"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth ... a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, can long endure ... we here resolve that ... this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."
–Abraham Lincoln, from The Gettysburg Address
"We are all just prisoners here of our own device ... you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. Welcome to the Hotel California ..."
–Don Henley, from "Hotel California" by the Eagles
I suppose that in many respects, the California Supreme Court's recent ruling to legalize gay marriage was the last straw to conservative Christians, the cannon shot that could start a full-scale culture war. Sure, their decision was both arrogant (flying in the face of what the majority of the people in California wanted) and decadent (basically proclaiming that any human union was as good as any other) but it was merely symptomatic of what the liberal intelligentsia had long espoused. And while these Democrats of the dammed are still the minority, they are fully convinced that their new pleasant-appearing, sweet-talking dealer of death has duped enough Generation Next voters to become the next president of these (once) United States. And if this unspeakable catastrophe indeed comes to pass, those faithful pro-lifers still left in this land may have no choice than to respond with our nation's second Civil War.
As Abraham Lincoln so concisely demonstrated almost a century and a half ago, the notion of a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" had become so foreign to a substantial segment of our southern population that the moral majority had no choice but to fight to bring this freedom back. Thanks largely to the fearless leadership of perhaps our nation's most God-fearing president, the northern states won this war, and the once and future United States outlawed slavery, and our country began it's nearly 100-year trek back to liberty. But just when our nation had finally gotten past the enforced prejudice by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on June 7th, 1965, the Supreme Court, with Griswold v. Connecticut, opened up a fatal can of worms by legalizing artificial contraception in the form of "the Pill". Few, outside of Pope Paul VI and his courageous encyclical Humane Vitae, realized it at the time, but just as "Desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it brings forth death" (James 1:15), so the contraceptive mentality gave way to Roe v. Wade (1973), and abortion on demand led to the anti-family gay marriage and civil union rulings that are taking place today.
Fortunately, all is not lost—yet! While it's true that John McCain was not the best man the Republicans could have nominated, he is far from the worst (indeed his one divorce and later re-marriage to a younger, richer model seems smack in between Mike Huckabee's lifelong union and Rudy Guliani's trifecta of messed-up marriages) and his faults are not grave enough to not get your vote. First of all, the best candidate, Huckabee, is still in the running for VP, so we must continue to pray and petition Johnny Mac (and Jesus Christ) so that the truest pro-life voice in contention is picked as running mate. But even if this fails, remember that the McCain's not only have adopted a child, but this babe came from the arms of Blessed Mother Teresa herself—and that child has grown to affect them more powerfully with each passing day.
And what, pray tell, is the alternative? Know that if Obama wins the election, educators such as myself will be forced to resign from public schools for refusing to teach that New-Age parents Johnnie and Matt are just as moral (and normal) as the traditional John and Mary, that priests will be arrested and charged with hate crimes for preaching that practicing homosexuality is sinful, and doctors will be disbarred for not taking the new "Hypocritic" Oath requiring them to not only approve, but perform, abortions. On that day, we will be forced to guard our cathedrals with cannons, protect our holy hospitals with hidden handguns, and storm their abortuaries to rescue the unborn (and their mothers) from being killed (and wounded) against their (and His) will. For as in the time of Lincoln, we have arrived at an era in our nation's history where the United States will experience a rebirth of freedom ... or perish from the face of the earth.