We have already had the Iowa caucus (1/3/08), the Wyoming Republican caucus (1/5/08), and, last Tuesday, the New Hampshire primary (1/8/08).
Coming up this Tuesday, Jan 15th, there is the Michigan primary.
Saturday, Jan 19th is the South Carolina primary & the Nevada caucus.
Tuesday, Jan 29th is the Florida (primary), and Feb 5 is "Super Tuesday", when 22 states will hold their primaries or caucuses.
Looking at the above dates, we see a lot of Tuesday voting going on. However, there is a big gap between the S.C./Nevada vote and the Florida vote. 10 days is the biggest gap in the entire nomination season. There is a reason for this gap – next Tuesday is the "Prayer & Fasting Primary".
Jan. 22 is a National Day of prayer and fasting, as called for by the American bishops, because it is the date of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in this country. This year is the 35th anniversary of the event that sparked the deaths of nearly 49 million babies. To put that number into perspective, the total number of people eligible to vote in the primaries and caucuses before Super Tuesday (according to 2004 numbers) was just shy of 27 million – in other words, 81% more people have been aborted than will possibly choose the candidates for President. Another way of looking at it: In 2004, John Kerry got 59,028,548 votes (a fifth more votes than the number of aborted babies) and George W. Bush got 62,041,268 votes (about a quarter more votes than the number of aborted babies). We often hear complaints about the two-party system and how we need a 3rd party. 49 million people is enough to make up a very viable 3rd party in this country.
Next Tuesday, when we fast as an act of "penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion" and we pray "for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life" (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373), let us make those 47 million voices be heard.
- Let us pray that God has mercy on our country for killing about 3 million more people than the equivalent number of people who voted in 2004 in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Florida, and California (the 6 most populous states) combined!
- Let’s offer up our fast so that abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, and all other sins against life will be driven out of our country.
- Let’s not allow issues of life to get lost in the jumble of other campaign promises – the abortion issue is already the forgotten step-child of American politics, trotted out once every 4 years to make a candidate look promising, and then locked away in the attic for another 4 years.
- Let’s make next Tuesday a "Primary of Prayer and Fasting", because "this kind [of demon] is not cast out but by prayer and fasting." (Matt 17:21)
P.S. If we look at the least populous states, the number of aborted babies is a little more than the total 2004 voters of the following 37 states (nearly 3/4ths of the states) and the District of Columbia :
(State and total votes cast in 2004 election)
District of Columbia 227,586
New Hampshire 677,662
New Mexico 756,304
North Dakota 312,833
Rhode Island 437,134
South Carolina 1,617,730
South Dakota 388,215
West Virginia 755,887