By Patrick J. Buchanan – March 1, 2002
“I believe condoms [are] part of the solution to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and I encourage their use by young people who are sexually active. You’ve got to protect yourself. … Forget about taboos, forget about conservative ideas. … It’s the lives of young people that are put at risk by unsafe sex, and therefore protect yourself.”
This ringing endorsement of condoms, given to the world’s young via MTV by Colin Powell, has probably doomed any chance he had to be on a Republican ticket. But the general probably does not care, for he obviously believes he was speaking the truth.
But he was not. The general has been had, as have America’s young who, in the millions, are now suffering the awful consequences of having believed the propaganda of the Sexual Revolution – that condoms are the way to have it all. For despite Powell’s testimonial to condoms as offering protection against disease, this appears to be one of the frauds of our time.
Consider, if you will, last summer’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services titled, “Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention.”
The report first gave the numbers of new cases of STDs in the year: 63,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS, 70,000 of syphilis, 650,000 of gonorrhea, 1 million of genital herpes, 3 million of chlamydia, 5 million of trichomoniasis, 5.5 million of human papillomavirus.
The study then coldly concluded there is “no clinical proof” of the effectiveness of condoms in preventing genital herpes, syphilis, chancroid, trichomoniasis or chlamydia, and no clinical proof of their effectiveness in preventing gonorrhea in women, though condoms do offer “some risk protection” for men against gonorrhea.
Condoms also do provide 85 percent protection against the HIV/AIDS virus, or roughly the odds one has of escaping unscathed when playing Russian roulette with a six-shooter with one chamber lethally loaded – if you’re interested in playing Russian roulette.
Thus, according to our own government, condoms are a fraud. And partly because they believed that fraud, 45 million Americans now suffer from herpes, for which there is no known cure, and 900,000 suffer from HIV/AIDS.
Are these diseases spreading because of a lack of availability of condoms? Hardly. As Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family told Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes”: “The federal government has spent $3 billion in the last 30 years to promote the safe-sex ideology, and it’s been a disaster. At the time they started, there were only two sexually transmitted diseases that were at an epidemic level, and there are now more than 20. One in three Americans over 10 years of age has a sexually transmitted disease.”
According to Dobson, the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that even this astronomical figure may be low. If what he says is accurate, America’s young have been lied to about condoms and are suffering in the millions and dying in the thousands for having believed those lies.
Former Congressman Dr. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma makes exactly that charge against the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. “The failure of public-health efforts to prevent the STD epidemic in America,” says Coburn, “is related to CDC’s ‘safe-sex’ promotion and its attempt to withhold from the American people the truth of condom ineffectiveness.”
“[T]he CDC has systematically hidden and misrepresented vital medical evidence regarding the ineffectiveness of condoms to prevent the transmission of STDs. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge clinical research has contributed to the massive STD epidemic.”
And because women believed that “condoms would protect them during intercourse,” says Coburn, “millions of women in our country now suffer from the ravages of diseases, including pelvic cancer infections, infertility and cervical cancer.”
Coburn calls for the same kind of warning labels on condoms as we put on cigarette packs. If what their ex-colleague says is true, Congress ought to stop worrying about Enron and get to the bottom of this scandal at CDC, which may have contributed to the ruin of the lives of millions of unsuspecting American women.
As for Powell’s advice, it would appear to have been on the same moral plane as telling teens who drink and shoot drugs to be sure to use clean needles and buy only bonded whiskey.
But what they needed to hear from the secretary is the truth. The laws of nature and nature’s God have not been repealed. As the Bible says, so it remains: The wages of sin is death.