The 50 Million Missing Man March

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I’m very proud of our country in a lot of ways today.  In many ways we needed somebody to help us believe in ourselves again.  We needed to believe that “Yes we can.”  And it’s not a yes we can do this…or yes we can do that.  It’s just this general sentiment that nobody seems to really be able to put their finger on.

Or perhaps it’s this belief that “yes, we can do anything” – very much void of any specifics (much like Obama’s presidential campaign).   Which is a good starting point.  We need to believe in ourselves.  It makes us feel good, too.

And while this day marks a very significant accomplishment for us as Americans, I ultimately think it will end up being yet another point of shame in the history of our nation.

On the contrary, Abraham Lincoln’s presidency is marked as a great point of pride in American history.  It was his leadership that eventually led to the abolition of slavery in the United States.  I’m sure there were many other important issues at stake in America at that time, but people like me only know one of them – slavery.

And the magnitude of the issue makes it justly so.  Our country did not recognize the rights of African-Americans.  In fact, many people did not even think African-Americans were fully human.  This is how they rationalized that blacks therefore had no human rights.

Abraham Lincoln could have merely said that “determining whether or not African-Americans are actually human or not is, uh, above my pay grade.”  And perhaps many of the elitists and lemmings at the time may have thought, “oh, how brilliant of him.”

But he didn’t do that.  Lincoln knew the obvious: that African-Americans are humans too and that slavery is gravely wrong.  He was willing to risk his life for it.  He was a real leader that believed in his principles.  He never hid behind his “pay grade.”

This is why Lincoln is remembered as one of our greatest presidents.

We are in a drastically different situation today.  We’ve just elected an African-American president of the United States.  We’ve come a long, long way.  Or so it seems.

In Barack Obama’s lifetime our nation has struggled in accepting African-Americans and treating them as equals.  Finally, we’ve had a breakthrough.  A black president.

Unfortunately, in that same struggle to the top for one class of people – in that same lifetime – we’ve trampled the rights of yet another entire class of people.  Indeed, many of us no longer believe these people are actually human.  Sound familiar?

Of course, I am speaking of the 50 million abortions that have occurred in the US alone during the last lifetime.  50 million voiceless human beings that were denied and are still being denied their human rights.  That are treated as garbage.  That are not given a seat at the table or a spot on the bus.  That don’t get the chance to drink from any water fountain or attend any school.  They will never get the opportunity to march on Washington.  They are not even given the dignity of being treated as 3/5 of a person.  They won’t even get the chance to be somebody’s slave.

Their lives are ended before they are able to do any of those things.  Perhaps if they were around to organize their own “FIFTY-Million Man March” they would be a bit harder to ignore.

Yet in all of the hoopla, pep rallying, $150 million inauguration festivities, and worries of our own 401ks we hear nothing of these 50 million human deaths.  We hear nothing of the 5 million more human deaths of unborn children that will take place during Obamas first (and hopefully only) term.  And when he’s asked about it he slickly replies that such matters are “above his pay grade.”

That’s not courageous leadership.  It’s political pandering and deliberate obfuscation.  And that’s why when we look back in history at the presidency of Barack Obama – no matter what he does with the economy, the war on terror, the environment, energy or anything else – he will be praised less for what he did than he is shunned for what he failed to do.  And it won’t only be for what he fails to do.  He will be shunned for what he has promised to actively and aggressively promote!

I don’t know what it’s going to take for us to wake up and protect the most innocent humans among us.  To end the gravest injustice in the history of the world.  Maybe Americans just don’t care enough.

Lincoln had a nation of people willing to literally fight a war and give their lives for justice.  And that’s what it ultimately took.  I know of about 50 million people that would be willing to fight this war today.  And they would give their lives doing so – in truth they already have.  I guess the rest of us aren’t to that point – yet.

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Fr. Andy Moore January 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm

So very sad. So very true. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Liz January 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Thank you for this. You perfectly described how I feel about Obama. Thank you!!

Andrea Fernandez January 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm

God BLESS you, Matthew! The undeniable TRUTH professed within this article is by FAR, your best BLOG written! You had me clapping, cheering, and by the end, on the edge of my seat ready to applaud you with a standing novation. When will you run for President!?! It is a grace to have your soul and your talent on our side! I along with countless others are PROUD to be PRO-LIFE:D And as a future physician, I WILL continue to DEFEND and PROTECT the SANCTITY and VALUE of ALL HUMAN LIFE. Thank you Matthew for setting us ablaze! WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST:D

“If you are who you are meant to be, you will set the world ablaze”–Saint Catherine of Sienna.

Dudeson January 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I’m sorry, but what exactly has GW done in his time in the White House to halt the practice of abortion. Or, more importantly, what did John McCain claim he would do if he were elected, for your cause?

I’m just getting the impression that people pin these types of stigmas on party lines because it’s the easy way out. I didn’t see Bill Clinton opening any abortion clinics and I sure as hell didn’t see GW closing any. Just saying…

L January 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Funny you ask, Dudeson.

A timely speech given by Mr. GW himself just this week:

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

“All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.

The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense …

L January 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

CONT. from previous post..

“…in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.

The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.”

GEORGE W. BUSH

Phil January 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I think it is naive to think that electing a president who is pro-life will solve the abortion issue let alone even help it (no offense). Just look at the number of abortions under Clinton in his last year of service. In 2000, there were 857,000 reported abortions. Under Bush in 2005, there were 820,000. Clinton is pro-choice and Bush is pro-life. And the difference was 37,000 or so REPORTED abortions. And who knows how many are NOT being reported.

Futhermore, when the number of reported abortions decline due to changes in laws, it does not necessarily mean that abortions are REALLY declining. Woman who seek abortion typically do so as a desperate measure. Changing the laws won’t solve the problem. It may skew the numbers of reported abortions, but likely these woman out of despiration would most likely get illegal abortions here, or abroad (Mexico or other).

One could estimate that 6.6 million babies were murdered under Bush (2006-2008 data is estimated at 800,000 annually: 2005 was 820,000). I for one would add to Bush’s totals the 100,000 innocent iraqi civilains but that’s just me (and another post).

Babies and Iraqi’s killed under Obama? 0. yet.

Personally I need further proof that Obama is the devil himself and Bush is such a humanitarian – but that’s just me. For the Obama evidence I may require at least 4 years of data prior to jumping to any conclusions. The Bush evidence is already there to be studied, analyzed, & digested.

Phil January 20, 2009 at 8:21 pm

BTW, my source for the abortion data comes from: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5713a1.htm

Going back to 2000

Phil January 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm

L, sorry I couldn’t resist commenting on this:

“I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.”

RESPECTING and PROTECTING the LIFE and DIGNITY of EVERY HUMAN BEING????? Was this REALLY written by a man who as our 43rd president has killed over 100,000 innocent civilians and allowed for the torture of humans? Is this a joke? Talk about complete BS rhetoric…”that’s not courageous leadership. It’s political pandering and deliberate obfuscation.”

There are two worlds: the one that 3 billion folks live in and the one Bush lives in!

Phil January 20, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Sorry, meant 6 billion not 3 billion!

Matthew Warner January 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

So George Bush killed 100,000 innocent civilians? And allowed the torture of humans? Those statements are misleading AT BEST.

I don’t have time to go into every detail of what you wrote. But it is blanket statements like that that get repeated over and over again by MSNBC and the like without any perspective that has many Americans very misinformed about Iraq.

Here’s an example of what I mean – quickly:
To say that Americans are entirely responsible (let alone George Bush personally) for the majority of deaths in Iraq seems ignorant to me. Many if not most of the deaths of iraqi civilians occurred due to 1) terrorists targeting iraqis and 2) Saddam and then later terrorists and insurgents using civilians as cover (i.e. firing on US peacekeeping troops from behind innocent civilians or from civilian facilities). To sit back and say stats like that accusing George Bush (and indirectly our troops) with such culpability is wrong. If anything, Saddam Hussein and the other insurgent leaders are at fault for putting their innocent civilians in danger.

I’m not saying the US and our leaders are not partially culpable for certain mistakes we’ve made or bad decisions, but let’s keep it in perspective.

And as far as the torture stuff – come on. The kinds of “torture” that Bush approved of was water-boarding high up terrorists that knew information that would SAVE innocent lives (and DID so). TO leave that out of your comments is misleading and irresponsible.

Matthew Warner January 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Either way, I was not comparing Bush to Obama or Clinton or anything else. You can compare nums all you want – but we all know there are a number of factors that go into those numbers aside from who the president is.

Further, the effects of what a prez does while in office, esp regarding abortion, may not be felt for decades later. So comparing numbers during their terms is insufficient.

THE primary way a president will effect the rights of the unborn will be through Supreme Court justices. Bush gets an A++ here. Obama will likely reverse that progress in his term.

There is no question that Barack Obama intends and has promised to make abortion MORE available to people. In fact, he wants to guarantee it as a RIGHT. Clinton is even fairly pro-life when compared to Obama’s extreme abortion agenda.

But ultimately, it will take a changing of hearts and minds of the people. We can’t just make abortion illegal – it’s gotta be unthinkable. But we can start with making it harder to have them and making it illegal – as it should be. There is no question that would be a huge step towards lessening abortions. And George Bush gets an A++ when it comes to those types of things.

Lincoln could not have ended slavery all by himself as president either. It took a lot more. But it first took a person to lead us. Obama is not that leader. And I believe history will show him as such.

I wasn’t pinning millions of deaths on Obama, just pointing out his lack of attention to it.

Phil January 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm

RESPECTING AND PROTECTING THE LIFE AND DIGNITY OF EVERY HUMAN BEING

This statment is a joke. Again, Mr. Bush trying to paint HIS legacy as something it is not, trying to re-shape himself into something HE is not with words that don’t coincide with actions.

If you are going to start a questionable war and approve ANY sort of torture, you are disqualified from using statements about Life & Dignity, I’m sorry. The guy is delusional.

Phil January 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Agree on statement two. Solving the abortion issue has very little to do with Presidents or Supreme Court judges. Especially when such a large percentage of Americans are pro-choice.

This issue can only be solved slowly, one baby at a time, and it’s more about educating the masses, not politics or even leaders.

Matthew Warner January 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

Supreme court judges are KEY in restoring the rights of humans – as they have been in MANY other human rights cases. It’ll start there.

And yes, we need to educate the masses, but it takes great leaders to do that. Obama has the potential to be that. He’s the most powerful man in the world and is possibly one of the most natural leaders we’ve ever seen. That gives him the power to “educate the masses” like nobody else – if he were to use it for good. Unfortunately, he’s on the WAY wrong side of this issue which not only makes him useless in advancing the human rights of babies but makes him DANGEROUS in that he supports taking away more human rights of babies and providing for more deaths.

And as far as BUSH respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being. THere IS such a thing as a JUST war. Wars (which do kill people) can be fought in ORDER TO PROTECT the life and dignity of human beings. This was no doubt the intention of Bush and the many Americans who supported this war. And there is no doubt a greater RESPECT for IRAQIS within and around Iraq as a result of this war, removing Saddam, and giving the Iraqi people more freedom.

We can, of course, discuss whether we were misguided or made mistakes. And nobody knows for sure if it was truly JUST based on the evidence we thought we knew. But the intention was MORE respect and protection of human life.

There is no such thing as a JUSTIFIED abortion. Obama’s positions show no such intention.

Phil January 21, 2009 at 11:13 am

Is torture dignified?

If your answer is “yes, it saves lives” then having an abortion when Mother is in danger of losing her own life is also ‘dignified’

In my opinion it is LOONY to say that ANYONE who willingly and knowingly tortures another human being for ANY reason, respects the diginity of human beings. Sorry, it’s just ridiculous to say otherwise.

Matthew Warner January 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

Water boarding somebody does not physically hurt them in any way and certainly does not END THEIR LIFE.

Abortion is not comparable. Abortion ENDS the life of one innocent person to (in the case of the health of the mother) MAYBE save another. A TOTALLY different situation.

I don’t think torture, by itself, is dignified at all. I agree. But I can certainly understand that if we are holding a terrorist that we know has information that could SAVE many lives and inform us of an impending danger to innocent people, then some type of coercion (call it torture if you want) to get that information MAY be justified. I think most reasonable people agree with that. I also agree it’s debatable though.

But this is WAR we’re talking about here. War is horrible in itself, but is conceivably a “lesser of multiple evils”. In such cases, the RESPECTFUL and DIGNIFIED thing to do is to MINIMIZE evil as much as possible.

However, the way many of the MSM have portrayed the case of torture as this black and white issue is misleading. Many have taken reality – that BUSH approved of some forms of coercion to help save innocent lives – and then distorted it as Bush being a TORTURER who breaks laws, hurts these nice honest clean-cut terrorists, and obviously doesn’t respect human lives. It’s agenda driven dishonesty with an obvious pure hatred for Bush’s reputation at the root.

kevin December 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Matthew, You argue well. and obviously it is because you have truth on your side. God bless you brother. I pray more people with your convictions will speak out.

Catholic debating pro-life April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Just wanted to point out…Lincoln was NOT, EVER, in any way, shape, or form an abolitonist…somebody who wanted to free the slaves as soon as possible. He was a MODERATE Republican. His goal? The gradual ending of slavery by creating more states in the Union that were anti-slavery. That way, unable to grow, in theory the slavery in the South would just die out. The South, of course, rejected this not so much because of slavery but because “anti-slavery” was code for “pro-Northern” and they didn’t want to get even more outnumbered than they already were. The South had a legitimate beef; the North was dominating politics rather unfairly. They erred when they thought that A) Lincoln would extend this injustice B) They supported the morally evil concept of slavery and C) They used segregation as their “way out”.

As for Lincoln, he didn’t even consider slavery the main issue. His main objective was stopping the country from being split into two. If it took keeping slavery to do it, he would have (and did; the emancipation proclamation freed nobody in the border states or NJ, both of which still practiced slavery; of course, its signing signalled the end of slavery. It would never survive.). He only “freed” the slaves in the Confederate States (which he didn’t control, remember) because he knew that this would weaken the South, making it easier for the North to win the war.

Lincoln was a great man I admire tremendously and a brilliant, inspiring leader during our country’s darkest hour, but his anti-slavery stance is often exaggerated.

I hope this helps! God bless you!

Chandi Owen June 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

So beautifully said. I am still so surprised when I see all the Catholics out there who don’t take a stand for the unborn. I have been deeply saddened this year as I have been in line to pick up my children from our Catholic school behind other Catholic school parents with Obama bumper stickers on their cars. I wonder, as I saw the same people in Mass when our priest talked about protecting the unborn being the most important issue when voting, how they will answer the question one day “What did you do for the least of these?”…

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