As we inch closer to an Obama victory in two weeks, some of you are probably feeling angry. Perhaps you’re angry at conservatives who refuse to vote for McCain and who have criticized his campaign. Perhaps you’re angry with the McCain campaign itself for botching things up so terribly. Perhaps you’re angry with the GOP for having lost its vision (and its marbles) in nominating McCain. If so, I think your anger is misdirected.

Be angry at your neighbors. Millions of your fellow Americans will be voting for Obama on November 4. That’s not my fault, that’s not McCain’s fault, and that’s not the GOP’s fault. The fact is that your fellow Americans don’t much care about the unborn. They don’t much care about religious freedom. They don’t much care about the damage that Obama’s radical ideologies – feminism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, etc. – will inflict, and have already inflcited, upon our society. They don’t much care about threats to the traditional family. They don’t much care about the principle of subsidiarity. They don’t much care about economic freedom. They don’t much care about business, small or large. They don’t much care about homeschooling or renewable energy or foreign wars or family farms.

They are voting for Obama.

Let’s face it: the much-exalted “Joe six-packs” and “hockey moms” of America are not conservative in any but the most superficial sense. Indeed it is probable that the majority of voters in this election – the common, ordinary, working taxpayers of “middle America” – are seriously, gravely, and culpably voting for a man who doesn’t even wince at infanticide. That’s hard for some conservatives to admit, especially since the GOP has turned populist in recent years, but it’s a lesson we had better learn.

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  2. Jeff,

    Well articulated. Sad though the reality may be, we have to acknowledge it if we ever hope to change it. And the only way we will change it (hearkening back to a recent post) is through true evangelization.


  3. I feel less anger than despair. After all, our fellow citizens have been indoctrinated for generations now, and the two choices they’re given are but slightly different versions of the “feminism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism” agenda that you mention.

    At best McCain might appoint judges who might send abortion back to the states and some of them might abolish it.


  4. I’m angry with myself. I had 8 years to work at stemming the tide of secularism & socialism by prayer and by educating my friends, but I got complacent. I took for granted the freedoms we have. I discounted the difference that I could have made.


  5. Barb,
    Ireland has a pretty good immigration policy, if you are in one of a few professions. Otherwise forget it. Although my daughter’s brother-in-law just got back from a year in Eire, waiting tables off-the-books. Problem is, socially Ireland is where we were in the 1980’s. Unless something happens to shove them off course, it will be just another secularist swamp in a few years.


  6. Unless something happens to shove them off course, it will be just another secularist swamp in a few years.

    I imagine if every good Catholic fed up with the US went there, it would go a long way toward that. :) Otherwise Chile? Malta?


  7. Several things are factoring into what Jeff observes.

    1) The perversion of American education over the last 100 years. How many folks today under age 65, regardless of educational level, could read and understand one of those McGuffey Readers written for fifth-graders? (Many of you will be stunned by the density of text and the vocabulary used therein.) And, of course, the fact that political “debates” are no more than an exchange of talking-points demonstrates again this overall dumbing-down. (Quite a different thing from, say, the Lincoln-Douglas affair.) Let’s not forget how impatient we get (me included) when a sermon lasts more than 20 minutes….

    2) Along with the degradation of the substance of education has gone its pervasive anti-Christian, pro-Marxist tilt, in accordance to Dewey’s socialist plan. This has given rise to the anomaly that “educated” people are overwhelmingly leftist, while those of Christian and conservative instinct have little more than their own common sense to fall back on. Herein lies the appeal of Sarah Palin: she didn’t spend her life “palling around” with leftist intellectual elites, a la Peggy Noonan, Christopher Buckley, et al. The destruction of a principled Christian intelligentia forces us into leadership choices of less-educated decent souls of common sense vs. pseudo-intellectual enemies of the good.

    3) The permeation of sin into the lives of everyday people of all stripes, particularly through spiritually-compromising intimate relationships — not to mention the compounding of the problem as these dissolve and new ones take their place, oftentimes with children in tow. And there’s nothing like sin, a compromised conscience, to dull one’s mind, as this internal pressure induces either a refusal of awareness or else a perverse reordering of one’s priorities. Example of the latter: why are so many pro-aborts so keyed up on “animal rights” and/or environmental sensitivity? As to the former, it is why all kinds of things are coming out about Obama and his Marxist lineage and yet there is so very little concern….


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