Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Gary Bauer Lectures At Roger Williams University

Last night, Gary Bauer, former Republican candidate for the President in 2000, spoke to a group of students and other interested citizens at Roger Williams University. Mr. Bauer was a former Under-Secretary of Education and Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Bauer was introduced by Roy Nirschel Ph.D., the university president. Dr. Nirschel was emphatic in declaring a policy at Roger Williams that welcomes speakers representing both conservative and liberal philosophy for respectful debate. How about that!!!!

Gary Bauer, a Christian conservative, delivered a speech that focused on what he described as the two wars going on in America today.

The first , and most obvious, is our war against , as he describes it, Islamo-fascism. He was clear in separating Wahhabism from mainstream Islam. He,in fact, sees an internal struggle between a minority extremist Wahhabism and the majority of mainstream Muslims in defining the public face of their religion. Interestingly on September 11th, 2001, Mr. Bauer was in a traffic jam just 70 yards from the Pentagon, when the airliner plunged into our defense center. Ultimately, he sees no alternative for U.S. policy but to defeat the enemy both militarily and idealogically in order to preserve western values and under no circumstances should this policy depend on the opinion of France.

The next war going on in the U.S., according to Mr. Bauer, is a domestic war of competing values. He touched on subjects like redefining marriage, judicial tyranny and God in the public square. An interesting anecdote he shared concerning God's role in the formation of our nation began with the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

His contention is that this sentence in the Declaration defines our being as a nation. In this context, he related that during his campaign for the Presidency in 2000, he had visited over 100 high schools across the U.S. At each high school he offered any student a $10 bill if he/she could quote this specific sentence from the Declaration of Independence. He even started the sentence by offering the first couple of words. Sadly, he passed out only 3 ten-dollar bills in total! He then transitioned to the deocratic protests at Tiananmen Square, China in 1989. The irony, as he described the scene, was that many of the protesting Chinese students were waving copies of our Declaration of Independence in an attempt to secure similar freedom in their grossly oppressive country.

In all, I left with the impression that the United States would be greatly served if their were more Gary Bauer's participating in our federal government.