By Nathan A. Cherry
Martinsburg, W.V. – Did you hear about the guy who dared to take on the big, bad liberal machine in Massachusetts and ran for Senate as a conservative? It almost sounds like a sci-fi tale worth retelling. By now we all know it is the story of Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts that defeated state attorney general Martha Coakley. But what makes this stunning upset so interesting is the main talking point of Brown’s campaign, namely health care.
Considering that Massachusetts has not seen a conservative, republican senator in over thirty years, and that President Obama easily captured the state in the 2008 Presidential election, it’s almost surreal to imagine a conservative voice winning this election. But now Mr. Brown and his truck are headed to Washington.
In practically every headline I’ve read about the election healthcare has emerged as the central focus of Brown’s success. Many voters that supported Obama in 2008 voted for Brown simply because he promised to fight the Obama administrations health care overhaul and break up the democratic super-majority in Congress. And why are so many irritated, frustrated, and fed-up with the attempted overhaul of the nation’s health care system? The main reason, it would seem, hinges on the nation’s surprising shift toward life.
A shift in support toward life coupled with opposition of abortion on demand is slowly taking place in America. Since 1991 when over 2,200 abortion clinics were operating the surge towards life has produced such a dramatic drop in the abortion rate that only 712 remain open today. Even many of the well-funded Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are finding it hard to stay open and closing at a rate of more than two per month in 2009. Let’s not forget recent polls that show approximately 61% of Americans oppose federally funded abortion in health care; a bi-partisan group no less. Last but not least, the same poll found that a super-super-majority of Americans, 73%, oppose abortion in nearly every circumstance.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.