Tuesday, November 1


A ferocious storm charged through our neck of the woods north of Houston last night. Loud claps of thunder and zig-zag flashes of hot-white lightening chased trick-or-treaters back indoors, as a cold front blowing in from the north clashed violently with moisture-laden Gulf air and hot-dry, blistering winds racing in from far-off deserts. The turbulent, unstable atmosphere boiling and roiling and ripping above us emulated the cacophonous, media-orchestrated tympani heard throughout the day yesterday in the wake of President Bush's early morning announcement of his nomination of Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.

Even before noontime combat lines had begun forming, bursts of token shelling could be heard, and skirmishers from both sides were putting their backbones on display in cable news forums. And the gathering storm in the mainstream media foreshadowed the political combat to come. If the generals were still trying to find the good ground on which to wage war as day melted into night, it could be said of the foot soldiers that their blood was already up, their nostrils flared, and the infantry was scrapping for a hard-nosed fight. Why? Because each knew in his gut that the impending battle could mark a turning point in the cultural wars, where the confluence of conservative-traditionalism, progressive-secularism, and an overweening, flanking, liberal-media, were setting up a political Armageddon -- a decisive Red State v. Blue State, Originalism v. Activism, Christianity v. Nihilism, Life v. Choice battle for America's soul.

Just as a small hamlet in Pennsylvania became a magnet in 1863 for the convergence of Yanks and Rebs in a primal-pivotal clash to determine whether a nation half-slave and half-free could long endure, an ineluctable confluence of competing idealogies is forming now in the nation's capitol as the Left and the Right brace for a bare-knuckle brawl that could usher in a seismic shift on the Supreme Court of the land and, in time, chase Choice and the abhorrent Owner-Slave abomination that is Roe v. Wade-sanctioned abortion-on-demand from our midst.

The 51,000 casualties taken in noble battle for transcendant truth over three days in steamy July at Gettysburg -- namely, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights -- and so eloquently consecrated in a long-remembered address by our nation's greatest president, have a poignant counterpart in this day and age: the 48+ million preborns whose lifeblood was savaged in the wake of a 1973 Supreme Court decision that has long begged for redress and reversal. That life is sacred and God's sublime blessing, and that those 48+ million should hold an equal station with their mothers under the law -- indeed, a station to which "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them" -- is worthy of an epochal battle. And if the left-wing assault forces of the Democratic Party want a fight, then bring it on. The abomination that is abortion is as deserving of a great debate and up or down vote in the Senate chamber, as the abomination that was slavery was deserving of a great civil war across the land.

The Conservative Movement is engaged again, rallying, and standing its ground. The Miers' storm has passed, the sky has cleared, and the bright light of a new day has dawned. President Bush, in George Will's view, has finally reoriented the national conversation with the Alito nomination. The president has regained his footing, responded to his base, and reclaimed the moral high ground. He has set the great stage, as Will observes, for a "national debate the country has needed for several generations." And as George Will correctly concludes:

This is a debate the president, who needs a victory, should relish. Will it, as Democrats mournfully say, "divide" the country? Yes. Debates about serious subjects do that. The real reason those Democrats are mournful is that they correctly suspect they are on the losing side of the divide.

SOURCES: Washington Post and Washington Times