In today’s politically correct culture, even solid conservatives often shy away from making principled proclamations based on an irrational fear of offending some protected class. A select few elected officials, however, believe moral truths remain so, even if they are unpopular among certain segments of the population.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is one such individual.
In his recent State of the State address, Brownback made a reference to the 1991 “Summer of Mercy,” a demonstration in which thousands of pro-life protesters demonstrated near the abortion clinic of George Tiller.
The abortionist was one of a small number of doctors willing to murder an unborn baby in the days just prior to its scheduled birth. This barbaric practice led to public outrage even greater than that against abortions conducted on less developed babies.
Brownback praised those involved in that effort, and an anniversary demonstration conducted in 2001.
“The Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children,” he said.
Recalling stories of his state’s fight against slavery, the Republican governor said Kansas has long engaged in an effort to “blaze the trail for America out of the wilderness.”
The fight against abortion, he indicated, is another step in that direction.
Of course, leftist proponents of abortion on demand responded with the vitriol usually reserved for those who dare seek to protect the weakest among us. Radical abortion lovers somehow believe that, since Tiller was fatally shot in 2009, Brownback should be prohibited from bringing up a positive pro-life rally held nearly two decades earlier.
“That event brought thousands of extremists into Kansas from around the country,” asserted regional Planned Parenthood executive Peter Brownlie.
He called Brownback’s defense of life “insensitive.”
Apparently, his definition of sensitivity involves callously stopping the heartbeat of a living, viable human. For millions of other Americans, however, Brownback’s address was a refreshing infusion of basic morality that was once the basis of our society.
–B. Christopher Agee
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