New Hampshire Profile: Of Men & Pigs

We lived in New Hampshire for almost ten years. The state has changed. It was solid red when we moved there in late 1993, and it was fighting off the purple when we left in 2003. I remember driving through a small town with a sign on a post giving the amount of tax money it sent to D.C. It also gave the amount coming from D.C. back to it— $0. While that didn’t account for defense spending and other indirect benefits, it shows you the mindset of the-then Granite State.

Old Man of the Mountain 4-26-03The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as The Profile, was a granite formation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire made famous by Daniel Webster in this tribute to his state:

“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades: shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers, a monster watch; and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

This photograph was taken on April 26, 2003, coincidentally on the weekend we were traveling in our move back to Florida. A week later on May 3, weakened over time by its fissures, the Great Stone Face collapsed and fell.

The Old Man of the Mountain has been on New Hampshire signs, license plates, and the state quarter.  It was the old symbol of New Hampshire, and its rock-hard conservative mindset. An incident occurred on Tuesday that might serve as a new symbol. The Boston Globe ran the story, 600-pound pig escapes from NH farm, tries to go vote.

It’s fitting that a pig tried to vote on the day New Hampshire went for a socialist and a progressive-populist. The state that built men has become the state that goes for political pork and the profane.

That’s not to advise pessimism, but to advise we ask God for mercy. Culture may be upstream from politics, but upstream from culture is our understanding of God and man, and right and wrong in responsibilities and relationships. “At heart, all political problems are moral and religious problems.” Tuesday’s results indicate how deep the rot goes and how widespread the problems are.

“But as the animals look from Napoleon to Pilkington, from man to pig and from pig back to man, they find that they are unable to tell the difference.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm.

Daniel Webster was right. God makes men. Pray that in His grace He makes men and women who are His, here, right now, in our nation.

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