Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Don's Tuesday Column

    THE WAY I SEE IT   by Don Polson   Red Bluff Daily News   6/28/2022

Praise our God, and Donald Trump

In the infinite wisdom of the left, we on the right are part of a “crusade” of religious adherents and fanatics bent on vanquishing the infidel heathens from our nation and its schools, courts, social activity and public spaces. In reality, that actually describes the “jihad” of the progressive left’s fanatical, endless attacks on traditional, conservative, America-cherishing supporters of liberties bestowed on us by our Founders.

The left’s crusade has wrought violence, destruction, threats, “cancellations” of non-leftists, and purging of Christians from campuses and businesses. Screaming hysterical hatemongers flood neighborhoods of judges deemed enablers of the “crime” of “forced births,” and Capitol buildings from Wisconsin to Arizona, where literal “insurrection” was prevented by armed, prepared law enforcement. No Trump-ists or MAGA hats seen.

The “battle lines” are drawn over Supreme Court decisions on abortion and life in the womb, the right of self-defense enshrined in the Constitution, and the right of state legislatures to defend their election laws, also in the Constitution. That decision, over North Carolina’s “Voter ID” law, came because Republican lawmakers, seeing the evident fraud associated with loose voter registration practices promoted by Democrats, passed—and overrode their Democratic governor’s veto of—reasonable voter ID requirements.

When leftists cry “voter suppression,” take that as proof that they can only win elections through reliance on “ghost,” dead, moved-but-still-registered voters, and illegally “harvested” or “trafficked” ballots. No matter how easy ID laws make obtaining a document, it is rightly seen by Democrats as a step to purge nonexistent voters, securing election integrity.

In North Carolina, the NAACP sued after Republicans overrode the veto; the case reached the Supreme Court, where the NC Attorney General (also a Democrat) was expected to half-heartedly defend a law he opposed. He obstructed the constitutional right of the legislature to a principled, spirited defense of their Voter ID law. The Court decided 8 to 1 to allow those Republican lawmakers to plead their case.

The hyperventilation, over New York’s burdensome “concealed carry” law being found unconstitutional, reveals the Democrats’ blatant hypocrisy over the 2nd Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms…(that) shall not be infringed.” Just the sight and sound of Gov. Hochul ranting about nonexistent threats from law-abiding citizens being able to defend themselves—as she has armed officers protecting her movements about her state—is nauseating.

While the “right to life” movement has been largely an expression of Christian/Catholic bedrock principles cherishing God-given life from conception to natural death, we should note that “Life” is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. We “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Numerous legal minds, absent religious motivation, have—from when the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision came down—made serious legal, constitutional arguments that it was poorly crafted and substantially misapplied law. The “people” have the ultimate voice on such matters, they argued, and the paramount principle of “representative democracy” demands that legislatures make such rules.

States were grappling with how to balance life in the womb—a human life needing only time and nourishment to become a baby boy or girl—with the challenges, even tragedies, of “unwanted pregnancies” resulting from irresponsible, nonmarital “intimacies.” “Family planning” often involves that which is “unplanned.”

There have always been “rape, incest and life of the mother” allowances for an abortion; there’s also been the option of letting someone else raise and love a child not wanted by the mother. States will now, with Roe overturned, regain their constitutional role: balancing the people’s will with political considerations.

Being “with child” is a Biblical expression; throughout human history, societies’ dying elderly were replenished with new generations needing only training to sustain and advance civilization.

To those believing in a just God and His Mercies, what goes along with the righteous condemnation of the slaughter of innocent life through abortion, is the knowledge that forgiveness of those who’ve had abortions includes the human value of cherishing the lives of children, and mothers who choose to give birth. The fact that dozens of non-abortion pregnancy-support centers and churches have been subjected to terroristic violence and hateful harassment proves beyond doubt the vile, evil nature of pro-abortion fanatics.

Supporters of life, and the justifiable, long-overdue reversal of Roe, can humbly thank God for His part in the faithful dedication of the pro-life cause. We can also thank God for President Donald J. Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the Federalist Society that provided him with capable, originalist Supreme Court nominees—like Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett—who provided the votes. Justice Alito earns our praise; Justice Thomas now assumes the role of elderly conservative standard-bearer. Chief Justice Roberts, while often a disappointment who declined to endorse overturning Roe, nonetheless concurred.

The record shows U.S. Senator Joe Biden proposing a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade in 1982. What a hypocrite. Far better to have a Donald Trump that previously supported abortion but gave us the Supreme Court that overturned Roe.

Polled support for Roe is irrelevant. 61% support legal abortion in the first trimester; only 34% in the second trimester and only 19% in the third (AP/NORC). Only 5% call abortion their top concern—few women create unwanted pregnancies but everyone suffers high gas and grocery prices.

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