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AS USUAL, CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS DON'T GET IT
Jan. 10, 2006
With confirmation hearings underway for Judge Samuel Alito,
many conservative Christians are focusing on the abortion issue. In
fact, many pro-life activists are hailing Alito as the man who
would overturn legalized abortion in America.
However, as is usually the case, most conservative Christians
cannot see beyond the abortion debate to look at the bigger picture.
Then again, myopia seems to be a permanent disorder affecting a
majority of conservative Christians today, so why should things
suddenly change now?
For the record, Judge Alito probably finds abortion personally
repugnant. It is certainly safe to say that Alito's opinions on
abortion seem to reflect greater respect for life than anything we
saw from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. However, that reality
alone will not make much difference. There is a greater reality at
work here that most conservative Christians deliberately choose to
ignore: the Republican Party has no intentions of ending legalized
abortion! Absolutely none!
To the vast majority of Republicans in Washington, D.C., the
abortion issue is merely a ready-made sugar-stick to hand out to
conservative Christians every election cycle in order to keep them
corralled in the GOP vote column.
As long as a Republican candidate can claim to be "pro-life," he or
she can count on receiving sizeable support from conservative
Christians. That simple statement, whether genuine or not, whether
followed with any substantive action or not, guarantees that most
Christian televangelists will spend countless hours pleading with
their supporters to vote "pro-life" by supporting the GOP ticket.
It doesn't matter that so-called "pro-life" Republican candidates
have had over 30 years to overturn Roe and are no closer now to
doing so than they were when Roe was first decided. It doesn't
matter that not a single "pro-life" Republican congressman has
introduced legislation under Article III, Section 2, of the U.S.
Constitution to remove Roe from the jurisdiction of the Court,
which is the prerogative of Congress to do. It doesn't matter that
after spending multiplied millions of dollars and electing hundreds
of "pro-life" Republicans, nothing has been done to overturn Roe.
It doesn't matter that the Republican Party has controlled the
White House for over 17 of the last 25 years and, accordingly, has
controlled appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court for all of those
years (not to mention the fact that it was a majority Republican-
appointed Court that passed the Roe decision), and nothing has
been done to overturn Roe. All that matters is that Republicans talk
"pro-life" during the election cycle.
How can any sensible person believe that the Republican Party
truly intends to overturn the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision
that legalized abortion on demand? It's beyond laughable: it's
Even if Judge Alito would vote to overturn Roe should the
opportunity present itself, it is almost certain that Chief Justice
John Roberts would not vote to overturn it. Therefore, the vote to
overturn Roe is 6-3 against-at best! In other words, we are no
closer to reversing Roe v Wade than we were before President
Bush was elected!
However, none of this matters to most conservative Christians.
After all, they can beat their chests, hobnob with Republican big-
shots, raise millions of dollars from gullible Christians, and
pretend to be "pro-life" every two years from now until the cows
come home without worrying about anything of substance actually
being done. What a racket! Yet, the situation is actually worse than
Worse than most Christians' gullibility regarding the abortion issue
is the manner in which they give Republicans a pass on other
issues of immense importance. It seems that all a Republican has to
do to gain the confidence and support of the vast majority of
conservative Christians is say he is "pro-life" and opposed to
homosexual marriage. His or her position on virtually everything
else doesn't seem to matter.
It doesn't seem to matter to most conservative Christians that
President Bush has increased deficit spending beyond that of all
previous administrations put together. Yes, you read it right:
President Bush (with the aid of his fellow Republicans in
Congress) is a bigger debtor than all 42 of his predecessors
According to the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, Dec. 2005,
"According to the Treasury Department, from 1776-2000, the first
224 years of U.S. history, 42 U.S. presidents borrowed a combined
$1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions,
but in the past four years alone, the Bush administration borrowed
$1.05 trillion." But that doesn't matter to a hill of beans to most
conservative Christians. Bush is "pro-life."
It doesn't matter to the vast majority of conservative Christians
that President Bush is attempting to accrue power to the executive
branch at the expense of constitutional government, that he is
championing extremely questionable, if not downright dangerous,
legislation that could result in the dismantlement of civil and
individual liberties. It doesn't matter that Bush is involved in the
most intense nation-building scheme in post World War II history.
It doesn't matter that he has done more to open the door of illegal
immigration than any president in modern memory. It doesn't
matter that he spearheaded (and continues to laud) the most
expensive and most intrusive expansion of the federal
government's role in public education in U.S. history. It doesn't
matter that Bush continues to promote ill-conceived trade deals
such as CAFTA and FTAA which weaken American independence
and sacrifice thousands of American jobs. Because President Bush
claims to be "pro-life," conservative Christians give him a pass on
virtually any and all other conduct.
Therefore, even if (a big if) Judge Alito would join Justices
Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as being willing to overturn
Roe, the votes are still not there to actually do so.
Furthermore, President Bush could get at least one, and maybe
two, additional Supreme Court appointments. Two of the Court's
current justices are aged and in ill health. In other words, by the
time Bush leaves office, he could get as many as four appointments
to the High Court.
However, instead of overturning Roe v Wade, it is much more
likely that the Supreme Court will further advance the imperialistic
philosophy of the Bush administration resulting in an ongoing and
rapid demise of individual liberties for American citizens. In other
words, legalized abortion will still be intact but constitutional
liberties won't be, Bush's appointments to the High Court
notwithstanding. And, unfortunately, when it happens,
conservative Christians still won't get it.
© Chuck Baldwin
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