8 responses to Amish the key to election ’08?
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    Sean LaF
    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 28th, 2008 at 06:17)

    One of my Amish clients in Paradise has an 8×10 signed picture of Palin in his office. He put it up to be funny but he’s definitely hoping for McCain and Palin and is always trying to steer conversations into politics.

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    Sean LaF
    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 28th, 2008 at 06:20)

    I should add, the Palin picture is personally signed to him, which is even funnier.

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    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 28th, 2008 at 07:22)

    With all the past problems that Anabaptists have had with gov’ts persecuting them, there remains a lingering mistrust of big gov’t. So Republicanism and Gov. Palin is a pull for the Amish. But then Gov. Palin is a Catch-22 for them. What is a woman, who is supposed to be a “keeper at home”, doing running for VP?
    Then again, Obama is pro-abortion rights, but McCain’s glory is his Vietnam-war hero status. Obama aborts babies, McCain blows them up with bombs.
    Siiiiggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Best to stay out of the mess!

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    gyakusetsu
    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 28th, 2008 at 06:31)

    I am always surprised to hear of Anabaptist support for any of the D or R candidates. What of the the discussion of the Sword in the Schleitheim? What of all the violence the candidates advocate inflicting?

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    Marc
    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 29th, 2008 at 08:00)

    I can’t think of a sphere more “worldly” than the political one. Why would the Amish want to get involved in something that even the English find repugnant?

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    Matthew
    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 29th, 2008 at 10:08)

    I agree with Michael. I wonder what the Amish response (if any) was given to the women’s suffrage movement of the 19th and early 20th century. It was predicted by many religious leaders of the day that if suffrage and emancipation would be granted, families would break apart and abortion would increase (among other things). Erik, if you have recourse to any sources on the Amish response to suffrage I would be very interested in reading them.

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    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 29th, 2008 at 12:01)

    Thanks for everyone’s comments. Matthew that’s an interesting question. Nothing comes immediately to mind; I wonder if there is any retroactive commentary in Family Life for example…

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    Comment on Amish the key to election ’08? (October 30th, 2008 at 05:36)

    Voting is a controversial issue among the Amish. But if the Amish vote there is not a shadow of doubt who is the candidate of their choice – the conservative. Both of my Amish grandfathers have voted for years. If I get a chance it would be interesting to ask them what they think of the possibility of a female president. This was one of the things they had against Hillary Clinton, and the appearance of Palin had to have made them backpedal on that comment. I think the ones who vote would still vote Republican or else not vote at all.

    In the past year I saw a clipping from the Budget which had a passing comment from an Amish “scribe” in Texas. I wish I would have kept a copy. It was written when the race between Hillary and Obama was at its peak, and it bemoaned the fact that we might be stuck with either a woman or a black man as president. The comment struck me as racist and of course “sexist.”

    All this shows to me is that the Amish face the same issues as anyone else when they get into politics – primarily the issue of compromise. Some of those who think through the problem advocate staying out of politics because of this, but there will always be some who can’t resist getting involved. Politics is an addictive things sort of like sports; it can captivate and enthrall you even though you aren’t in the game yourself.

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