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“The Loving Left”

Posted by Adam Graham on October 31, 2005

Bryan Fischer has a great post on his blog Now, I strong recommend The Keep the Commandments blog. It is so well written and just excellent. I knew from reading all those e-mail news letters he sent out that he’d be a great blogger.

Today, Bryan talks about how the left says Conservatives are mean-spirited and unfair. Well, he made a list of the leftist attacks on Brandi in yesterday’s paper and the list is staggering:

“…her development as a citizen stopped in adolescence”

“…values of narrow-mindedness and bigotry”

“…infuses every action with an extreme conservative religious viewpoint”

“grandstanding amateur” (perhaps a Democratic talking point, as the word “grandstanding” appears in no less than three letters)

“…trying to portray Idaho as the original home of Old Testament thinking and conservative bigotry”

“…in the same league as the homophobic Rev. Fred Phelps”

“…blinded by her single-minded zealotry”

“…little regard for common sense”

“…backed by right-wing extremists” (this same writer then says, “Let’s tone down the personal rhetoric”!)

“…princess of the religious-Nazi wing of the Republican Party”

I mostly skimmed these, but wow. I think only two of them came from the same person if that. This is absolutley fascinating the left’s attacks on Brandi. There’s more coming in the news according to Bryan with some anti-semetic hate mail being sent to Brandi along with a “demeaning and degrading” assault on Brandi. We’ll have to see how this plays out. Information on it hasn’t been posted on the website, so it may be in the Statesman tomorrow.

Anyway, we move on to the Statesman today with a Letter to the Editor by Donn English who accuses Brandi of using only buzzwords and not responding to questions at the candidate’s forum:

It was abundantly clear to me that five of the six candidates were capable of holding public office, but Brandi Swindell is not.

That’s a strong accusation, but English hurts his or her own credability. English bases this on going to the candidate forum where Statesman Reporter Brad Hern also was. Hern recounts Council Candidate Mark Seeley’s performance:

Mark Seeley, who is challenging Councilman Vern Bisterfeldt, continued his single-issue campaign to draw attention to homelessness in Boise, declining to answer questions about other topics and using his 90 seconds to revisit the city’s handling of the Community House shelter.

Now, how can you conclude someone who keeps going back to the same topic over and over and over again and ignores any other questions is qualified for the City Council? It’d be as if Brandi sat there, refused to talk about infill developments and instead insisted on answering everything with the Ten Commandments. The funny thing is that English accuses Swindell of having talking points answers and just being focused on those points, but she just declared someone who wouldn’t even address other questions as qualifed for the Council. Un-be-lievable.

Finally, from the Arbiter, BSU’s student paper, we have an article by Tamara Helgeson and she goes off on Brandi Swindell. She saw a vote for Brandi sign and it was too much for her:

That is when my blood started to boil and I realized that Brandi Swindell, champion of the Ten Commandments and enemy to women’s rights, was running for Boise’s city council.

I know things stink when everybody doesn’t agree with you. So, I’m glad that BSU’s professors are teaching their students to be tolerant, open-minded, and understand the viewpoints and feelings of others without treating them like their evil-er maybe something to work on. Anyway, she goes on:

First, if past feminists had not fought and won certain rights, Swindell would have been unable to obtain an education, been forced to marry and to bear any children her husband gave her.

Two hundred years ago, in America, the majority of women could not read or write, could legally be beaten by their husbands, and had upwards of 10 children to feed and care for.

Whoa! Are we playing a little loose with the facts here? Yes, there were problems, but was America in the 18th Century really the Talbian? No. There were problems, but lets not forget that even before women could vote, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” which set the country ablaze and put us on the path to Civil.

How common was it for women to have ten children “to feed and care for”. Well, according to Encarta, not all that common:

European colonists had high birthrates compared with the birthrates in Europe at the time. Free, white colonial women typically bore children every two years and had an average of eight children, four of whom might survive to adulthood. This was twice as many children as European families had. Fertility was higher in the colonies because of the need for labor on colonial farms, the availability of land to support the larger numbers of children, and early and nearly universal marriage.

Simply put, life was rough. A woman might have 8 children, but only half would make it to adulthood. Infant mortality was a huge problem.

While female literacy was a problem in America (Ann Bradstreet not withstanding), feminism didn’t solve it, the American Revolution did.

According to Houghton Mifflin:

In the wake of the American Revolution, interest in women’s education rose among the elite, and the first “female academies,” modeled on private secondary schools for boys, appeared. The new academies were strongly defended by their proponents. Girls’ education, said Connecticut school founder Sarah Pierce, would “vindicate the equality of female intellect,” and Massachusetts essayist Judith Sargent Murray argued that education would inculcate “elevation of soul” and “reverence of self.” Benjamin Rush, a trustee of the Young Ladies Academy in Philadelphia (1787), stressed women’s family roles in the new Republic. Academic training, he said, would make women better wives and household managers, and as mothers, they would teach their sons “the principles of liberty and government.”

The growth of women’s literacy led to the rise of 19th century equity feminism.

Yes, there were problems, but lets not be overdramatic (though that be a tad much to be ask given that the author began by declaring Brandi Swindell “an enemy of women’s rights.” What the author does here is similar to the idea of those who insist that Black slaves were being dumped in the Ocean, that silly story lessens the inhumanity of what actually happened to Blacks, just as the idea of upwards of ten children and feminism solving literacy problems obscures what women in America really went through.

Brandi does idenitify with pro-life feminists like Susan B. Anthony and a lot of great things were achieved by suffragettes in terms of giving women greater writes at the franchise, to be heard in public debates, and later down the line access to the workplace. There’ve been improvements, but does that mean you have to support killing children? Its insane. Apparently, you have to keep the bath water if you want the baby in Ms. Helgeson’s world.

Does she have any experience in city planning, which should not be confused with family planning? The national groups she aligns herself with promote sexual abstinence and substituting condom usage with Christ. I wonder if her political platform has a similar agenda. That is what Boise needs, our birthrate and STD rates to go up from lackof condom usage.

And of course more people needing psychiatry help in lieu of their invisible Jesus not working for them.

I might suggest, reading her website which includes her platform before making ill-informed remarks about this. If you want to look at what Christianity does in this town, go visit the Rescue Mission. They’re doing good work because God’s grace is truly greater than all of our sin and people’s lives are being changed by the Power of God.


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