Find Your Song

Henry_David_ThoreauHenry David Thoreau said “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”  He knew that every human being represents unlimited potential, and that very few of us are able to find our true purpose.  I believe most of us feel deep down that we are here at this time, at this place to do great things, and that all that stands between each of us and greatness is fear.  Most of us are afraid to take risks, afraid to move outside our comfort level; afraid to take the leap of faith that is necessary to do great things.  Many of us will live our entire lives in quiet desperation, and only at the end realize what we could have done.

Thousands of unborn children die every day in America’s abortion mills; never getting the chance to bring their universally unique songs to the world.  We could save them all if enough of us had the courage to stand up for every human beings’ inherent right to life.  The abortion industry could be shuttered tomorrow if the demand for their deadly services was no longer there.  The demand for abortion would disappear if every mother contemplating having their unborn child killed would ask themselves what they would want if they could trade places with the tiny human being living inside them.

I was well into my fifties before I realized I was living my life in quiet desperation and accepted my calling to end abortion. I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that fear of failure is still standing between me and taking the leap of faith that I know I must take in order to work full time for the cause I believe so deeply in.  I seek the courage daily to leave my well paid job behind and to risk everything for the world’s unborn children.  My fear is not for me, but for those who depend on me.  Knowing this, I also know that if I commit fully to my cause, I can do great things.

I feel in my heart that abortion will end in my lifetime, and I don’t want to leave this world with my song still in me.  I want to feel a sense of satisfaction as I draw my last breath; a sense of satisfaction that I gave my all for the children of the world, and that my body of work on their behalf made a difference.  I hope to be able to look down from Heaven and to watch the children I played a part in saving, as they live long and happy lives, serving their fellow man.  Our individual legacies live on long after we’re gone.  Find your song and make the world a better place.

More of the Same

capitol3I had big hopes this year when the Republican controlled House and Senate were seated..  Both chambers had promised to move quickly on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and both have failed miserably.  If they ever get around to passing this bill it will be vetoed by President Obama.  His veto will spark a much needed debate and raise awareness of the brutality of our nation’s abortion industry.  I believe this debate will eventually result in the passage of this life-saving bill.

While our elected officials play politics and cook up backroom deals, children are dying by the thousands.  I was optimistic that this year it would be different.  Now I see that I was duped again into believing that some politicians would actually do what they said they would do if I would just vote for them.  Both the House and Senate have pro-life majorities.  They can save lives and pass legislation to make it harder to have your child killed in America, but they would have us believe that they have more important things to do.  On a national level, it is just as easy today to walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and have your unborn child killed as it was before last November’s elections.  From my perspective, our country is being run by elected leaders who fail to see or choose to ignore the wishes of their constituents.  We can and must do better.

It makes no difference to the thousands of unborn children who will die in America’s abortion mills tomorrow, whether the person killing them is a Republican or Democrat; they will still die.  Unlike you and me, they can’t decide what course their life will follow.  They can’t protest their own killing, and are powerless to defend themselves.  Every unborn child must depend entirely upon the good will and kindness of others for their very survival.  As a society, we have failed the ones who need us the most.  We’ve made it legal to kill them for any reason, at any time, right up to the moment of their birth.  We even send evil empires, like Planned Parenthood, hundreds of millions of dollars every year so they can kill even more children.

We get the leaders we deserve, and the consequences of our actions against our unborn children have placed us in the position we are now in.  We could end the killing tomorrow, but we don’t have the will to accept the undeniable truth that every new life has the absolute right to simply live.  We take it upon ourselves to decide which child should live and which should die, all the while doing everything we can to preserve our own lives.  We look forward to all of our tomorrows, and deny thousands of children one more tomorrow every day.

Our elected leaders will not lead unless they are lead by us.  They will only take action if it leads to them keeping their jobs.  We have a moral obligation to do right by the weakest among us.  We must demand that our elected leaders do our bidding.  We must hold them to the highest standards and we must individually do the same.  Our children deserve no less.

Letter to President Obama #102

Barack ObamaThe White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

Attn:    President Barack Obama

 February 22, 2015

 Mr. President:

Radical Islamists are threatening to launch attacks on America’s shopping malls and, as you’ve done throughout your political career, you’re voting present. You abandoned the most vulnerable among us, our unborn children, years ago, and now you’re content to just play golf and attend fundraisers as the world implodes around us. You ignore our allies’ requests for military assistance in the war against ISIS, yet you have time to meet with clowns like Al Sharpton and seek his advice on race relations.

Mr. President, the over half a billion dollars you will send to Planned Parenthood this year would go a long way towards wiping out terrorism.  Apparently, you would rather see it spent wiping out the lives of over 1 million unborn American children.  Sir, if you spent a fraction of the effort you expend trying to make it easier to have your unborn child killed in America, on ridding the world of radical Islamic terrorism, the world would be a safer place.  And if you actually had the courage to call radical Islamic terrorism out by name; it would be a good starting point.

Tomorrow over 3,000 unborn children will be killed in America; about the same as the number of Americans killed by radical Islamic terrorists on 9/11.  Way back then, you were implying that we had it coming and got what we deserved.  And way back then, you had already voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.  A leader who focuses on allowing the children under his leadership to be killed is no leader at all.

While you dawdle, ISIS is raping, murdering, and pillaging its way across the Middle East.  Make no mistake; America, the great Satan in their eyes, is their ultimate target.  As they work their way towards America they are killing thousands of innocent children.  And as you do very little to stop them, our country is killing thousands of our own children every day.

Mr. President, there’s not much I can do against ISIS, other than fight them until my last breath if they make it to America, but I can fight for our unborn children.  I can and will do everything in my power to change the hearts and minds of you and your friends in the pro-abortion crowd.  I wake up every day to the nightmare of the country I love allowing its children to be butchered.  My resolve is stronger daily to put an end to the practice of abortion.

Mr. President, unlike you, I’m not afraid to call my enemies by name.  They are Planned Parenthood and all their colleagues in America’s abortion industry.  My goal is nothing less than total victory.  Maybe yours should be the same.

As always, my letters to you are published on my pro-life blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Write back and I’ll publish it, unedited.

cc:  Planned Parenthood

 

 

Life and Consequences

Over the course of my lifetime I’ve fallen into a fitness routine that I rarely break.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are weight training, and Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday are cardio.  Since the birth of my 2 grandsons I’ve redoubled my efforts to stay fit.  My motives are simple.  I want to be around as long as possible for my children and grandsons.  I’m determined to not be the father and grandfather that everyone watches as I slowly decline from vital and energetic to withered and feeble.  Maybe my methods will work; maybe not.  That’s what life is all about.  You do the best you can and try to keep into perspective that each of our lifetimes are nothing more than brief flashes of light in our eternal existence.

Our brief lifetimes define our individual eternities.  Our actions and inaction not only affect our lives and our eternity, but those of countless others.  We make choices to allow millions of unborn children to be killed, just as their lives are beginning, and by doing so deny the world and every life in it the opportunity to experience the unique gifts every life can bring.  We allow our unborn children to be killed, and in the process, doom every worker in the industry that kills them to an eternity that none of us strive for.  They make the choice to do what they do for a living, but we create the circumstances for them to do it.

As much as most of us would like to deny any culpability in the elective killing of millions of unborn children  throughout the world, we all are responsible at some level.  I’m adamantly pro-life, but some of my tax dollars, albeit against my will, are funneled to Planned Parenthood every year.  I try to avoid patronizing businesses that contribute to Planned Parenthood, but I know some of the contributors slip through the cracks and get some of my money.  I advocate for the pro-life movement but I know I could do more if I dedicated all of my time to the cause.

Every unborn child deserves its individual chance to fully express the brief flash of light we call life.  The evil of abortion exists only because we allow it to do so.  Those of us who see evil and do nothing to stop it are offering our tacit endorsement of it.  Those of us who see evil and take action, but don’t do enough, need to do more.  We have a moral obligation to change the hearts and minds of those who support and promote abortion.  We are honor bound to protect every unborn child; to fight for the lives of those who have no voice.

As human beings we are all inextricably connected.  One action, good or bad, by one out of billions of human beings can affect us all.  Life is short but priceless.  How we spend the time we’ve been given will follow us forever.  The choices we make and the actions we take become part of our eternity and must be carefully weighed for the consequences they engender.

Perspective #2

My team, the Ravens, were eliminated from the playoffs last night.  I would have liked to have seen them win, but at this stage of my life I see it for what it is; it’s only a game.  Most of the things in life that set us up for stress or disappointment just aren’t that important. When we view these things from the perspective of life or death; and in the context of eternity, we’re able to see what’s truly important.  Life goes on, whether my team wins or not.  My team can be proud of the fact that they fought a good fight and that the final outcome of the game wasn’t decided until the last play.  Fighting the good fight and walking away with your head held high, knowing that you did your best, is good enough for most situations in life.  Unfortunately, the fight I’ve committed to winning is not a game, and it is a matter of life and death.

Losing my fight to end abortion is not an option.  If my efforts and those of millions of other supporters of the pro-life movement fail, unborn children will continue to be killed by the millions.  This is not a fight that we can walk away from, heads held high, satisfied that we did our best, even if we don’t win.  This is not a fight between principled warriors.  It’s a fight between those of us who revere the sanctity of every human life and those in the business of killing unborn children for nothing more than a few hundred bucks per life.  When viewed from a purely numerical perspective, the number of unborn children killed every year by America’s abortion industry is about equal to the total number of soldiers who have died in all our nation’s military conflicts since our founding.

From any perspective, the number of children killed in America since Roe v Wade is staggering; nearly 60 million.  Abortion is slowly declining, but that provides no comfort to my side or the more than 1 million unborn children who will die this year at the hands of Planned Parenthood and its cohorts in the abortion industry.  Victory for my side is no less than every unborn child being allowed to exercise its God given right to life.

My team won’t be making it to the Super Bowl this year, but they’ll persevere and they’ll be back soon.  They know that focusing on your goal and committing to doing whatever it takes to achieve it, will eventually get you there.  They view every failure as an opportunity to improve, and as taking them one step closer to reaching their goal.  My daily goal is to help end the practice of abortion, and I have faith that every day that I fail to achieve my mission brings me one step closer to completing it.  My Super Bowl is a world that welcomes its unborn children as the gifts from God that they are.  It’s a world where every life is viewed as equally important as any other, regardless of whether it has just been conceived or has long since been born.

 

 

Degrees of Outrage #8

The world is outraged today over the Paris terrorist attack where 3 Islamic thugs murdered 12 French citizens. Heavily armed cowards murdered these people for being intolerant of their religion and publishing caricatures of the prophet Mohammed.  Apparently, their version of tolerance calls for killing anyone who doesn’t agree with them.  Over 3,000 unborn American children were killed in their mothers’ wombs on the day these murders took place.  Tens of thousands of unborn children were killed around the world on the same day.

I view these events from my perspective and mine alone.  I see a world full of outrage over the murders of 12 people and see most of the same world saying nothing as thousands of unborn children are killed every day.  If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.  The brazen, premeditated murders of 12 Parisians was a terrorist attack.  The brazen, premeditated murders of thousands of unborn children was no less a terrorist attack.  An insane ideology that promotes the murder of anyone who disagrees with their insanity is truly insane.  An insane ideology that thrives by claiming that a woman has the right to have her unborn child killed, usually as a matter of convenience, is insanity on steroids.

We’re living in a world where the value of a human life is eroding by the day.  We kill one another over trivial matters and kill our own children in our blind pursuit of avoiding the consequences of our actions.  We allow Planned Parenthood and the abortion mills of the world to convince us that a baby isn’t a living human being until it leaves its mother’s body.  They say it’s not alive, but they have to kill it to make it go away.  The abortion industry knows that shining the light of truth on the practices they engage in will bring about their own demise.

Outrage over the taking of any innocent life is justifiable, but it must be consistent.  The victims of today’s attack in Paris were innocent human beings, simply living their lives.  The victims in the world’s abortion mills today were innocent human beings, simply living their lives.  Every human being on earth is at a different stage of its never ending development than any other human being on earth; whether in the womb or near the end of a long life.  Babies in the womb are no less human than any other human being.  Until we hold every human life as equal to every other human life, we will continue to kill each other.

As I’ve stated in previous pieces on outrage, I view anger as a waste of time and energy unless it is channeled to take positive action to remedy the source of your outrage.  Taking a selfie while holding a placard reading #End Abortion or #Stop Terrorism doesn’t count.  If you believe in your cause, you must be willing to risk everything to bring about the change you seek.  Find your calling, dedicate your self to it, and change the world.

Letter to Mitch McConnell #2

Senator Mitch McConnell

317 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510

 January 6, 2015

  Senator McConnell:

Last November I asked you to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act up for a vote as soon as you assumed the role of Majority Leader in the Senate.  Your predecessor blocked this bill for over a year and a half so President Obama wouldn’t have to veto a bill designed to save pain-capable babies from indescribably painful deaths.  He chose politics over the lives of innocent children.  What will you do?

Senator, there is no downside to standing up for life.  There will be no political price to pay for banning abortions of unborn children who can feel the pain of being killed.  The new Senate has plenty of work to do, but nothing more important than passing this bill.  Stand up for life and make President Obama explain to the American people why he approves of killing pain-capable babies by the thousands.

America has a lot of problems right now, and most of them can be traced back to how we treat the most vulnerable among us.  Sir, our unborn children don’t have a voice and don’t have a vote.  What they do have is the gift of life; the very same gift of life that you and I were granted by our Creator.  We are honor bound to protect each other and morally bound to protect our unborn children.  The American people soundly rejected the policies of the most abortion-friendly President in history last November.  They sent a message to you and every other elected official that business as usual will no longer be tolerated.

Senator, you have the votes in the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  Your colleagues in the House passed it in June of 2013.  All it will take from you is the courage to allow an up or down vote in the Senate. There is no logical reason for delaying a vote on this bill.  There is no logical reason for President Obama to veto it.  There is no logical reason to not pass this bill even if the President does veto it.

You and your colleagues serve at the pleasure of your constituents.  Most Americans oppose abortion and an overwhelming majority opposes abortion beyond 20 weeks.   Common sense would seem to dictate that you and every other elected official serve the best interests of the ones that put you in office.  Common sense would seem to dictate that if you see innocent children being killed and have the power to stop it, you do just that.

Senator, bottom line; every day this bill is not acted upon, innocent children die horrible, senseless deaths.  Pass the bill, override the President’s veto, and stand up for America’s unborn children.

All my letters are published on my prolife blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Should you choose to reply I’ll publish it, unedited.