Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 10-8-87 The fight over the nomination of Judge Robe

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Vedic Perspective Editorial Commentary 10-8-87 The fight over the nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the United States Supreme Court prompted President Reagan to say, "Over my dead body!" when asked about Bork's dwindling chances to win Senate confirmation. This major fight over the Bork nomination boils down to the right for legalized abortion. Earlier this year President Reagan made it no secret that he desired to nominate Bork to the Supreme Court in hopes of overturning the 1973 Roe vs. Wade desicion legalizing abortion on demand. Simultaneously, pro-abortionists across the country united to fight against this Reagan tactic and vowed a battle to the very end. People may argue that this is one of this country's greatest qualities: Allowing a majority of the population to decide and to make legislation. That may have been the intention of the founding fathers of this country, but that original democratic ideology could not have taken into account the present interest in atheistic civilization. Although there may be no official polls that take into account if a person is good or evil, when a majority of a country's people decide that abortion is a good convenience, it is a sign that such majority of people are abandoning their religious traditional values despite all outward displays of alliegance to a particular religious faith. And to think that life can go on happily in a Godless fashion is the thinking of an atheist who views religion as primitive and most unscientific. According to the Vedic literatures such as the Shrimad Bhagavatam, one can understand that this is merely the deserved fate of the Kali-yuga population. In this age, there are many people who claim obedience to God and God's laws but in practicality, it is merely for show. So the anti-abortion leaders like President Reagan and Judge Robert Bork may come and go and their efforts to end abortion can only resort in a temporary show of moral concern, but as the progressive march of the Kali- yuga goes on, abortion will only increase as people become more and more godless and addicted to sensual activities. The hard battle now being fought over the abortion issue is being viewed by many as a great moral issue, but as time goes on, there will no longer be anyone of any moral strength to effectively fight the overwhelming civilized decadence brought on by the Kali-yuga. The great force of the illusory energy called maya convinces everyone to think that he is happy desite all miserable conditions of life offered by fate. Therefore by the laws of nature the facility of abortion takes its toll on society and although family life is almost imagination nowadays, people are taking the freedom offered by casual sex as very important without care for such consequenses. The devotees of Lord Krishna know that the present drama in the fight over abortion will go on during the course of the present age of Kali-yuga without any good hope for a favorable outcome. But no matter if the majority of people are enamored by the philosophy of eat, drink and be merry for tommorow we die forever, the devotees know that there is only one progressive march toward lasting happiness and peace. That path is not to agree to various proposals for sensual enjoyment and destructive living, but it means to follow the directions of the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna as given in Vedic literatures like Bhagavad-gita even if it means living contrary to popular trends. --Vaishnava dasa


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