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CBN NewsWatch: March 5, 2014

On CBN Newswatch March 5: High Stakes: West scrambles to calm Ukraine crisis, Fmr. Israeli Envoy: US set stage for Ukraine crisis, and Lerner pleads the fifth on IRS targeting scandal, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

COUNTRY DIVIDED, AS MANY

PUSH FOR REVOLUTION IN

UKRAINE.

A LOOK AT THE GROWING NUMBER

OF PRO-RUSSIA PROTESTS.

PLUS, IS THE U.S. RESPONSE

TO UKRAINE MAKING US LOOK

WEAK?

WHY SOME ARE QUESTIONING THE

ADMINISTRATION'S STAND.

AND HOW THE TEXAS

ATTORNEY-GENERAL OVERCAME A

PHYSICAL OBSTACLE TO SERVE

HIS STATE.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

AND GOOD EVENING, I'M

HEATHER CELLS.

WORLD DIPLOMATS WERE WORKING

IN PARIS TODAY, TRYING TO

FIND A SOLUTION TODAY TO THE

CRISIS IN UKRAINE.

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE,

JOHN KERRY, MET WITH THE

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND

OTHER TOP LEADERS.

KERRY WANTS TO START A

DIALOGUE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND

UKRAINE.

SO FAR, HOWEVER, THE RUSSIAN

FOREIGN MINISTER IS REFUSING

TO MEET HIS UKRAINIAN

COUNTER-PART.

BACK IN WASHINGTON, THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

REAFFIRMED ITS COMMITMENT TO

ALLIES IN CENTRAL AND

EASTERN EUROPE.

HE TOLD A COMMITTEE THAT THE

U.S. WILL STEP UP TRAINING

WITH POLISH AND BALTIC

FORCES.

AND HILLARY CLINTON WEIGHED

IN ON THE SITUATION IN

UKRAINE, AND COMPARED THE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT TO ADOLPH

HITLER.

CLINTON SAYS VLADIMIR

PUTIN'S CALL TO PROTECT

ETHNIC RUSSIANS IN UKRAINE

IS SIMILAR TO HITLER IN THE

1930s, SAYING HE NEEDED TO

PROTECT ETHNIC GERMANS

OUTSIDE OF GERMANY.

MEANWHILE, ACROSS THE

EASTERN PARTS OF UKRAINE,

THERE HAS BEEN A SUDDEN

EXPLOSION OF PRO-RUSSIAN

DEMONSTRATIONS.

GEORGE THOMAS BRINGS US THE

TOP STORY FROM UKRAINE.

George: WE DROVE SIX

HOURS FROM KIEV TO THE

INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND AND

UKRAINE'S SECOND MOST

POPULOUS CITY.

THEY WANT NOTHING MORE THAN

TO SEE MOSCOW INVADE AND

TAKE VOCAL O CONTROL OF THE

EASTERN UKRAINE, AS THEY DID

THE CRIMEA.

ONLY VLADIMIR PUTIN CAN

SAVE US FROM THE

ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT IN

KIEV.

George: FOR SEVERAL

HOURS, RIOT POLICE BLOCKED

ALL ROADS NEAR CITY HALL.

AS PRO-UKRAINIAN AND

PRORUSSIAN DEMONSTRATORS

CONTINUED THEIR ALMOST DAILY

FACEOFF.

I'M VERY UPSET.

I WANTED THOSE TROOPS TO

ATTACK.

AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN THE

FIRST ONE TO WELCOME RUSSIAN

TANKS TO THIS SQUARE WITH

FLOWERS.

George: THIS PAST

WEEKEND DOZENS WERE INJURED

WHEN PRO-RUSSIAN

DEMONSTRATORS STORMED CITY

HALL.

REPLACING EUROPEAN UNION

FLAGS WITH RUSSIAN ONES, AND

CALLED FOR UNION WITH

MOSCOW.

BY LATE MONDAY, POLICE HAD

REGAINED CONTROL OF THE

BUILDING, AND THE UKRAINIAN

FLAG FLEW ONCE AGAIN.

BUT IT ISN'T STOPPING

PROTESTORS.

THE MAJORITY OF THE FOLKS

WHO GATHERED HERE, MANY OF

THEM ARE PRO-RUSSIAN, AND

HAVE CALLED ON THEIR

SUPPORTERS TO CONTINUE TO

GATHER IN FRONT OF CITY

HALL, EVERY NIGHT AT

6 p.m., UNTIL THIS CRISIS

IS RESOLVED IN THEIR FAVOR.

DENISE ACCUSES MOSCOW OF

INSTIGATING THE PROTESTS TO

CREATE A REASON FOR A

BROADER INVASION OF

UKRAINE.

THIS CHRISTIAN WAS FILMING

AT A PRO-RUSSIAN

DEMONSTRATION, AND POLICE

ARRESTED HIM.

WE MET HIM SHORTLY AFTER HIS

RELEASE.

THERE IS A MAJORITY OF

ETHNIC RUSSIANS WHO WANT

MOSCOW TO INVADE, BUT THE

MAJORITY OF THE PROTESTORS

ARE BEING SENT FROM RUSSIA

TO STIR UP PROBLEMS.

George: IN THE LAST

SEVERAL DAYS, SEVERAL CITIES

HAVE WATCHED ERUPTIONS.

IT IS A UNITED COUNTRY.

George: SOMETHING OF

EXTREME CONCERN TO OLA AND

LENA.

I DON'T LIKE IT, THAT WE

HAVE SO MUCH HOSTILITY IN

OUR CITY.

SOMEBODY FOR RUSSIA,

SOMEBODY FOR UKRAINE.

I JUST HONEST LIKE IT.

I WANT PEOPLE TO LIVE IN

PEACE.

WE DON'T WANT WAR WITH

RUSSIA.

WE'RE BROTHERS.

WE NEED TO GET ALONG WITH

EACH OTHER.

George: HOSTILITY IS

ONLY 20 MILES FROM THE

RUSSIAN BORDER.

PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS HE

HOPES HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO

USE FORCE IN THIS PART OF

EASTERN UKRAINE, BUT LEFT

ALL MILITARY OPTIONS OVER TO

PREVENT VIOLENCE.

A FORMER ISRAELI

AMBASSADOR IS WARNING THAT

WEAKNESS FROM THE UNITED

STATES IS SENDING THE WRONG

SIGNAL TO MANY COUNTRIES,

INCLUDING NATIONS LIKE IRAN

AND NORTH KOREA.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS THAT

STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

Reporter: WHILE THE

UKRAINIAN CRISIS PITS THE

U.S. AND THE WEST AGAINST

VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIA,

MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES ARE

WATCHING CLOSELY.

A NUMBER OF OBSERVERS HERE

IN ISRAEL BELIEVE THAT U.S.

ACTIONS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL

YEARS, PARTICULARLY IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, HAS SET THE

STAGE FOR THE CURRENT CRISIS

IN UKRAINE.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT

SEVERE EROSION IN THE U.S.

POSTURAL DETER RENS,

DETERENCE THROUGHOUT THE

WORLD HAS TRIGGERED A MUCH

MORE EMBOLDENED RUSSIA.

Reporter: FORMER

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE

U.S. CONGRESS SAYS THE

PERCEIVED WEAKNESS IN

FOREIGN POLICY HAS SENT A

MESSAGE TO THE ENEMIES OF

ISRAEL AND THE U.S.

THE CHIEF TRIGGER OF MORE

EMBOLDENED RUSSIA, MORE

EMBOLDENED IRAN, CHINA,

NORTH KOREA AND VENEZUALA,

HAS BEEN THE RECENT

ENGAGEMENT BY THE U.S. WITH

IRAN.

ROGUE REGIMES THROUGHOUT THE

WORLD NOTICE THE U.S.

LITERALLY APPEASING IRAN.

Reporter: HE BELIEVES

THE WORLD NEEDS A STRONG

U.S.A.

FOR GLOBAL SANITY, WE

NEED A VERY EXCEPTIONAL

U.S.A.

WE NEED A VERY DETERING

U.S.A.

LESS EXCEPTIONS U.S.A., AND

NON-DETERING U.S.A. ONLY

EXACERBATES THE ALREADY

INSANITY OF THE WORLD.

Reporter: AS THE CRISIS

IN UKRAINE UNFOLDS, U.S.

FOREIGN POLICY WILL BE PUT

TO THE TEST, IF IT CAN STAND

UP TO THE NEW THREATS IN THE

21st CENTURY.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

AND FOR MORE OF CHRIS'

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE FROM

ISRAEL, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK

OUT HIS WEEKLY SHOW AND HIS

BLOG, JERUSALEM DATELINE.

YOU CAN FIND THEM AT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

ISRAELI NAVAL FORCES SEIZED

A SHIPMENT OF MISSILES

EARLIER TODAY.

THE ADVANCED ROCKETS WERE

MAKING THEIR WAY FROM IRAN

TO PALESTINIAN MILITANTS IN

GAZA.

THE NAVAL FORCES INTERCEPTED

THE SHIPMENT, MORE THAN

1,000 MILES SOUTH OF ISRAEL,

IN THE RED SEA.

IT CONTAINED DOZENS OF

HIGH-POWERED MISSILES THAT

WOULD HAVE IMPROVED THE

TERROR CAPABILITIES OF GAZA

MILITANTS, PUTTING NEARLY

ALL OF ISRAEL IN DANGER.

AND FOR MORE ON THIS NOW, WE

TURN TO DR. IMAN WELLY.

AND HE IS AN EXPERT ON IRAN

AND A SENIOR FELLOW AT THE

FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSIVE

DEMOCRACIES.

SIR, IF THEY HADN'T BEEN

INTERCEPTED BY ISRAEL, HOW

WOULD THE WEAPONS LIKELY

HAVE BEEN USED?

WELL, THEY WOULD HAVE

CHANGED THE BALANCE OF

FORCES IN THE SOUTH OF

ISRAEL, FIRST AND FOREMOST.

HAMAS WAS THE LIKELY

RECIPIENT OF THIS WEAPONRY,

ALTHOUGH THERE WERE REPORTS

THAT PERHAPS SOME OF IT

WOULD HAVE BEEN MOVED ONTO

TERRORISTS GROUPS OPERATING

INSIDE THE LARGELY LAWLESS

SINAI PENINSULA.

THESE GROUPS ARE LOOSELY

AFFILIATED WITH QUITE.

WITH AL-QAEDA.

EITHER WAY THESE LONG-RANGE

MISSILES WOULD HAVE BEEN

USED AGAINST ISRAELI

TARGETS.

ISRAEL HAS DEVELOPED, OF

COURSE, OVER THE YEARS, A

NUMBER OF RESPONSES,

INCLUDING THE IRON DOME, TO

SHUT DOWN INCOMING ROCKETS.

BUT SO FAR HAMAS AND THE

GROUPS IN THE PENINSULA HAVE

NOT HAD TOUCH LONG-RANGE

PRECISION WEAPONRY.

THESE WEAPONS SHOT FROM GAZA

COULD HAVE REACHED JUST

ABOUT THE WHOLE OF ISRAEL,

AS OPPOSED TO ISRAELI TOWNS

IN THE SOUTH OF THE

COUNTRY.

SO IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A

COMPLETE CHANGE OF THE RULES

OF THE GAME.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, AS YOU

KNOW, WAS IN THE U.S. THIS

WEEK.

NUMEROUS TIMES HE WARNED

THAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO

WHATEVER IT NEEDS TO PROTECT

ITSELF FROM IRAN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HE MEANS?

LOOK, WE CAN SPECULATE

ABOUT WHAT ISRAEL WILL AND

WILL NOT DO, AND WHETHER IT

WILL DO IT AND WHEN.

WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER OF

ISRAEL IS SAYING THAT ISRAEL

CANNOT AFFORD TO ALLOW A

REGIME LIKE IRAN, THE SAME

REGIME THAT HAS JUST

DISPATCHED THIS KIND OF

DEADLY WEAPONRY, THE SAME

REGIME THAT HAS HAD NO

PROBLEM IN BACKING A LAWLESS

GOVERNMENT, IT CANNOT ALLOW

SUCH A REGIME TO ACQUIRE

SUCH A WEAPON.

DOCTOR, WE ARE OUT OF

TIME, BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR YOUR TIME.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

THE WOMAN AT THE CENTER

AT THE I.R.S. TEA PARTY

SCANDAL APPEARED ON CAPITOL

HILL.

BUT LOIS LEARNER DIDN'T

OFFER ANY INSIGHTS.

AFTER BEING SWORN IN,

CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA

REPEATLY ASKED LERNER ABOUT

HER INVOLVEMENT IN THE

SCANDAL, BUT SHE REFUSED TO

ANSWER, MUCH LIKE SHE DID

LAST MAY, WHEN SHE APPEARED

BEFORE THE PANEL.

IN FEBRUARY OF 2014,

PRESIDENT OBAMA STATED THAT

THERE WAS NOT A SMIDGEON OF

CORRUPTION IN THE I.R.S.

TARGETING.

MS. LERNER, DO YOU BELIEVE

THAT THERE IS NOT A SMIDGEON

OF CORRUPTION IN THE I.R.S.

TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVES?

ON THE ADVICE OF MY

COUNSEL, I EXERCISE MY FIFTH

AMENDMENT RIGHT AND REFUSE

TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

THE REPUBLICANS ARE

CONSIDERING WHETHER TO HOLD

LEARNER IN CONTEMPT OF

CONGRESS.

THE AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW

AND JUSTICE SAYS LERNER'S

REFUSAL TO TESTIFY IS A

TACTIC AIMED AT PREVENTING

CONGRESS FROM GETTING TO THE

BOTTOM OF THE TARGETING

SCANDAL.

ALTHOUGH LERNER WON'T ANSWER

QUESTIONS BEFORE CONGRESS,

THE GROUP SAYS OTHER

LAWSUITS MAY FORCE HER TO

OPEN UP.

IN OUR CIVIL CASES, THAT

MOVES FORWARD, PEOPLE LIKE

LOIS LERNER, WHO CAN TAKE

THE FIFTH, WHICH MEANS SHE

DOESN'T HAVE TO TESTIFY, SO

SHE CAN'T INCRIMINATE

HERSELF IN A CRIMINAL

TRIAL.

IN A CIVIL TRIAL, IF SHE

STILL REFUSES TO TESTIFY,

THAT CAN BE ACTUALLY TAKEN

AS AN INFERENCE AGAINST

HER.

THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ONLY

PROTECTS YOU FROM CRIMINAL,

NOT CIVIL.

SO THERE ARE WAYS WE CAN GET

TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS.

THE ACLJ SAYS LERNER'S

DECISION NOT TO TESTIFY

REFLECTS A LACK OF

COOPERATION BETWEEN

INVESTIGATORS AND THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

ILLINOIS' ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SAYS COUNTY CLERKS CAN

IMMEDIATELY BEGIN ISSUING

MARRIAGE LICENSES TO

SAME-SEX COUPLES.

EVEN THOUGH THE STATE LAW

LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

DOESN'T TAKE EFFECT FOR

ANOTHER THREE MONTHS.

THAT DECISION COMES AFTER A

FEDERAL JUDGE RULED LAST

MONTH THAT THE STATE'S BAN

ON GAY MARRIAGE IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

ILLINOIS' DEMOCRATIC

GOVERNOR AGREES AND IS

URGING CLERKS ACROSS HIS

STATE TO FOLLOW THE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S

GUIDANCE.

COOK COUNTY ALREADY BEGAN

ISSUING GAY MARRIAGE

LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES LAST

MONTH.

COMING UP, HOW A HIGH

PROTEIN DIET COULD BE

HURTING YOUR BODY.

EATING A HIGH PROTEIN

DIET COULD BE UNHEALTHY IF

YOU'RE MIDDLE-AGED.

IT MIGHT EVEN BE AS HARMFULS

SMOKING CIGARETTES.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO A STUDY

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE WHO GOT

MOST OF THEIR PROTEIN FROM

ANIMAL SOURCES, LIKE MEAT

AND DAIRY, WERE FOUR TIMES

AS LIKELY TO DIE FROM

CANCER.

BIBUT PROTEIN FROM PLANTS

DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME

EFFECT.

FOR OLDER PEOPLE, 66 AND UP,

A HIGHER PROTEIN DIET TURNED

OUT TO BE GOOD.

THEY WERE LESS LIKELY TO DIE

FROM CANCER.

RESEARCHERS SAY DIET CAN

HAVE A DIFFERENT EFFECT AT

DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE.

OUR HEALTH REPORTER, LORI

JOHNSON, IS HERE TO EXPLAIN

IT.

BECAUSE A LOT OF US IN THE

NEWSROOM, AS YOU KNOW, ARE

VERY CONFUSED TODAY, TRYING

TO UNDERSTAND ALL OF THIS.

GO AHEAD AND EXPLAIN.

THE STUDY SAYS HIGH PROTEIN

DIETS ARE BAD FOR

MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE BUT GOOD

FOR OLDER PEOPLE.

THAT'S THEIR CONCLUSION.

AS WITH ALL STUDIES, YOU

HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF ARE THE

RESULTS RELIABLE.

IN THIS CASE, THEY ARE.

IT IS A VERY BIG STUDY OUT

OF U.S.C., OVER A PERIOD OF

NEARLY 20 YEARS.

THEY STUDIED 6,000 AMERICANS

OVER AGED 50, AND THEY FOUND

THAT THE PEOPLE BETWEEN THE

AGES OF 50 AND 65, WHO ATE

HIGH PROTEIN DIETS, HAD A

HIGHER RISK OF CANCER.

BUT THE PEOPLE OVER AGED 65

WHO ATE HIGH PROTEIN DIETS

HAD A LOWER RISK OF CANCER.

BY HIGH PROTEIN, THEY MEANT

OVER 20% OF THEIR TOTAL

CALORIES.

BUT THEY'RE ONLY TALKING

ABOUT ANIMAL PROTEIN, IN THE

FORM OF MEAT AND CHEESE.

NO MATTER WHAT THEIR AGE,

PEOPLE WHO ATE HIGH PROTEIN

DIETS IN THE FORM OF

PLANT-BASED PROTEINS, LIKE

BEANS AND NUTS, DID NOT HAVE

AN INCREASE IN CANCER RISK.

THEIR EXPLANATION WHY TOO

MUCH MEAT AND CHEESE CAUSES

CANCER IN MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE

IS BECAUSE IT AC VATES

ACTIVATES A GROWTH HORMONE

AND MIDDLE-AGED.

BUT IN SENIOR CITIZENS,

FOLKS OVER AGE 65, THE

PROTEIN IS ACTUALLY GOOD.

EXPLAIN THIS, LORI,

RECENTLY WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT

THE DANGERS OF HIGH

CARBOHYDRATE DIETS, AND THE

DANGER OF HIGH PROTEIN

DIETS, AND THE HIGH FAT

DIETS.

JUST GO ON A WATER DIET.

THE SECRET IS EACH ONE OF

THE FOOD GROUPS CONTAINS

GOOD AND BAD FOODS.

THERE IS A TON OF EVIDENCE

THAT BAD CARBS, LIKE SUGAR

AND BREADS, CAUSE CANCER AND

DIABETES, SO WE NEED TO STAY

AWAY FROM THE BAD CARBS, BUT

EAT LOTS OF GOOD CARBS,

VEGETABLES AT NEARLY EVERY

MEAL, AND IN SMALL AMOUNTS,

FRUITS, LIKE BERRIES.

AND TRANS-FATS, THE

HYDROGENATED OILS ARE VERY

BAD.

THEY DO CAUSE CANCER AND

HEART DISEASE, BUT WE SHOULD

EAT THE GOOD FATS: OLIVE

OIL, FISH OIL, COCONUT OIL.

WHEN IT COMES TO PROTEIN,

STAY AWAY FROM THE PROCESSED

MEATS, LIKE BACON AND DELI

MEATS THAT ARE PROCESSED

WITH NITRATES THAT HAVE BEEN

PROVEN TO CAUSE CANCER.

AND STAY AWAY FROM THE MEATS

THAT HAVE BEEN INJECTED WITH

STEROIDS, BUT INSTEAD EAT

GRASS-FED BEEF AND ORGANIC

CHEESE.

AND WE'VE KNOWN THAT DAIRY

PROTEIN, LIKE CHEESE, HAS

BEEN LINKED TO CANCER.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS WITH

CHEESE AND OTHER DAIRY

PRODUCTS, SO IT IS A GOOD

THING TO STAY AWAY FROM.

NO CHEESE?

I KNOW, THAT'S MY

WEAKNESS, TOO.

WE ARE COMING UP WITH

MORE.

UP NEXT, STAYING TRUE TO THE

CONTUSION AND HIS FAITH, A

LOOK AT THE DRIVING FORCE

BEHIND THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL

OF TEXAS.

PRIMARY VOTING IN TEXAS

HAS SET THE STAGE FOR THE

NEXT GUBERNATORIAL

ELECTION.

THE STATE'S

ATTORNEY-GENERAL, REPUBLICAN

GREG ABBOTT, WILL FACE OFF

AGAINST DEMOCRAT WENDY

DAVIS.

SHE GAINED NATIONAL

ATTENTION LAST YEAR AFTER

LEADING A NEARLY 13-HOUR

LONG FILIBUSTER OVER

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IN

TEXAS.

ABBOTT HAS SERVED AS THE

STATE'S ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SINCE 2003, AND HE IS ALSO A

FORMER TEXAS SUPREME COURT

JUSTICE, AND HE IS ALSO

KNOWN AS ONE WHO TAKES ON

THE ESTABLISHMENT.

IT IS ONE THE REASONS HE HAS

BECOME A HERO TO

CONSERVATIVES ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

BUT HE IS ALSO BECOMING A

MODEL FOR ANOTHER GROUP, THE

DISABLED.

AS PAUL STRAND EXPLAINS IN

TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT, OB

ABBOTT HAS SPENT THE LAST

THREE DECADES IN A

WIND-CHILL WHEELCHAIR, BUT

IT APPARENTLY HASN'T SLOWED

DOWN.

Reporter: FOR GREG

ABBOTT, IT IS ALL ABOUT

BEING FAITHFUL TO THE

CONSTITUTION.

CERTAIN FOUNDING,

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES THAT

HAVE CAUSED IT TO BE THE

GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE

WORLD.

THESE ARE PRINCIPLES THAT

PASS THE TEST OF TIME AND

WILL EXIST ALWAYS.

Reporter: AND IT IS ALL

ABOUT BEING TRUE TO THE GOD

THIS PREACHER'S GRANDCHILD

SAYS HE HAS KNOWN SINCE HE

WAS A LITTLE BOY.

FAITH HAS BEEN A PART OF

MY LIFE SINCE THE EARLIEST

TIMES I CAN REMEMBER.

Reporter: HE NEEDED

THAT FAITH LIKE NEVER BEFORE

WHEN HE HAD A HORRIBLE

ENCOUNTER IN 1984.

I WAS OUT JOGGING ONE DAY

AND AN 80-FOOT OAK TREE FELL

ON ME, AND PARALYZED MY

SPINAL CORD, LEAVING ME IN A

WHEELCHAIR.

Reporter: HE SAYS

TEXANS ARE BASICALLY CAN-DO

PEOPLE OF FAITH, SO HE SPENT

LITTLE TIME QUESTIONING GOD

AND ASKING, WHY ME?

THAT QUESTION MAY HAVE

ARISEN FOR A DAY OR AN HOUR,

BUT REALLY NO LONGER THAN

THAT.

AND THE REASON THOUGH

QUESTIONS DIDN'T LINGER IS

BECAUSE OF MY FAITH.

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ONE WHO

BELIEVES THAT GOD HAS A

PATHWAY FORWARD FOR US.

IT IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES

WHEN I LEANED ON GOD, LEANED

ON MY FAITH, MORE THAN EVER

BEFORE AND WAS LITERALLY

PULLED UP, PULLED FORWARD,

MOVED ONWARD BECAUSE OF THE

ROLE THAT GOD PLAYED IN MY

LIFE DURING THAT CHALLENGING

TIME.

Reporter: 30 YEARS

LATER, ABBOTT CHATS FREELY

ABOUT HIS DISABILITY, EVEN

JOKING ABOUT IT.

HE SAYS SOME POLITICIANS

WILL TALK ABOUT HAVING A

STEEL SPINE, WHILE HE

ACTUALLY HAS ONE.

THIS FORMER SUPREME COURT

JUSTICE SAYS TEXANS HAVE

NEVER HELD HIS WHEELCHAIR

AGAINST HIM.

IF YOU BRING TO THE TABLE

A CAN-DO SPIRIT, SUCH AS IT

DOESN'T MATTER IF I'M IN A

WHEELCHAIR, I CAN BE AN

ATTORNEY-GENERAL OR A JUDGE,

TEXANS ARE WELCOMING OF THAT

ATTITUDE.

Reporter: HE SAYS

TEXANS BELIEVE SO STRONGLY

IN THE GOD OF LIBERTY, THEY

BACK ABBOTT'S SUCCESSFUL

PROTECTIONS OF THIS

MONUMENT.

A CASE THAT PUT HIM BEFORE

THE SUPREME COURT.

EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE

ROLE THAT GOD PLAYS IN OUR

LIVES.

THAT'S WHY WE ARE ABLE TO

VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THINGS

LIKE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND

HAVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC

STRONGLY SUPPORT THINGS LIKE

THAT.

Reporter: THAT LOVE OF

LIBERTY OFTEN PUSHES HIM TO

GET AROUND, AS HE SURPRISES

PEOPLE IN A CAR THAT IS HAND

CONTROLLED.

THE ONE THING I CHERISH

IS MY INDEPENDENCE, NOT JUST

IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM, BUT MY

OWN INDEPENDENCE.

WE AS TEXANS, AND I THINK

AMERICANS, ARE AN

INDEPENDENT PEOPLE.

Reporter: THIS

POLITICIAN QUICKLY POINTS

OUT, THOUGH, THAT JUST

DRIVING TEXAS ROADS IS GOOD

ENOUGH FOR HIM.

I HAVE NO EYE ON

WASHINGTON.

Reporter: HE INSISTS

TEXAS IS SUCH AN EXAMPLE OF

WHAT IS BEST ABOUT AMERICA,

IT MUST CONTINUE TO BE

DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THE GREAT

ISSUES FACING THE NATION.

WHAT TEXAS IS TRYING TO

DO IS STAND ON THE

PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENCE,

OF LIBERTY, OF

CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES IN

FAITH, AND EXPAND THAT

IDEOLOGY TO OTHER STATES.

Reporter: PAUL STRAND,

CBN NEWS, REPORTING FROM AUS

AUSTIN, TEXAS.

UP NEXT, THE STORY OF A

LOVE LETTER SHOWING UP

DECADES AFTER IT WAS SENT.

AN UNOPENED, WORLD WAR II

LOVE LETTER RECENTLY MADE

ITS WAY INTO THE HANDS OF A

FLORIDA WOMAN, THOUSANDS OF

MILES AWAY FROM ITS INTENDED

DESTINATION.

SHEILA LOVES ANYTHING

RELATED TO WORLD WAR II,

ESPECIALLY MEMORIBILIA, AND

SHE RECENTLY BOUGHT AN OLD

BOOK ABOUT THE WAR AT A

GOODWILL STORE.

INSIDE SHE DISCOVERED AN

UNOPENED LETTER FROM A

SOLDIER IN CALIFORNIA,

ADDRESSED TO PRIVATE FIRST

CLASS HELEN ROTHERMEL,

STATIONED IN DALLAS.

HER LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN

CHANGED FROM THIS ONE

LETTER.

IT IS A PERSONAL,

SENTIMENTAL THING.

THEY DO MOVIES ABOUT LOST

LOVE LETTERS, AND I'M

THINKING, WHO KNOWS WHAT IS

IN HERE THAT SHE'S NEVER

SEEN.

AND I WOULD LOVE IF SHE IS

STILL AROUND, I WOULD LOVE

FOR HER TO GET IT.

IT APPEARS THE POST

OFFICE DID TRY TO DELIVER

THE LETTER THREE TIMES, BUT

IT NEVER FOUND ITS WAY TO

ROTHERMEL.

AND THAT IS ALL FOR THIS

EDITION OF "NEWSWATCH."

REMEMBER YOU CAN E-MAIL US

YOUR COMMENTS AND YOUR

QUESTIONS AT

NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

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