October 22, 2007

Strange Days

The so-called values voters had a little convo in DC sponsored by Focus on the Family to discuss the 2008 election and who they wanted to support for President.

Indeed, one finds a devoted group looking for someone to devote themselves to. For the most part they are without a candidate, despite the controversial results of a straw poll in which Mitt Romney narrowly defeated Mike Huckabee.

"I've just turned 18 and this is the first election I can vote in," said Kelly Roggensack, a political science and business marketing major. "I don't want to vote for Rudy Giuliani, whom I don't fully support. It's going to be really upsetting."

"People are less trusting. They want to drill down to see if this is really a conservative candidate," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Perhaps most prominent of these drillers is James C. Dobson, the conservative stalwart and founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. Recently he suggested he'd side with a smaller party if not satisfied with the nominee's commitment to ending abortion and stemming gay marriage.

So that will be the excuse in 2008 when they lose... the R's didn't nominate someone these particular Christians could support. Right.

The rest of the article of course includes the prerequisite persecution discussion...

Indeed, for three days, it was a huddle of people with "shared values." The 2,000-plus participants banded together, bracing themselves for the constant attacks they expect on their beliefs as Christians. They are fighting on multiple fronts -- fighting the government, fighting pop culture and fighting universities.


Standing by the Abstinence Clearinghouse Booth, which offered a plethora of items including "Pet your dog, not your date" T-shirts, Kurt Gernaat and his wife, Mary Beth, explained their own sense of struggle.

They live in Holland, Mich. Kurt is the fire chief in Blendon Township. Mary Beth works for a nonprofit. They're youth leaders at their church. They eat dinner with their 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son every night. And they feel outgunned.

"We're being bombarded with music and advertising," Mary Beth said.

"Television is a huge battle," Kurt added. "Even if the show's okay, the commercials are terrible."

Yet this impulse, the desire for a mother to keep her kids away from "Sex in the City" and Sarah Jessica Parker, is not unique to Christians. Right?

No joke, my parents would have laughed at these two lightweights for whining. Don't want your kids watching something? Tell them to turn off the TV. Want to know what they think? Talk to them and explain things the way you want it seen. In short, ACT LIKE A PARENT. Part of that, Kurt and Mary Beth, is trusting your kids to make the right choices. In the end, you've either done your job or you haven't.

Then there is the stock College Republican know-it-all just out of her freshman philosophy class...

Mary Novick said the revulsion at such things comes from natural law. Sitting at a table with fellow College Republicans from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, she explained: "Natural law comes from God and ["Sex in the City" shows a] disregard for the sanctity of love and marriage and human dignity. It's within our nature to be repulsed from that."

Novick is a smartly dressed woman with a pink sweater, pearls and impeccable posture. She is president of the campus chapter of the College Republicans. The six who've traveled with her are friendly, outspoken and polite. They are not the foot soldiers of the Reagan Revolution, but the children of those foot soldiers. And they're troubled by the leaders in the Republican field for president.

Natural law? You mean the law of the bible, right Mary? I certainly don't think you're talking about this natural law.

But what about health care and Hillary? Well, if you really must know...

Having come of age during the Clinton years, the group was asked: What's so wrong with Hillary?

"Ooooh," 20-year-old journalism major Emily Espinola groaned. "What do you want? She wants to be a dictator. I really think she wants to be a dictator, because she's a socialist. She wants to socialize medicine and she presents it in this beautiful wonderful way but she doesn't talk about the consequences, which are more taxes, bigger government."

"What will end up happening with her health plan is making rationing by wait lists," Novick said. "The elderly or anybody who has any kind of really kind of life-threatening illness will end up being euthanized by wait lists."

"It happens in Canada all the time," Espinola said. "I have friends in Canada who can vouch for it."

Mary and Emily have never had the pleasure of having to deal with the PPO or HMO to get something done. Please pardon their ignorance. Oh, and as for Emily's 'friend' in Canada, let's just say it's her 'boyfriend'. They met in Niagra Falls when she was there on vacay with her parents (who were stressing out about what young Emily was listening to on her iPod). You wouldn't know him. I don't care if you have family and friends in Ontario, there's no way you or they would know him. Because you're all heathens.

Posted by mcblogger at October 22, 2007 11:03 AM

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