Ken Blackwell

Reagan felt that “fierce urgency of now.” Reagan’s success with the Communists was dramatic. George W. Bush praised him in an eloquent eulogy: “He said ‘tear down this wall;’ he didn’t say ‘knock the top three bricks off it.’” In the event, it became easier to bring down the Berlin Wall than it was to arrange weekend visits around it.

The ending of slavery was similarly dramatic and dynamic. Few Americans in 1861 could have dreamed that white Union soldiers, many of whom held racist views about Negroes at the outbreak of the war, would become some of the strongest champions of Emancipation. Not only did these white Union soldiers recognize the military and economic advantage that slavery gave to the rebels, but they began to see in their uniformed black brothers a bond forged in the fire and smoke of battle.

FOX News contributor Juan Williams sees in President Obama’s New Yorker interview a sense of defeat. If the dream of ObamaCare has not yet gone up in smoke, it is smoldering, smoking, failing to flourish. Every day brings more disenchantment, more disappointment to the Obama supporters. We thought he was the Messiah, moans Barbara Walters. And Chris Matthews seems to have lost that tingle going up and down his leg.

This is the time. This is our Fierce Urgency of Now. ObamaCare will not only cripple the U.S. economy—even as it is an anchor holding the recovery in place—but it will also commit the Government of the United States to the proposition that killing is caring.

We can never accept that derangement of our Founding ideals. The right to life is inalienable, given us by our Creator. What was wrong in slavery and segregation is what is wrong in abortion. To deny an entire class of human beings their yearning to breathe fee is forever wrong, a great wrong.

So the fight to repeal ObamaCare is the fight for life. And the right to life can never be restored in this country as long as ObamaCare holds sway. On that principle, let us unite.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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