Anyone who is a regular reader (god bless you) knows how I feel about this country placing a socialist in power over our military, and as the figurehead for our nation.  I make no excuses for my comments, and hold little back as to opinions on policy, and how I feel it will affect us here in Michigan as well as the rest of the nation.  Having said that, I hope the nation can survive the onslaught on the constitution which is about to occur.

There is the little thing about FOCA.  ever hear of it?  It wasn’t completely on my radar up until recently.  I suspect if “the one” had lost, it wouldn’t be an issue. FOCA is the Freedom Of Choice Act which appears to be a real possibility with an  Obama presidency. During the campaign He has said “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do.” From the fight FOCA site:

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.

  • FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
  • FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
  • FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.

Amazing thing.. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I would be an ardent defender of the unborn.. I wouldn’t have thought so. Not that I ever thought abortion is/was OK, but rather because it isn’t a comfortable issue for many to talk about. But now it also presents itself as a constitutional issue as well.

Some things become even more “self evident” over time. And as I look at history, our founding and our relationship with God.  We are born with inalienable rights that no MAN or government can take away.  The issue as ALWAYS is whether we have a government which can protect those rights as our founders promised us as presented in the bill of rights.  The constitution makes no claim of GOVERNMENT’S ability to Give rights, but merely holds that none of man’s laws can subvert NATURAL law, or that which you are born unto.

So a right of LIFE, LIBERTY, and a PURSUIT of such things through the constitution… is protected.

Consider the 10th amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

FOCA challenges this.  FOCA is contrary on this point as a matter of law.  This is hardly opinion weighted by emotion either.  Nothing could be clearer than the 10th amendment, yet here we are…  With an election win by folks who “promise” the signing into law of a bill which is on its face contrary to the tenth amendment, are we not seeing the intent to disregard the constitution entirely? The STATES have laws which by passage of this bill into law might be rendered moot?

The US Constitution either stands whole or it falls. it is hardly a flexible thing

To parse the constitution’s value based on the ideology of the current set of elected representatives is anathema to the document itself.  The hatred for the protections it has offered us over the years has placed it in jeopardy. Now through the careful manipulation of media, and a strong relativistic push for decades, it all seems…  normal.

Oh yes.. we are SO going to be FOCA…

3 comments for “O Day.. O FOCA US

  1. January 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for highlighting this issue, Jason. No surprise that I think this is THE defining issue of our generation(s) and I’m seriously worried that yesterday was the first day of a tragic few years.

    Effective at whetting an almost blunted purpose, though. 🙂


  2. JD
    January 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    While I am against Abortion for myself, I will never prevent another’s right to make that choice, regardless of the reason. When I worked in a hospital, and pushed a wheel-chair in which sat a child who looked about 10 yrs old. She actually just turned 12. Her mother, a widow, had gone to work after her husband died, leaving the girl at home after school and to “play” with the next door neighbor’s son, who was also 12. The girl became pregnant. The mother cried about her decision to abort the child’s child. But how many of you would not make the same decision? How many of you have used birth control to limit the number of children you had? That is also aborting the seed of a human being. Using abortion as birth control is wrong – but there are so many reasons why people do what they feel they must this world. I can’t be their judge, only God can do that.

  3. jgillman
    January 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Imagine if you were born of an extreme situation that you present. At least you would have been born.

    We are talking about human beings. And while I completely understand where you are arriving at your logic, I would disagree, as that child needed a defender.

    Further, what this article points out is more that the federal government wishes to ignore its 10th amendment restrictions by dis-allowing states to incorporate their own standards and rules through the implementation of FOCA.

    Abortion is wrong. But Roe V Wade has determined it is “legal.” Many constituencies have decided they will not ALLOW the use of tax dollars to fund abortion. FOCA will change this. Follow this through, and you will find many feel they will then be supporting by proxy the killing of the unborn; a procedure which flies in the face of their beliefs and moral convictions.

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