Thursday, January 14, 2010

Scott Brown and Martha Coakley, sitting in a tree...

(by R.P.Edwards)

Puritans and Pilgrims
Twist beneath the sod
Tormented by the children
Forgetful of their God
Dining on “their” bounty
Sleeping in “their” beds
The children make a mockery
Of fathers, cold and dead
Alas, O land of Plymouth
Abandoning the stone
Dismissing past foundations
They substitute their own
But time will bring the hammer
The wind
And winter’s blast
Let’s see which house is standing
The present?
Or…the past?

“Scott and Martha, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G” well…not really.  I’m referring, of course, to the coming vote in Massachusetts to fill the hole in the U.S Senate left when Ted Kennedy went on to do other things.  In this race the republican is State Senator, Scott Brown.  And the democrat:  Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley.   And…immediately at stake:  The life or death of the monstrosity known as the Healthcare Bill.  Well, that being said, my preference is obvious.  But, just for fun, I thought I’d check out the official websites to see where Scott and Martha stand on the issues…especially the moral issues, or, as I like to call them…the “God” issues. 

Sadly, Ms. Coakley’s site was quite vague.  No mention of abortion or gay marriage, just a general “I’ll do a good job” kind of resume.  Mr. Brown, however, was quite explicit:  Gun rights, Israel, Iran, immigration, education and yes, abortion and marriage. 

His stand on marriage is traditional.  I like that.  But his view of abortion is kind of mushy.  Following is an excerpt:   While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor…
Ugh…he doesn’t get it, or he’s pandering just a bit.  I’ll choose to believe the latter. 

And so, in a week we’ll know.  The good people of Massachusetts; the descendants of Plymouth Colony; those who most directly live in the “land of the Pilgrim’s pride”…these may very well hold the fate of all of us…in their hands.  And I dearly hope, for all of us, that they heed the words etched on the stone at William Bradford’s (governor of Plymouth colony) grave.  It reads,

qua patres difficillime adepti sunt nolite turpiter relinquere
Which means:
What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.

That’s what I think.  How about you?  Click comments below…and say.

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