In a recent political debate, the abortion question was raised to both candidates. One candidate nobly proclaimed that while he was personally opposed to abortion, he wouldn't impose those beliefs on others as if that would be unfair and unjust. I almost gagged because I knew that this individual and his party imposed their health care values and costs on me as well as the rest of the entire nation as the result of a late night ramrod Congressional session early last spring.
At the end of the day, every piece of legislation imposes someone's ideas, values, and beliefs on others. The question is not if someone's values will be imposed, the question is whose values will they be? This is what elections are all about.
We have a value and a belief in this country that murder is unacceptable and it is therefore illegal. Although not all agree, this value is thankfully imposed on others. If one chooses to violate this law, he or she can do so, but will face serious legal consequences if caught and convicted regardless of individual personal beliefs.
Likewise, most in our nation believe that theft is wrong, even though not all agree. And such is the case with many other issues. Some claim that morality can't be legislated. Ultimately, that's the only thing that is legislated. Every law is ultimately tested on whether it is right or wrong, be it a question of taxation, immigration, marriage, cloning, national defense, food stamps, or unborn human life.
I was happy to hear both candidates agree that faith is very important to them and that their faith ultimately dictates who they are and what decisions they make. This brings us back to the importance of choosing wisely in each and every election. The individuals we elect will make decisions on the local, state, and national levels based on their core beliefs. It's vitally important to know what those beliefs are before they are elected and how they compare with God's unchanging standards.
We all understand that the abortion debate is a complicated issue, but the fact that every abortion stops a beating heart is undeniable. Somehow the same government that will fine and imprison a man for damaging or even disturbing an unhatched egg of an endangered bird subsidizes an abortionist through Planned Parenthood funding. I pray for the day when the majority in this country who do believe abortion is wrong can impose that belief on the rest in order to spare millions of unborn human children and spare our nation from God's justice. Without the protection of the God-given Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are moot points.
George Bowers, Woodstock