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By Chuck Baldwin
April 19, 2002

A Washington Times report dated April 17 states, "President Bush yesterday voiced his strong support for a constitutional amendment to ensure the rights of violent-crime victims, saying judicial deference to criminals is 'not just, it's not fair and it must change.'"

The report further states, "The president's comments came in support of a bipartisan Senate bill introduced Monday by sponsors Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Diane Feinstein, California Democrat."

Admittedly, our court system often appears imbalanced in the way it defers to criminals. However, a case could also be made for the argument that the true victims of this country are those who are victimized by the abuse of government. Abuse of power is the ubiquitous nature of government, which is why our Founding Fathers limited the scope of governmental authority in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Nowhere is the abuse of governmental power more clearly demonstrated than in the way it legally allows for the wholesale slaughter of innocent, unborn babies! Under the laws of this country, an unborn child can be killed without any semblance of due process. Since this unconstitutional and immoral law was enacted in 1973, there have been over 40 million little, unborn victims!

Therefore, it is more than amazing that President Bush, who professes to be "pro-life," would voice "strong support" for a constitutional amendment for "violent-crime victims" that completely ignores the plight of innocent, unborn babies. Is there anyone more victimized by violence than unborn children?

There are only so many battles, so many issues, so many causes that any president can engage during his time in office. If Bush were truly pro-life, would he not make this issue one for which he would truly support and fight? That Bush has virtually ignored the life issue since becoming president proves his support for the cause is tepid at best.

Like many Republicans, Bush used the life issue during election time to dupe conservatives into voting for him, but after he was elected, the issue ceased to exist. What is even more incredible is the way the issue seems to have disappeared from the hearts and minds of so-called conservatives. About the only commitment to the issue that a Republican needs today is a simple verbal acknowledgment. That he would actually be required to do anything consistent with that acknowledgment appears unnecessary.


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