Phil Harris

I am thankful for my constitutional scholar hat, which I am wearing at this very moment. It is a magic hat, of course, because I am not a constitutional scholar. To make it work, I sprinkle a bit of common sense powder and a dash of logical thinking on the inside of it. Then when I put it on, …BAM!!!

For all of you front-end baby boomers, the answer is no. Common sense powder is not a hallucinogen, and no, I do not buy my logical thinking in a bottle imported from Mexico. I realize that many of today's social realities were conceived in that manner, and that our liberal politicians lost far too many brain cells during their period of enlightenment, otherwise known as attending college in the '60s.

Unfortunately, those were the brain cells that contained wisdom, passed down from parents, grandparents, and educators; not yet infected by the viral scourge of hedonism. Even in the poorest of communities, a fierce pride was maintained in the fight to provide for the family. Values and character were instilled in children by parents with as much urgency as the struggle to provide food for their bellies.

My last column was addressed to Fed Thompson, a candidate for the Republican nomination to run for President in 2008. I suggested that his desire to place the question of abortion in the hands of individual states was unwise, and that the result would be the perpetuation of abortion in a handful of liberal states.

Perhaps deluged is a bit strong, but I did receive a lot of mail from folks who wanted to inform me that the Constitution never mentions abortion, and thus, must be a state handled issue. A few discussed slavery, which was finally handled by amending the Constitution, and in turn made it a Federal issue.

Many advised me that Fred Thompson was correct to put the issue in the hands of the states. This would be a step in the right direction, they argued, and if the desire to make it a Federal issue was popular enough, we could campaign for a constitutional convention, to change the Constitution. That is how slavery was dealt with, and that is how abortion must be dealt with.

I quickly rummaged through my closet and dug out my magic constitutional scholar hat, and I put it on straight away. Instantly, the fog began to melt away, and I said out-loud for anyone to hear within earshot, "Now Wait a Minute!"

There are no problems that must be overcome before children can be saved from the abortionist's cold instruments of death. What has to be done is that we must rewind to the point in time before the issue was veiled in absurdity.

Phil Harris

Phil Harris is a software engineer, author of Cry for the Shadows and blogs at Citizen Phil.

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