A Big Yellow Deal

Perhaps you’re like me, and you’ve got some charmingly romantic ideas when it comes to voting. Free, responsible adults, who take seriously what it means to be a self-governing people, head to the polls, and based on a combination of wisdom and maturity they cast their vote in favour of the candidate who they believe will best perpetuate their liberty, their safety, and their prosperity. But of course, you’d be wrong:

THORNTON, Ill. (FOX Chicago News) –
A very pregnant Galicia Malone was so determined to participate in her first presidential election that she took a few cleansing breaths and put those labor pains right out of her mind until her vote was cast.
Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that Malone, 21, started having pains in her back and pelvic area around 3 a.m. Tuesday. By the time she drove from her mother’s house in Richton Park, where she stayed last night, to New Life Church precinct in Thornton, the pains were five minutes apart.
“This is my first baby, a girl, and I wanted to make a good impression,” Malone said. “I want to have a story to tell her.”
Malone, whose due date isn’t until Nov. 10, was en route to South Suburban Hospital when we caught up with her.
“The pains are pretty steady but my doctor says to think of it as getting ready to give life,” she said.
Though she is against abortion, Malone, of Dolton, said her belief that women should have the right to make their own decisions prompted her to vote for President Barack Obama.
“I just agree with more of his policies than with (Mitt) Romney’s,” she said.
“I grew up on Sesame Street and PBS,” she said. “He wants to cut that. What will my daughter grow up on?”

Indeed, among the most pressing issues of our time. If you can’t park your kid in front of the TV all day, who knows how she’ll turn out? May as well place the fate of the nation in Big Bird’s hands! Well done, America. Well done.

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2 thoughts on “A Big Yellow Deal

  1. Hi Jeremy and Arenda,
    I hope it’s okay that we are following your blog. Of course we love to hear about how you guys are doing. And it also gives us a glimpse into Rick’s life. I thought I would share our shocking voting story: We stayed at a bed a breakfast and they started asking Mark about what he does for work. (Giving an answer to that usually produces blank looks, questions about mixing church and state or an awkward silence). This gentleman said he likes to be involved in voting. And he always waits to see who is most likely to win before he decides who to vote for. After all, voting for someone who isn’t even going to win is wasting a vote isn’t it. He wants to know that his vote went to the winning candidate.
    That’s right, no ideals involved whatsoever. Just wants to be on the winning team. This is where we provided the blank looks and awkward silence.
    We are praying for all the seminary students and their families. We’re glad to hear you seem to be doing well.
    Jaclyn 🙂

    • Hi Jaclyn,
      I’d be very pleased if you followed my blog.
      I find stories like this and the one I posted this morning to be very disheartening. At the same time, it’s encouraging to remember that elections are ultimately not in the hands of unprincipled men like the one in your story, but that God himself chooses to raise up whomever he wills. It might be helpful for me to tape that to my computer screen on election days.
      But really, I have never heard of someone with the attitude of this fellow. It’s remarkable. You don’t often hear people state so honestly that they like to sacrifice their principles to the mob.

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