Star Parker

Lincoln argued that a free country must start with agreement on fundamental prior truths. He noted the Creator gave man the ability to choose but also gave him right and wrong and instructions that it mattered what he chose.

This conflict in values tore our nation apart 150 years ago.

A similar values conflict almost shut our government down in last week’s budget negotiations. Our president, like Stephen Douglas, thinks choice is more important than what we choose. And he feels so strongly that women may wantonly kill their unborn children that he’ll deny taxpayers a choice and force us to pay for it.

The president was clear that he would not negotiate and would shut the government down on the question of abortion funding.

A tragic irony is that just as the victims of Stephen Douglas’ moral relativism were blacks, so the main victims of our black President’s moral relativism are black. Black babies are the disproportionate victims of Planned Parenthood’s abortion machine, poor black women are debilitated by the liberal welfare state plantation apparatus, and government workers who would have been furloughed had the government shut down are disproportionately black.

At least the president has come clean that what we have is a debate about values. Now it is for the American people to choose which values are theirs.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.