Month: July 2015

History will condemn our inaction on abortion

As the Allied forces marched across Europe in 1945, our troops were shocked upon discovering the concentration camps. Our boys had seen killing, but nothing like that. The camps were death factories, where millions were slaughtered with assembly-line efficiency. Holding pens. Gas chambers. Ovens. And in a particularly ghoulish touch, piles of the remnants the Nazis found useful: shoes, eyeglasses.When Allied commanders demanded explanations from locals (camp overseers had fled), they either claimed ignorance or said they were only following their government’s laws. Generals like George Patton would hear none of it. Obedience to an unjust law, or ignorance of its true effect, is no excuse for inaction. He marched the townspeople through the camps and forced them to witness – to see, to smell – the holocaust that had been happening on a daily basis only a few miles from their homes. In a different way, Americans were marched through our own death factories in recent days as we learned about a series of videos released by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress. The recordings exposed how Planned Parenthood sells organs harvested from murdered babies.“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver,” said Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood abortionist. “So I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”Mary Gattner, another Planned Parenthood official, offered to use a “less crunchy technique” when pulling the dead baby from its mother’s womb. She then joked about…

Republicans have an All-Star bench of presidential candidates

Earlier this month, baseball fans were treated to one of the most talented National League All-Star teams in history. The lineup's performance came in at 15th among the 172 teams assembled since the game was first played, so says the wizards of smart at fivethirtyeight.com. Perhaps it's no coincidence that this year the fans had more to do with choosing the players than the owners or the press. As usual, baseball parallels life. At least 15 major candidates are currently seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. They're an All-Star squad of predominantly conservative talent, with a deep bench of both veterans and rookies. And as with the National League selections, the people are driving the front-runners rather than the establishment or the media. Hopefully we'll see the same outcome. Many Democrats are gleefully predicting doom for the Grand Old Party, though. "It's a circular firing squad," one friend recently told me. AL.com Opinion About the writer J. Pepper Bryars grew up in Mobile and is now a writer living in Huntsville. Contact him at jpepperbryars@gmail.com and jpepperbryars.com.. More opinion on AL.com Nonsense. Any veteran campaign operative will tell you it's always a short-term gain for a candidate to sail through a primary, but a long-term loss if the other party emerges with a battle-tested and confident candidate, whose campaign survived the many primaries and whose network was strengthened. "It's a headache that -- with a few bumps -- could become a nightmare," wrote Jamelle Bouie in Slate.com. "In the…

What’s next in the battle flag flap?

Now that the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia is being officially retired from government seals and capitol grounds across the Deep South, one has to wonder what’s next.That’s hard to predict because this issue is so difficult to discuss. There are those who genuinely, and without malice, consider the flag as an ancestral symbol of their regional pride, strength, and courage. But they’re called racists, which is the worst kind of insult. There are also those who are genuinely, and deeply, hurt by displays of the banner under which an army fought to preserve the enslavement of their ancestors. Yet they’re accused of trying to erase history, one of the worst things a diverse society can do. And then there are the real racists and the real censors. They do indeed exist, and while they’re small in number, they’re dominating the conversation and driving nearly every decision. Reasonable people cannot enter the discussion without being viciously attacked, so they leave. The result is that public officials and business leaders cater to the mob by making sometimes wise, often foolish, decisions. That’s sad. As a proud son of the Deep South who has studied all aspects of our region’s history, I see both sides. On the one hand, when I was very little I first thought the battle flag simply meant that you were from the country, liked to hunt and fish, or that you were a “rebel” of some sort or maybe a biker dude. I never…

Meanwhile, our nation is being invaded

While we're busy ripping ourselves apart over a flag and considering demolishing monuments to soldiers and sailors who fought and died more than 150-years ago, it's important to remember that our nation is currently being invaded by a wave of criminals. Seriously? Well, I was about to write "slowly" invaded because that sounded less reactionary and perhaps softens the news, but slowly doesn't accurately describe the movement; it's nearly a blitzkrieg. During the last two fiscal years, more than 66,000 illegal aliens with criminal records – some with felony convictions – were released into our communities by our own government, according to a recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement. AL.com Opinion About the writer J. Pepper Bryars grew up in Mobile and is now a writer living in Huntsville. Contact him at jpepperbryars@gmail.com and jpepperbryars.com. More opinion on AL.com Save the typical partisan charges of racism. These aren't the garden-variety salt-of-the-earth illegal aliens simply looking for honest labor in the land of opportunity. These are criminals, and last week another American lost her life because her government has utterly failed to secure our southern border and enforce our immigration laws. Kate Steinle, 32, was walking with her father on San Francisco's beautiful Pier 14 last Thursday when she was shot and killed by an illegal alien who had seven felony convictions and had already been deported five times. As her father frantically performed CPR while awaiting help, she kept saying, "Dad, help me, help me," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.…