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Saturday, November 13, 2004 

The Specter of Filibustering

America is a crazy place. Just under two weeks ago Americans went to the polls to vote for the candidate that best represented their moral views. Now I say that not just because so many Evangelical and Catholic voters popped their chads for Bush in a show of support for the President's stance on the issues of abortion, gay marriage, and stem-cell research, but because those secularist and liberal Christian voters touch-screened for Kerry as an endorsement of his position on of all those same issues. The difference between these two groups is that one opposes those three key morality concerns, while the other freely lends their support to a candidate dead set on their universal acceptance. This election was not about the war in Iraq or the war on terror, but rather the war on abortion, gay marriage, and stem-cell research. And Americans have spoken!

Now, how are those three issues that insured Bush a second term going to be spun in the coming days? Well, it seems that they will all come down to two men -- Arlen Specter and Bill Frist. Arlen Specter is a Republican Senator from Pennsylvania. He seems poised to become the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He will have a powerful hand in determining the judges who will rule on the cases involving those three key issues. And that would be all well and good for Republicans, conservatives, Evangelical Christians, and Traditional Catholics, except for the fact that Mr. Specter holds all the opposing views of the President who those people just placed in power. He has already made statements regarding the fact that he sees no Supreme Court nominees being approved who disagree with Roe v. Wade. He voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. And he has already voted against one of President Bush's most hopeful appointees, Robert Bork (who, by the way, is one of the most qualified candidates to ever be considered). So how will any progress be made in our court system with a man such as this heading the committee? The people have spoken, yet it appears that one man has the power to silence them again.

And, as though we were about to announce a major heavyweight title bout, in the other corner standing six-foot-nothing and weighing in at a-hundred-and-nothing is the distinguished gentleman from Tennessee -- the Senate Majority Leader (the Doc of the Senate as he is known to his friends), Bill Frist. This man has the power to help blow to bits the other major obstacle standing in the way of moral reform -- the dreaded filibuster. When I was just a young pup in government class at White Station High in Memphis, I thought that the filibuster-thingy was pretty cool. We heard stories of Senators reading phone books, novels, and just about any thing else in order to keep the vote for a bill from being taken. Sounded like a hilarious scene out of a movie to me. But now that I am grown and have put away childish things, I think it is time for the Senate to do the same. Filibustering is a grown man's way of whining when he hasn't gotten his way. And those grown men these days are folks like Ted Kennedy and yes, the former Presidential candidate himself, John Kerry. They will continue to try to block the Senate from approving the President's appointees to the federal bench. But who is our Uberman? Yes, Bill Frist -- the man from my home state may hold the key to changing the Senate rules to block filibustering judicial nominees.

So America is a crazy country. The people were told all along in this election that their vote counted, that it really mattered this time. P-Diddy taught us to "VOTE OR DIE." MTV said "hey dude, ROCK THE VOTE!" And the Southern Baptists cried out, "VOTE YOUR VALUES!" But in the end, it may come down to the voices of two men -- Arlen Specter and Bill Frist. It just reminds me of how hopeless our entire society is. Even when we organize, energize, and mobilize to achieve our political goals we are all at the mercy of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Politics are flawed, America is flawed, and most of all we, as people, are flawed. We must remember not to put our faith in a political system that is doomed to fail as miserably as humans are, but rather on a sinless Jewish man from a little town in Israel who 2000 years ago allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross in order to secure for His people all things.

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32

Let us all pray to God that He might bring to us victory in our struggle to reinstate morality into the fiber of America. The battle belongs to the Lord!

By His Grace and For His Glory Alone,
D.R.

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