August 19, 2022

Gov. Hutchinson’s Distortion of President Reagan

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas raised ire from conservatives for vetoing legislation passed by the Arkansas state legislature that would have banned “gender-affirming” medical treatment for transgender minors.

This includes treatment such as hormone therapy, puberty blockers and surgery associated with gender identity.

The legislature then overrode Hutchinson’s veto, making Arkansas the nation’s first state to ban these procedures.

Of particular interest is Hutchinson’s rationalization of his veto; he defined it as a conservative stance and used former President Reagan to justify his thinking.

Hutchinson argued during a TV interview that allowing government to prohibit these procedures pushes up against conservative principles of limiting the role of government.

“I go back to Ronald Reagan, to principles of our party, which believes in a limited role of government,” he said. “Are we as a party abandoning a limited role of government and saying we’re going to invoke the government decision-making over and above physicians, over and above health care, over and above parents — and saying, ‘You can’t do that. You cannot engage in it’?”

Reagan was a conservative president who did indeed want to limit government’s control of our private lives. But the word is “limit,” not “erase.”

Let’s consider Reagan’s words in one of his most famous speeches, known as the “evil empire” speech, which he delivered to the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983.

In that speech, Reagan called the then-Soviet Union “an evil empire” and cast the struggle between the U.S. and the USSR as a struggle of good against evil. He saw communism as evil because of its explicit godlessness.

However, Reagan also used that speech to make a broader statement regarding the general question of good and evil and his own country.

“I want you to know,” he said, “that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in … the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God.”

“(T)his puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based,” he said.

And here is the crux: “Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority.”

That was 1983.

A culture in which the objective reality of male/female, man and woman, is denied — despite the clarity of this reality both in the words of the Bible and the chemical reality of the genetic code — is a godless culture that Reagan would likely call evil today, just as he called the Soviet Union evil then.

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God acknowledged,” Reagan said in his speech.

He quoted William Penn, saying, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.”

Conservatism should be understood literally. To “conserve” is to save and preserve the core traditional values that enable our freedom.

It is hard to believe that, as Gov. Hutchinson suggests, Reagan’s idea of limited government means standing aside as a tyrannical secularism sweeps through our nation and wiping out any remaining remnant of those traditional biblical truths.

All the more so, it is hard to believe that Reagan would see government sitting by passively and uninvolved as those values are imposed on minors, who are not even old enough to vote.

It is far more reasonable to assume that President Reagan would stand by these truths as adamantly and stalwartly with our struggles today as he did in standing up to the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

In the face of Reagan’s single-minded and uncompromising stance regarding our core values, the Soviet Union collapsed.

The same battle is being fought now in our nation. We must fight it with the same commitment if we hope to prevail.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


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Russ (@guest_1209683)
1 year ago

The question is should the government fund these procedures. I think not. Why should the tax payers pay for gender identity changes? Makes no sense. If someone wants to undergo these procedures they should have to pay for it.

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1 year ago

Russ im in total agreement. Too many people on the left imposing there idea’s on good people. Time to cull the herd. Let the leftist do to thereselves what they want for everyone else and they’ll take themselves out of the gene pool

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Maureen Hannon (@guest_1218372)
1 year ago

How can anybody be okay with the government having authority over our children and our lives? Why on earth should transgender medical procedures be done to minors without their parent’s consent or even knowledge? It’s illegal for a minor to be given aspirin or a Tylenol without parents’ permission, but it’s okay for minors to have life-altering procedures without their parent’s permission or EVEN KNOWLEDGE? Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin would be amazed if politicians were able to cede MORE CONTROL OVER THE PEOPLE than they did over their counties, Germany and the USSR, ever did! GOD HELP US!



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