Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm Voting for Those Not Yet Born by Chuck Norris

I'm Voting for Those Not Yet Born
by Chuck Norris

My, how the landscape of elections has changed. Remember when the issue of abortion used to matter to conservatives in political races? Today presidential nominees can get away with murder, literally. They can smoke, toke and hang out with terrorists who do. What were once considered legitimate leadership litmus tests are now regarded as off-limit character assassinations and hate language. Recently, some nonprofit organizations have been threatened with the withdrawal of their tax-exempt statuses because their leaders merely voiced opposition to what they consider a moral issue: abortion.

Some people think after 35 years of ceaseless controversy since the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade that abortion is an "old" issue better dropped. I disagree. I do believe the economy is an important issue in this election, but it's certainly not the only issue. We can't just be concerned about our finances. We also must be concerned about America's future and those who will occupy it. Our posterity matters. Their rights matter. And that includes their "unalienable Rights," with which they have been "endowed by their Creator," and among them are the quintessential rights: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Abortion is not about a woman's "right to choose"; it is about a more fundamental "right to life," which is one of three specifically identified unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence (and the Constitution, through Article VII and the Bill of Rights). And it is a violation of government's primary purpose: to protect innocent life.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1809, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." He was not, of course, writing about the America of today, with state-sanctioned and even subsidized abortion and a movement to promote the killing of the elderly through euthanasia. But he could have been. His belief in what should be "the first and only legitimate object of good government" still should stand. Like Jefferson, our next president needs to uphold those same concerns, not say that such arenas are "above his paygrade." If he and his administration won't protect the rights of the living (even in the womb), then who will? A left-leaning Congress?

The truth is if Obama is elected, we will place a man in the highest office in the land who has the most liberal views and voting record on abortion of any president in American history. As a state senator in Illinois, he led opposition three years in a row (2001-2003) to a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of babies unintentionally left alive by abortions. He also opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion and strongly disapproved of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the partial-birth ban. He also voted to block a bill that would have required a doctor to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor from another state. He does not support the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid. Before a Planned Parenthood Action Fund last year, Obama promised to give first priority as president to the signing of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would make partial-birth abortion legal again. Strangely, Obama even once said he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" caused by an unwanted pregnancy. With the next president likely adding two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is clear that as president, Obama would appoint and support the most liberal judges and legal eagles, resulting in a pro-abortion advantage in our courts that would push abortion liberties to every extent of the law and land.

America's Founders shared a basic view of human life and conception: Humanity is special, unique and should be set apart from the rest of creation. In fact, in early America, there were two basic beliefs that shaped most people's views of humanity: God created us equal, and we are the highest creation of God. Their views were based on creation narratives in the Bible and expressed in the Declaration of Independence. In order for us to get back to our Founders' understanding, we need to get back to a view of humanity that emphasizes the immortal worth of every human being. (That's why I've devoted an entire chapter to "Reclaim the value of human life" in my new cultural manifesto, "Black Belt Patriotism.")

My friend and prolific author Randy Alcorn recently was asked by a young woman, "Should we vote for who we think should lead our country solely based on their stance on abortion?" You can read Randy's insightful response to that question on his Web site and blog ( I would respond to it by simply saying we all will answer that question in just one week, when we go to the ballot boxes.

Winning the election is not just about what the underdogs -- such as John McCain and Sarah Palin, two maverick pro-life advocates -- should do. But it's about what the citizens who are fighting for the underdogs can do. We the people must stand up, go back to the basics, and once again vote our values.

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Chuck Abraham said...

The only thing about this article: I'm still not convinced John McCain is pro-life. I honestly think he was pandering to the social conservatives and the pro-lifers, but his record is different.

Let's watch what he does in the next four years as senator and I'll betcha that his voting record on life issues will NOT have improved.

Clairvaux said...

It won't get worse. And a poo-load better than O's. The only thing McCain lagged on *was* embryonic stem cell research. So, we'll see...indeed you are right. Betcha a steak dinner.

Chuck Abraham said...

Buffalo or beef? They're both awesome out here in Cheyenne!

Clairvaux said...

Eeew. Buffalo. Eeew. But I hear from those in Michigan that bear is wonderful. But, can't eat anything too cute or too ugly. Ok, I'll have scallops and forget the cute red meat amminals. Happy Thanksgiving! God bless you all.

Chuck Abraham said...

Buffalo is AWESOME! Very lean, yet it tastes fantastic! Bears are too cool to eat.

Clairvaux said...

Since you are buying, I'm going for the sea scallops....side order of lobster tail.

Chuck Abraham said...

That's fine. I still think it's cute that you think McCain is pro-life after having such a lousy record of voting in these issues.

He may know Sarah Palin, but he's no Sarah Palin!

Clairvaux said...

McCain isn't yet 100%, I know. Had he and Palin won, her influence would have made a difference. McCain is wishy washy on rape/incest but appears to have moved ahead on the cloning in pro-life directions. His record. True. But, people change all the time. Thank God for that. If they didn't, our pro-life people couldn't have continued out of sheer desparation. It's the ones that change that give us hope. Always Hope ! I don't think he's going to sit on the fence anymore. Palin has stood her spiritual ground and has left a lasting impression on some. Would there were more!