Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Palin Debate Continues

Welcome back! In our last episode, I argued that conservatives should support McCain/Palin even if they are opposed to women holding public office (or even a public job). Stephen's response in the comments can be summed up as follows: 1. Governor Palin has not done a good job raising her children and 2. Women should not work outside the home, lest they undermine the institution of the home. In this post, I'll try to refute both of these points.

First, we consider the quality of the Palin family. Before even attempting to pass judgment, it might help to ponder the very subjective nature of the exercise itself. How do you know if your family is successful or if your children are being raised correctly? I can tell you that mine is and my children are, but I can't tell you at exactly what point that would no longer be the case. I know when my wife is being submissive and when I'm being sacrificial, and I know when those things aren't quite working out. What I can't do is make a sweeping judgment one way or the other. We know when our family is going right and when it's not, but sometimes it's hard to nail down. Now that's my own family.

Let's talk about your family. I can look at your family and make some judgments. If your only discussions with your wife happen via lawyer and your kids are on crack, I might be safe in pronouncing your family a complete failure. But what if your family is...well, normal? I might not prefer your family's decision to have taco night every Tuesday, but really, what business is it of mine? What if your wife only cooks 4 meals a week instead of all 7? Does that mean she is unsubmissive? It would certainly be inappropriate for me to make that call, particularly if you (as the husband) are supportive of it. What if your wife prefers to send her kids off to public school instead of nurturing them at home? Is she failing as a mother at this point? It sure doesn't seem like my place to say it. I might prefer my wife to do that, but that doesn't mean I need to be critical of your wife.

Family decisions are just that: Family decisions. The Mom and the Dad make decisions about how their family will work, and they live them out. We outsiders can make certain observations about the wisdom or foolishness of these choices, but, at the end of the day, how is it our business to tell someone else how to run their family? This is exponentially more true if the family under scrutiny happens to be happy with the choices they've made and are able to showcase a few well-adjusted, normal kids to boot.

This is case with Governor Palin's family. BTW, check out these great behind-the-scenes pictures from Friday's rally. You'll see a family that works. You'll see a mom that loves her kids and has made every provision for their education, comfort and well-being. Their decision to give birth to a child with Down's Syndrome surely indicates an intense amount of character and selfless love, as a selfish mother would do what many other selfish mothers do every day: have an abortion. Her oldest son is selfless enough to serve his country in Iraq. Her husband is happy with her role as wife and mother, despite the sacrifices they have had to make. Who are we to sit in judgment of this family and declare Mrs. Palin a bad mother, a judgment directly at odds with her own husband's. Clearly, this line of criticism is utterly and profoundly absurd.

Secondly, let us discuss the role of a virtuous woman. Proverbs 31 provides the clearest picture in all the Bible of a successful and productive wife and mother:

10: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11: The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12: She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13: She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14: She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15: She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16: She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17: She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18: She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19: She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22: She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23: Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24: She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25: Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28: Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

This woman is BUSY! She works hard for her family, both inside and outside the home. She runs a small business. She does not always remain in silent "submission" to her husband; rather she speaks wisdom. And her husband and children love her for it! I'll admit that not all women (or men) are capable of so much. Family is a complicated balancing act, and sometimes trade-offs have to be made. However, each family bears responsibility for its own decisions. Note also that all women are not called to be under subjection to all other men (Ephesians 5:22). I can't boss your wife around just as you can't boss mine. Rather each wife is to submit to her own husband. The husband, as head of the home, will ultimately answer to God for his family's success or failure. The wife, as heart of the home, will answer for how she followed his leadership. Both are responsible for providing for and serving the family. So long as a wife acts in accordance with her husband's leadership, she is being submissive. Whether or not she holds a position in a business or even in government has no bearing on this formula.

Sarah Palin seems to be doing her job as mother and wife. Her husband and children seem to think so. Who are we to argue with them?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I got a beautiful feeling...

*singing* Everything's going' my way.... *end singing*

Fred replaces Arnold at the Republican National Convention. It just might be worth paying attention to now.

*singing* O what a beautiful day *singing*

Yes, I often burst into show tunes around here. It's a curse and a blessing, depending on who you ask.

The Palin Debate

Stephen's recent comments (bolstered by a few others) indicate that he will not be supporting McCain/Palin because Sarah Palin is a woman, and, as such, should be at home. Beyond the jolting disregard for modern sensibilities, I find this argument theologically flawed and politically short-sighted.

Perhaps it is not ideal for the average woman to lead our nation (or the average man for that matter), but we certainly don't have to settle for just any woman. We will be selecting a specific woman, hopefully one in the tradition of Margaret Thatcher, et al. There are capable women, and Sarah Palin is one of them. On the other hand, many men are completely undeserving and incapable of effective leadership. Are we to choose a less-capable man over an experienced, battle-tested woman? It seems far more reasonable to select the best individual, regardless of gender, color, ethnicity, etc.

If we are waiting for a perfect government, why vote at all? We're only going to experience that in the Millenium, and we won't be voting then, either. Perhaps it was simpler to live in the age of kings, where citizens did not have the ability to elect their leaders. Yet, we find ourselves in a different situation; one quite unique in the span of history. Americans have the right to vote. What should guide our sacred decision? Since we will never have the opportunity to vote for a perfect candidate, we must settle on a candidate we prefer.

In this election, the choice is clear for those holding to pro-life conservative principles. The McCain/Palin ticket would protect the unborn and uphold other important conservative positions. Obama/Biden favor infanticide and other repugent positions. I place specific emphasis on the abortion debate because Stephen has planted his flag so firmly on that ground. His comments from December 18 on this blog:

There was a time when America was a just society. She's never been perfect, but she long strove to respect the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of all men.

Yet when our nation relinquished its respect for every human life, it ceased to be the society those great men envisioned and built. When America left this foundational principle, it lost the essential character of justice.

This is why abortion is the most important issue in an election. Reinstating respect for every human life is the only way America can again be a just society. Only then will it be worth fighting for freedom and safety.

I concede that there are many political obstacles, but what better way to undermine these obstacles than by electing a president who has deep pro-life convictions? If we ever hope to see America restored to her former glory, this is the only strategy to pursue.

Stephen, rightly, feels a strong commitment to fighting against the horrid practice of abortion in this country. How then can he justify not giving his support to such a clearly pro-life ticket in the face of a possible victory by the rabidly pro-abortion opposition? How can regarding Palin's gender outweigh the need to fight for unborn children? Christians have a duty to stand for what's right. God is sure to honor our stand against "our nation's greatest reproach" far more than He would be impressed by clever theology we have derived concerning the place of women in society. Let's protect their right to be born and then worry about their place in the home.

Friday, August 29, 2008

More Palin Reaction

Fred likes Palin.

That's almost all I need to know. (Not really...but almost!)

Edited to add: Huck likes Palin too. (Hey, even a broken clock is...)

McCain - Palin '08

Yahoo reports that McCain has chosen Alaska governor Sarah Palin as running mate.

Mark Levin, over at National Review, says it's a good choice. Levin has been no small critic of McCain so this is an interesting turn.

My reaction is: "At least he didn't choose Lieberman. Or Romney. Or Huckabee. Or Pawlenty."

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

McCain's First Biden Ad it supposed to be this easy?

Here are a few more choice moments.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Housing Problem

John McCain has a nice response to Obama's criticism of his owning seven houses. Obama wants to talk about houses? Let's talk about houses!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

McCain Whips Obama at Saddleback

I don't really like Rick Warren, but it looks like he put together a first-class event for the presidential candidates. According to Byron York, McCain won hands down.

Atheists at the Wilson County Fair

This comes in a little late for any atheists wanting a special discount to the Wilson County fair in Lebanon, Tennessee (where, BTW, my Mom won a blue ribbon and best of show for her quilt). It seems that today was "God & Country Day" at the fair; those who brought a bulletin from church got $2 off admission.

The atheists of Tennessee simply could not allow such blatant anti-atheist discrimination to stand. So they lodged a giant protest and got a deal whereby atheists and other non-Christians (who would never miss God & Country Day at the fair) could get the discount as well, so long as they presented any kind of paper with their religion (or lack of religion) clearly stated. Way to go atheists! If only you'd gotten them to throw in a Fried Twinkie on a Stick...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Church Rejects Lottery Money

Good for them (although the Holiness pastor said he would take it).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Making Sense of Russia

Lost among all the stories about the Olympics and Edwards resides the biggest story of the day: Russia's invasion of Georgia. It seems like something very important, but I'm not sure why. Roger Kimball provides some insight.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gang of 10 Sinks Drilling

Just when the Republicans are on the brink of benefiting from being on the right side of the drilling debate, a group of five "courageous" (read: spineless) RINOs, led by the ever-cringing Lindsay Grahamnesty, have sided with Democrats to whisk away the Republican's one winning issue. The proposed senate legislation would pay only lip service to the idea of drilling domestic oil, while actually continuing the status quo level of drilling: zero. This editorial in the WSJ is excellent. Kim Strassel gets it exactly right.

UPDATE: NRO points out the reason for the gang: Ethanol money.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

WSJ: The McCain Veepstakes

The WSJ opinion page has a rundown of potential McCain VP picks.

One particularly interesting name came up:

Fred Thompson would bring governing judgment and policy heft, and because he isn't much younger than Mr. McCain might make sense as a duo promising to serve one term, clean up the mess, and go home. On the other hand, he might be better suited for Attorney General if Mr. McCain prevails.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tribute to Rush: Celebrating 20 Years

David Limbaugh has written a gracious and interesting tribute to his brother. It's definitely worth a read. Also, Rush was surprised by a call from President Bush, Former President Bush and Governor Bush. You can read the transcript here. Karen found the audio somewhere, so I'll post that if I can later. The funniest part is Bush 41 just talking away and then he says, "We're not on the air are we?" Awesome.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Democrats Would Block Drilling No Matter What

Monopoly Forced to Downsize

I thought I'd get back into blogging (I'm finally back from camp) with this humorous, and completely fictitious, article combining two of my favorite things: board games and economics. Enjoy!