the Supreme Court and lower federal courts striking down the remaining vestiges of segregation and legal racism, the high drama of marches and confrontations, and of sweeping social and legal changes, began to wane. The murder of Martin Luther King in April of 1968 left the civil rights movement without strong leadership.
But at that same time there was new talk of equality and civil rights: gender equality. The freedom train took on a pink tint as the civil rights movement enthusiastically embraced the feminist movement, and the radical individualism that underpinned it. The hard political left, both black and white, was in charge of this union, and still is now. On the race side, the old familiar goal of racial equality was replaced by the whiney cries of victimization, and the extortive demands for preferential treatment. The immediate goal on the feminist side was the Equal Rights Amendment to the federal constitution. But the real prize on which their eyes were firmly affixed was abortion. That pink tint would soon enough turn to a bloody red.
Unlike its history on matters of race where it had surely not moved “with all due and deliberate speed,” on gender and sex the Supreme Court was already in action when the feminist movement began to hit its full stride in the 1970s. With its 1965 decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, declaring that state’s prohibition of the sale of contraceptives to be an unconstitutional violation of individual privacy, the court had laid the legal groundwork, and was primed to address the issue of abortion. It wasted no time in declaring to America that a majority of the high court had seen a Constitutional vision. In January of 1973 seven justices (the first black justice being one of the seven) solemnly pronounced in Roe v. Wade that they now detected from the gaseous vapors of the Constitution the absolute right of any mother to kill her child so long as the killing was done while at least an infinitesimal portion of the child’s tiny body remained within the body of the mother. In the newspeak of our age, civil rights became the civil right to murder the innocent.
The traditional civil rights movement in America, transformed by radical feminism and infected by radical individualism, has now come full circle. What began as an honorable movement to bring liberty and legal recognition of human personhood to all human beings in this nation, and which achieved so much over so many years, has now ended in the denial of the very truth for which the battle was fought in the first place. What began as a noble cause has ended in the horror of now 50,000,000 innocent babies being cut and torn to pieces, burned to death with chemicals, and murdered by stabbing their tiny skulls and sucking out their brains. There are 4,000 unborn children murdered each day in abortion mills in the United States, and 1000 of those are black babies. One out of every three black children conceived in this county is killed in abortion.
It must be one of the great ironies of all history. From black slavery to black presidency, but with a black president who denies that all of his citizens are human and entitled to legal protection of their human personhood. The man who is the crowning glory of the civil rights movement does not believe in civil rights for all human beings.
In 1855 Lincoln wrote to Kentucky lawyer George Robertson complaining that those who were “pro choice” on slavery had, in their greed for power and money, come to the point where they now denied the fundamental truth of American democracy:
On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that "all men are created equal" a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim "a self evident lie."
So, in spite of the years of struggle for civil rights for all human beings, our government leaders and our laws have come full circle back to ante bellum notions of inequality. If the pro slavery forces of 1855, in their greed for power and money, twisted the idea of equality and human dignity for personal benefit and gain, President Obama and his fellow pro abortionists do no less today. The “slave” has risen to power not to free all people, but to be a “slaveholder” himself, who denies the greatest truth of our national covenant.
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