I happened to hear the following on C-SPAN yesterday. It is from a special orders speech by Trent Franks (R-AR).
Today has been sort of a remembrance of heroes. We’ve talked a lot about George Bush, we’ve talked a lot about Abraham Lincoln. In a sense, it is so appropriate to do that on January 22, isn’t it? Because we are reminded that, just as America was used after 6,000 years of rampant slavery in the world, we were the ones that had a moral conflict with it. And yes, we had a little disagreement called the Civil War over it, but we were used of God to change this tragedy of slavery, and now it is at least discredited all over the planet. And I believe that this country will be the country that will lead the world to discredit this tragic practice of killing our children before they’re born.
My first reaction was “Why haven’t I heard of this guy before? I mean, that’s some industrial grade dumbth. That’s like Steve King level stupid.”
As it turns out, Franks’s words just prior to when I tuned in were:
Mr. Speaker, it has been an absolute honor to serve with Steve King in this body. He and I came in as freshmen a little over 6 years ago. And time has a way of getting away from all of us, but I just want him to understand what a hero I think he is.
Then, following the first statement quoted above, which presumably imparted a fair number of RPMs to the bones of Billy Wilberforce, Franks suggests that Americans ought to “remember what makes us special. And what makes us special is because we once held these truths to be self-evident…”, and he provides TJ’s list.
In other words, according to Franks, Americans are special not for anything we’re doing now, but for something we used to believe, something that, I’m forced to presume, nobody else ever bothered thinking, perhaps because we’ve been treating TJ’s ideas as trade secrets for over two centuries.
Franks closes: “God bless George Bush. God bless Abraham Lincoln. God bless every little unborn child trying to come to this country and to walk in the freedom of American liberty. And God bless America.”
American fetuses– even the ones that don’t have nervous systems yet — just know these things. When we say “Let freedom ring”, it’s really so the fetuses can hear it and be happy they’re being born somewhere without socialized health care.
And all of this is just the tail end of an hour-long special orders session featuring Franks, Steve King (R-IA), and Mike Pence (R-IN), which they call the “Sunset Memorial”:
You see, it is January 22, 2009, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. And before this sunset today in America, almost 4,000 more defenseless unborn children were killed by abortion on demand. That is just today, Mr. Speaker. That is just today, 36 years to the day from Roe versus Wade. That is more than the number of innocent lives lost on September 11th in this country, but it happens every day.
Or put another way, 4,000 more pregnant women, whether due to a lack of the personal or financial resources that would allow them to help a child thrive, to medical exigencies, to the fact they were impregnated by a rapist, or to some uncategorizable set of unfortunate circumstances, were put in the unenviable position of concluding that the best way forward — for themselves and also, perhaps, for any future children they might desire — would be to terminate their pregnancies. However, don’t expect Franks to talk about women with full and complex lives who struggle to reach decisions — except to warn them that they will be mysteriously “not quite the same” for their choice.
Here’s the full transcript of Franks’s initial remarks. Given that the chance of any given sentence containing at least one logical, historical, scientific, or rhetorical howler is close to 100%, it is probably well worth the time of anyone feeling shrill and blogofascisty. Gluttons for punishment can check out Pence and King too.
I’ll include a few more quotes from Franks, but for the full “George W. Bush = demigod” effect, you’ll have to go read the whole thing:
since we have made a great transition in this country, I feel as if it is also appropriate for me tonight to say some words in tribute to one George Walker Bush who had the courage, the commitment and the compassion in his soul to stand up for these little babies who couldn’t stand up for themselves.
In his Presidency, George Bush faced the catastrophic disaster of September 11, the deadliest terrorist attack or any other enemy attack against America in her entire history. He faced the calamity of Hurricane Katrina, one of the five deadliest storms to ever strike American soil. And then President Bush faced a worldwide financial crisis demonstrated by the largest 1-day drop in the Dow Jones in the history of the Nation.
Now, Mr. Speaker, any sane mind knows President Bush did not cause any of those disasters to happen. And any honest mind knows that his response to those disasters was due to trying to do what he truly thought was the right thing for the country instead of what was right for him politically.
President Bush was willing to fight, not because he hated what was in front of him, but because he loved what was behind him. He loved America. He loved freedom. And he loved the innocent.
there are many reasons I will remember President George W. Bush. I will remember him for his courage. I will remember him for his patriotism, for his love of freedom, for his thankful heart and his commitment to human dignity and protecting, once again, those innocents that could not protect themselves. I will remember him because he vowed to keep us safe, and he did. I will remember him because he saw the greatness in America. And the greatness of America always lived in his own heart. I will remember him because he recognized that indeed there is a good and evil in this world. I will remember him because he rejected the liberal intelligentsia’s posture that there was moral equivalence between murdering innocents to advance an ideology and liberating the innocent to advance freedom.
Anyone know what that last bit even means? And if “President Bush was willing to fight, not because he hated what was in front of him, but because he loved what was behind him” isn’t the best straight line you’re likely to get all day…