hope and change

Why We Vote 2010, Part 1: Don't Gamble With Your Vote Tuesday!

In 2008, CatholicVote.org created one of the most powerful campaign videos in this new Internet age we live in. In music and video, it dramatically showed why we needed to vote (see here) and it has been viewed by 3 million people. It also produced a broader, ecumenical companion video, every bit as vividly thought provoking (see here). This year, as our friends at RealCatholicBlog.com show us, CatholicVote.org has produced two more dynamite videos. Although geared toward Catholics, the themes of the videos are universal — especially the ideas of not trusting demagoguery and vague rhetoric, such as "hope" and "change" ("High Stakes," below), as well as the paramount issue of protecting innocent life, especially the unborn (see John Mallon at CatholicVote.org's blog). They should appeal to all people who believe in and/or respect our Judeo-Christian, traditional values. We highly recommend them and encourage you to distribute this link to anyone you think needs encouragement to vote tomorrow.

Satisfied with your change?

Deeds Not Hoping For Hope And Change

In the 1980s, when Virginia was an electoral lock for Republican presidential candidates, and when the GOP won the presidency three successive terms, Virginia Republicans weren't nearly as successful. In fact, they lost three gubernatorial elections on the trot. One rhetorical tactic the GOP tried during those campaigns was to tie the Democrat to the rampant liberalism personified by big spenders, culture relativists, moral equivalency types and foreign policy weaklings such as Tip O'Neil, Patsy Schroder, Teddy Kennedy, Jim Wright, Tom Harkin and the whole motley crew.

The Dems here inevitably replied that "Virginia Democrats are different" and Chuck Robb, Gerry Baliles and Doug Wilder certainly lent that persona, if not actual substance, and the public seemed happy enough with them. All of which has come full reverse cycle in this year's campaign. That is to say, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds won't say where he stands on what the "D.C. Democrats" are doing. Those are national issues he says, although a governor must be prepared to defend against federal the encroachment that inhibits his state's right of self government and to be a laboratory of innovation.

But Senator Deeds won't even say whether he supports or opposes "cap and trade" which would close the largest employer in his senate district! He won't comment, either, on socialized medicine, card check,  government control of the Internet and radio, or mandated abortion on demand, all of which are, or have been, put forth by the Obama administration and its uber-liberal allies in Congress.

But waaaaaaaaaaaaaaait just one minute!


He will comment on former President George W. Bush. That's right, Senator Deeds has new radio and television ads attacking the former president. So, who's he running against? Oh, and by the way, where's the mention of Governor Tim Kaine in those ads? Until a few months ago — when the governor's popularity began to plunge — Senator Deeds was fond of saying that he would continue the Kaine model. (Being Democrat National Committee chairman kinda debunks the whole "bi-partisan" thing.)

So, apparently, not even state issues are on the Deeds itinerary. Let's see: Senator Deeds won't talk about the last four years in Virginia and he won't talk about the last eight months in Washington. Guess that "Hope and Change" ain't working to well for him, either.

Last Night's Real Change

Lost in the media's celebration of "hope for change," one moral principle in America remained unchanged last night — the definition of marriage.Three more states — Arizona, Florida and California (yes, California!) — approved ballot measures that protect God's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In Florida, despite the victory of Barack Obama who supports repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, more than 60 percent of voters supported the amendment. In California, the voters not only spoke out in defence of marriage, they sent a message  about judicial activism — it was a California Supreme Court decision  overturning the state's marriage statute that necessitated the amendment campaign. (In fact, there is talk of the possibility of this new Marriage Amendment nullifying the so-called homosexual "marriages" that have taken place the last several months while it was legal.) Another fact: pro-marriage citizens contributed more money than the anti-amendment forces. Yesterday's three-for-three performance means every state that has voted on defending marriage has passed a Marriage Amendment. (An Arizona Marriage Amendment lost in 2006, but the pro-marriage campaign re-grouped and won yesterday.) While 30 or so states have Marriage Amendments now, the only states recognizing homosexual "marriages" are those whose state courts have resorted to extra-judicial powers to impose it on unsuspecting citizens.

In another ballot measure, Arkansas voters approved a measure that protects children from being adopted into same-sex homes, guaranteeing that they will be provided both a mother and a father. Clearly, Americans are not ready for some of the "change" that the media and others want to promote.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be subjected to a daily dose of analysis by partisans and pundits about what the results of yesterday's elections means. So, we're not going to subject you to more of that today.

We only know this — regardless of the political party in power, regardless of the media spin, regardless of anything — The Family Foundation of Virginia is going to keep moving forward. We are going to continue to fight for traditional values, because the values we share — the sanctity of all human life, the sanctity of marriage and family, the ability to worship freely, and the freedom to raise and provide for our families — are the only true hope for our nation, because they are grounded in the truth. We do so because there is only one being in the universe in which we can truly place our hope — God. There is only one Messiah, and He wasn't on the ballot yesterday.

As The Family Foundation, we commit to you today to continue working as hard as we can for your values. We cannot allow one election to discourage us. We must learn from what has happened, seek new strategies and apply new ideas — but we must not back away from our principles. That is one change we simply cannot afford.

Just How Influential Are We?

No sooner had we mentioned earlier today that Democrat Presidential candidate Barack Obama has avoided an interview he promised Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly back in January, than O'Reilly announced tonight that Obama will be his guest tomorrow night. No question that Obama is craftily trying to steal some of Republican candidate John McCain's thunder on the night he makes his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. On the other hand, his appearance already is irritating his far-left fringe base who view FNC as the propaganda arm of the vast right wing conspiracy. Remember, it was that fringe which vetoed the Democrat presidential candidates from debating on FNC during the primaries, even though the co-sponsor was the Congressional Black Caucus. This is a very interesting twist of the tale. Will Obama use the opportunity to win over some independents? Will he steal any of the McCain-Palin spotlight or squash their bounce? Or, will Obama trip over his tongue on a pointed O'Reilly question? Will he say anything of substance? Will he be "present"? Does he still think unplanned children are mistakes worthy of killing? Although he favors health care for infants, why does that not include babies who survive botched abortions? (He voted in the Illinois Senate to allow babies who survive abortions to die.) Of most intrigue, however, is whether he will say anything that doesn't include the words "hope" and "change."