January 10, 2001
volume 12, no. 10
Linda Chavez.
The Trademark of Christianity

    "I've not led a perfect life. I don't think anybody has. I'm not Mother Teresa. However, I have tried to do right by people who have been in need." Those words were spoken by Linda Chavez yesterday afternoon in her press conference she had called to withdraw her name for consideration as Secretary of Labor.

    In that statement she is right, she has not led a perfect life, no one has other than Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother who was born without Original Sin. Other than that, no one has led a perfect life. Nada. But when it comes to the liberal pro aborts one must be perfect to pass their scrutiny. Ten days from ridding the country of the most corrupt administration in history, the left is still holding a double standard that reeks of hypocrisy.

    Linda Chavez, by light of what she has done should be a symbol to all Christians of standing up for what is right. We're not talking about withdrawing one's name or any of her political leanings. This isn't about politics, it's about living the Gospel. By now everyone knows that Chavez was crucified by liberals because she harbored an illegal alien, because she "tried to do right by people who have been in need." Should we be surprised that she withdrew? Yes and no. We should be surprised because I think President-elect George W. Bush would have continued to stand behind her, would have fought for her and so would her supporters. And the pro aborts would have launched every weapon in their arsenal at her. She was going to be the "trial balloon," if you will, a dress rehearsal for the real game the pro aborts are going after: former Senator John Ashcroft, Bush's pick for Attorney General. His nomination and hopeful approval can turn the Justice Department from the dark night of suspicion and coverup fostered by Clinton appointee Janet Reno to the refreshing daylight of decency in the Bush era.

    In fact, Bush's appointments thus far have confirmed our faith in him as a strong proponent of the Sanctity of Life and we are willing to wager that he will have other noble Pro Life candidates he can bring to the front. Though there may be a few political casualties, surely the pro aborts' flanks will weaken with the character of the people Bush has brought into battle, men like Ashcroft and Governor Tommy Thompson, to name a few as well as people the calibre of Governor Frank Keating waiting in the wings.

    But this editorial today isn't about Ashcroft or the other Bush appointees, but rather a tribute to someone who dares not compare herself with the saintly Mother Teresa. And yet, we do. Because in her actions of the past and present, Linda Chavez, regardless of her "imperfect" life, has exhibited the love for her fellow man that the venerable "saint of the gutters" promoted and practiced. "Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me" (Matthew 25: 40).

    Just as the widow sought Jesus, just as the blind man ventured to Him, just as the children flocked to Him, so also many in need of help sought the kindness of Linda Chavez. As she illustrated in her press conference yesterday, Marta Mercado, the Guatamalan immigrant who Chavez helped, was not the only one. There were several who came forward to offer their support, testifying to her goodness. But they weren't the only ones, and for that reason, I believe Linda sacrificed herself for the sake of others. Unlike Al Gore who held the country hostage in his desperate attempt to wrest the White House, Linda Chavez was willing to give her political life for the sake of others; first of all the Bush Administration, which is noble, and secondly, others. Yes, I believe Linda sacrificed herself to protect others who, though they might indeed be in this country illegally, are still children of God endowed with dignity, and Chavez placed others above herself. "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15: 12-13). In this case "his" is "her" and the life Linda Chavez laid down for her friends was her political life. That is where noble comes in.

    The charges against Chavez were trumped up. Can you believe Democrats and liberals attacked someone for helping the "disenfrancised?" Isn't that their mantra? Yet with all the hypocrisy these "Pharisees" could mount, along with the Scribes (which Dr. Frank Joseph so eloquently exposes in his column today), they decry her actions and hold her up for ridicule. Again, can you say double standard? Those liberals who supported Zoe Baird for the same reason, vehemently objected to a conservative, nay a strong Pro Life compassionate conservative carrying out what they supposedly preach.

    But in this opening quarter of the battle for confirmation of Bush's appointees, we have seen what a vicious grid war this is going to be. The pro aborts are furious and desperate. They truly feel threatened by what Bush has promised to do and, because of that, they're not out to just sack the quarterback, they want to pummel Bush and taunt him, rough him up because that's the way they play the game. Chavez said as much yesterday, calling the witch hunt against her "the politics of personal destruction." She has warned everyone of the consequences of dirty play in announcing her withdrawal. "I do this with some regret, because I think that it is a very, very bad signal to all of those good people out there who want to serve their government and want to serve the people of the United States. But so long as the game in Washington is a game of search-and-destroy, I think we will have very few people who are willing to do what I did, which was to put myself through this in order to serve."

    We urge you to read Dr. Frank Joseph's column today because it isn't about politics, it's about souls. In case you haven't noticed, we're in the battle for life - the life of millions of unborns as well as the life of billions of souls who are being driven like the possessed herd of swine off the precipice into eternal hell. It's time to pray and wake up our fellow man that we're not pigs, but rather sheep, obedient sheep who hear the call of their Shepherd and heed His voice (cf. John 10: 27). That is carrying out Our Lord's command to love one another, by helping each other and the greatest need is their soul. But also physical needs such as hunger, health, clothing and shelter are also needs that help the soul better see their purpose. After all, it's hard to have peace of mind when they don't have a piece of bread. Many have patronized the poor and homeless, but Linda Chavez portrayed goodness and love.

    So also Pope John Paul II has constantly preached helping others, especially the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the "disenfrancised." He's not giving it lipservice and neither should we. It's time to separate the childish from the mature. It's time to fish or cut bait. If we cut bait, we soon become lukewarm and rot from within as the cancer of prejudice and pride eat away at our heart. If we choose to fish, then let us all as dedicated Christians and committed Catholics go forward as Jesus and His Vicar on earth ask and be ready to take the slings and arrows in the same manner Linda Chavez did. The barrage has just started. Reflect on Christ's words in John 15: 18-26, "If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I have spoken to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will persecute you also; if they have kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him Who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them works such as no one else has done, they would have no sin. But now they have seen, and have hated both Me and My Father; but that the word written in their Law may be fulfilled, 'They have hated Me without cause.'"

    Yes, Chavez has experienced the persecution and we are not immune to it either if we truly want to be counted among Our Lord's "friends." If the world - read here liberals and pro aborts - hates Linda Chavez for what she did in helping others, then they will hate Jesus as well and they will definitely hate you. So, rather than fretting, say a prayer and get used to it. It's the trademark of Christianity.

Michael Cain, editor

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