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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Real First LADY

No... not that one.

I don't see U.S. first lady as a fashion star, or for that matter, do I think she has much positive public presence. She seems irritated and angry most of the time.

On the other hand, I've sort of developed a bit of a mini-crush on Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva. She's married, I know, but there's a lot to admire in this woman *ahem* lady. She's pro-life, pro-family, anti-abortion, pretty, and publicly religious -- promoting the roles of tradition and culture. In a few paragraphs of a recent news article, you get the snapshot:

Week Against Abortions

In addition to promoting strong families in the Russian tradition, Medvedeva said, today’s holiday is intended to teach young people about the importance of marriage and children and to oppose abortion. Indeed, when asked about the specific measures this holiday involved, she pointed to plans for a “Week against Abortions” beginning tomorrow.

Traditional Family

Many people, the Russian first lady said, now talk about “the collapse of the traditional family” as some kind of “natural” trend. But she argued that one should oppose that trend with all the resources available. On the one hand, she said, when women enjoy equal rights, “the importance of the family is only growing.”

State Power Cannot Force People to Change -- Fight the Negative Forces

And on the other, “even if it is not so simple to stop negative tendencies, this does not mean that one should do nothing,” a task that requires the combined efforts of state and church because “the efforts of the state alone are insufficient. No one can force people to change if they themselves do not want to.

Undoing Marxist Communism By Reinvigorating Tradition

In order to achieve that end, Medvedeva said, the role of Russian traditions is critical. Many of the country’s current problems are the result of “the break with traditions which took place in the last century. And what is a tradition? This is the living experience of previous generations, our parents, grandparents and great grandparents.”

And about that Socialism thing... here's a different spin:

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