The election is over, get out from under the bed
Mary Ann Kreitzer
The election's over and I hope no one is hiding under the bed in despair over the democrats' success. As I write this we await election results from Montana and Virginia to see if the democrats sweep both houses. I hope not. Gridlock is a good thing in an out-of-control imperial state. Let's pray that at least one of the remaining senate races goes to the republicans. It is consoling to think of Washington like an intersection filled with cars and no one able to move while the lights continue to change. Everyone makes a lot of noise with horns honking and drivers blustering, but no one goes anywhere.
On a positive note, I think for the most part the election results show that the American people aren't totally lost. Votes to protect marriage passed in seven of eight states. Legalization of mirajuana failed in three. The cloning vote failed in Missouri, but was incredibly close given that the pro-lifers were outspent ten to one. The measure that originally had 64% approval, tweaked by. This and the vote on abortion in South Dakota which lost were the worst news of the election, I think. But it probably illustrates more the deception of the media which suppresses the reality of abortion and embryonic cannibalism rather than the will of the people. How many voters had all the facts?
As for the democrats who won -- mainly they feinted right because they know their radical agenda won't sell in the mainstream marketplace. How many of you saw the photo of Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago wearing a very obvious cross around her neck? Masquerading as Christians has always been a staple of cynical liberals and they've learned the lesson well. Remember all the photos with Bill and his Bible? Unfortunately, posturing and faking often work - on both sides of the political divide. Remember Mark Foley.
This election was not won by the democrats, but lost by the republicans who talk pro-life and pro-family, and then betray their base. Here's a list of things that made people I know refuse to vote in lockstep with the republican party:
1) Republican support for the Plan B morning after pill.
2) Republican coddling of the homosexual lobby.
3) Out of control immigration policies that are having a negative impact on the schools, health care, jobs, and neighborhoods. (I know a local supervisor whose county is overrun with illegal immigrants filling up large homes with a dozen unrelated individuals/families -- very hard on a neighborhood, but if you dare to say it you're a bigot.)
4) Crazy economic policies including the administration's move toward a North American union similar to the European Union. What a disaster that will be for the American worker.
All of this puts the lie to any pretense that the Bush administration cares a hoot about our families. Bush talks a great deal about family values, but he walks the route of moral relativism and political pragmatism. Don't tell me he's better than the alternative. Whether you're running pell mell toward a precipice or just going at a slow jog the drop is still as deadly when you go over the edge. The only solution is to stop running in that direction and refuse to be dragged along by others.
These things are what lost the election for the republicans. If it gives them a reality check all the better. It will be a positive thing.
Let's all hope for gridlock. A government that can't get anything done at least can't do any worse harm.
And remember, we do not put our trust in men, but in God. I'm long past the days of being depressed after an election. I'm used to losing. But the loss is only in the world's eyes.
Follow the adage of the monks -- ora et labora -- pray and work. Work for the poor, the oppressed, widows and orphans starting with the poor orphaned unborn.
And don't forget that, "All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and serve according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Join your prayers to those who will be at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception this Sunday to reconsecrate our country to Mary. The Apostolic Nuncio has invited all the bishops of the United States to join him in this consecration:
"Mary Immaculate Virgin Our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. O' Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O' Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your Son in the depths of your heart be our Advocate."
Les Femmes searching for Shepherds to defend the flock.