A great man speaks on life

mn_reagan_bonzo.jpg“Doesn’t simple morality dictate that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is? Therefore, it is entitled to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'”

That simple little quote by Ronald Reagan is in the Jan ’08 mailer from Focus on the Family. I made a mistake in not supporting Mr. Reagan the first time around. He was a great man with a great heart, great mind, great charisma, great wit and a great way with words. And as evidenced by the Bonzo photo, he had a great sense of humor. Mostly though, he spoke with great moral fortitude, was straight to the point and never left you wondering what he meant. I think one of the reasons I support Fred Thompson is that I see some of the same character traits in him as I saw in President Reagan.

President Reagan had a lot to say on the moral and human subject of abortion. Here is some of what he said, mostly courtesy of Wikipedia.

  • Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.
  • The decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court’s decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead, Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.
  • We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of all human life.
  • If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.
  • The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being.
  • Regrettably, we live at a time when some persons do not value all human life. They want to pick and choose which individuals have value.
  • As a nation, we must choose between the sanctity of life ethic and the “quality of life” ethic. I have no trouble identifying the answer our nation has always given to this basic question, and the answer that I hope and pray it will give in the future.
  • As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life. The American people have not had an opportunity to express their view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn. I am convinced that Americans do not want to play God with the value of human life. It is not for us to decide who is worthy to live and who is not. Even the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade did not explicitly reject the traditional American idea of intrinsic worth and value in all human life; it simply dodged this issue.
  • We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors taking place. Doctors today know that unborn children can feel a touch within the womb and that they respond to pain.
  • Late-term abortions, especially when the baby survives, but is then killed by starvation, neglect, or suffocation, show once again the link between abortion and infanticide. The time to stop both is now.
  • It is possible that the Supreme Court itself may overturn its abortion rulings. We need only recall that in Brown v. Board of Education the court reversed its own earlier “separate-but-equal” decision.
  • As we continue to work to overturn Roe v. Wade, we must also continue to lay the groundwork for a society in which abortion is not the accepted answer to unwanted pregnancy. Pro-life people have already taken heroic steps, often at great personal sacrifice, to provide for unwed mothers.
  • We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others.
  • We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.
  • With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there’s one individual who’s not being considered at all. That’s the one who is being aborted. And I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.

5 thoughts on “A great man speaks on life

  1. EK is right on. Yes, he is a bit intense, but he has Reagan pegged to a T. That guy RR messed up this country big time. He rode out unemployment on the backs of the poor, helped piss away the American dream, and generally went around promoting the rich and himself. One of his biggest mistake legacies is George Bush. How soon we forget.

  2. Ronald Raygun was against civil rights, for immoral use of force, and tried to recall an america which never existed: a happy america where corporations were benificent and nobody complained, where the reality was much different.

    Raygun did the same thing that the idiot conservatives are still doing today: scare-mongering by calling everyone who disagrees communists.

    He was an immoral man, and rotten inside.

  3. No, not republican bashing. The old man was looney. Recall “I do not recall”. He honestly thought that the apocalypse was near, could not even remember his own decisions that killed innocent people… just because he was nominally in charge for a period of GDP growth suddenly he gets credit for all the good economy… the only good thing he ever really did was revamp the nuclear arsenal. Oh wait, that wasn’t good.

    As far as fighting global socialism (which, if I really wanted to argue I would argue that we lost) he really didn’t do much. Sure he sat down with Gorbachev, but it wasn’t perestroika that killed Soviet Russia, nor was it the arms’ race which he so diligently pursued; what killed Soviet Russia was Rock N’ Roll, which, need I remind you, at the time was almost totally against everything Reagen. Only our pot-smoking pacifist culture warriors (DEVO, ACDC, KISS and the Beatles) saved us with their brilliant guitarism, not the patriot missile system which was in development before Raygun and doesn’t totally work, or very well when it does.

    Let’s not get into the debates about fiscal policy (I just read Greenspan’s memoirs) or Soviet Russia (how Bill Clinton saved the world.)

    I think that the biggest crime here is that the good apocalypse-loving Christian Minority is trying to re-write history to make themselves into the heroes, when in fact, all they did was preach moralisms to the chimps.

  4. I’ll remember “that crazy old fart” as a great and moral man who strengthened our nations defenses, strengthened our economy, dealt the final straw breaking the the cold war, and restored pride in our nation.

    As I said in my post he also had a great sense of humor. And although he might even laugh at “Raygun” I’m not so sure about the monkey warriors bit. He took fighting the spread of communism pretty seriously.

    I’m a bit surprised that you would make fun of the Strategic Defense Initiative. The program was all about passive defense and even though it has not reached full fruition, it’s offshoots have helped with passive defense systems such as Patriot and Arrow anti-missile programs. Has Republican bashing become that important to you?

  5. Haha Ronald Raygun… feeding a chimp! Haha. It’s analagous to the Republican Party. I can just see him… “We are working to raise the next generation of monkey-warriors to fight communism… in OUTERSPACE!” Great picture. If I am going to remember the crazy old fart, this is exactly how I want to remember him.