- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 17, 2002

'The battle of Poolesville'

Kudos to Tom Knott for his rousing denunciation of Richard Regan, local "Indian fighter" and quasi-celebrity ("Perpetually offended mobilize for another scalping," Life, Thursday). Mr. Regan is nothing more than a provocateur whose opinions and activities were repudiated even by his creator, Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
Mr. Knott mentions Montgomery County and its school board for its unwavering failure to defend democracy and the will of the people. Indeed, I was present at the battle of Poolesville High, when Mr. Regan wanted the Indian mascot trashed. I listened to his idle rumblings and Berkeley-esque assault on tradition and honor. I watched as the students voted to soundly defeat his inane request and sent him packing. But never fear, the county's superintendent of schools, Jerry D. Weast, and his band of bumbling bureaucrats altered the vote with strong-arm tactics more in line with the actions of Al Capone. To have a school threatened with the loss of its athletic program if it does not fall in line with a mascot name change is an offense in more than just name blackmail and extortion come to mind.
Of course, bribery entered the picture, as well. A new football stadium, new furniture, new logos and more attest to the fact that new traditions indeed can be purchased. The Indian spirit still resides in Poolesville and screams its independence from the "Go Indians" sign emblazoned across the town's giant water tower. Falcons may now play on the field, but Indians will always be close by.
Gov.-elect Bob Ehrlich could do far worse on his first day in office than to remove Mr. Regan and dissolve the abusive state Commission on Indian Affairs before our "vanishing Americans" are gone forever.

Wilson Faris

Dark days for America and conservatism

The Republican euphoria that followed the midterm election is understandable, but did the election mark, as Donald Lambro suggests, the ascendancy of conservative values over liberalism ("Dark days begin for the Democrats," Commentary, Monday)? As he noted, the vote most dramatically reflected a backlash against high taxation. Beyond that single issue, the popularity of President Bush and the threat to this nation posed by the worldwide Islamic holy war clearly were determining factors.
Granting due respect to Mr. Lambro's views, it is far too soon to suggest that conservative values decided the election and will affect the future of the Democratic Party. The cold reality suggests that liberalism continues to affect our lives and is being extended and increased by Republican legislative initiatives.
A brief look at key areas of our national life reveals the truth of this.
Our educational system is controlled by the federal Department of Education and serves as little more than a vehicle for the indoctrination of students to accept liberal concepts of feminism and alternative sexual practices and to suffer the near-total ignorance of American history, our governmental system and capitalism as the basis of our economy. Under Mr. Bush, Congress voted $49 billion to continue this travesty.
The liberal environmental agenda known as "sustainable development" is pursued by many governmental agencies engaged in seizing more and more of the nation's land mass, including private property forcibly purchased from so-called "willing sellers." Programs continue to restrict extraction industries dependent on our natural resources and to harm the economic interests of our nation's ranchers and farmers. Meanwhile, our nation's infrastructure of roads and bridges goes begging for funding.
Finally, there is the so-called "homeland security" agenda of the Bush administration, which threatens to strip all Americans of various constitutional protections. The idea of handing over vast powers to a single agency, unrestricted in its ability to search one's home or communications, and of accepting the imposition of a national ID card is the very antithesis of the freedoms generations have fought and died to protect.
Other than ridding America of the obstructionism of the socialist Democratic Party, the powers granted to the Republican Party exceed the wildest dreams of the most authoritarian government. These aren't just dark days for Democrats, they are dark days for freedom in America, and they are a full-scale attack on conservative values.

American Policy Center
Warrenton, Va.

Roe vs. Wade illogical

Bruce Fein's column on President Bush's prospective judicial appointments states, as a matter of fact, that Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned simply because it has been a judicial edict for 30 years ("A judicial revolution," Commentary, Tuesday). His passive acceptance that this decision is permanent strikes me as incredible.
Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that Roe was a horrible decision, not simply because it struck down legal protection for unborn children, but because it is logically bankrupt and void of any intelligent argument.
If former Justice Harry A. Blackmun were to say today, in an age of 3-D ultrasound and intrauterine surgery, that science and medicine do not know what is alive in the womb, he would be laughed at as an idiot.
Indeed, even in 1973, prominent court watchers exclaimed that the reasoning of Roe was suspect. For example, Harvard law professor John Hart Ely noted: "It is, nevertheless a bad decision. It is bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to be."
One need not look long into the history of the Supreme Court to see that bad decisions on such issues as slavery, segregation, substantive due process had to be overturned to protect the people of this country and to restore the balance of powers among the three branches.
Given the knowledge we have of life in the womb, anything less than full protection of that human life renders this current society no less accountable to history than our forebears who allowed slavery and segregation. How difficult would it be to say that the Fifth and the 14th amendments to the Constitution protect all human beings? And how difficult would it be to finally admit that medical and scientific evidence proves the humanity of the unborn child?

Arizona Right to Life

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