By Troy Newman, President Operation Rescue
Even though I was only three years old I’ll never forget watching TV with my mother as Neil Armstrong put the first footprints on the moon. It was a day to remember, a day that proudly changed our nation.
There are moments in history when you just know that the events of the day have permanently changed life as we knew it, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worst.
I will never forget watching the East Germans stream through the gaps of the falling Berlin Wall. The world was a different, freer, safer place after that day.
I’ll never forget watching the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park as the earth shook San Francisco to pieces.
I’ll never forget sitting in Simi Valley on a Sunday afternoon with my new in-laws watching televised confirmation hearings as Clarence Thomas was being grilled like T-bone steak.
I will never forget watching the liberation of Kuwait on CNN in the middle of the night.
Of course, none of us will ever forget the morning of September 11, 2001. I watched in horror as the second plane hit the twin towers.
In the same way, I will never forget Sunday, March 21, 2010, as Rep. Bart Stupak looked me in the eye via CSPAN, and told me he would change his health care reform vote from no to yes. Mr. Stupak said he reached a deal with President Obama to protect unborn human life. But we all knew he had caved to the political pressure and was trying in vain to salvage his party standing, his political career, and whatever normalcy he could restore to his life.
In my house watching TV is less about entertainment and more about education. It is not just uni-directional, it’s interactive. I loudly cheer for my favorite sports team, I am verbally passionate as I react to new stories, and I cried on 9/11. My family is used to my verbal outbursts. They occasionally tease me about the day I threw our television set in the trash after hearing a speech by President George W. Bush that announced the funding of embryonic stem cell research.
But on Sunday, March 21, I sent my wife and children to the YMCA after Mr. Stupak’s press conference. They shouldn’t hear the things I said to that TV. My monologue went on for quite some time, and my dog Shasta’s pinned-back ears let me know that even she didn’t like my tone of voice.
I will never forget this day! It is a day that will go down in infamy as did the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Less than 20 years after the cold war ended, a communist-styled president sits in Ronald Regan’s office and rules with a tyrannical iron fist with the help of his Congressional counterparts. Our once-free nation has slid down the path of totalitarianism faster than if we could have been conquered by the Soviets in 1980.
March 21 did indeed change life as we knew it. The tax payer will be forced to fund abortion that will now increase, ration health care, cut benefits to seniors, and pay higher taxes. Especially hard-hit will be small business owners and middle-class American families. The new law will force all Americans to buy insurance or suffer fines and create over a hundred new government bureaucracies.
Now we can add our nation’s health care system to the list of once private enterprises now under government control along with the banks, manufacturing, housing, and insurance companies.
I won’t forget the events of this day and while they heralded a change for the worst, I vow to be part of the revolution to unravel this mess. And I know I am not alone. Polls show that the majority of the people are already with us.
While politics alone is not the cure for the social ailments that have brought us to this point, it is the vehicle we can use to insure that our changes will be lasting and protected. Let this be a clarion call to the American people that it is time to arise and reclaim our government to make it once again one that is of the people, by the people, and for the people – and that means all of us from the womb to the tomb.