There is a right way to protest, and a wrong way.
One thing I have noticed is that liberals are very sore losers. When they lose, they make so much noise and they whine so much.
Proposition 8 – which amends the constitution of California to define marriage as between one man and woman woman – passed. The Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were two of the largest entities that pushed for the passing of the Proposition. The two joined Evangelical churches, Muslims, and certain Jews, along with others, to campaign for the Proposition.
The Proposition passed by about 52%. All it needed was a majority to pass.
Advocates for same-sex marriage are placing the blame, strangely enough, on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What makes its passage interesting is that while so many Christian, Muslim, and Jewish organizations expended time and money to promote the Proposition, it was Obama who indirectly killed gay marriage in California. The overwhelming number of black and Latinos who came out to vote, to vote for Obama, also voted for the Proposition. Were Obama not in the running, perhaps not so many people would have come out to vote, and the Proposition may not have passed.
Nevertheless, they are targetting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This had been a hard time for Latter-day Saints, what with violence, vandalism, and theft being daily occurrences. And now the opponents of Proposition 8 are organizing their piece de resistance: a massive protest at the Los Angeles California Temple.
I called the Temple. Protests have already started. The massive protest is expected at 2 pm, Pacific time. The Temple is closed for the day. My elders quorum president sent me a text message of a Good he did: “la mormon protest 2 pm”. It’s huge! Of course, the Kossacks are right on top of it.
I have no problem with people who oppose the Church for what it has encouraged its members to do, but this is ridiculous. Proponents for same-sex marriage will get no goodwill for such antics, and will only harden the resolve of those who oppose same-sex marriage. If they do a peaceful, respectful protest, that’s fine. But what they’re planning – including plans to crash/disrupt our services while drinking coffee and smoking – is only going to backfire. Being belligerent – “teaching us a lesson” – is no way to win friends or support.
But it all demonstrates the childishness of the liberals when they lose.
“Black, Latino voters helped Prop. 8 pass” by Tony Castro on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, on LA Daily News
“Black and Latino voters critical to same-sex marriage ban’s success” by Mike Swift and Sean Webby on Wednesday, November 11, 2008, on MercuryNews.com
So, we experienced a major defeat. Yet let us not become too despondent. We cannot always win, and perhaps it is better we lost than having won.
With the loss of our candidate, we are not in the position of having to endure someone whom we might not have liked or supported anyway. If we cannot stand behind either candidate, let the fall of the Republican be the nourishing water at the roots of the tree of conservatism and good governance, to reinvigorate the Republican Party and bring its people to abide more closely to its nourishing principles and values.
This offers up a great opportunity. Let us use this opportunity to sweep into power honorable representatives who will not betray us, who will honor the principles of good governance. Let us support and move forward those who will help America and her people, not those who will exploit their power for greed or expediency.
After having a Congress with one of the lowest approval ratings in history, the Democrats have control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. Their failure can only be blamed on them now. When the novelty of this historic election wears off, and as those in power realize that their magic incantations don’t work in the real world, the people will see these people for who and what they really are. Reality will be inescapable.
And behind this, all the while, we should be advocating the principles and values and standards of good governance. Give the American people solace and guidance as they face the reality of their choices. Let us show them the way to a better nation.
Let us gird up our loins and fresh courage take, and continue our trek to bring America to a better place.
Brothers, sisters, friends – onward!