LEESBURG, Va. -- The experts tell us that newborn infants like Sarah Jane cannot really distinguish what's before them when they open their eyes. These same experts also say the little smile I see on her tiny lips is just a sign she needs to be burped. Maybe.
I choose to think our beautiful little (6 pounds, 8 ounces, 19 inches long) newborn grandchild really can see me -- and is smiling at her granddad. I really don't know, of course, but I do know I'm looking at the future. And someday, God willing, Sarah Jane will pull this column out of an old album and smile at her grandfather's unfounded concerns for her prospects.
So, Sarah Jane, here is a quick recap of what happened this week -- in the days before and since you were born -- and why I pray so hard for you, your four siblings and your seven cousins:
Shortly before you arrived -- early (what a wonderful surprise) -- I was in Arizona with our Fox News team documenting an invasion across our southern border. Instead of helping to defend our country from Mexican cartels engaged in kidnapping, drug smuggling and human trafficking, our president brought a federal lawsuit against the state of Arizona. Though he's supposed to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, he evidently doesn't understand the second clause of Article 3, Section 2: "In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction."
Sarah Jane, when you can read, I'll give you a copy of that magnificent document your dad and I took an oath to support and defend. And when you are old enough, I'll teach you to shoot and safely handle a firearm. You will need to know how.
On Tuesday morning, the day you were born, I had a doctor's appointment to check on my progress in treatment for prostate cancer. The doctors who care for me are really good, and I'm doing fine. But it also turns out that under the new health care reform law, I probably won't be eligible for the treatment. It's not that I'm not worthy -- just too old. I hope your mom and dad never will be "too old" for medical care.
That afternoon, when your mom astounded your dad by announcing it was time to go to Loudoun Hospital Center, your grandmother "Nan" and I were in a meeting with our attorney, a financial planner and accountants. We were trying to figure out how we can preserve some of what we have worked so hard for so that you, your brothers and sisters and your cousins can benefit from it.
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.