Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
Posted by wordforit on February 20, 2008
In William Shakespeare’s epic tale of greed, power and corruption in public office, Macbeth, the king, is suddenly informed of the death of the queen and responds in sorrow that life is “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” The same could be said about the final selection of the Democrat and Republican nominees in one of the most unusual and remarkable campaigns for the presidency in American history. The candidates “strut and fret” their hour upon the political stage before flag-waving throngs that appear to hang breathlessly on every word, making promises for “change,” offering “hope” for the future and claiming the existence of a “new majority” in America.
In reality, the candidates say very little of substance about the issues that truly affect our lives. They seem to be “poor players” making speeches filled with meaningless rhetoric and empty platitudes in their quest for the highest office in our land. To avoid offending anyone, they merely tickle the ears of uninformed supporters while dodging pivotal issues like illegal immigration, morality and the supremacy of the Constitution.
For instance, it is always popular to talk about defending our country from its enemies, but there has been little mention by any of the candidates about the flood of illegal aliens which pose a serious threat to our border security. Common sense dictates that if you want to defend your home from unlawful intrusion you lock the door. In the summer of 2007, one of the candidates for the Republican nomination actually sponsored an amnesty bill for those in our country illegally, a bill that was soundly rejected by the American people. His opponent has, in the past, openly advocated taxpayer-funded college scholarships for the children of illegal aliens. The candidates for the Democratic nomination rarely utter a word about those present in our country illegally, apparently hoping to garner votes from certain immigrant voting blocs.
The issue of illegal aliens touches other important issues besides our national security. Our country has suffered increased health care costs, higher crime rates and lost jobs for legal Americans due to the federal government’s inability to control our borders. Hospitals on our borders report losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year in unreimbursed costs for treating illegal aliens. On the job front, it has been estimated that at least 5 percent of our entire workforce is now comprised of those who are here illegally. Despite the obvious problems, presidential candidates of both parties have sidestepped this critical issue in their campaigns.
Driven by political correctness, candidates have likewise failed to discuss moral issues like homosexuality. Content to placate their audiences with vague generalities about the need for strong families and a desire to care for our fellow citizens, they refuse to call attention to the moral decay associated with the glorification of “alternative lifestyles.” All the while, federal courts allow public schools to teach kindergartners about homosexuality against the wishes of their parents, but prevent Christians in public schools from espousing a biblical view about this immoral behavior. State “human rights” agencies are investigating Christian businesses and community organizations for their refusal to perform services approving of homosexual unions. And cities from San Diego to Philadelphia are demanding that the Boy Scouts pay exorbitant rental fees for the use of public facilities because of that organization’s moral stand for God and against homosexuality. Do you know where the candidates stand on this issue?
Finally, we must be concerned when candidates decline to address the most basic of all issues: the supremacy of the United States Constitution. Free health care, increases in the minimum wage and ridding the world of “greenhouse gases” may sound good as campaign slogans, but nothing in the Constitution provides authority for addressing such issues. One of the presidential candidates who serves in the U.S. Senate is currently sponsoring a Global Poverty Act (S.B.2433), which commits our country to spending $845 billion more of our tax dollars on foreign aid to try and cut global poverty in half by 2015.
At a time when federal courts and even our Supreme Court have turned to foreign law for the basis of their decisions, we need to know that our candidates affirm a commitment to the Constitution. When judges and justices violate their oaths to support the Constitution, it is the president who must act to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Only the president takes such an oath, and after all, it is the president who will make appointments to such courts when vacancies occur.
It is utterly foolish to vote for candidates who work hard to look good and say nice things but who do not tell us where they stand on crucial issues. Campaigns for president need to be more than just stage shows and popularity contests. They need to be substantive and informing, lest they end up being, as Macbeth lamented, “tale[s] told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
Judge Roy Moore is the chairman of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Ala., and the author of “So Help Me God.” He is the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument he had placed in the Alabama Judicial Building to acknowledge God.