The United States has just elected Barack Obama to a second term as President. News reports tell us that the narrow victory may have hinged on the women’s vote. It appears that the “lady parts” rhetoric about how women’s rights depend on contraception and abortion resonated with enough American women that it affected the election.
They didn’t want to “do it with just anybody.” No, it had to be with a “really great guy.” The one who will give them free contraception and abortion.
But America, I promise you that not all of us mothers raise our daughters to think this way. I promise you that there are plenty of us mothers and fathers out here teaching our daughters, and our sons, that real freedom comes from something beyond themselves, something greater than themselves.
We are teaching them that the reason they need to learn is because they possess an intellect, and they will never be satisfied if they stop working hard and striving for excellence.
We are teaching them that they possess a free will and that they are responsible for their actions, that doing the right thing is sometimes painful.
We are teaching them that they need a moral code, and when we teach them right from wrong, we are using words like “virtue” and “vice” and “sin” and “repentance.”
We are loving them and sacrificing for them, and we are standing firm on truth even when our children stray into the world and test out the very pathways we have warned them to avoid.
We are teaching them about the dignity they deserve. We are teaching them what marriage really is, and that it takes commitment and sacrifice. We are teaching them that families are the foundation of society, and trying to live our lives to show them how good women are supposed to behave.
We are teaching them to respect good men and to honor legitimate authority.
We are teaching them that liberty was bought for them at a price, a price paid in blood by many, many men — and that redemption was purchased for them at a price too, a price paid in blood by Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World who was crucified, who suffered and died, and who rose again.
We are in this parenting thing for the long run, eternally, and there are children growing up in this wonderful nation who know why it is wonderful and that life and liberty are sacred. They know that freedom comes with great responsibility. They know that they are loved unconditionally. They know they have parents who will always tell them the truth when they need to hear it, even when it’s hard.
Especially when it’s hard.
And they know that if they ever dared to behave in the pathetic way these “vote-like-your-lady-parts-depend-on-it” people are behaving, they will have to answer for it.
There is hope for the future because there are plenty of us out here shaking our heads in disgust, and vowing with even firmer resolve to never give up and never shut up, and no government and no amount of nonsense will ever stop us from raising our children to be responsible adults. I promise you that.