Monday, January 26, 2009

Politics, Hope, and Disappointment

This past week, I spent the week with Judy in Virginia, and enjoyed an exciting day trip into Washington DC. Judy is hanging in there, fighting the good fight. She felt well enough to drive into DC and hang out in the car while we did a little sightseeing and picture taking. We spent the day in DC on Wednesday. The city was beautiful, still decked out from the previous day's inaugural festivities. I'll post pictures later....

While at Judy's, we spent the day on Tuesday watching the Inauguration festivities. Although I did not vote for Barack Hussein Obama, I was filled with hope as I watched the inauguration. I could feel the spirit of pride from Americans of all color. I could feel the spirit of celebration going on in the city down the road from where we were. My sisters and I talked about Michelle and Jill's dresses and ball gowns. We giggled at how eager the Bush's must feel to get back home to Texas, and how relieved they must feel to be able to relax in private. Although my staunch conservative brother in law made wisecracks throughout the day about our new administration, we laughed it off, and somehow I felt hope, that just maybe....

Then this...
President Obama on Friday lifted a ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush. "President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee. From Fox News sources

Let me say that I am very far from being able to judge or make decisions for women who find themselves in the place where they feel abortion is their only alternative. Believe me, I know that desperation. We could all debate on the different situations that constitute an unwanted pregnancy. None of us can know the real depth of emotion that goes into a decision to abort a child unless we've experienced it. My belief is that there are many women out there who struggle everyday with the decision they made, just as there are those who never gave it another thought. But I don't understand why in the world my tax dollars are funding groups, national and international that promote and/or perform abortions. In these difficult economic times of joblessness, war, and financial struggle, why are our tax dollars supporting abortion?

So much for my short lived hope for our new president.

2 comments:

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Your ocean scene is incredible, is it one you've taken at the ocean?

I am excited to see your pictures in DC :).

Yes, I saw the news as well, a great disappointment. Promises are made and not kept.

Have a wonderful evening,
Kathi :)

Bella said...

I am having a hard time understanding this decision, in light of our domestic economic situation alone...not even wrapping my brain around the morality issue...sad.