Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Democrats and the Slippery Slope

            I have recently had to separate the Democrats that I know personally with those who are sitting in Congress. I do not personally know any Democrat who thinks it is a good thing to kill – whether the person is unborn or born. I consider any Democrats in my circle of acquaintances to be good people. Yet I cannot say the same for anyone voting in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress for bills that allow innocent unborn babies to be killed or left to die after birth.

            The Democrat governor of New York recently signed a bill into law that allows abortion up to the moment of birth. Democrats in Virginia went further in trying to pass a bill that would have allowed doctors to leave newborn babies to die. Democrats in the U.S. Senate killed a bill this week that would have protected any child who somehow survived an abortion attempt. Not all Democrats are so heartless because three of them joined with Republicans to support the bill.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have required that “any health care practitioner present” at the time of a birth “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.”

            I usually agree with most of what Matt Walsh writes, but I saw his headline today that caused me to go “Wow! Wow! Wow!” The headline is “You Can No Longer Be A Decent Person and A Democrat.” What about the good people who are still Democrats?

We have come – plummeted is probably the better word – a long way since 2002, when the Born Alive Infant Protection Act passed unanimously through the Senate. That bill recognized all born children as human persons, which is a position that has since fallen out of favor in the Democratic Party. In just over a decade and a half, Democrats have gone from “safe, legal, and rare abortions” to “kill ‘em all and don’t stop when they’re born.” Many of us warned that the first slogan would lead eventually to the second. We take no pleasure in our vindication.

            Walsh recognizes that three Democrats voted for the Senate bill that “supports fourth-trimester abortion.” He then calls the Democrat Party “an evil institution” with which a “decent person cannot in good conscience remain affiliated.” He then admits that all decent people do not need to belong to the Republican Party because it is not such a “bastion of moral courage….”

But a person with any sort of moral foundation, a person with any ethical sense whatsoever, cannot and will not align himself with a political institution that passionately defends abortion through every stage of pregnancy and beyond.

This is not about ideology or opinions or politics. This is just about basic humanity. The Democrat Party could be right about everything else it espouses (it isn’t), and its performance on this issue would still be enough to repel all men and women of virtue. There are some lines that simply cannot be crossed. A political party may have a lot of good ideas but it will still be a hideous blight on the Earth if it advocates slavery. Infanticide (and abortion, which is morally and physically indistinguishable from infanticide) belongs in that same category. It is probably not a coincidence that the Democrat Party, through its long and sordid history, has supported both of those peculiar institutions. What a force for evil it has been. But what amazing consistency – to always fall on the wrong side of every human rights issue.

            I could not honestly say that I agreed with him on his claim because I am so torn about the issue. I agree that slavery, abortion, and infanticide are all wrong and must be condemned. They are all wrongs that are against everything that I believe to be true and good. Yet, I know decent people who are Democrats. How can I even put them in the same class as those supporting abortion and infanticide? I decided that I cannot judge them or their motives, and I will continue to think of them as good people – even when I consider others to be evil.

            I do agree with Walsh about the plummet that our nation has taken because of the lack of moral direction in many members of the Democrat Party. These recent actions by Democrats have certainly pushed our nation further down the slippery slope of destruction!  

            What is that famous saying? It is something about the impossibility of anyone outside the United States being able to destroy our nation, and any destruction will come from within our nation. These are certainly dark days in our nation, but this is not the first time that our nation has been divided over evil practices. We fought the Civil War over the evil known as slavery. After four years and the shedding of much blood, new amendments were added to the Constitution to make sure that slavery never happened again. However, we are still paying a heavy price for allowing it in our nation.

            The Lord had some interesting words to say about America and the shedding of blood. After counseling early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to maintain the U.S. Constitution “for the rights and protection of all flesh,” He says the following.

And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80; emphasis added).

            This scripture speaks of the blood that was shed during the Revolutionary War, but it could easily say the same for the Civil War. I believe that He allowed the Civil War to take place in order to cleanse the land once again from the evils of slavery and to give us another chance to live moral lives.

            We do not seem to have learned our lesson because we are now engulfed once again in a great evil – the killing of unborn and newly born babies. Where will the killing end? Will the Democrats want to start killing the elderly, the handicapped, and all others who cannot contribute? Socialism and Communism have led to such actions in past years. Democrats are already calling to take the vote away from older generations!

            We should not make any mistake about how the Lord feels about the shedding of innocent blood. I know that He will hold our nation accountable for any evil that we permit, but I am encouraged by a recent Gallup Poll. It reports a big shift in numbers for the people who are pro-abortion and those who are pro-life. The numbers are basically 47 percent for both the pro-choice and the pro-life camps. However, these numbers have changed in the last month since a Marist survey said that 55 percent of Americans were pro-choice and 38 percent were pro-life, according to The New York Post. 

            I am truly wondering what punishments will be poured down upon the United States to atone for the 60,942,033 babies that have been aborted since Roe v. Wade became the law in 1973. I know that it will be substantial unless we do something drastic to change our ways. Maybe the Democrats have “shot themselves in the foot” as some people say, and they will be voted out of office in big numbers. Maybe these recent actions will open a whole bunch of eyes and allow many people to see what the Democrat Party has become. I guess we can hope and pray that it will! I pray daily that God will bless America, but I honestly cannot see how He will when we insist on killing innocent babies.

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