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Harwell: America's great battlefield

July 4 always brings pause for serious contemplation.

The obvious question is how it was that a ragtag band of colonists managed to actually win independence from England. But as every native Southerner should know, the July 4 weekend also marks the anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. How the Yankees, who up until then had suffered defeat after embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Rebels, could win the day against the South's greatest commander remains unfathomable.

Such reflections always lead me to consider one of the most beautiful passages of the English language: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. While quietly contemplating each phrase, I most always ponder what it will take for contemporary Americans to ensure "...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Americans are today on another great battlefield of civil war, called "political correctness." Those who would have the minority tail wag the majority dog in multiple arenas of life utilize the courts to argue for Constitutional protection for abnormal behaviors. They seek governmental programs to minister to all sorts of abnormal people to make it appear that we're all created equal.

We are not created equal. We, the human race, may be viewed, equally, as children of our Creator. But people are certainly not created equal in terms of intelligence, physical gifts, aptitude, personality, leadership and cognitive ability.

And so we are met on this "politically correct battlefield." The U.S. government has spent uncounted trillions of dollars instituting care for special needs children in our schools. The compassionate care for children with special needs helps the rest of society feel better about themselves, but these children would be more appropriately placed in Health and Human Services facilities constructed and staffed specifically for them.

We are met on the "politically correct battlefield" of state's rights versus the all-encompassing umbrella of Federal government. States inundated with illegal aliens must adhere to Federal guidelines seeking to ensure the rights of illegal aliens. What? Illegal aliens have no rights! They should all be deported, end of discussion. Is there anyone out there who truly believes that the majority of America's citizens favor granting Constitutional protection to illegal aliens?

We are met on the "politically correct battlefield" featuring remedial courses in college. What? The words "remedial" and "college" should never occur in the same sentence. We're not all meant to go to college.

We are met on the "politically correct battlefield" of sexual orientation. Can any one sane person defend homosexual behavior as anything other than abnormal? Yet the Federal government insinuates that the majority of American citizens favor designating a month to honor lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual behavior.

My detractors will say I'm insensitive. I am not. I have friends who have children with special needs, and my heart breaks for them. I have friends who are homosexual; in almost every instance they are dependable, hard-working, talented people, but have chosen to maintain abnormal sexual relationships. And as a public school teacher, I certainly recognize that children from a deprived background will not have the same advantages enjoyed by children of privilege.

But today, as was the case in 1863, America is met on a great battlefield. And across the board, from special education to illegal aliens to same-sex marriages, special interest groups seek Constitutional protection to be treated as if they were normal.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," wrote Irish philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-1797).

What will it take for this nation, under God, and governed by majority rule, to have a new birth of freedom - one which cherishes the majority opinion? Or shall government of the people, by the people, for the people, perish from the earth?

Nat Harwell is a Covington resident. His column appears Sundays.

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