Thursday, November 8, 2012
Waiting for a Catcher's Mitt
Crude photo, I know, I apologize, but I'm in a hurry to add my two bits, for whatever it's worth. From the single woman's perspective, the defeat of our beloved, adopted Utah boy rattled my unshakeable faith to the point that I actually considered not attending church this Sunday.
I've recently accepted a teaching position in the Primary (Mormon translation: Sunday School for Kids) and get to see Calvin every week. I love being around these sweet spirits and discovered those kids don't give a darn about my being an awkward Oldmaidmormon with no husband or family of my own. Sure, I voted for the losing team but I'll bounce back.
With the lowering of the mission age and the controversy in the Middle East I was one of the believers in Mitt Romney being THE ONE to open the doors of mainland China and Asia to LDS proselyting, raise awareness of the benefits of marriage before cohabitation and encourage young men to grow up and be men. Guess it's up to Jon Huntsman now and I don't mean as a 2016 GOP candidate. Romney lost because nobody wants a general authority/RS president in a political office.
In my reading of the post election buzz, I was both surprised and alarmed that I'm in the minority as a single, white woman who didn't vote for Obama. I voted for him in 2008, but that was mainly to piss off my severly conservative Mom for whom voting a straight party Republican ticket is a family obligation (her brother in Virginia is best buds with Orrin Hatch).
Apparently, females who think the idea of being a single mom from Mexico is just fine, thank you, and think "Fifty Shades of Grey" is the greatest book ever written, flocked in droves to the Obama wagon. The idea of government bailout for all the problems a risky lifestyle of sexual promiscuity and the hook-up culture creates is enough to win the popular vote. That worries me. Am I really the only thirtysomething single woman who believes women should NOT start viewing the government as the new alpha male breadwinner?
I like Obama. I think I can support him. Maybe even pray for him. After all, he once did a Bill Cosby and pointed a stern finger at those deadbeat males. As long as he doesn't pull a Lewinsky on us and remains a good family man, I agree with the call to America, "Extend the olive branch and let's all work together."
Hot topic issues of the past four years like the economy, health care, and Guantanamo Bay never really affected me. I blanch at the idea of casual sex and the hook-up culture, my IHC hamburger job provides me with health insurance, I live within my humble means by driving the same car for twelve years and keep a carefully guarded budget. I don't need the government to bail me out. I blame the state of Utah in failing to create more jobs in the field of education. The only torture I worry about are the silent voices of women and children, their heads trapped under the heels of evil, unholy men who are lovers of their own selves caught up in webs of human trafficking, pornography, money, power and greed. As single women we must encourage each other to not succomb to the hook-up culture. We must be strong. It sucks to live in a dying patriarchal America as a strong man or father figure to provide comfort and support both financially and emotionally become harder to find, but there's a degree of happpiness to be found in resisting the temptation to look for it in dangerous places.
Let's pray we're not going to need that catcher's mitt.