Has The Tide Turned?

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, which is ever ready to report dramatic shifts in public opinion, has little enthusiasm for this breaking story. They yawn with indifference at the droves of young women marching for life on the nation’s streets and relish every word of aging feminists parroting their worn-out slogans. With every abortion clinic closure, they decry the return to “back-alley” abortions; they simply ignore the “front-alley” legal abortions that horrified the nation in the Gosnell abortion murder trial.

But all this is to be expected. It has long been a favorite tactic of those working against a culture of life to engage in selective tide-watching. Whenever one of their causes gains some traction in public opinion, the media are all aquiver with expectations of turning tides. When a pro-family issue gains traction, it is portrayed as a puzzling rise of bigotry and ignorance.

The perfect example is the traditional marriage issue. When 31 states passed state constitutional amendments in support of traditional marriage, often with large margins, there were yawns aplenty and no talk of rising tides. But when three states narrowly voted for same-sex “marriage,” two others rammed it through their legislatures, and the Supreme Court makes two favorable rulings, the trend became an overwhelming tsunami incapable of being resisted.

Such a conclusion is strangely deterministic for advocates who speak in the name of “freedom” and “choice.” This manner of acting does not reflect the true nature of tides. Tides go in and out. Thus, people in favor of a culture of death may create momentum for their causes but they face great difficulty in maintaining it.

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Indeed, so many times the public has been told that the “tide has turned” only to see it return like real tides. How many times has an issue been proclaimed “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.

The lesson to be learned is that, although statesmen must be concerned about public opinion, these burning moral issues cannot be decided by the fickle whims of human sentiments 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.

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author. His writings have appeared worldwide including in The Wall Street Journal, FOX News, The Christian Post, The Washington Times, ABC News, C-SPAN as well as other publications and websites. For more than two decades he has been researching and writing about the socio-economic crisis inside the United States that has culminated in the ground-breaking release of his new book Return to Order. Mr. Horvat lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania where he heads the Tradition, Family, and Property Commission on American Studies.
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