We’ve all heard it said that a farmer doesn’t buy the cow if he’s getting the milk for free. Generally, parents have used this pearl of folksy wisdom in an effort to dissuade their daughters from having sex before marriage. But this philosophy has relevance in other areas of life as well. For example: the upcoming presidential election.
This November, the pro-life movement will once again be in the position of not having a candidate. Every four years, we put ourselves in this situation because we have made it clear to the Republican Party that, when push comes to shove, we are always willing to settle for the “lesser-of-evils” candidate. In other words, we’ve let them know that they don’t have to marry us in order to get our milk. We might preach sexual abstinence to our children, but everyone knows that we don’t have the discipline to practice political abstinence ourselves.
Of course, this leaves the GOP with a wide-open playing field. After all, they know that the Democrats can be relied upon to nominate some complete moral degenerate, thus guaranteeing that the Republican candidate is going to be seen as the lesser-of-evils.
And so it goes in 2008. On one side is an amoral Marxist and religious heretic who openly describes children conceived in unplanned pregnancies as a “punishment.” In other words, a garden-variety Democratic presidential candidate. On the other side is a man who claims to be pro-life, while making it clear that it is not a core-value for him and publicly stating that the lives of the unborn are not deserving of constitutional protection. In other words, a garden-variety Republican presidential candidate.
Perhaps the time has come to say that what the American people really need is four years of Barak Obama as President, with Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House and Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate. Maybe that would wake them up to the fact that the real threat to our future is not the potential for financial bankruptcy but our rapidly accelerating march toward moral bankruptcy.
However, there are also those who think that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis-of-evil would irrevocably devastate the country – and it certainly could. For those people, supporting McCain is simply a matter of “defensive voting.”
So what’s it going to be? Do we sit back and teach the country a lesson or do we deliver another pail of milk? And I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a tough call. The only thing I know for sure is that when a nation is legally executing over 3000 helpless children a day, God is not going to judge it over tax policies and unemployment rates. In the final analysis, we may be able to find many perfectly legitimate reasons to delay that message for another four years. But only a fool believes that it is one that will wait forever.