- The Washington Times - Monday, September 5, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Either you’re for states’ rights or you’re not. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made himself a national political figure by being in the vanguard of the current states’ rights resurgence within conservative circles. During his gubernatorial primary battle with Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, he became one of its spokesmen.

But there is a difference between a position and a conviction. A position is something you hold for various reasons, such as that it’s convenient or profitable to do so or it’s your current line of reasoning. When your position is challenged, you either act on it or you change your position, depending on whether the position stands up to scrutiny or is worth fighting for.

However, a conviction is something you just are. It’s innate to your moral fiber. It’s so true to you that to act on it is instinctive. Because of that, you are compelled to act on a conviction regardless of the consequences.

This is the moment to find out of if Mr. Perry has a position on states’ rights or a conviction.

A federal judge is challenging the jurisdiction of the sovereign state of Texas to regulate baby murder through new legislation that says you have to jump though a few hoops and then you can kill the baby. For the moment, I will set aside the silly and immoral notion of regulating baby murder as opposed to pursuing policies that might stop it. For the sake of this argument, I’ll grant the point that these consistently morally inconsistent pieces of legislation are actually meant to promote the sanctity of life.

Along those lines, this federal judge is saying that Texas has no right to protect life within its borders. By doing so, this judge is violating the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says no person “shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”

This federal judge also has violated the 10th Amendment, which says that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” There is nothing in the Constitution that legalizes the practice of killing unborn children, unless it’s hidden right next to that mystifying “separation of church and state” language that always seems to escape my grasp.

If Mr. Perry is a true proponent of states’ rights, not to mention if he wants to prove to Christians that the repentance he urged at his much-vilified prayer event was sincere, he has a moral obligation to act on behalf of both the sanctity of life and states’ rights.

Texan Wayne Hamilton, an aide to Mr. Perry, was a key adviser in our victorious judicial retention election here in Iowa last year, which ousted three judges who had attempted to violate their oaths of office to uphold and defend the Constitution, so you would think Mr. Perry understands what’s at stake here.

That’s why this election isn’t just about beating President Obama; it’s really about preserving the American way of life. Since Ronald Reagan’s first term challenged the very core of the American left, the left has been steadily and forcefully advancing its mission of remaking this country in the image of every other failed system of government known to man. And it’s happened in Republican and Democrat administrations; only the pace of the slouch toward Western Europe has varied.

Beating Mr. Obama is a necessary step toward preserving our way of life, but the battle hardly ends there. The left has an entire generation head-start on those of us who believe in limited government, individual liberty and Judeo-Christian ethics. To replace Mr. Obama with a Republican whose philosophy of governance leaves the left’s power structure in place will make for another meaningless election in the long run.

We don’t need positional Republicans, conservatives or even this emerging new breed of “conservatarians.” What we need is someone with the courage of conviction to challenge the system - someone who will not just stop the new bad stuff the left wants to do but will fight back to repeal all of the old bad stuff it already has done. Our very survival as a civilization - not just the next election cycle - is really what’s at stake.

In other words, we need someone who is truly “Fed Up,” as Mr. Perry claims to be in the title of his recent book.

Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated radio host who began his career with 1040-WHO in Des Moines, where Ronald Reagan began his broadcasting career.

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