How Will You Be Remembered

Authored by Steve Briscoe

I heard a line in a movie once that I thought was very profound, “What you do in life, echoes in eternity.” The movie was a fictional account of how an individual persevered while facing insurmountable odds. Some reading this may know what movie I’m talking about, but the movie is not the premise of this narrative.

Everything we say, everything we do, our every action is remembered by someone. The compilation of these “remembrances” is our legacy. Our legacy is how we will be remembered. How will we be remembered? How will you be remembered? Did you make every attempt to go to work every day and support your family? Did you go the extra step and extend your hand to others you knew needed assistance? Do you do for others as often as you can or do you wait impatiently for others to do for you? Do you cling to integrity or do you bend left or right of center based on the opinion of others.

Everything we say, do, think, and see has molded us into who we are today. Our experiences, both good and bad, have added fabric to the material that makes us who we are. Who we are will dictate our actions and our actions expose our worth. Doing the right thing is usually harder than doing the popular thing, but both carry direct and/or indirect consequences to ourselves and to those around us. Your actions will inscribe a memory in the minds of your family, friends, associates, and strangers. These actions, when witnessed by others, can change the course of a life; this change can be for the betterment of the witness or it can direct them down a slop of which they may not return.

Will the memory of you bring a smile or will it bring a dismal response? Will you be remembered fondly or will that memory bring a chill of contempt? Will you be remembered at all? There are several names from history and will never be forgotten, some good and some bad. Names like Hitler, Gandhi, Mandela, Gangis Khan, Sgt York, the Wright Brothers, Lincoln, Stalin… all are names that resound in history. Had Sgt York not acted selflessly that one time it is possible you would not know his name and it is very possible that day during WWI would have ended very differently. Had Nelson Mandela let depression and hate take over his persona what would have been the outcome? What if Hitler had not had an overly stern father who abused him but rather a father that cultivated in young Adolf that desire to paint pictures?  Most of us will not go down in the history books. We will live our lives and then fade closer and closer to total obscurity with each passing generation. The best we can hope for is to affect those around us in the present and hope, once we are gone, we will be remembered by family, friends and associates as a person of worth. If we are lucky our worth will be passed on to someone who will carry on, someone we have affected in a positive way.

By our actions we display a right way or a wrong way to our children and those with whom we have influence. I suspect, if the truth be told, we will pass on both right and wrong; both ends of the spectrum. Hopefully the positive side of the spectrum will carry more weight – hopefully. It is a good bet that three generations from now no one will know your name or know what or who you were, but you can have a positive effect on that generation if you have a positive effect on this generation because that piece of you passed to those around you may be passed on to subsequent generations.

Whether you want to or not you will affect those around you. By your actions, either good or bad, you will bestow upon someone a piece of fabric that will intertwine itself into who and what they will become and they, in turn, will pass it on to those around them. That is a great responsibility, one you may not acknowledge, but it is there nonetheless. What you do today will echo into the next generation and perhaps beyond. Please take that into account when you are faced with an option that requires a hard decision; others are watching and others will be affected. Think of who you are, who you want to be, and how you want to be remembered.

© 2019 Steve Briscoe All Rights Reserved

HEARTBEAT BILLS COULD LEAD TO ROE V WADE REPEAL

By Kelleigh Nelson

“The NY legislature has created a new Auschwitz dedicated to the execution of a whole segment of defenseless citizens. Satan is smiling.”  Charlie Daniels

“Instead of baby we say fetus; instead of killing we say aborting; instead of dissect we say research; instead of extermination chambers we say abortion clinics.”  Chuck Norris, 2014

And we call it pro-choice instead of murder of unborn babies.  So many euphemisms to hide the truth of this evil.  Many endangered species are protected and heavy fines and jail time result for the destruction of these creatures.  But our human babies are destroyed at the rate of 4,000 per day and we are now approaching 70 million dead children.  Many Americans are not aware that for nearly all of our country’s existence, taking the life of a baby in the womb was prohibited. 

Everything began to change in 1967 after years of organized campaigns by pro-aborts. In 1962, Sherri Finkbine, of Phoenix, Arizona Romper Room fame, had taken a sleeping pill her husband brought back from London.  It was Thalidomide, a drug known for causing severe abnormalities of embryos.  This drug was prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness and extreme nausea.  Finkbine traveled to Sweden for an abortion.  Her situation was used in campaigns to legalize the murder of unborn babies.

By 1970, four states, New York, Alaska, Hawaii and Washington passed laws that basically allowed abortion on demand.  Of those four, New York’s was the only law without a residency requirement and the state quickly became the nation’s abortion capital.

Just recently, New York’s Governor Cuomo was gleeful that he had signed the Reproductive Health Act, (another euphemistic term to describe baby murder) to allow abortion up to and even after birth, should a baby survive the abortion.  Other states are now following New York’s lead once again. The Governor said he was doing nothing more than codifying Roe v Wade.  This however is untrue, Roe only allowed abortion up to viability of the gestating child…24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy.  Yet, nothing in Roe stops the states from killing babies after viability and up to birth.

The New York bill is also part of a broader trend of left-wing states codifying a “right” to abortion in anticipation of a future Supreme Court ruling that could reverse Roe, restoring states’ ability to ban abortion themselves and automatically banning it in the handful of states with pre-Roe bans still on the books as we have in Tennessee.

Prior to Roe, only 20 states allowed abortion and 30 disallowed it.  It was strictly a state issue, and should have remained as such, because “abortion” is outside the scope of powers delegated to the federal government over the country at large.  Had it remained a state issue, many more Americans would be alive today.

Abortion Mills

Many abortion clinics do not even meet basic building codes for emergency access.  Jill Stanek took the following pictures of a Birmingham abortion mill who had two botched abortions in one day.

The abortion industry routinely offers women grisly and unsanitary facilities. Deplorable conditions exist because of a lack of state or county inspections.  The Kermit Gosnell abortion mill was just one of thousands who are never inspected and were filthy.

Abortion is far more dangerous to the woman’s health than carrying the baby to birth.  We don’t know how many women are dying from abortions because the numbers are not being kept.  Neither do we have the numbers of women who have committed suicide because they murdered their own babies.  The CDC even says that only 45 of the 50 states in the United States actually keep abortion records. We really don’t know how many abortions are being done in the United States and we know even less about the complications and deaths.

Ultrasounds

Many of the heartbeat bills are written requiring abortion providers to listen for a heartbeat, but not all specify ultrasounds. Since the mid-1990s, several states have moved to make ultrasound a requirement prior to abortion, and I’m hoping more will do the same.

Qualified ultrasound providers can easily find a baby’s heartbeat after only a few weeks of gestation.  Save the Storks has built 40+ Stork Bus mobile medical units to help mothers make the choice to give life to 4,000+ babies. Save the Storks partners with local pregnancy resource centers to inform an expecting mother of all of her options so that she can make the best choice for herself and give life to her baby.

They save four out of five babies whose mothers board the Stork Bus for an ultrasound. Strong laws for ultrasound before abortion could save many more babies.


Fourteen states require verbal counseling or written materials to include information on accessing ultrasound services.  Twenty-six states regulate the provision of ultrasound by abortion providers. Three of those states, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin—require the abortion provider to display and describe the ultrasound image. Guttmacher.org, a pro-abortion website, lists the state laws and policies and requirements for ultrasound.

States have passed several laws inhibiting abortions… waiting periods, restrictions on health insurance coverage, bans after 20 weeks of pregnancy because of infant pain, requirements that clinics meet ambulatory surgical center standards or requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges and regulations for clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards, ultrasounds and now the heartbeat bills.  If you’ve never watched Silent Scream about an abortion on a twelve-week-old unborn baby, the short movie proves there is extreme pain for these little ones.

Heartbeat Bills

Do I trust abortion providers to tell a pregnant woman her child has a heartbeat?  I don’t, but new laws and regulations can actually save more babies.  The heartbeat bills have nearly all been challenged by federal courts, but states need to keep passing them.  And here’s why…

I asked three attorneys to explain to me the purpose of pushing the heartbeat bills when they are consistently struck down.  Two of those attorneys spoke in legal terms that still didn’t make it clear as to why the politics of these bills are so important.  Finally, I asked another attorney to please explain it to me in layman’s terms.  The heartbeat bills have to do with the strategy of positioning an issue so that the US Supreme Court will review it.

My friend explained the structure of the federal court system, and stripped it down to the essentials we need to know regarding the necessity of pushing for more heartbeat bills to be passed in state legislatures and signed by the Governors.

1.There are about 93 federal district courts throughout the Country. Most lawsuits filed in federal court are initially filed in a federal district court.

2. In every lawsuit [which isn’t settled] one side loses. The side which loses generally has the right to appeal his cases.  His appeal is filed in one of the 13 US Circuit Courts of Appeal [there are some additional “specialty” Circuit Courts which aren’t relevant to this issue]. One side will lose in the appellate court.  But not every party who loses in one of the US Circuit Court of Appeals has the right to appeal to the US Supreme Court.  The US Supreme Court couldn’t possibly hear all of the cases which are heard by all of the 13 US Circuit Courts of Appeal!

3. There are “filters” by means of which the US Supreme Court decides which cases from the 13 Circuit Courts of Appeal they will hear.   One of the best ways to get the US Supreme Court to review an issue is to show the US Supreme Court that there is a “conflict among the Circuits”:  So if you can show the US Supreme Court that so and so Circuits Courts have ruled this way – but such and such Circuit Court ruled the opposite way, you are showing a “conflict” among the Circuits and your chances of getting the US Supreme Court to review the issue skyrocket.

Ultimately, we want a lot of states to file heartbeat bills knowing that they will all get sued and that most of the Circuit Courts of Appeal will rule in favor of the baby killers. However, if the pro-life people can get just one Circuit to rule in favor of LIFE; then, they can show “conflict jurisdiction” to the US Supreme Court and perhaps they will overturn Roe v. Wade.

My attorney friend explained, “It’s a classic strategy – though I personally opt for the nullification remedy.  Still, there is no reason both remedies couldn’t be used – and the US Supreme Court might be more likely to overturn Roe v. Wade if some States have already manned up and nullified Roe v. Wade.  State heartbeat bills are fully constitutional – this is one of the issues reserved to the States or The People.”

Conclusion

There you have it.  Was my previous article wrong?  Maybe it was.  But here’s the thing…we have a slim chance with the heartbeat bills to get one Circuit Court to rule for the babies, and as my friend said, “Isn’t the money spent by the states worth trying to save babies?”  Yes, it is.

We need one challenged state heartbeat bill where a Circuit Court of Appeals rules for the babies.  Thus, we must urge the state legislators to write superb heartbeat bills, pass them in both houses of the legislature, and have them signed by the Governor.  Getting a case to the Supreme Court can take three to five years.  This gives our President time to possibly fill the court with another pro-life justice should either Justice Ginsburg or Breyer leave the court.  Amy Coney Barrett is a great pro-life choice.  Of course, timing is everything.

© 2019 Kelleigh Nelson All Rights Reserved

OPINION: Is It Compromise? Or Is It Surrender?

By Dee Armstrong

Mom told us many times that nothing good happens after midnight. That’s probably true for the bar crowd, dance clubs, and one-night stands. As a writer, I disagree with that idiom. Some of my best ideas pop up while I’m struggling to sleep. The streaming thoughts are screaming to get out of my head. One of the well-earned perks of being retired—and just plain old—is the opportunity to get up in the middle of the night and throw those thoughts onto the computer screen. At least I can get them out of my head and maybe get some sleep. I can always edit a bad page, but I can’t edit a blank page.

One such subject popped up early this morning. I listened to Tucker Carlson talk about the importance of political compromise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjZJtKKUKVc

He’s right that our Congress is obligated to come to compromise to get the job done, now and historically. However, certain things should NOT be on the table. I can think of three categories that shouldn’t be compromised: 1) those things that violate or infringe on our constitutional rights; 2) things that endanger our great nation and its citizens, and 3) things that go against our core values on which this nation was founded.  I’ve often thought our elected officials should be required to include in every bill unquestionable evidence that the bill doesn’t violate any of these principles. Better yet, let each bill provide evidence of how it upholds our Constitution, our safety and security, and our core values.

The most mundane analogy I can come up with on this compromise topic is dating. It’s been a very long while—decades—since I dated, but my memory still is intact, thank the good Lord. If a date wanted to eat at a Thai restaurant, I could compromise, even though I’m not crazy about Thai food. However, if he wanted to draw a line of cocaine as dessert, that’s where I draw MY line of no, no, and hell no. A rather elementary analogy. Choosing a mate involves compromise, but I refuse to tolerate someone who embraces cheating, atheism, drug use, financial irresponsibility, “open” marriage. Leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor? I can compromise on that, although I may not like it much.

I just thought of a public compromise with which I can live. At Walmart, I can go down another aisle when shoppers block that aisle. I don’t like it, and I consider those shoppers rude, but  I can compromise without my core values getting challenged.

To bring compromise to the table on a woman’s “right to choose,” well, that’s just plain wrong. That compromise means a surrender of someone’s life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. A dead baby, born or unborn, has no chance at liberty and certainly cannot pursue happiness. If I compromise on this issue, I surrender my core value of revering God-given life. Women should not have the power of deciding an innocent and helpless human’s life or death, regardless of the fact that they reside in the womb. Once conception takes place, I see a woman’s body as an incubator for another human life. We, as women, must understand the consequences and/or rewards of a pregnancy. Same goes for men. And don’t tell me I don’t know what it’s like to face the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy. I do. So there.

The other issue I see as void of compromise is the immigration crisis. Breaking the law is not a compromise—it’s a crime. If you don’t want illegal immigration to be a crime, CHANGE THE LAW. And if you attempt to change the law, you’d better have some strong justification to do so without placing our people in jeopardy.

I could never understand how Roe v Wade got through the Supreme Court. I can not understand how sanctuary cities consider themselves lawful. And that’s just two out-front issues. I could go on and on, but it’s 4 degrees here this morning, and I must bring in more firewood for our woodstove.  No compromise on that!

Be safe, stay aware, and thanks for reading!

© 2019 Dee Armstrong All Rights Reserved