Sunday, March 25, 2012

Reasons for good cheer

I couldn't make the Religious Freedom rally in Milwaukee yesterday. Hundreds of people did, however, and thousands across the country attended other similar rallies. Perhaps there weren't many priests and nuns at Tea Party rallies a couple years back, but they were out in force at yesterday's rallies.Had they known what was coming, I suspect more would have been at the Tea Party rallies, too.

More than ever, I am convinced that these events - as well as the phone calls to legislators, the political activism, sharing of information with friends and relatives - all make a difference. 

Politics can be discouraging; it can tempt us to cynicism or even despair. I believe we have to fight that temptation and stay engaged.

This article from The Weekly Standard explains how pro-lifers are winning legislatively, and just as important, are winning the battle for hearts and minds. It's great encouragement for political activism, as it shows how voting in pro-life representives really matters. It's just not true that there's "no difference" between candidates. There is, and it matters tremendously.

We should also be encouraged by recent Supreme Court decisions -- both of them unanimous, which is pretty amazing. One decision slapped down the federal EECO in a matter of religious freedom. This was very encouraging, as the HHS mandate will probably have to be fought in the courts. Nice to know that this Supreme Court -- unlike the Obama Administration -- seems to understand what religious liberty really means.

Another, just last week, was also unanimous. It defended the right of a couple in Idaho to sue the EPA. The details of this case were incredible; the EPA was fining this couple $75,000 a day - A DAY! - for refusing to comply with the bureaucracy's interpretation of "wetlands". (The lot they bought, in an existing subdivision, was never listed as a wetland, but the EPA somehow decided it had "navigable waters" and therefore couldn't be built upon.)

These two decisions cheered me tremendously! I think we owe a debt of gratitude to Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court justice who was viciously attacked by the leftists during his nomination hearing. He's known as the "quiet judge"; but he's had a great impact on shaping this court toward a more conservative view of the law.  (Somewhere, recently, I read an article about that, but can't find it now, sadly.)

Let's hope that this same Supreme Court will exercise that same good judgment in the Obamacare decision.

Be of good cheer!

Note: I'd originally posted this in our homeschool discussion forum, and am posting here with some minor edits, just so my two readers have something new to read. :)

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