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Proud to be an American?

September 3, 2021

Roe v. Wade was literally an abortion, foisted on an unsuspecting nation by Mr. Justice Harry Blackmun, a member of the Burger Court that succeeded the “activist” Warren Court of Earl Warren (an Eisenhower appointee).

After death and resignations swept clean members of the Warren Court, the Chief Justice had more conservative Supreme Court associate members: Harry Blackman,  Lewis Powell, William Rehnquist, and John Paul Stevens.

As an attorney Blackmun was Resident Counsel at the Mayo Clinic and did the tax returns for Mayo Clinic physicians. That slim connection to the practice of Medicine qualified Blackmun to speak for the majority in Roe v. Wade.

A reason as ridiculous as that was characteristic of appointees to the Supreme Court of President Richard Nixon and the vapid judicial philosophy of Chief Justice Warren Burger.

If blame for Roe v. Wade must be placed, the trail leads to Richard Nixon and his generation of World War II veterans who may have been taught “Americanism” in high school, but had  no interest in philosophy, theology or ethics.

That has been a dominant characteristic of the generation of World War II Americans who benefited from the classical insights of the generation of the Founding, but not their classical education in Latin, the history of Greece and Rome and the political writings of Marcus Tullius Cicero. They gave us Roe v. Wade.

Earlier in American history, existence of slavery in predominantly Southern States, wealth in New England created by shipping of slaves on Yankee Clippers, and labor intensive agriculture in the South thwarted a compromise between those who sought to abolish the institution of slavery and slave owners. Six hundred and fifty-five thousand battle-related deaths later, slavery was abolished and the American republic began its transformation into a centralized administrative state.

That generation gave us Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), a case that established the principle that African Americans were not citizens of the United States because they were not included under the term “people” of the United States and had no standing as legal persons under the laws of the United States.

One hundred and sixteen years later, after a Civil War and passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868, another Supreme Court justice clumsily affirmed in Roe v. Wade (1973) the principle that the unborn were not legal persons under the laws of the United States.

That decision, called “the gift that keeps on giving,” led to formation of the “Right to Life” movement and a belief of generations of American women who claim they have the right to kill their unborn children.

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