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Well, the election is over and of course, many of us on the right are wondering what the heck happened.

Everything pointed to Romney winning in a landslide.  Everything was wrong.

On November 7, many of us woke up feeling like we had been hit by a Mack truck.  And, then, of course, the “experts” all had their theories on what happened. There were several ideas offered.  Then, there were the apologists who said we had to compromise our stance on several issues.

I spent a great deal of time trying to understand what happened.  After all, what good does it do us if we don’t learn something from our experiences?  I turned off commentators and the news channels.  I wanted to really think about it on my own.  And a few days after the election, I had an epiphany.

The question kept haunting me, everything I know about history, everything, pointed to a decisive Romney victory, so why did he loose?  All I’ve ever learned about US history told me that he should have won.  History shows us patterns and for some reason, this election didn’t fall into that pattern.  Why?  Why did this election fail the history I’ve come to trust?

Then it hit me.  Hard.  Very hard.

The reason I didn’t understand what happened, the reason why the “experts” didn’t understand what happened, is because we were all looking at US history.  The answer to this election is not to be found in US history.  You’ve got to look at European history.  That’s where we will find our answers.  That’s the history we have to look at.

See, the way I see it, we figured the people in this country would care about the same things they’ve always cared about, hence, look at US History to see how it would turn out.  But, we didn’t realize that what people were looking for changed.  It wasn’t about freedom and liberty anymore.  It wasn’t about keeping the US strong and a superpower.  It wasn’t about preserving capitalism.  No, instead, this election was about “me.”  No, not me, but the “me” attitude.  It was about entitlements and what people thought would improve their individual situation.  People showed they cared more about themselves than their country.

Sadly, the people of this country chose to worry only about themselves, and not about the country as a whole.  And, as I thought about it more and more, I realized our country was no longer the country I thought I knew.  But, instead, it was more like Europe.  We are making many of the same choices now that many of the people in Europe did generations ago.  That’s not being a sore looser, that’s just looking at facts.  Our country now mirrors European history much more than it does US history.

Then, I realized something else:  I need to learn more about European history!

The War on Women

Politics.  It’s all about politics.  This ill conceived “war on women” the left says is taking place.  It’s all about politics.  Nothing more.

As a woman, I feel qualified to speak on this issue.

First of all, let me state this.  There is a war on women going on in this country right now.  But it’s not coming from the right.  And, it’s not manifesting itself the way the left portrays it.

I’m going to be very bold here, and I make no apologies for it.  Some will not like what I have to say, but that’s OK.

The “war on women” is being waged by the progressives in this country.  It all started back at the beginning of the twentieth century, and was done in a stealthy way.  Getting women to participate and be the champions of the cause- pretty brilliant.  I don’t think any of those early activists realized they were being used.  Pawns in a much more elaborate plan- tear down the family and you will tear down society.  Tear down the family and society, and you create a people dependent on the government for providing for them.  Create a people dependent on the government, and get all the power.

It started off sounding great.  Give women the vote.  I fully believe women should have the ability to vote.  Everyone who can should vote.  Women fought long and hard for that, and they should have.  It’s after getting the nineteenth amendment passed that things took a turn for the worse, and namely after WWII.  But getting the vote, women’s suffrage, that’s what planted the seeds for “women’s liberation.”

And my question is this, what did we need to be liberated from????  We’ll get back to that.

During WWII, women had to go to work, as so many men were fighting for our freedom.  It was a noble cause, and those women should be applauded for stepping up to the jobs that needed to be done.  But then the war ended and those men came back to their jobs.  Many of the women went back to being homemakers, but some did not.  Enter the 1950’s.

When I think of the 1950’s, I get an instant image of June Cleaver in her heals and pearls and apron.  I mean, really, doesn’t everyone?  And that’s where things fall apart.  Suddenly being Mrs. Cleaver wasn’t enough.  I mean, really, it was Ward who ran things in that family, right?  And that’s no good, right?  I mean, we can’t have women being treated like second class citizens, right?  Wasn’t it better when the women were a large part of the workforce during the war?  Why just be a wife or mom?  There is so much more to life than that, right?

During the 1960’s, the country was turned on it’s head and shaken up a bit.  The radical leftest movements of the 60’s forever changed our country and our mentality.  Women took their fight to a whole new level.  Burning bras and free love.  No more being oppressed, right?  Women were showing they were a force to be reckoned with and no one was going to keep them down any more, right?  Because nothing says take me seriously like sleeping around and burning your underwear in the streets.

And as time went on, more and more women left the home and went to work and had someone else take care of their children. But they were empowered, right?  I mean, they missed their children’s first steps and first words, but they had everything, right?  A career, a family.  What more could a woman want, right??

As all of this was happening, something else happened too.  More and more, women had many sexual partners.  Because that was liberation, right?  That’s what the left taught us.  Free love.  Don’t be tied down.  And as more and more women became more and more casual with sex, more and more men became more casual with love (and by love, I mean actually loving a woman and valuing her and cherishing her).  And as the love between the sexes became more casual, more and more men stopped acting like gentlemen and became focused on their next sexual conquest.  Sex became less and less about making love and more about making jolly.  But, that’s liberation, right???

And, as sex became nothing but part of a date, pregnancies increased (tends to happen that way).  And because women were so liberated, they didn’t need children, right?  Wouldn’t kids just get in the way of their careers and their travels and such???  So, women had abortions.  Because it became easier to kill the babies instead of loving them.  But that’s liberation, right?????

So, let me get this straight.  According to the left in this country, who have, over the course of the last hundred years, drastically changed the way we, as a society, view women, we are liberated???  Because giving your body away, killing your babies, making your career more important than your family, having someone else raise the children you do decided to have, not being valued by your husband/boyfriend/one night stand – somehow, those things make you important and liberated???  Yeah, I just don’t get that.  Not at all.

Let me tell you something.  Having sex with a man just because doesn’t make you free.  In fact, it makes you a piece of meat.  You really think that all those men you sleep with really value you and think you are important??  I think not.  When you give yourself away like that, you are saying that you don’t value yourself enough to be with someone that loves you and deeply cares for you.  That doesn’t sound like any kind of liberation I want.  When you are pregnant and decided to kill that child because you just don’t want a child, that doesn’t make you free or liberated or anything else.  It makes you, at best, exceptionally selfish.  You are willing to kill a human being because you’ve been told all this time that it was your right.  What a barbaric society we’ve become when we kill our own children.  That does not make you of great worth or liberated from oppression, or any other thing that’s good.  When you choose to leave your children in the care of someone else so you can build up some great career, that doesn’t make you free.  I know several women who have to work; they don’t have a choice.  They hate leaving their children every day.  They hate missing milestones and important moments in their children’s lives.  They hate feeling like they don’t have as strong of a bond with their children as they would like.  And, you know what else?  Society has suffered greatly from so many children being raised by daycares and such.  So many children would be in less trouble and have less problems if their moms were just there for them when they need them.

Despite being told contrary from the left, men and women are different.  We were created to be different.  We have different roles we are supposed to fill.  Men were designed to be the hunters and providers.  Women were designed to be the nurturers and caregivers.  That is our natural role.  So why does the left constantly fight for us to go against what we were designed to do.  Why do they fight so hard for us to go against our natural instincts?  That doesn’t sound like liberation to me.

In the twisted process of “women’s liberation,” we have devalued women and their natural role.  We’ve devalued motherhood and made it seem like it’s nothing.  We’ve also devalued men and made them much less masculine.  With the mentality of “we don’t need men,” we’ve devalued fatherhood, and stripped men of their natural role, too.  But, guess what?  Our children are suffering because they have absentee fathers and mothers too wrapped up with themselves.  Our society is suffering because we have so many problems from the fallout of these ideals.

How is any of this good for women?

I may laugh at the image of June Cleaver in my mind, in her heals and apron, but I wish women today would be more like her.  She embraced her natural, God-given role in life.  She nurtured her husband and children.  She enjoyed her time with friends.  She loved her children and they never doubted that.  She was their for her children whenever they needed and they knew it.  And, she had a husband that loved her, really really loved her.  A husband that would do anything for her.  A husband that recognized her value as a mother and wife and praised her for it.  That is what this society needs now.

The war on women hasn’t been waged from the right and the republicans in this country, but from the left, slowly, over several decades.  The war on women isn’t about being able to have an abortion or get free birth control.  It’s about a woman’s identity and role being trashed and smashed over time.  It’s about motherhood being attacked as something not worthwhile.  It’s about women being degraded and demeaned and feeling like they aren’t of any worth.

As little girls, most of us dream of being queens and princesses, but those ideals are lost as we mature in this world of women’s liberation.  What a sad, sad thing.  I really hope women in this country wake up, and embrace what they were born to be, “a beloved daughter of Heavenly Father, prepared to come to the earth at this particular time for a sacred and glorious purpose.”

I want to leave you women with this thought, from Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your “once upon a time” is now.

Last week we celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Being a person that loves history and space, I’ve always felt drawn to this particular era in space exploration. There is something about it that is majestic and noble. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I do know this. I love how we were never deterred, even when things were beyond difficult. I love how we weren’t afraid to reach for really big things. I love how we turned grandiose ideas into actual realities. I love that we weren’t just impartial observers of the heavens from the ground, but that we actually became part of this new frontier.

I wanted to share with you, especially in light of recent comments by political leaders, my thoughts on the first moon landing, and what it means to me.

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an address to Congress that forever changed the nation – and the world.

Smack in the middle of the Cold War, President Kennedy challenged America, and America answered the call.

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

What a challenge! Some thought he was crazy. Developing a manned space program to travel to, and return from, the moon in less than 9 years? This wasn’t a science fiction movie. How could that even be accomplished? 9 years! He knew it would be difficult, but he wanted this done in 9 years!

NASA easily could have backed out and said that it just wasn’t enough time. The public would understand that. But, they didn’t. And the American public proudly stood behind NASA and the space program. The astronauts were heroes- idolized by the public. People looked at President Kennedy and NASA as great patriots. Everyone was excited by the possibility of actually landing a man on the moon – and not just any man, but an American.

It obviously wouldn’t be easy. 9 years is not much time when you are talking about traveling almost 239,000 miles away, and coming back home. 9 years. It would require tremendous effort, but we weren’t afraid of the challenge. In fact, we welcomed it.

19 months after his address to Congress, President Kennedy again addressed the nation, this time from Rice University. The whole speech is really amazing, but one part in particular stood out to me.

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

We do it because it is hard. Did you catch that? Because it is hard. Wow. This is profound to me. We aren’t taking the easy road here. We want to be the leader in space exploration. We want the American flag to wave on the moon. Of course this won’t be easy, but we are Americans and we do things because they are hard and challenging. We are up to the challenge and we will lead the entire free world in our quest for knowledge of the worlds beyond our own.

We are America.

Talk about American exceptionalism. Holy cow!

Sadly, President Kennedy didn’t live to see it, but his challenge was answered.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 reached the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the first people to land on the moon. It was an absolutely amazing!

What an amazing feat! What a grand accomplishment! Never before, in the entire history of mankind, had man set foot on the moon. And there we were. Our flag flew on the moon.

America rejoiced. America celebrated. America took pride in this amazing accomplishment. We knew this would open doors we never dreamed possible. We knew what this meant, not only for America, but for humanity. This was something simply astonishing.

In thinking about this, I had to ask myself if we could accomplish this today. I honestly don’t know, which makes me feel sad. Heartbroken and mournful for the country I love and for what once was.

A once hard working America, that wasn’t afraid to dream big, has turned lackadaisical. An America that once valued hard work and study, is now caught deeply in the entitlement trap. An America that once rewarded and praised success, now villainizes it at every possible chance. And America that once was self sufficient now expects others to save us. An America that once embraced creativity and innovation, now discourages and wants conformity. An America that once stood tall and proud, is now far too apologetic.

I just don’t know if we could do it now.

But once, we did. Once we stood together in a moment of absolute greatness, and we were one. One in pride. One in accomplishment. One in spirit. One nation. One people. United in splendor.

In that moment, we dreamed. We dreamed lofty and grandiose ideas, and we celebrated those dreams. For we knew we could accomplish anything.

We were America.

Where is America?

There was a time, a long time ago, when people looked out for each other and neighbors and families helped when someone was down.  Churches reached out too.  There was a time when we were our brother’s keeper, not because we had to be, but because we chose to be.  It was just the right thing to do.  Then came the progressives (of both parties) in the early 1900’s.  Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR.  They drastically increased the size of the federal government and scope of the government’s power.  They started programs to “help” people.  And what happened?  People have, ever since, become more and more and more reliant on the government.  People have stopped turning to friends and neighbors and churches for help and just have just gone to the welfare line.  People have become less self sufficient and more dependent.  The family unit is no longer valued.  What do we need dad for?  We get more with Uncle Sam.  It’s really very, very sad.  We now have a generations of people who rely on the government for most of their needs.  Food, housing, childcare, education, and now healthcare.  What has happened to us?  What happened to the people who didn’t want a king ruling over them?  Where did that go?  What a sad and mournful people we have become!  The “American Dream” used to be to work hard and do your best and work hard and then work hard some more, and then create a better life for your kids than you had.  That’s certainly not the case now.  Why work hard and do your best when the government will give you everything you need?  Plus, now if you work really hard and become successful and wealthy, you are villianized.  When did success become so bad?  When did hard work go out the window and envy become the rule in America?  When did we become a people who would turn over their God-given rights for government given handouts?  When did we become so wrapped up in ourselves we stopped caring about our brother?  Oh America, my heart breaks for you!  How sad and pitiful you have become!  You are now as a beggar in the street, when once you had the castle in the clouds.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen!!

In the last couple of weeks, a group called Live Action has come out with three videos exposing the practice of aborting babies because of their gender.  The videos are definitely worth watching.

 

 

 

It’s so sick to me, that anyone could carry a child long enough to be able to tell what gender they are, and then choose to kill them because they aren’t happy with the child’s gender.  At 18 weeks of pregnancy, many women can feel their baby move.  The baby also has arms, legs, internal organs, bones, muscles, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and maybe even some hair.

You can read about how baby has developed at 18 weeks on Baby Center.

I don’t understand how this is allowed.  The pro-abortion people often say abortion is a women’s health issue.  How is this in any way a health issue??  Killing a child for the sake of killing because you don’t like the baby’s gender?!  This is beyond horrific to me!

I wonder if the people who choose to do this really value the children they choose to let live.  And, at what point does the baby become a valued member of their family?  I mean, if you can just kill the baby, when they are clearly a baby, where do you draw the line?

And, these are some of the same people who, rightly, get upset because people in some parts of the world do kill their babies after they are born if they are girls.  Of course that is heinous and horrific!  I have to ask though, at what point does it become wrong to kill a child?

My answer is that it is always wrong!  There is never, ever a point where it’s OK to have an abortion.  People can debate “when life starts” all they want, but I want to put it to you like this:

If scientists discovered a once celled life form on another planet, everyone would be very excited about the new life we’ve found.  And they should be.  So, why don’t we value human beings the same way?

And why is the baby not considered alive when it comes to abortion, but if someone were to kill a pregnant woman, they would be charged with 2 counts of murder?

Many abortion providers fight against ultrasound laws.  Why?  Because they know that many women will choose not to have an abortion when they see a beating heart and a baby’s body.  When you can see your baby’s heart beating at 7 weeks, there is no doubt that is a living being.

I’ve never understood the mentality of having an abortion.  To me, that baby is a life.  And let me add, this is not a religious issue.  This is a human issue.  A life is a life!  Period.

I wish people who are so quick to run to Planned Parenthood for abortions would consider the many loving couples that do all they can and simply can’t have children of their own.  While some women are quick to kill their babies because they are inconvenient or the wrong gender, there are so many who would do anything to have a child.  There are many families who would gladly adopt the baby these women are so eager to dispose of.

Like I said, I’ve just never understood what could make having an abortion ok with people.  It makes absolutely no sense to me.

They say it’s a health issue, or a women’s right’s issue.  But, what about the health of the baby?  What about the rights of the baby?  And, what about some of the fathers that fight against a woman having an abortion?  What about their rights?

I believe abortion is the most selfish act.  If you don’t want a baby, don’t have sex.  If that’s too hard for you, use some protection.  It’s really not that difficult.  Be responsible.  And, if you do find yourself pregnant, there is always adoption.  You don’t have to kill the baby.  There are people just waiting and waiting to give that baby a loving home and family.

 

I’m going to need someone to explain this to me.  Seriously.  And, I guess I should specify.  I would like a democrat to explain this to me.  I honestly would, because it just doesn’t make sense to me.  I’m not looking for a fight, just a simple explanation.

Ok, this is what I fail to grasp.

In New York City, the liberal government wants to ban the sale of large sugary drinks.  It’s supposed to help people be healthier.  Apparently, people aren’t capable of making their own choices when it comes to what they drink.  And, it’s not just large sugary drinks.  Trans-fats, too.  And even lunches children bring to school from home are being monitored.  All under the guise of making sure we stay healthy.  So, just to be clear, they believe the government has the right to regulate what you consume.  Do I have that correct?

Next, liberals fight for abortion rights.  Shoot, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, just endorsed Barack Obama and donated $1.4 million to his campaign.  Liberals and the abortion industry seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.  They fight for the “right” of women to have abortions.  For women to be able to “choose.”  After all, they argue, it’s a woman’s body, and she should decide what happens with it.  Do I have that right?

I’d hate to be going on wrong information here.

SO—-

Why is it not OK for the government to tell a woman what she can do with her body, but it is OK for the government to tell her what she can eat or drink (which, I think would be considered what she can do with her body)?

Is anyone else confused by this?

I find it awfully hypocritical that liberals can fight for abortions under the guise of “it’s my body and I can do what I want,” but they feel perfectly justified and logical in dictating what people can and can’t eat and drink.

So, it’s OK to kill babies, but not to drink large sodas?

Just looking for some clarification and reasoning here.

I love this poem, but it scares the heck out of me too!  However, I think with so many of our freedoms being torn away, and the government gaining so much power, it is quite fitting now.

Whenever I think about tyranny and oppression, this comes to mind.  When I think about how close we are to falling into that, I think of this.  It’s pretty profound.  Don’t know what something is in the poem, look it up.  You’ve got to have a grasp on some history to understand it well.

 

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

by Rudyard Kipling

 

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!