Mormon Mommy Bloggers virtue signaling about the election

Every day I skim read a bunch of Mormon Mom Blogs.


Most of them NEVER talk about politics, and the few who used to, have stopped blogging. 


A few brave souls decided to chime in on the election with a plethora of views that all boiled down to one big signaling of their virtue.


Most of the time they cannot be bothered to take the time to write about the great political discussions of the day.


But a couple of my favorite bloggers took the time to write a few paragraphs about the election of President Trump.

I commented on a couple of these blogs. Nobody has responded to my words.


Here are a few of my thoughts.

Jenny Hatch

Global Mom

“I was thrilled with Trumps election.
He has saved our nation from Hillary Clinton as President, John Podesta as Secretary of State, and Bill Clinton as UN head for the next ten years.
Those three degenerates in power would have been open season on the worlds children.
Child trafficking, molestation, torture, and murder were the whole point of the Clinton Foundation.
I look forward to the day when all of this information goes public.
God Bless President Trump.
Jenny Hatch”

Melissa Dalton Bradford

Resisting despair and stoking hope after US Presidential elections

“Which is unusual – even unprecedented – for me. Over all my years of writing and speaking publicly, I’ve avoided dipping into the political. But I don’t want that silence to be wrongly ascribed to fear, self-preservation, neutrality, lack of interest or lack of knowledge. Politics matter to me, especially my political rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to plumb the strengths and the weaknesses of the US system by learning from other systems. In every culture in which we have lived, I have learned from others’ philosophies. I’ve also had chances to defend US policies and politics when they’ve been misrepresented or misunderstood.

With the election of Mr. Trump, however, I’ve hit something I just cannot explain to anyone, even myself. All these years of learning to “see ourselves as other see us” (Robert Burns), and now I am mortified at what I see others see in us. Granted, I have reason to be hypersensitive to our foreign policies our foreign image, which are reflected to the rest of the world not in our Secretary of State (as some people mistakenly claim), but in our Commander in Chief.”


Eyrealm

“Please, move to Canada, or better yet, move to Venezuela or Cuba, and save those of us who are dedicated Trump supporters the anguish of your smug know it all “positive globalism” political views as he and his administration diligently work to restore our constitutional republic.
I read all of your Eyre family blogs and while you don’t bother to chime in much about this most important topic of politics and freedom, there is a strong undercurrent of your family being just a bit too sophisticated to be dirtied or sullied by the important political debates of our day.
That’s great. 
We all get to choose how we will spend our time, but please, do not insult a dedicated reader of your invaluable insights on family life with the typical mormon elitist arrogance that has reared its ugly head during the presidential campaign.
I have had the finger of scorn pointing in my general direction for over a year because of an early and loud endorsement of Trump.
Look in the mirror Linda and see if your comments above do anything to contribute to the healing of our nation.
I would humbly suggest that they do not.
Jenny Hatch

Founding Mother of the Tea Party


Linda Eyre

“Getting there just after the election, we were reminded that we had promised ourselves that if Donald Trump won, we would be moving to Canada! But it was a bit cold and dreary there and many weren’t happy with the government there either so I guess we’ll give that crazy guy some slack and see what happens! “


Feminist Mormon Housewives (This comment is “awaiting moderation”) and has not been published yet

“Hillary Clinton as President and John Podesta as Secretary of State would have been open season on the worlds children.
These two people have trafficked, molested, raped, tortured, and cannibalized children for years and used the former Clinton presidency and the Clinton foundation to cover it all up.
Please wake up and realize what the Trump presidency has saved us from.
The truth will eventually come out and then you will realize the utter naïveté of this post.
Jenny Hatch

Lisa at Feminist Mormon Housewives

“Sometimes our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness. Sometimes people who are good at Not-Giving-A-Crap will burn bridges that didn’t need to be burned and miss opportunities to learn and grow from people who see the world differently. And Sometimes people who are drawn to building bridges don’t speak up well past speaking-up-time for fear of hurting a relationship, or we lose sight of our goals, or often we compromise too much and hurt the people we were trying to help. And sometimes it’s impossible to know if any of those lines were crossed because this is difficult stuff.

I guess we can’t ever really “know”. We certainly can’t always (or ever) be unemotional machines who think through the “effectiveness” of every conversation. I do hope that we can (sometimes/often/regularly) ask ourselves the question “to what purpose” is this conversation/protest/meeting/action. I do hope that we can clarify our goals and strengths/weaknesses and the needs of ourselves and our communities and ask ourselves honest questions about the effectiveness of our approach, and do our best to do better.



Scenes from the wild

“Today I’m breaking a self-imposed eight year moratorium on political talk on this blog. Not because I can sway or convince anyone (the election’s over, after all) because I want to record how I feel, how my family feels, at this point in history.

Tomorrow I’ll search for the silver lining, but today I’m grieving.

Our country has chosen bigotry, misogyny, mocking the disabled, persecuting religious groups and voted for acceptance of crude language and behavior, a sexual predator, a grown man who bullies and throw temper tantrums, spews venom and threatens lawsuits for the smallest offense. I shudder to think of him as a role model for our children.

And I’m a Republican.”

I commented on the post previous to this one as Michelle locked the comments on her political post, but she did not publish my words despite giving her thoughts the title “Let’s talk about it”.

What Michelle really meant was…

“Let me put some duct tape over your mouth and you listen good while I signal to the world how highly virtuous my family and I are because we have naively bought the lie that Putin is really in charge of American Politics and the election was hacked by Russia.”

Charity Wright (daughter of Linda above) at Dripping with Passion wrote an emotional post about refugees and also locked the comments.

“i am writing this blog post on my phone from the dubai airport. we are en route to two islands in the indian ocean, and for the next ten days i am unplugging from social media. honestly (and embarrassingly), this is going to be a real challenge for me … but i think it will be good for my soul. i’m excited to share lots of tropical goodness when we get back!

i’ve had the post below drafted for the past two days and am deciding now to post it. i have spent the past few nights tossing and turning into the wee hours because my mind is reeling with the disturbance i feel surrounding president trump’s executive order concerning immigration. i feel quite weird going on such a nice trip – and disconnecting to read a book, relax with my husband and play with my baby on a pristine beach – when there is so much turmoil in the world, specifically surrounding my home country. i am deeply grateful for my life and profoundly worried about the lives of others. despite the uncomfortable disconnect i feel by indulging in some luxury the next couple weeks (or really, because of it), i hope to find a renewed sense of understanding while i am unplugged about my personal role in contributing to make the world better.

i don’t have time (or energy – just got off a red-eye flight!) to refine my thoughts below much more … but i feel that i should, in some small way, speak out. i’m just copying and pasting something i posted on facebook a few days ago (with a few small edits). i have turned the comments off on this post, not because i am disinterested in a discussion on this topic – on the contrary: i am eager to learn about different perspectives and understand other ways of thinking – but because i will not be able to moderate and respond while i am away from home and unplugged. i just felt like i should share this here, for what it’s worth…”


Virtue Signaling as defined by the Urban Dictionary and as implied in this post is:

To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else.

and

Advocating a political or philosophical position, and/or taking up a public cause, from a position of vanity, for the primary purpose of demonstrating your conformity with fashionable pop culture values.

A few popular and recent virtue signals…

Dem senators just before Obamacare was passed

Andrew Breitbart smacked down the racist lie at this Tea Party

White Guilt

Boko Haram abductions (the meme did not bring the girls back)

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