Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

Abortion Provider Murdered – Politicking Already Underway

Sad news:

[George] Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses, a city official and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.

Sadder news: Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online says the following has already arrived in her email inbox:

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, led protests against George Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic in Wichita in 1991.

Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue states, “George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

“Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”

I disagreed with Tiller’s profession; however, the day of his murder is not the day to send out an email calling him a mass-murderer himself. We should all be praying for Tiller’s family and friends in their time of grief, not seeking to find a political advantage in it.

And the same goes for any attempts by pro-abortion advocates to link this murder to anti-abortion groups or people without evidence–which I’d not be a bit surprised to see coming in the next few days. For all we know as of the time of this writing, the murder could have been an attack on the Lutheran church, not Tiller as an abortion provider–it’s not like violence against churches is unknown.

Update: The National Right to Life Committee does the right thing (all emphases in original):

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF DR. GEORGE TILLER

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group, today condemned the killing of Dr. George Tiller.  The following statement may be attributed to NRLC Executive Director, David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.:

National Right to Life extends its sympathies to Dr. Tiller’s family over this loss of life.

Further, the National Right to Life Committee unequivocally condemns any such acts of violence regardless of motivation.  The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal.

The National Right to Life Committee has always been involved in peaceful, legal activities to protect human lives threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.  We always have and will continue to oppose any form of violence to fight the violence of abortion.  NRLC has had a policy of forbidding violence or illegal activity by its staff, directors, officers, affiliated state organizations and chapters.  NRLC’s sole purpose is to protect innocent human life.

NRLC will continue to work through educational and legislative activities to ensure the right to life for unborn children, people with disabilities and older people.  NRLC will continue to work for peaceful solutions to aid pregnant women and their unborn children. These solutions involve helping women and their children and do not involve violence against anyone.

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Good for you, NRLC.

Update II: Princeton professor of jurisprudence Robert P. George makes several eloquent points… I’ll post the first one here and let you follow the link for the rest.

Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing.  The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands.

Now go read the rest.

Obama Is Even Losing the Left

File this under “Columns I Never Thought I’d See.”

Ted Rall… yes, cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall, he who compared US Armed Forces members to SS members, among other ultra-lefty statements , is calling on Obama to resign.

I’d say, Mr. Obama, that when you lose Ted Rall, it’s clear that your support among the far left is definitely on the wane.

Democrats And The Culture Of Corruption, Part Nine

And yet another Democrat is included in the PMA Group mess:

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury looking into the PMA Group, a once-high flying lobbying firm that collapsed after a federal raid in November.

The Visclosky subpoena is the first formal indication that the criminal probe into PMA extends to Capitol Hill, even though connections between certain lawmakers and PMA have been widely reported. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful Defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, has received most of the headlines for his PMA-related ties, but he has not received a subpoena at this time, according to sources close to the Pennsylvania Democrat.

The Visclosky subpoena seeks documents from his office related to PMA, but at this point does not appear that he has been asked to testify before a grand jury.

“Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA,” Visclosky said in a statement.

“It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents.

Visclosky also had extensive dealings with PMA, including receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from PMA, its employees and clients while at the same time steering tens of millions of dollars in spending earmarks to the PMA clients. And Viscosky’s former chief of staff, Rich Kaelin, went to work for PMA.

Receiving campaign donations from the same company he’s steering earmarks to? This is called corruption, folks. And so far I’ve not heard a single Republican connected with PMA. This one is all Democrat, and they appear to be spending more effort on denying there is a problem than cleaning it up.

Take a lesson from Nixon, folks–it’s always the cover-up that does the most damage.

Liberty University Isn’t Living Up To Its Name

Apparently, Liberty University (founded by Jerry Falwell) doesn’t believe in liberty on campus. They’ve removed official recognition from a group of Democrats who were meeting on their campus.

Now, this is probably gonna surprise some of you (but I hope not my fellow bloggers here), but I think Liberty is absolutely wrong on this one.

Liberty means that people with whom you don’t agree should have the ability to express views that you don’t agree with. Thus, even though I disagree vehemently with the Ku Klux Klan’s agenda (watch the lefties leave the previous part out but quote the part to follow), I support their right to hold meetings or a parade if they wish.

For Liberty to not recognize one party’s on-campus group but presumably continue to recognize the other is a slap in the face to all of us who believe in the true meaning of the First Amendment, and it should be denounced both by conservatives and lefties.

Another Lefty Double Standard Exposed

All the usual leftymedia suspects and lefties in gubment are going bonkers over how wonderful Sonia Sotomayor is.

However, it’s worth considering how many of those same lefties, including the one now in the Oval Office, treated a prior Hispanic judge nominated to a high position: Miguel Estrada, who was nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by President Bush (43).

Estrada’s life story compares well with that of Sotomayor, who has been lauded by the lefties. Estrada came to the US at a young age (I’ve seen 15 and 17 listed) from Honduras, the son of a middle-class Honduran family. It is likely that he spoke little or no English, almost certainly not the kind of English that one uses every day as a lawyer (where rap-song slang isn’t really prevalent). Yet despite all these obstacles, he not only became a naturalized citizen of this nation, he graduated magna cum laude (that’s the second highest honor–only summa cum laude is higher) from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, argued over a dozen cases before the US Supreme Court, and earned the American Bar Association’s highest evaluation, “well qualified.” The League of United Latin American Citizens urged his approval to the Court of Appeals.

Yet because of all of that, Democrats opposed him–including then-Senator Barack Obama. In fact, they would not even permit an up-or-down vote in the Senate on his nomination, using the filibuster to block a vote until he withdrew his name.

And yet the Democrats who opposed Estrada were not berated as racists or anti-Hispanic.

Now, watch closely what happens to any Republican or conservative who dares speak ill of Sotomayor. You’ll see a blatant double-standard in action.

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