwise be unacceptable, thus when we rationalize, we convince ourselves that heretofore forbidden gross sexual fantasies, fantasies of sadistic infliction of pain and other perverse desires and actions are permissible:
" We advance the reality of the desires over the reality of the moral order to which the desires should be subordinated. In our minds we replace the reality of moral order with something more congenial to the activity we are excusing. In short, we assert that bad is good." (Culture of Vice, Robert Reilly, Orthodoxy Today)
Rationalization, aka political correctness is the wisdom of fallen man that,
".... is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy ." James 3:15-17
When a person deceives himself habitually, his conscience becomes seared, thereby allowing his harmful or destructive thoughts and behaviors to become justified in his mind. In this way he becomes a self-convinced and indefatigable public advocate of his own moral failures, ill will, and myriad vices. Two examples of this are Bruce Jenner with his so-called "logical" advocacy of his supposed femaleness, and the unflagging advocacy of so-called global change:
“Climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” – Barack Obama,US President
“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.”- Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation
Over and across America, the unrelenting and determined power of wicked rationalization known as political correctness drives the culture war, giving it its revolutionary character and making its advocates relentless. Rationalization in the guise of radical politics, global change, environmental justice, racial justice, gender theory or economic justice may draw its energy from desperation, furious bitterness, jealousy, covetousness and envy but it is all the more powerful and tireless for that.
Since failed rationalization means self-recrimination, it must be avoided no matter the cost--to babies, children, adults, whole cultures and civilizations. For this reason, the myriad vices being forced upon our culture such as "gay" rights (sodomy), "choice" (the right to kill the unborn), and big lies such as evolution and global change as factual science are not subject to reasoned discourse. Advocates of vices are not interested in finding 'true' truth but in maintaining the illusions that allow them to continue their lies, behaviors and destructive agendas. For them to succeed in this, everyone must submit to their rationalizations or be destroyed by way of demonization; accusations of hatred, bigotry and insanity; public shaming, shunning and scape-goating. This is why revolutionary change is required:
" The necessity for self-justification requires the complicity of the whole culture. Holdouts cannot be tolerated because they are potential rebukes. The self-hatred, anger, and guilt that a person possessed of a functioning conscience would normally feel from doing wrong are redirected by the rationalization and projected upon society as a whole (if the society is healthy), or upon those in society who do not accept the rationalization. " (Reilly)
And so it must be. If you are going to center your public life on the act of sodomy or of beheading aborted babies and selling their body parts or in seizing control of all wealth and resources in order to refuse them to hated "others" you had better transform your failures and evil intentions into highly virtuous intentions and moral acts.
America is collapsing because though a society can withstand any number of persons who try to advance their own moral disorders as public policy,
" ... it cannot survive once it adopts the justification for those moral disorders as its own. This is what is at stake in the culture war. " (Robert Reilly, chairman of the Committee for Western Civilization)