Published on January 21st, 2018 | by Cliff Kincaid0
Abortion and America’s Future
It was supposed to be big news that the abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years. They did not tell us that an estimated 49 million have died [now 60 million] through abortion in America since 1973. But the damage has been felt in other ways. The Supreme Court’s legalization of abortion has undermined the philosophy of God-given rights that made our progress as a nation possible.
Decades before the legalization of abortion in the U.S., ex-Communist Whittaker Chambers would explain how the abortion mentality was the communist mentality.
“Abortion was a commonplace of party life,” he wrote in his classic 1952 work Witness. “There were Communist doctors who rendered that service for a small fee. Communists who were more choosy knew liberal doctors who would render the same service for a larger fee. Abortion, which now fills me with physical horror, I then regarded, like all Communists, as a mere physical manipulation.”
It was all physical because, in the communist view, there was nothing spiritual. Chambers was better known as the former Communist who would expose top State Department official and United Nations founder Alger Hiss as a Communist agent. But Witness was about an even greater struggle between the forces of darkness and light, of which communism versus freedom was just one chapter.
An Awful Thing
In 1933, when his wife became pregnant, he said they immediately knew that, as faithful communists, their immediate option was abortion. But his wife came over, took his hands, and burst into tears, saying, “We couldn’t do that awful thing to a little baby, not to a little baby.” It was the natural instinct of a mother. Chambers wrote that this was a pivotal moment: “If the points on the long course of my break with Communism could be retraced, that is probably one of them―not at the level of the conscious mind, but at the level of unconscious life.”
Chambers didn’t have access to a sonogram of his wife’s unborn child. He didn’t know about unborn children feeling pain. But it just made common sense to conclude that the unborn child was a human being. This awareness and human emotion began the process of unraveling the communist philosophy of atheistic materialism.
So how is it that so many people today do not recognize the sheer physical horror of abortion? It is because they are not open to a philosophy of life that recognizes the inherent worth of every human being. The secular educational system is failing, and parents are not doing their jobs, either. Another factor, the liberal media keep repeating the lie that abortion is simply the “right to choose.”
Meanwhile, the Communists have transformed the “right” to abortion into a requirement in China that women have abortions, for the sake of the one-child policy, even while the regime ratifies a so-called United Nations “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The communists’ manipulation of the United Nations was one of the things Chambers warned America about. We tolerate this deception at our own peril.
Personally, Chambers was being guided by the invisible hand toward the absolute truth. It was through recognizing the humanity of a child, a “fetus” in today’s jargon, that the influence of communism on his thinking and life was gradually eroded. While Chambers would prevail over Hiss, communism would continue its advance, here and abroad.
The worst is yet to come because the “slippery slope” caused by acceptance of abortion is already here, as evidenced by the much-publicized starvation death of Terri Schiavo, a disabled woman, in 2005. Her mother was forced to stand aside, facing arrest if she provided even a drop of water to her child’s lips. Yet, it has become fashionable, even among some conservatives, to say that Congress overreached when it attempted to give Terri Schiavo the rights of judicial review and due process granted to death row inmates and suspected terrorists.
We could be the next victims. Today, the dangerous billionaire George Soros waits in the wings, armed with the results of his nine-year “Project on Death in America,” preparing to put more lives at risk. With one of his pet Democrats in the White House, either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, one can anticipate that government will attempt to seize even more control over the health care system, ration treatments to the elderly, and then eventually implement a government-sponsored euthanasia program to target and eliminate those standing in the way of “solving” the financial problems in the Social Security and Medicare systems.
The Roots of Our Collapse
In order to turn this dire situation around, Americans have to grasp on a philosophical level what has taken hold of our society. It is the same philosophy that Chambers exposed and fought against. It holds that human life is worth only what the government dictates. Action is required to save our country and its place in the world.
In a January 13 homily urging people to participate in Tuesday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., Pastor Msgr. Paul Dudziak captured the terrible changes that have taken place in our lifetimes. Our society, he pointed out, was founded upon the idea that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, especially the right to life. “At the very foundation of our nation there is a recognition that God is the source of our dignity as human beings. And the state recognizes that,” he notes.
“With abortion the state bestows human dignity and its rights on you at some biologically arbitrary moment. Or because of conditions over which you have no control. So we’ve changed our philosophy as a nation from one where the state recognizes that the Creator gives you human dignity to one where the state decides when you have human dignity. It’s a colossal change in the very foundations of our society…It’s a sea change in our philosophy as a nation.”
In effect, the great United States of America has been gradually adopting the communist philosophy of the enemy that we supposedly defeated. Alger Hiss may have lost the court case but his ideas are winning.
Marching for life is not just a religious but a patriotic obligation. As Pastor Dudziak noted, “I believe that our freedoms are much more secure and our nation much safer if the government simply recognizes our dignity as coming from a Creator, rather than bestowing it upon us by law, which may eventually even be different from one state to another.”
The Legal Assault
This battle has been playing out ever since Chambers’ nemesis, communist spy and State Department official Alger Hiss, laid the groundwork for the United Nations and a host of international treaties. Hiss’s nightmare vision didn’t die with his conviction for perjury, for denying he was a Soviet spy. Communism as a philosophy was very much alive and well and accepted by the United Nations, which Hiss served as the first acting secretary-general. The U.N. turned out to be a Communist Trojan horse, promoting the Communist philosophy under different names. One of the latest is “sustainable development,” a philosophy which holds that the earth has rights, but not people.
In his 1953 work, Treaty Law and the Constitution, the great writer Felix Morley noted that parts of the Soviet Constitution were being inserted into U.N. treaties that were designed to become the “supreme law” of the United States under the treaty-making power of the Constitution. “From the viewpoint of the Kremlin,” he wrote, “it is certainly easier to have Communists indirectly write our laws than to attempt to achieve the same objective by military conquest.”
The battle, he noted, was between different theories about the rights of man: “The American theory is that men ‘are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’ and that they should be protected by law against government encroachment on these natural rights.”
By contrast, the U.N. (and Soviet) theory is that “rights are not natural and unalienable but are provisionally created by government itself. Human rights are regarded as non-existent until they are spelled out by government agencies. It follows from this assumption that rights depend upon and are developed by the constant expansion of governmental power.”
Tragically, Morley said that not even all of the “free nations” of the world believed in the American theory of natural rights. Much of the “free world,” he noted, is “more receptive to Russian than to American political theory.” But is this American theory even acceptable in America today?
Reprinted from January 21, 2008