Sunday, November 12, 2006

Let Us Rededicate Ourselves to the Cause of Life

Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation by Ronald Reagan is posted at Life of the Party as a reminder of what can happen when politicians have the courage to speak the truth.

Ronald Reagan was elected twice in a national landslide. A landslide that included the state of Washington.

Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to — any more than the public voice arose against slavery — until the issue is clearly framed and presented.

The Republicans party can either be known as the party that restored the promise of the Right To Life, or they can be known as the party that was an accomplice to one of the world's great injustices. The choice is ours.


Jonathan B said...

I just realized that I've never sent Doc Hastings (R, WA-05) or Cathy McMurray (R, WA-04) any commedation or encouragement for their solid pro-life voting records. I wonder how much encouragement and prayer support we give to those people who are carrying the banner?

I know in Canada, pro-life leader Stockwell Day, when he was Alberta Treasurer, would fight adamantly for pro-life and pro-family positions in the Conservative Cabinet. But Premier Ralph Klein would turn to him and say: "Stock, that's all well and good, but where are the letters? Where are the phone calls?"

Some politicians are wusses and deserve to be slammed. But occasionally leaders march into battle then look behind them to cheer on their followers... and find out there's nobody there.

Let's make sure we're cheering on the good guys so that when they encourage their colleagues to stand up for life, they can turn point to solid evidence that they will be supported by the people when they do.

Anonymous said...

You make an excellent point, Jonathan. To go counter-culture, which is what pro-life is at this point, is difficult. We do need to encourage and support those politicians who are fighting the good fight on our behalf.

Thank you for the reminder.

blessings -

Mary E. said...

I agree, the pro-life movement needs to engage more in the political arena. But I understand why many have focused on prayer vigils and CPCs -- It is like hitting your head against the wall when you talk to politicians like Nixon and Simpson who have abandonded doing the right thing in favor of doing the expediant thing.
Also, many so-called pro-life politicians don't lift a finger to help the pro-life cause. It's all cosmetic as Michelle at Life of the Party -- -- can tell you.

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