I haven’t commented much on politics for a while.
Frankly, I’m a bit disgusted with the whole thing.
I mean, it isn’t like I expected President Obama to actually keep his word and keep abortion funding out of the crushing new health care program. Nor do I believe that the current round of backpeddaling actually means my tax dollars won’t fund abortions, just that they’ll be better hidden next time. (Amend Obamacare, and wait to see what else we didn’t catch in the reams-long legislation? Heck, no!)
And, of course, as soon as the polls plummeted and people in power felt threatened, it could only be expected that cries of “racism” would proliferate. Most people, especially those who argue frequently, have a last ditch phrase. One acquaintance from a Bible study always fell back on, “I’m afraid you’ve been misinformed,” as his argument-ending phrase; he generally had no basis or evidence for the claim and no amount of counter-proof could shift the accusation, because it was really about him being done with the argument.
I was somewhat encouraged by the turnout at the mid-term elections, as well as by some notable losses and wins. (Ok, Pelosi is still in Congress, but she’s from California. Were we really surprised?)
I thought the reading of the Constitution at the opening of the 112th Congress was a nice touch. Doing that at least once a year would probably be a good idea, although they should have read the entire thing. Just because Whoopi Goldberg yelled at John McCain during his appearance on the View, claiming that all the whacko pro-Constitution types want to reinstate slavery… seriously, can’t we defend against such a stupid attack? Did we really need to skip the 3/5ths clause and Prohibition? Can’t we acknowledge our mistakes? The Constitution was written so that we would have to face our past missteps; amendments do not delete sections that no longer apply (like slavery or Prohibition), they supersede them.
The problem is that we don’t even agree on the basics.
Is America great or evil? I’m not denying there are moments of each in our history, but, fundamentally, what are we? If we are the honestly somewhat tarnished but still shining “city on a hill”, then we need to get our act together and be a better example to the world. If we are now and always have been nasty, racist, greedy, imperialists, well, then, I guess it’d be better to tell Putin we changed our mind and Russia has been declared the winner in the Cold War. Or ask the UN to please re-do our Constitution; given the UN’s usual choices, Iran should probably re-write the freedom of speech section and maybe China can do the parts on freedom of religion and assembly.
Lately, it seems like the Obama administration is intent not on correcting the course of the ship of state but of pointing it for the shoal water and driving it in as hard and as fast as possible, so as to ensure the ship will become and remain firmly aground. (The lame duck session of Congress comes immediately to mind. Usually, when we remove someone from a position of power, we don’t let them drastically rewrite things so as to trash the company as they’re walking out the door.)
Where are we going? What do we want the country to look like? Progress is not improvement if you’re going the wrong direction, nor is progress for its own sake wise. And, above all else, we have got to stop making decisions based on the panicky emotion of “Somebody has to do SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!”
I’m not holding my breath… but I am still going to the pro-life rally in Richmond this Thursday, Jan. 13, and to the annual March for Life in DC, Jan. 24.
Cynicism is a debilitating emotion. Surrender is a choice, and usually a bad one.