Wednesday, 5 November 2008

A sad day for America

Obama has been declared president-elect.

My condolences to you, America.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

To those who voted against this, be encouraged. Change does not come only from within the White House. Change comes from the little everyday things that we do ourselves - loving our neighbours, caring for the poor, the sick, the orphaned, the widowed, raising our children with grace and truth, and teaching our children that which is just, right, and merciful.

As my husband and I watched the election coverage last night, I couldn't help but feeling that despite the disgusting amount of racism that still exists in America, black people have come much further than women have. These past months of campaigning have been evidence of that, with Palin mocked for everything from her hair and her shoes to the sparsity of the state she governed. Nothing she said or did, past or present, was taken seriously by the public or by the media. The Freedom of Choice Act is further evidence - women don't need to be told the truth, they're much too fragile and emotional for that, we'd much rather withhold information from them or even straight out lie to them. Silly little creatures, those women-folk are.

But that's another issue in itself.

Good luck, America. I fear you'll need it.


  1. I agree with all you have said, especially the part about women. You are right on with this post. It's a sad day for our nation. We can overcome. God will prevail when it's all said and done. I stand on His promise and pray for our nation. I pray for our President-elect because he can change his mind on every issue. The Holy Spirit can work miracles in a person's life. I pray Obama will allow Him to work in his.

  2. It's been a sad day for this nation! We're not a nation under God and haven't been for a looong time. But I still love America for the thing it was founded for freedom in Christ. We must not forget that!

    Thanks for your comment on the spanking post. I cannot believe it's "illegal" to whip a child under 2 and over 12. Wow, my husband would never move there now,seeing he got whippings past 12.

  3. The Freedom of Choice Act is further evidence - women don't need to be told the truth, they're much too fragile and emotional for that, we'd much rather withhold information from them or even straight out lie to them. Silly little creatures, those women-folk are.

    Wow, fantastic line.

  4. I will say I agree that women haven't come far, but as far as taking Sarah Palin serious...well. I will say I voted for McCain (but not because of Palin). She's very ignorant to polices, and wasn't ready to lead this country anyway but to maybe a hockey game. I think part of the reason we lost is because of Mr. McCain's choice of Sarah Palin. There were much more dignified, intelligent, and experienced women to choose from, and he choose her.

  5. I just wanted to say this. Yes, Obama was elected president, but don't think that means the ugly blight of racism is gone. It's not. This election was really more about hatred of George Bush and anything even remotely connected with him. I know people who are horribly racist who voted for Obama simply because they hate Bush. I think the real test of whether racism has been extinguished is whether I invite a black person into my home for a meal, whether I allow my white child to marry a black child, etc. When those things are embraced, then we will know racism has been removed from our land. Although it is amazing that a black man has been elected, because 20 years ago he wouldn't have been, I truly believe that ANYONE would have won because hatred for George Bush and anything connected with him (REpublican) is so intense.

    I myself would embrace a black president....just not this one. His policies are abhorrent in the sight of God and, therefore, to me. I believe, as Ken Ham says, we are all one race---the human race. Sadly, though, most people don't believe that, even though they might have voted for Obama.

  6. How can you call yourself a hippie. It is about more than just shopping at the farmers is about your beliefs. And you, my friend, do not have true hippie beliefs if you think McCain would better serve our country. I think you should change the name of your blog and I think I will quite reading it.

  7. LOL, are you serious?? "True hippie beliefs"??? So one cannot support McCain and be a hippie...well. Now I know!

    Gee. It would be such a shame if you stopped reading my blog. Please don't.

  8. Korey, if someone truly felt Palin was not best for the job, that is fine. But her shoes, her wardrobe, and her hair had nothing to do with it. No one talked about how much Obama's wardrobe cost, or made fun of McCain's hair, or mocked Biden's shoes. That is what I meant about not taking women seriously - because it went much further than just her qualifications.

    Anne, you make such great points, and I fully agree.

  9. *ahem* I'm sorry sarah, I suppose rather than just laugh at you (ROFL - okay, I'm done now, really), I should explain how I reconcile my "hippie beliefs" with my support of John McCain.

    I already explained why I supported McCain over Obama in this post. But, to reiterate:

    Because I support women's rights (including a woman's right to be told the truth and receive full disclosure), I could not support Obama, who has said that the first thing he would do as president is put through the Freedom of Choice Act.

    Because I support a hands-off gov't as opposed to big gov't, I could not support Obama, whose entire educational platform was aimed at bringing education under federal rule, who could make it very difficult for those who wish to homeschool their children (particularly those who choose to unschool their children), who called for mandatory UHC insurance for children, who was "not for selective vaccinations", who...who...who.

    Obama is as big gov't as they come - not appealing to this hippie, thank you very much.

    And how about Palin? She's a Libertarian Republican from the most libertarian state in the union. Not terribly out of sorts with my "hippie beliefs".

    How about deregulation? Pretty typical "hippie belief" if you ask me.

    What about war? They kinda cancel each other out there, considering Obama wants to step up the war in Afghanistan.

    And finally, above all else, I thought hippies "believed in" free thought? Apparently not. Apparently anything that doesn't line up with your definition of "true hippie beliefs" is automatically disqualified. Doesn't sound terribly much like free thought to me.

    So I think for now I'll continue to quite happily claim the title "Hippie Housewife" - and I can't say I'll be terribly devastated if you stop reading my blog. I left that sort of childish behaviour back in middle school.

  10. I connected to your blog from another (you commented that you posted about Obama questions and I wanted to see how you felt). I too am saddened by the election results and I will also stand on God's promises and pray for this nation. God can turn the hearts of men and He can use anyone to do His purpose. Thanks for your comments.

  11. Hi. I just found this blog from a link on PhD in Parenting, & found this post. I’d like to comment on the things you said about abortion, just to give the other side of the story from a pro-choicer.

    With regard to what you call ‘partial-birth abortion’ (it’s a rather misleading name), I wrote a blog post some time back about why I felt the Supreme Court were wrong to ban this procedure. The post is at

    With regard to underage girls and parental consent, I dearly wish that no young girl was ever put in the position of having to decide between abortion, adoption, and young motherhood. But a pregnant girl is going to have to opt for one of those choices, and is going to have to live with whatever the consequences are. And to me, it makes no sense to say that a girl is not mature enough to make a decision for herself, yet *is* mature enough to deal with going through a pregnancy and its aftermath because someone else decides she should. It also makes no sense to say that a girl isn’t mature enough to deal with the pain of an abortion, so that means she should be put in a position where she should be forced into an abortion if her family decide, against her wishes, that that’s what’s right for her (and that does happen). I think that she ultimately HAS to be the one who makes the decision, because she is the one who will have to live with it, and because even the best-meaning of parents are not omniscient and can make the wrong decision about what would be best for their daughter. And, although I would strongly encourage a girl in that position to talk to her family, I would never want to see a girl in a situation where she was scared away from being able to talk to anyone due to believing she couldn’t count on being able to do so in confidence.

    And with regard to the laws about informed consent, I’m guessing here that the issue is probably that pro-lifers do have quite a history of trying to give very skewed or inaccurate information – phrasing risks unrealistically, or giving information from old studies that have since been superseded. What were the informed consent laws you feel the FOCA would abolish?

    Given that Obama has two children who are clearly much loved, I very much doubt that he thinks that babies are a punishment. But I think that, when a pregnant woman is told that she has to go ahead with her pregnancy against her wishes because she had sex and so should expect this consequence, then that attitude does pretty much come down to baby-as-punishment. (I’m not claiming that you hold this attitude, just that I have seen it from many, many pro-lifers, and am guessing that this is likely what triggered this statement of Obama’s.)

  12. Ooops, bother - I meant to post this on your previous post about Obama. (I had both posts open, and cut-and-pasted into the wrong one.) I'll go post it on there now.