Mugatu, pictured to the right, is a high end fashion designer played by Will Ferrell. Derek Zoolander is a male supermodel played by Ben Stiller. Derek has various "looks," pictured to the left below, which are clearly all the same look. But for whatever reason, everyone calls them different names. At his breaking point, Mugatu finally freaks out onstage during his fashion show and says, "Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway? The man has only one look, for ___ sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" I refer to any moment in life where I feel like no one is paying attention to the obvious as a Mugatu moment. And this whole election for me is a Mugatu moment. And talking about emotional health with a lot of Christians is a Mugatu moment. But I am so grateful to have readers who agree (though again, feel free to disagree). And if you have seen Zoolander, you have heard Will Ferrell's execution of his lines- hysterical, angry, panic stricken- that is how I can get sometimes over these things.
So about the election. I did think it was a very important clarification that I missed, of course you can be a Christian and vote for Obama. Let me tell you that people I love and respect are voting for Obama, and that is why I am so frustrated. (I know that you knew what I meant, Elizabeth, thanks for making it clearer.) I just feel like he is a little dangerous. Not to quote the lame-o McCain commercials, but because of his connections with anti-American and anti-Christian people. Am I saying he is anti-American or anti-Christian? No, but I'm just saying he is not able to clear up a lot of suspicion. He could, but he doesn't. So, that just scares me.
As for the signs in the school, I had not actually seen the signs until this morning. I was prepared to be a little bit combative, but I really didn't know how to go about it. I mean, I definitely don't think we need any campaign signs in the school. But if they had been some other democratic candidate some other time, even Hillary, I probably wouldn't care so much. And I realized that this could, in the end, become me really offending someone, so I decided not to say anything, just to ask. Well, I had figured they were up because of a mock election the school was holding. And when I asked today, that is what I was told. So then, the question really becomes, what is the point of a mock election at an elementary school? We had mock elections at my schools growing up, which was a serious joke in conservative Christian school in Southern Red States. I have no idea what the point was. Maybe it was to raise everyone's spirits heading into the election? "Reagan beat Mondale 638 to 0!" (I remember everyone, you know all the other second graders I knew, saying, "Reagan won by a landslide!") "Bush beat Dukakis 789 to 14! Woohoo!" I don't know.
Any insights into the value of this? Or thoughts on if posters are more or less appropriate if they are for an election in the school? Amabel says there are McCain ones too, if that matters. It doesn't to me (I will say that if there are, I didn't see any in two hallways). The neutral ones are okay. There are some that say "Get out and vote," and things of that sort. Those are fine. Anyway, I have not spent a whole lot of time working through my political ideology so I am open on this. Well, not on who to vote for, but on how politics should be handled in schools. Although, I tend to think that it is something better left to parents. And though this is another post, I have been feeling for a while that I am more comfortable with my child's Biblical education being left to her parents as well. I find myself a little weirded out when her teachers are wanting to talk about her understanding of the Gospel. But think of all the parents who dump their kids in Christian schools so they don't have to teach them anything about the Gospel at home! Okay, that really is another post. And please please please don't hear me bashing Christian schools! Certainly not! It is just something I have been surprised to find myself feeling- "Wow, I put her in this Christian school and now I am not so sure I want someone else telling her what to believe about God's world and God's Word."- because isn't that the point? Anyway, another post. But since she's there, any ideas about the politics thing? I am thinking I will let if go, of course, but I just want to think about it rightly, even if I am not planning to do anything.