on Roots

“Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.” ~ Felix Adler (1851-1933) Jewish professor political and social ethics, and founder of the Ethical Culture movement

As I looked out my windows in amazement at the snow we are having in May, I cannot help but wonder what the farmers are thinking about the seeds already planted in the now very wet, and very cold, soil. While we here in Iowa are grateful for the moisture to relieve our drought, there is some concern about the possibility that the seeds planted may be damaged and fail to take proper root. Good harvests depend on good roots.

Can any good ever come from bad roots? Is it possible to yield a bountiful and healthy harvest if the seeds planted are rotten? Can good fruit ever come from a bad seed? If you are a farmer, the obvious answer is probably no. However, if you are not, you may believe that it is possible to defy the laws of nature, and be willing to waste a lot of time and money fighting to change reality.

Maybe this is why Planned Parenthood is trying so hard to hide the bad roots of their own organization. Their founder, Margaret Sanger, was an activist in the birth control and population-control movements of the early and mid-20th Century. She is currently hailed and a women’s rights hero who freed the fairer sex from the economic and social burdens of pregnancy. However, if you read her writings, you will see that the organization that she helped found has far darker, rotten roots. Their original purpose was not really to free women at all, but to promote the furtherance of a preferred race. Sanger supported the practice of eugenics, and worked on packaging it in such a way as to be more accepted by society.

In 1939 she initiated what was called the “The Negro Project”, whose objective was to infiltrate the black community by presenting birth control and abortion as a way to increase their standing both economically and socially. However the truth was far from that. Fearing the black community would see this for what it really was, i.e. a way to reduce the black population, she said the following in a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble: ““We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

But it wasn’t just the black population that Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate; there were others whom she also deemed unfit which needed to be eliminated as a burden on society. Here is she in her own words:

On blacks, immigrants and indigents: “…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” quoted from her book, Pivot of Civilization

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities: “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” from her paper Birth Control Review, May 1919

On the right of married couples to bear children: “Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child…” from her paper Birth Control Review, April 1932

On children as a whole: “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” from her book Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

Read that last quote again. The roots of Planned Parenthood go deep into the eugenics belief system, where life is only valuable if the stronger, more elite, define it as such. Right now we have an abortion doctor on trial for both infanticide and the murder of a female patient yet not only Planned Parenthood, but the media, the left and even our own President are silent about it. This silence reveals the real truth about the abortion industry. It has never really been about lifting up women at all – it has always been, from its very onset, about the devaluing of human life.

So, what kind of harvest do you reap from rotten roots? A harvest of death. But, any Iowa farmer could have told you that.

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