Just a couple of quick observations:
Abortion continues to be a hot-button issue in politics, but I’ve been wondering, “How’s the battle going?” I mean statistically. One would expect there to be a dramatic drop in abortions during a conservative Republican administration and a commensurate rise during a Democratic one. Actually, recent numbers show us the opposite is true. Ironic, isn’t it? Mr. Bush’s stand on the issue helped him become the darling of the Religious Right, but looking at the figures, we see that after a decade of dramatic decline, abortion rates flat-lined during 2001-2005 (the latest years for which information is available). Ironically, during the Clinton years (1993-2001) abortions continued to decline sharply. (And Clinton was scorned by the Religious Right during his entire presidency because of his pro-choice stand.) The reason for the difference? Most people know that high abortion rates are tied to poverty. Clinton funded programs directed at poverty and teenage pregnancy. Bush cut them.
It seems to me if you hire a contractor to do a job and they consistently fail to produce, they should be fired. But apparently for the Right, rhetoric is more important than results.
Incidentally, this is not part of a conspiracy on my part to smear the GOP. In reality, it is not a Republican v. Democratic issue. There is no law that says Republicans have to cut programs aimed at poverty.
Many Christians look at the German church during the 1930s and shake their heads: How could so many people who claimed to worship God just stand by and allow the National Socialists to gain so much power?
Now look and see the evil around you. What are you doing about it?
I end with a quote attributed to Edmund Burke (although who really said it is a case for Hercule Poirot). “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts … the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”