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Monday, February 07, 2005

And What The Non-Intellectual Right Is Thinking

The Forgotten War

By Joe Murray
February 7, 2005

(AgapePress) - On January 20th of this year, John Wayne would have been proud of his President. In true Texas fashion, George W. Bush, with his head held high and his sense of moral determination even higher, rode down Pennsylvania Avenue in a fashion fit for True Grit. With a re-election under his belt, and his second term almost under way, it was clear that the Sheriff that roped in Saddam was on the prowl once again.


"There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom," stated a triumphant Bush. With freedom as his sidearm and liberty as his lasso, Bush posted this most-wanted poster to the rest of the world:


So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.


Thus, after the utterance of a few frostbitten sentences on a bitter January afternoon, the Bush Doctrine that birthed the Iraqi War had been given a dose of presidential steroids.


In his zeal to fight the monsters that reside abroad, George W. Bush appears to have forgotten the very monsters that have set up camp in his own presidential backyard. Abortion, euthanasia, explicit obscenity, and homosexual marriage all encompass a cultural war in which this President was drafted to fight. Columnist John Leo, in analyzing the Bush mandate, correctly points out that "exit polls showed that at 22 percent, 'moral values' was the biggest issue on the minds of voters, and four-fifths of the 22 percent had voted for Bush." Thus, in an election that parodied that of 1960 and 2000, it was the conservative cadets that pushed Bush over the top.


But with 4,000 unborn children perishing daily, Jack Kevorkian knocking on the doors of countless elderly persons, and the celebration of the sexuality explicit on the airwaves of our nation, this question must be posed: where is the Commander in Chief whom this country elected to fight the cultural war? He, my friends, is in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now potentially Iran and North Korea. In a quest for a global hegemony unwanted by the rest of the world, this President has abdicated his post to fight the cultural ills that afflict a weary populace at home, and, even further, may be violating the very doctrine he now espouses.


A few years back Mother Theresa traveled to the United States to take part in a National Prayer Breakfast which was hosted by President Clinton. The wise woman from Calcutta stated "[w]hat is taking place in America, is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" In a statement that cut to the very core of human dignity, Mother Theresa explained that "[a]ny country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to live, but to use any violence to get what it wants." Well, that surely puts Bush in a pickle.


In his 2004 renewal of the preemptive strike-laden Bush Doctrine, the President firmly informed the world that "America's belief in human dignity will guide our policies, yet rights must be more than the grudging concessions of dictators; they are secured by free dissent and the participation of the governed. In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no human rights without human liberty."


How can such statements have any true meaning coming from a President who is presiding over a nation that has seen over 40 million innocent children sacrificed on the alter of personal choice? Furthermore, if the President holds his administration up to the standard which he has crafted, is not his passive stance on abortion violative of the human dignity rights he is seeking to enforce? Has not Bush, in sitting on the cultural sidelines, run afoul of his own doctrine by blinding permitting a tyranny against the unborn? If Bush considers the unborn "a person" that possesses human dignity, the answer is yes.


Does the President have power to nullify Roe v. Wade? Yes. Will this President use it? Don't bet on it.


When Chief Justice John Marshall tried to force a national bank upon President Andrew Jackson, Jackson responded, "Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it." When the Supreme Court tried to undercut FDR's New Deal, Roosevelt scared the little black robes off the Justices by threatening to pack the Court. The same authority rests with George W. Bush.


Bush, however, has proclaimed that America is not ready for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, thus while we wait, thousands more die. While President Bush chastises other nations about their human rights violations, it would do him some good to turn his eyes from the deserts of Iraq and place them squarely on the sonograms of the unborn.


In his inaugural address, Bush quotes Abraham Lincoln, another President who dared to defy the dictates of the Supreme Court. Lincoln stated, "[t]hose who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it." Americans are left to conclude that Bush does not consider the unborn within the scope of the term "others."

Joe Murray (jrm1835@gmail.com) is a constitutional attorney practicing in Tupelo, Mississippi. Murray also served as National Director of Correspondence for Patrick J. Buchanan's 2000 presidential campaign.

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