Thursday, November 6, 2008

Doomed Quixotic Opposition Efforts

Now that all the fun and games of the election are over, it's time to start figuring out what to do about all those things Obama promised, that you don't like, didn't want, and didn't vote for (especially if you're a Catholic who voted for Obama in the serene belief that he wasn't actually going to do all those terrible things he promised to do to make it cheaper and easier than ever to kill the unborn).

Fortunately, there's no lack of ways to stand up and fight against every single pro-abortion or socialist promise Obama has made. You can start by taking part in a doomed quixotic petition drive, to collect signatures of people who oppose FOCA (Hat tip: Mark Shea).

And that's not all! As part of your doomed quixotic opposition efforts, which shall henceforth be referred to by the initials dqoe, you can:
None of these things is likely to do anything at all, but they wouldn't be "doomed quixotic" opposition efforts if they had any likelihood of having positive practical results--but of course, by the same logic as the dq3 voter logic, just because none of these things is likely to do any good doesn't mean you shouldn't do them.

I'm being facetious, of course.

Fortunately, there is one form of opposition (also HT: Mark) that is likely to be more efficacious: the "Rosaries for Life" initiative:

The ultimate goal is a lofty one - 68,000,000 rosaries said for the triumph of the Culture of Life in our country. Why 68,000,000? 68 million is roughly the number of Catholics in our country, and it’s also very close to the number of people who voted for Barack Obama in the recent election. Therefore, there are at least 68 million reasons to do penance. If Catholics would pray and act as they should, the Culture of Death would be put to rout in our country. This battle is primarily spiritual warfare, and it’s time we finally get organized as an army.

The first initiative of Rosaries for Life is going to be the Inauguration Day Rosary Novena. This Novena is going to last for 72 days - it consists of 4 sets of mysteries 9 times for the intentions, followed by 4 sets of mysteries 9 times in thanksgiving = 72 days of praying 5 decades). The novena will begin on November 10th, the feast of St. Leo the Great (as well as the first day of the USCCB meeting) and end on January 20th, Inauguration Day.

See the website for more.

We should be praying for our nation, and yes, even for Obama. I'm afraid I can't join those who would pray that God either "opens his eyes or closes them forever," because that's not a prayer I can make in good conscience. But I see no problem with this Irish prayer:

May those that love us, love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.


Rebecca said...

I just saw this letter by Barbara Nicolosi...thought you might appreciate it...

Sarah said...

Praying for our enemies has never made so much sense to me as it does now, since Nov. 4. Not that Obama is my personal enemy, but certainly an enemy of the unborn.

It's definitely the time to step up our daily efforts of prayer, fasting, and good works. Thanks for sharing the news about this particular novena.

LarryD said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Erin. I've linked to this post.