The Herd

A long time ago I renounced my membership in the herd.  Living a life of honor and integrity is more important to me than membership in the herd.  As a member of the herd you have to worry about what others think of you.  You have to be willing to throw your friends and colleagues under the bus to insure your own temporal success.  Your status in the herd is determined by how many things you are able to accumulate and how high up the so-called ladder you are able to climb.  As a member of the herd you leave the heavy lifting to others, knowing that you should be doing more, while hoping that someone else will do your share.

Every day thousands of unborn children are killed in America.  Many of them, if allowed to be born, would eventually become members of the herd.  Just as many, if allowed to be born, would decide to follow their own course and use their unlimited potential to change the world.  Either way, each and every one of them deserves their chance to live a happy, productive life.  Many members of the herd that I long ago abandoned are fully aware of the horrors of abortion, and choose to do nothing.  They know that killing innocent children is wrong, but it’s legal so they’re afraid to take a stand.  Taking a stand can jeopardize your membership in the herd,and membership is everything to them.

Every member of the herd was allowed to be born.   Everyone working in the abortion industry was allowed to be born and makes a living denying the very same right to our unborn children.  The herd encourages hypocrisy and political correctness, and the abortion industry uses both to ply its deadly trade.  They say that a woman has the right to have her unborn child killed and that anyone who thinks otherwise is waging a war on women; and the members of the herd say nothing for fear of drawing attention to themselves. Conforming to the herd’s rules is more important to them than standing on principle.

The children of the world deserve better than to have their fate decided by political expediency and a herd mentality that promotes going along just to get along.  Every unborn child is worth fighting for.  Taking a stand for life is the right thing to do and speaking out for innocent children who can’t speak for themselves is immensely more important than remaining a member in good standing in the herd.  One of my heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”

Membership in the herd isn’t mandatory.  Living your life on your terms is liberating.  Being a thorn in the side of those who believe that having your unborn child killed as a simple matter of convenience is a human right is worth the hate mail and wrath that comes from the herd.  Feeling the loving embrace of my grandsons is all I need to know that I have chosen the proper course.


My Best Friend

When I tell someone that my 3 year old grandson is my best friend they usually smile and think to themselves that I’m just saying what a grandfather should say.  But I mean it.  I have no better friend in the world and no one that I would rather spend time with than my oldest grandson.   I know that when he gets older it won’t be cool to spend time with Pop Pop anymore, so I treasure the time I have with him now.  The fact that my oldest grandson is my best friend doesn’t mean that I love his little brother any less; it  just means there is a special bond between me and the first child of my child.

As I’ve written before, there is no greater feeling than knowing that my grandsons know they are safe when they are with me.  Every child has the Right to feel safe and every child has the Right to be born and to live their life to the fullest.  My fight to insure that every child is allowed to be born is not a fight against abortion; it’s a fight for life.  Mother Teresa was once asked to join an anti-war demonstration during the Vietnam War.  She declined and politely told the protesters to come back when they were ready to demonstrate for peace.  I absolutely believe that in order to instigate change you must focus on what you are for, not what you are against.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred …. unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”  I’ll take it a step further.  Literally everything in the world, in the universe, begins with a thought. If galaxies and stars began with a thought, a world where every unborn child is welcomed as a priceless gift can also begin with a thought.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where far too many think only of themselves and focus on the short term.  Many see abortion as a quick fix for an unintended pregnancy.  They fail to believe or choose to ignore the fact that by having an abortion they are killing a living human being.  Negative role models like Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards speak with pride about their own abortions and aggressively lobby for easier access to abortion.  She sees the world’s unborn children not as priceless human beings, but as opportunities to make a few hundred bucks for every one she can kill.

My best friend was born with the right to live in a world where every child is guaranteed its Right to life.  His friends and future colleagues should have an expectation of being safe and protected from the moment of conception.  As adults who were allowed to be born, we have an obligation to insure that the most vulnerable among us are afforded the same accommodation.    When my best friend hears the word abortion for the first time I want him to hear that it was a barbaric practice that was ended shortly after his little brother was born.