What is the True Purpose Of Government?

We’ll be doing our first 2005 Truth Tour on Wednesday, March 23. Call our Holy Week Action News later that day. We will be at Madison and Wacker Drive from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and at the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join us and get your Holy Week off to a good start by showing Christ’s little ones and praying for Terri Schiavo, and by being mocked, cursed and spit upon. You’ll love it.

The True Purpose of Government

Democrats and other liberals are asking why the government should get entangled in the Terri Schiavo case as they did this weekend, coming back to Washington D.C. and voting for a bill to try to save her life, a bill which was signed immediately by President George W. Bush.

Why should the government be involved in a life and death matter? Let us allow the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, answer that. Jefferson put it this way: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Could he have made it any more direct or any more clear?

Governments are all about taking care of the people least able to take care of themselves. Abraham Lincoln Pointed out rather forcefully that governments are of, by and for the people. That’s all governments are about: Protecting the people.

That’s why we have a standing army, police forces, legislators, hospitals, caregivers. It’s all about protecting people.

So the cowardly Democrats either stayed away or mostly spoke against government’s interference in trying to save the life of a sick woman. She’s not dying, so they want to kill her. In any event, it was a small miracle this past weekend when Congress convened, passed a bill to save a human life, and the President of the United States was right there to sign the bill.

The question is still what the Imperial Judiciary will do with it, since, after all, they run the country

Root of the Schiavo Crisis

Terri has worked her way through 19 judges in six courts since 1990. Though she put nothing in writing, her husband suddenly remembered that she had once said she wouldn’t want to have a feeding tube. This was after Michael had received over a million dollars for her rehabilitation, none of which was ever used for that purpose. Since then Michael has wanted her dead.

Most of my callers know the Schiavo story as well as we do or better, but one of the deepest insights into the story appeared recently in the Orlando Sentinel written by Bishop Thomas Wenski and entitled, “The Passion of Terri Schiavo.” What he says is found in Pope John Paul II’s new book, Memory and Identity, which says the crisis of our age is rooted in the presumption that we can decide for ourselves what is good and what is evil, without any reference to God at all.

Yet the Decalogue, the expression of the divine positive law, is more than a religious code. It is a reflection of the natural law, the law written on the heart of man. In brief, we cannot not know that it is wrong to kill an innocent human being.

That we nevertheless do kill is evidence of the misterium iniquitatis at work in the world. When we do kill we usually look for some excuse or alibi for doing it. We rationalize what we are doing. We don’t abort babies, but we simply remove products of conception. We don’t murder unarmed civilians, we engage in ethnic cleansing.

And in Terri’s case we simply turn a person into a vegetable, and there’s nothing wrong with destroying vegetables.

But as members of the human race we are all interdependent on each other and the mark of a civilized society is that the helpless have the greatest claim on our protection. But the misterium iniquitatis is ultimately overcome through the misterium crucis. And this is our only hope.

Terri will cry out in her muted voice, “I thirst,” just as Christ did in his own passion. And while we hope her thirst will be quenched, it will ultimately lead to union with God. We are keeping our hopes up and will have a special pamphlet on Terri at our Face the Truth Tour Wednesday, as we announced on Drew Mariani’s Show Monday.

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