Worst. Election. Ever.

Now where did I put my Flintstones Chewable Prozac?

Seriously, my real joy is in the Lord and not in shifting temporal things.

But there was some good news: The Democrats didn’t get their 60 seats in the Senate.  That would have been a disaster.

Also, the pro-traditional marriage initiatives passed in California and Florida.  We need an Amendment for the U.S. Constitution, though.  Does anyone think that a few new liberal judges on the Supreme Court won’t invent a “right” to oxymoronic gay marriage?  State judges have done so. 

And the Supreme Court once imagined that the Constitution contained the unlimited right to crush and dismember the unborn, and look where we are now: Almost 50 million dead.  If they can create that fiction, they can make up anything.  Liberal judges are an imaginative bunch.

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More good news: Number of riots instigated by McCain supporters = zero.

Obama back pedals in his first two minutes, and is already angling for a 2nd term!

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term… There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

Uh, wait a minute, didn’t you promise the opposite of that the last two years?  Everyone who is surprised, raise your hand.  That’s what I thought.

Great election recap by Randy Alcorn on the importance of what we do next.

Followers of Christ, regardless of who they advocated and voted for, should now pray wholeheartedly for our new president and his administration, as Scripture instructs us in First Timothy 2:1-4: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

It isn’t too early for 2012, is it?  Brooke shared this.  I’m good with it.

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57 thoughts on “Worst. Election. Ever.”

  1. Marie –
    My comments were not directed at you personally, but are directed in general towards those parents who do not take responsibility in raising their children – and defer it to the state.

    Some of the situations in your school sound most unfortunate. It is sad that so many in education are driven by ideology and emotion rather than data. Some of the practices which you report in your district are not supported by the research literature.

    The inference regarding responsibility is also data driven. The records of those students who had achieved the lowest gains and who had the worst discipline records were compared. There was a signficant and positive corrleation found in these two factors. The third factor, parental involvement was also found to be a statistically significant factor not only correlationally but was shown to have causation – or leading to the other factors.

    The data showed that students who were parented by adults who did not directly engage in the educational process by

    1) participate in child study team meetings, which were scheduled cooperatively between the school and the parent.

    2) having their child attend school sponsored extra help sessions where transportation home was provided to the students.

    3) attending parent/teacher meetings scheduled by the teachers using flexible scheduling (often after the course of the normal school day).

    4) returning the phone calls of teachers, guidance counsellors and other school personnel.

    These factors all were directly linked and contributed significantly to the majority of students who fared poorly in both teacher made and state mandated tests.

    These factors were directly linkedand contributed signficantly to the majority of students who routinely were involved in discipline problems evidenced by a high number of teacher referrals, detentions, in school suspensions, out of school suspensions and superintendent hearings.

    The data indicated that a lack of parental involvement had a larger effect size than a child participating in free/reduced lunch programs upon student achievement and discipline.

    The bottom line is irresponsible parents bring about trainwreck children. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but a public entity is no replacement for firm, fair and consistent parenting skills, which involve taking more than a passing interest in a child’s education.

    Obviously, in your instance this is not the case.

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  2. One more comment on Palin 12, I went off on a tangent looking for past occurences of the losing VP coming back. As I said earler, FDR lost the VP race in 1920, won the presidency in 1932.

    Prior to that (and sense) NO candidate that lost the VP race came back to win the presidency.

    I think Gov. Palin’s chances in 12 are pretty slim..

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  3. Voiceofreason:

    Thank you for coming back and clarifying that. As far as your points go about the need for parental involvement, I couldn’t agree with you more (which is why I took offense to your original comment, thinking you were laying the blame at my feet for issues in the schools). So no; I don’t think that is harsh at all. Both of my parents were long-time public school teachers (he in high school; she in special ed/speech and language) and often expressed frustration at the scenario you describe.

    However, my frustration is that while we are doing all we can, (and, to be fair, now my son’s 3rd grade teacher is trying to work with us and provide extra “under the table”), it does seem that the school system is almost handicapping them…..there seems to be a lack of general common sense. Virtually no homework anymore (we make ours up); and in both English/language arts classes (6th and 3rd grade) a large chunk of classroom time is spent with the kids simply reading their library books. They SHOULD be doing the type of literature you mentioned above; not Captain Underpants and Judy Blume (not that I mind them reading those books too; I just don’t consider them on the same par as academic reading). This practice is one we parents have complained about to the principal, and he justifies it by saying it is still beneficial for reading comprehension….kids don’t read at home nowadays…(again, supporting your point)….and so on. The buck is passed from taecher to principal to superintendant to….I forget who was next on the chain. But these “progressive changes” are handed down from above – I’ve even heard the “No Child Left Behind” Act cited.

    Have you heard of/used the “Everyday Math” curriculum in your school? What’s your professional opinion of it?

    Again thanks for clarifying. (Now I’ve gotten this thread so off-topic I’ll probably just come over to your blog and we can dialogue there). The more I can learn about the educational system’s “inner workings”, the better. Getting on the same team with the teachers, and the principal, is important and will ultimately help our kids.

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  4. Well, according to DJ, my desire to be alive is “selfish.” I think we’ve pretty much just destroyed the argument for socialised medicine.

    Joseph,

    In the past year, I needed several ultrasounds and one MRI. When my doctor who first checked me out referred me to a specialist (at UVA), he found out that the wait was an appalling six weeks. That is a fraction of the wait in the UK, and he just sent me elsewhere.

    When I needed an MRI, I had one scheduled in three days.

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