In News From the Starvation Front…

Leaders of several national organizations will hold press conferences in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, FL at 12 p.m. EST tomorrow. They will call on President George Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to use their executive powers to protect Terri Schiavo from starvation.

Among those to speak:

  • Dr. Paul Schenck, National Pro-Life Action Center on Capitol Hill
  • Stephen G. Peroutka, Esq., Face the Truth TV & Radio
  • Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, Human Life International
  • Michael A. Peroutka, Esq., Institute on the Constitution
  • Rev. Greg Cox, Faith and Action
  • Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
  • Rev. Stephen Cox, Gospel of Life Ministries
  • Rev. John Vandenberge, National Clergy Council

The staff at RenewAmerica have posted an article placing the buck exactly where it should be: Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Speaking of Gov. Bush, I received this reply to an email I sent him last week concerning Terri.

Thank you for contacting Governor Bush to ask for his help in the case of Terri Schiavo. He has asked me to respond on his behalf.

The Governor shares your concern for this young woman and has pledged to do whatever he can within the laws of Florida to protect her life. The next few weeks will be very difficult ones for Ms. Schiavo, her family and all of those who care about her. The Governor asks that you keep her and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Again, thank you for writing Governor Bush about this important issue.

Sincerely,

L. O’Connor
Office of Citizens’ Services

There is still much the governor can do that is within the laws of Florida. But, even if the law did say that women should be starved to death, the governor should stand against it. No law can make right what God has declared wrong.

A blogging doctor notes multiple serious unanswered questions about Terri’s medical diagosis based on the CT scan.

And, someone points out the hypocrisy of a rancher’s arrest that occurred last week in Florida as compared with Terri’s case. The man’s crime? Starving his cows. Read the news story.

Finally, the Rev. Robert Johansen has written a critical review of Terri’s medical diagnosis. He points out the fact that the so-called expert medical witness in Terri’s case only spent a few hours evaluating her condition. That doctor has also previously diagnosed patients as being in persistent vegetative state who could physically maneuver their own wheelchairs or follow instructions to sort sizes and colors.

This house of cards we live in–how long before it falls?

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Descended

That long-dreaded day arrived this morn.

All of men’s wicked machinations have brought us this day. Make no mistake: this is not the triumph of some great cause; it is the downfall of our nation. The judges and the lawmakers and the governors and the presidents have had their hands in this work. So have the lawyers and the editors and the other monsters of iniquity that we all are.

While our brave are bleeding and dying in strange lands for our liberty, we are injuring and murdering our innocent in our homeland.

Didn’t we think, over thirty years ago, that we were beginning that headlong journey to destruction at a quickened pace? Have we not learned from the rotting carcasses of millions that we are slouching toward Gomorrah at breakneck speed?

How did we get here? We arrived–or, perhaps, descended–here by tolerating the intolerable. We have elected men we didn’t trust to do jobs we knew they wouldn’t do because of promises they couldn’t keep. They make excuses by telling stories that we can’t believe and change the subject to other things. They purport to make law by declaration–the whims of their immoral souls.

Patrick Henry declared that death was as good as tyranny. Our judges have decided that we will have our cake and eat it, too. Well, eating is only figurative in one woman’s case. But the decision is certainly to serve her both tyranny and death. There is no liberty for Terri Schiavo.

Those judges from whose hands blood drips have behind them choirs singing their own anthems of praise. Selfish praise for selfish men. Those representatives and senators and governors and presidents sing their own unending praise.

Some sainted men will make their stand. But what of these government “leaders”? They’ll do what’s within the law, they say. Pray tell, what law says that women should be starved? Now, is it a crime to eat? And if a law of men says so, what law of God?

Before this ends, will we see those judges, lawmakers, governors, and presidents come to aid the innocent? Or, perhaps, they’d prefer their own comfort, as most may. Will they be there, in chains, if necessary? The chains of the slavemaster are no burden for truth.

Better men from better ages with better minds had better hearts. Yes, we’re all sinners but some have given in to God. Yet, in our time, men laud themselves with praise and adulation–and turn no ear to cries for mercy. All is well for them; they’ll be there after she has starved.

Tom Parker

Investiture speech of Alabama Associate Justice Tom Parker

Justice Tom Parker delivered the following speech on January 14, 2005 at his investiture to the Alabama Supreme Court.

May it please the Courts.

Governor, Public Officials, friends and family, thank you for being here today.

The defining question for the American people today is this: “By what standard?”

 

By what standard shall we govern ourselves? By what standard shall our courts interpret the Constitution? Who is the ultimate voice of authority? Is it the people? Is it the judges who wear black robes? Are they truly the ultimate voice of authority? Or is there a higher source from which even the legitimacy of constitutions ultimately derive their authority, and to whom the allegiance of every policy maker and judge is due?

Our Founding Fathers answered this question with resounding clarity when they boldly declared that “We are endowed by our CREATOR with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

With these twenty-five simple words, that remarkable delegation of citizen patriots was able to declare with stunning precision what fewer and fewer modern jurists seem able to understand or communicate in their many thousands of pages of decisions rendered during the course of a lifetime.

Namely, this: The very God of Holy Scriptures, the CREATOR, is the source of law, life and liberty. It is to Him, not evolving standards or arbitrary pronouncements of judges, that the leaders of every nation owe their ultimate allegiance.

The most influential jurist on the thinking of our Founding Fathers, Sir William Blackstone, put it this way:

The doctrines thus delivered we call revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in Holy Scriptures. Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human law should be suffered to contradict these.

Blackstone would add a cautious reminder: Judges do not make law; they do but discover it from its true source.

Yesterday, January 13th, 2005, I was administered the oath of office at the United States Supreme Court building by the leading advocate in our land for original intent interpretation of the Constitution, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Just moments before I placed my hand on the Holy Scripture, Justice Thomas soberly addressed me and all in attendance. He admonished us to remember that the work of a justice should be evaluated by one thing and one thing only–whether or not he is faithful to uphold his oath, an oath which, as Justice Thomas pointed out, is not to the people, not to the state, and not to the constitution, but an oath which is to God Himself.

Today, I once again placed my hand on the Bible, God’s Holy Word. On this day the oath was administered to me by a man who is well known to each of you, a man who sacrificed his very office in the holy cause of liberty. Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama understood that oaths are sworn to the Creator, that they must be upheld, and that no judge or set of justices may banish from the courtroom the very source of authority which gives legitimacy to law itself.

As I took the oath of office today, I placed my hand on the Biblical charge to judges:

“Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man, but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery. You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord.”

(2 Chronicles 19:6-9)

I stand here today, humbled by this charge, but a grateful man who aspires to adhere to that tradition embodied in the sentiments spoken to me yesterday by Justice Clarence Thomas, and the commitment to our Founders’ vision of authority and the rule of law personified by Chief Justice Roy Moore.

As I took the oath of office yesterday at the U.S. Supreme Court, I placed my hand on those Scriptures which represent my defining prayer not only for this Court, but for every court in our great land. This prayer is summarized in the words of the Lord, who spoke through the prophet Isaiah, declaring:

I will restore your judges as in days of old,
and your counselors as at the beginning.

Afterward you shall be called, The City of Righteousness, the Faithful city.

(Isaiah 1:26)

Thank you for the great honor bestowed upon me today. I will always view my oath as solemn, binding and mission-defining.

May God guide us and direct us. May we boldly proclaim that it is God, Jesus Christ who gives us life and liberty. May we, as justices who have taken oaths to our God, never fear to acknowledge Him. And may the Alabama Supreme Court lead this nation in our gratitude, humility and deference, to the only true source of law, our Creator.

Thank you.

George Patton

Patton Still Speaks

This article by Victor Davis Hanson, published in Hillsdale College‘s Imprimis, gives great pause for thought when evaluating our situation in the “war on terror.” Mr. Hanson reviews General George Patton’s approach to warfare and applies some of the general’s principles to our current endeavors.

I have to say that, though I don’t know a great deal about Gen. Patton, if Mr. Hanson’s portrayal is accurate, I’d have to agree with him. This is what I said about Afghanistan and this is what I’ve said about Iraq. If we want to get the job done, let’s do it and quit playing games. The political games are killing our fighting men and women. Why are we still dilly-dallying around in Afghanistan? Why haven’t we put much effort into destroying Osama ben Laden? Why are we still playing cat and mouse with the murderers in Fallujah, et al?

Until our political leaders have the resolve to do the right thing and get it done as soon as possible instead of play political popularity games, we’ll continue to lose. And, yes, I do believe we’re losing. Our soldiers and marines are giving their efforts, certainly. But, our political leaders aren’t. This is what happened in Vietnam. Yes, much has changed since then but, then again, much hasn’t. Instead of spitting on our soldiers, we should run our politicians out of town on rails.

No man deserves to be in public office who sacrifices the lives of Americans for the sake of political expediency. No, I don’t think most of our public officials went into this to play games. Yes, I do think they don’t have the guts to do the right thing–and, in the end, they won’t have the guts to see it through.

You don’t give a man who’s shooting at you time to reload before you incapacitate him. You don’t give terrorists a second chance to attack you on your own soil. Unfortunately, we’ve done that one already. Apparently, we still haven’t learned anything: one Trade Center attack, another Trade Center attack. Now, we’ve moved the fight to another piece of the planet (which is good) but we’re not willing pay the full cost; we’re not willing to sacrifice political safety for the sake of true liberty. Benjamin Franklin said that those who would sacrifice a little liberty for a little safety deserve neither.

On the road to Hell

A quote from C. S. Lewis, so clearly stating truth.

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.