In a previous article, I implored voters to follow my late father’s advice to “not be like the ant, but look up! His hope was that I not be so consumed with the daily grind for survival that I failed to see the grand creation I was a part of and give appreciation and thanks to God. This attitude would ensure that I rose above the secular tendency to look out for myself and that I become outward-centered rather than self-centered. Unfortunately, the Democratic campaign was successful in getting sufficient voters to not look up and to support their fallen mission instead. Too many voters became preoccupied with having enough crumbs thrown to members of their arbitrary voting block that they did not vote with concern for the overall welfare of mankind. Here’s what Obama & Co. were able to accomplish:
1) They were able to instill fear in enough people of or near retirement age that a vote for Romney/Ryan would severely reduce the Social Security and Medicare benefits which they and their employers had contributed to for so many years. The campaign fog was able to cloud their ability to understand that the Republican plan was aimed to ensure the long-term viability of these programs. They could not see that significant changes to the system would impact those 55 years of age and under, therefore not hurting them. Voting for Romney would not be unfair to any generation and would not compromise the senior’s values, which Obama does daily. Of all of the critical mistakes made by the various voting blocs, this one is so frustrating because it came from a group most likely to have the wisdom to see the big picture.
2) The Obama mantra has always been that a vote for a pro-life candidate would obstruct a woman’s “right” to murder — I mean, “reproductive freedom.” It boggles the logical mind that abortion is such an attractive issue to so many who profess Christian values. Before someone has the arrogance to suggest “imposition of moral values,” let’s examine our belief and dedication to the right to life and all laws which reflect a moral position, whether or not we wish to acknowledge it.
3) The Democrats have curried the favor of the “LGBT” crowd by convincing multitudes even not afflicted in this manner to believe that the Romney/Ryan ticket was “intolerant.” It has reached the extent that many erroneously equate this issue with the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements of the last century. There is no similarity here. Being born a woman or being born a “minority” is not a form of disordered behavior. The compassion we are instructed by our faith to show those who are afflicted in any way does not include condoning or legitimizing any activity which goes against natural law. Jesus was compassionate, but not an enabler.
4) A majority of voters has accepted the socialist position that a generous Big Brother will provide every economic safety net we need, even monstrous bail-outs. They bought the idea that anyone who stated it was beneficial for large companies to go through a bankruptcy restructuring was heartless at best. They do not understand that this process is designed to make all stakeholders as whole as possible in the end. Instead, the Obama Giveaway made the taxpayers (who funded his generosity) to be like the stockholders, being saddled with more risk than even the unsecured creditors of the corporation. In other words, the private investors who participated in the bailout will get their money back first while we taxpayers might receive some, if there’s any left. Therefore, this will add to the federal deficit which means more indebtedness to China — a country which used to be opposed to our way of life. Unfortunately, the HHS mandate and its lack of an exemption for conscience ominously reflect our drift to the Chinese philosophy of government which believes the practice of religion to be an impediment to progress.
5) Obama/Biden was able to convince enough people that they will somehow be able to improve the economy even though theirs is a system which creates great uncertainty among those who are really in the position to create jobs. Perhaps it is their propensity to make the federal government a venture capitalist for “green” businesses which go under and leave taxpayers with additional losses, also to be funded by a foreign country near you. It is very difficult to understand the voters’ reluctance to put their economic faith in a proven businessman unless, of course, one believes the litany of false implications of the famous ad which showed a man who lost his wife to cancer.
6) Finally, the Hispanics (distant cousins of mine through South America and originally from Spain) traded the core beliefs of their spiritual heritage for the offerings of a man whose level of devotion to Christianity is unknown even to his pastor of twenty years. In an interview with a national Catholic network a couple of months ago, the well-known Rev. Wright was asked how Christian he thinks our President is and he answered, “I don’t know.”
As a nation, we have in effect banished ourselves from the wonderful country the U.S.A. used to stand for. We have severed the connection we had with our founding fathers whose moral principles made this nation the envy of the civilized world. If we do not find our way back to the “narrow path,” we will be consigned to the long list of societies too smart for their own good and too unwise to follow good.
We may get another chance someday, recalling the comments made by Fr. Fausto Stampiglia (pastor of St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota, FL) today during the noon Mass: “Remember God has a plan. It may be a punishment. It may be a wakeup call…… God does not want the death of the sinner, but that he be converted to Him.” Let us work and pray for our own conversion and for those who lead us.