Last night, I attended a Town Hall meeting at the Hayden city council chambers. The meeting featured Steve Vick, our State Senator and Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri, our two State Representatives for District 3. There appeared to be two groups of people present: the first group was pro-life, constitutional, Christian type; the second group was the pro-abortion, save the animals type.
What was interesting about the pro-abortion group, when discussing a bill requiring a woman to watch an ultrasound before choosing abortion, a spokesman for the group claimed we need to have less government, not more government intrusion between a woman and her physician. However, when the issue of animal abuse came up, he and other group members wanted more government regulation to “strike fear” into the people. And finally, cell phone use while driving was brought up. These same people argued intensely for more government restrictions on the use of cell phones.
These people are blinded by the death they embrace, they cannot see the hypocrisy in their arguments – or maybe they do not care, as long as they can make their points. They tried to sound Republican, however, one of the members arguing, referred to GOP members as “they” and that gave it away.
When arguing for more cell phone regulations, one of their outspoken members claimed while working in Washington State, he was nearly run off the road by four different drivers who were texting. Two things need to be pointed out about this: first, this happened in Washington State where there are already laws against texting and driving; second, he demonstrated clearly the law does not work and is not enforceable. Nonetheless, he was resolute – we need another law, even if the law cannot be practically applied.
What death can’t kill immediately, it will choke. People on the side of death tend to seek refuge in regulations. While people on the side of life understand we must leave some things to personal responsibility. The divide comes down to this: will we serve God or man – the state? Will we choose life or choose death? Choosing to serve God instills liberty and responsibility into our social fabric. Choosing the state, increases regulations and tyranny. This is why conversations of death and the law of liberty cannot mix.
Steve Vick, Phil Hart and Vito Barbieri are solid pro-life, conservative Christians. I am proud of them for sticking to their guns. They were polite to their dissenters, yet they did not budge from their positions – they did not try to win their votes, so to speak. Around the ultrasound question, Steve pointed out this is not about intruding upon the relationship of a woman and her physician; it is about saving the life of an unborn child. Phil Hart backed this up as constitutional, in that, the Declaration of Independence makes clear it is the responsibility of the state to protect our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
When discussing animal rights and making it a felony for torture or neglect of an animal, Vito pointed out it is a slippery slope without some kind of firewall to separate intentional torture and neglect that results from hardship. But the group was not deterred, they wanted the government to “strike fear” in the hearts of the people so that no animal is ever abused. When it became clear, during the conversation, most this “torture” was youthful pranks, Steve asked these people if they were willing that high school boys should spend a year in prison for assaulting an animal. Most of the group thought it was a reasonable idea.
The revealing note was the size of the pro-abortion, save-the-animals group. Our society is more and more turning their backs upon God’s laws and the founding principles of our nation to embrace the conversation of death. God save our nation.