Ordinarily election analysis would not be a hot topic five weeks after an election, but there was nothing ordinary about the November 6th election. Conservatives are still scratching their heads and wondering how this could have possibly happened. An incumbent president with unacceptable unemployment rates, soaring national deficits, and someone who has assaulted the very fabric of liberty that Americans are known to love should have been easily defeated. This was not the case. He handily defeated his opponent by swaying vast majorities of demographics his way – some of them were understandable; others were not.
I fear that our women have become “accustomed” to compromising the American Dream in exchange for a safety net that was meant to fill a temporary need. Safety nets are a good thing but finding too much comfort in them can produce dependence.
Perhaps the most puzzling demographic was the single women and single mothers vote. Many of the pundits attribute this to the campaign’s “War on Women” strategy. As a woman, however, it is hard for me to believe that those of my gender would believe such hype. This particular demographic is even more puzzling when one considers that the unemployment rate among young women rose to 14.4% under Obama (well above the national average). Worse, according to the 2011 annual report on White House Staff, women under this Administration earned 18% less than their male counterparts. Somehow I don’t think this is what the Women’s Lib movement had in mind. And it is bewildering why those pioneers of the “movement” haven’t become outspoken advocates against an Administration that personifies the very standards they spent decades fighting.
Finances are difficult for many Americans today, but they are more difficult if you happen to be a woman. Logically, such statics should inspire discontent not votes. Rather than submit to the thought that my gender is dim-witted, easily influenced from the likes of the still wet-behind-the-ears Ms. Fluke, or perhaps unworthy of the right to vote, I remain convinced that there is an explanation for this puzzling demographic.My search for understanding led me to two historical accounts. In 1776 our Founders made a very profound statement in our Declaration of Independence that was true back then and is true today. They stated: “…that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Of course they proceeded to state that “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.”
Another incident worthy of mention occurred after Moses delivered the children of Israel out of their 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Due to their rebellion, they spent 40 years wandering in the dessert before being allowed into the Promised Land. During this time God sustained them with manna from heaven. Instead of being grateful for their deliverance and the opportunities that lay before them, they complained about the manna. In Numbers 11:5 they said: “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.” Of course they forgot the bondage and the cruelty they suffered at the hands of the Egyptians – not to mention the slaughtering of their male children. It seems as if this is the perfect ancient example of our Founder’s statement about being willing to suffer rather than abolishing the forms to which they had become accustomed. We understand that Moses had his hands full liberating the children of Israel from Pharaoh but apparently he also had his hands full liberating them from the lifestyle to which they had become accustomed.
In 21st century America, no one is slaughtering our children or forcing us to work as slaves but surrendering liberty for government entitlements and a false sense of security will lead to a form of bondage none-the-less. I fear that our women have become “accustomed” to compromising the American Dream in exchange for a safety net that was meant to fill a temporary need. Safety nets are a good thing but finding too much comfort in them can produce dependence.
In a day and age when marriages fail at a rate of over 50%, many have swopped their reciprocal dependence on their mate to dependence on government programs. The sacrifices made to a Nanny state may be humane to some extent but they are the moral equivalent of the onions and leeks in Egypt. By becoming accustomed to this type of existence, many women have become fearful of total independence. We look back and marvel at the free Israelites who preferred the meager comforts of bondage to the challenges of freedom, but today’s female voting demographic provides and interesting parallel.
Unfortunately, the demographics of the 2012 election tell me that many women in America may be more inclined to suffer since evils are still sufferable, but I thank God that there are some among us that understand that it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such government. And when the likes of Ms. Sandra Fluke come to their senses, I pray that those of us who understand and value liberty will have prevailed. Then we can say to Ms. Fluke: you kept your birth control but we kept your liberty.
Manna in a free and liberty-loving nation may be a little hard to swallow at times, but isn’t the American Dream worth more than onions and leeks?
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