All right, hear me out! The tide has turned. After decades of resistance, the latest polls show that a slight majority of Americans have now changed their opinions on the issue. It is only a matter of time before it will be resolved. Let’s face it, the tide has turned. Youth are all going in favor. The only ones on the other side are the older generations. State legislatures are changing the laws. It is time to get modern. These people should have the right to live a normal life. They should later have the right to get married, adopt and raise a family! The tide has turned. It is futile to resist. Let’s get on the right side of history!
The issue I am referring to is, of course…abortion. A recent Gallup poll now says that 53% of Americans, many of them young, identify themselves as “pro-life.” If ever there was a dramatic turnaround against all odds, abortion is that issue. If ever the tide has turned, this is one not to be missed.
But the media, ever ready to report dramatic news, have little enthusiasm for this breaking story. They yawn with indifference at the droves of young women marching for life and relish every word of aging feminists parroting their worn-out slogans.
But all this is to be expected. It has long been a favorite tactic of the left to engage in selective tide-watching. Whenever a liberal cause gains some traction in public opinion, the media are all aquiver with expectations of turning tides.
When 31 states passed constitutional amendments in support of traditional marriage, there were yawns aplenty and no talk of rising tides. But when three liberal states narrowly voted for same-sex “marriage” and two others rammed it through their legislatures, the trend became an overwhelming tsunami incapable of being resisted.
The problem is that so many “tides have turned” only to return like real tides. Many times an issue will seem “settled” only to find public opinion return to moral principles and rekindle the debate in the opposite direction. As the abortion debate has proven, not even the Supreme Court can turn tides.
At times, the left will declare the tide has turned and then abandon the issue when the tide returns. At other times, the left will simply ignore the returning tide and shout all the louder, surrounded by the rushing sea, insisting the tide has turned despite all evidence to the contrary.
The tide supposedly turned with the “theory/dogma” of evolution, yet a majority of Americans still believe in creation. There was a time when it seemed the “peak oil” theory was gaining traction, but the ecological left is now silenced by a world awash in fracked oil. Even the famous global warming theory seems to be in trouble as more and more Americans have chilling doubts about it. Such tides have hardly turned.
The lesson to be learned is that, although statesmen must be concerned about public opinion, these issues are not decided by such a fickle factor but upon sound moral and scientific principles and facts. No one builds upon the beach but upon firm foundations away from the raging tides and shifting sands. Why is it not this way with burning moral issues? Let them be decided upon the firm foundation of moral principles and a natural moral law that does not change as both favor the common good. Tides go in and out. Principles and morals endure forever.