WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President George W. Bush traveled through the Pacific Rim nations this week, trying to build support for measures to protect us from radical terrorists. While he was gone, legislators in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, Fla., acted to protect the most fragile of lives from those intent on taking them. Both of these legislative initiatives were attacked by American political and media liberals. And in both cases, they now promise to win one for the grim reaper in the courts.
Immediately after Congress passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, liberal politicians beholden to the abortion industry rushed to the microphones denouncing the measure as an affront to the safety of every American woman -- and promised to overturn it in the courts. Though no disease or malady is cured by abortion, advocates of the procedure are adamant that children must be put to death to ensure their mothers' safety.
And in Florida, when Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill to preserve the life of brain damaged patients on life support who haven't written a "living will" -- and a dispute exists among family members as to what to do -- liberals once again promised a rush to the courthouse. Their goal in this case is to make sure that Terri Schiavo, a 39-year-old, brain-damaged Florida woman whose husband has sought, against her biological family's wishes, to remove the feeding tubes that are keeping her alive, gets to die sooner rather than later.
All this begs the question: Why are liberals and radicals so fascinated with death? Some of them are so enamored with the topic that they wish it upon others. Last week, National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg, a rhetorical Lizzie Borden, said of Army Gen. Jerry Boykin, "I hope he's not long for this world." Boykin's "crime," as Nina sees it, was to publicly express his Christian faith in the context of the war on terrorism.
It is not the first time Totenberg sentenced a conservative to death. Years ago, she said of Sen. Jesse Helms, "If there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."
Film director Spike Lee once said that Charlton Heston should be shot, and Julianne Malveaux wished death on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas saying, "I hope ... he dies early like many black men do."
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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