President Donald Trump is the great Republican protector of life!!!! Honestly, How can I take anyone who believes this about our Pussy-Grabber-In-Chief seriously? You’ll have to wait nine minutes before you get to my answer which is… SPOILER ALERT, “I am!”
…Will Rogers Had it Right
Last week I began sleeping well for the first time since Donald Trump became a Presidential contender. The powerful summation by Congressman Schiff, “Shifty” to the “Lock-her-up-crowd,” comforted me. Then David Brooks the eminently reasonable PBS News Hour pundit wrote off a second Trump victory. Brooks said too many Americans don’t want a Trump Presidency for four more years, never mind a hot economy.
I know better.
I tempt fate whenever I post a title with no content. The question is whether I will care enough about the subject after titling it to fill it out with my thoughts some days afterward. On the preceding Baby killer title I sure do intend to get to it. Getting called a “baby killer” at Republican conventions stiffens one’s spine.
But, I’m biding my time as the Alabama legislature does its best to make sure that the rape fetuses of future Supreme Court nominees are guaranteed the chance to be born. Precious semen. I read one proposed law would outlaw onanism. Let me check that. Yup. Seems to be true.
Today I visit Polymet. As a quicky candidate for Congress last summer I took no stand on copper-nickle mining. The schools took up too much of my time to properly research this issue in the past. But now will be a good time to put more time into the subject. My men’s church group wrangled an invite to tour the Polymet site. I’ll have a few questions.
Lately, I’ve done little with the diary part of this blog. Last friday I healed a major break in my family that I’ve obliquely mentioned in the past. Life is good. Rain didn’t delay our grandson’s Leif Erickson park music gathering yesterday and it looks sunny for my trip to the range today. Life is good…….even for baby killers.
not be anonymous when you do.
This is a post begging to be written. Later. When I am finished practicing French and have a school concert and some lawn improvements out of the way.
This post became unintentional click bait. I’m still stewing about it in the wake of Pro Life laws being passed by Republican State Legislatures but I never found the time to come back to this post. I am writing this now after starting a “most visited Page” section for the Month of May, 2018. For those of you reading this now understand that sometimes just like little kids with desert on their plates my blog is sometimes like that plate. Its too big for my mind or my free time. This becomes apparent when I can’t stop myself from posting a title but then never get back to it as was the case here. Never Fear. I’ve nibbled at this subject many times before and will again.
Here are some old stabs at the subject:
…and anything on the category “Abortion” here on the blog. As of today there are about 60 such posts.
Jonah Goldberg wrote a hard nosed column in reference to Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam. By hard nosed I mean calling abortion “baby killing” with no distinction between a full term baby and one newly conceived. A new acquaintance of mine who is a Californian in mourning over the loss of the Republican Party in California offered these thoughts to Mr. Goldberg in response. I don’t know if he published her comments or not but she gave me permission to share them. By the way she considers herself “pro-life.”
To Jonah Goldberg:
“Sorry, your group has really mischaracterized Northam’s remarks. He is a doctor, who has worked up close and personal with parents who have had to make a terrible decision under the worst of circumstances, like my husband and I. We had a baby at 35 weeks that was born live, but with Trisomy 18. Google it, the prognosis is abysmal. We had no clue. I went into early labor at 33 weeks and was hospitalized. The doctors worked very hard to help me keep the baby, while injecting me with drugs to help the baby’s lungs mature, as well as some drug meant to reverse labor. (Sorry, I don’t remember the name, but it makes you exceedingly sick.) I didn’t realize at the time how hard these drugs are on the mother, and could have killed me, but I had already lost two babies due to miscarriage, so I was totally onboard to save my baby. One of the symptoms, which brought on my early labor, was an excessive build up of amniotic fluid, which I learned later is Nature’s way of dispelling an unhealthy fetus. This was ameliorated by putting a tube into the baby’s womb to drain off excessive amniotic fluid. This happened two times over the course of a couple of weeks. The second time, they sent the fluid out for genetic testing. Daily monitoring of the fetal health was done. Before the results came back, they noted that the baby was going into serious fetal distress, so it was necessary to do an emergency C-section. I was not awake during the process, but my husband had been able to get there on time. To this day, he can’t get rid of the shock of the birth of his first child. She was only about 3+ pounds and shriveled and deformed. The hospital put her on life support. You have no idea how hard it is to see your little, sick baby with all these tubes. Two days later, the results came back from the genetic testing – Trisomy 18, with about the worst prognosis that could be. We had a conversation with my OB-Gyn about what our choices might be. We hated the idea of prolonging a life, that truly was not meant to be, with all the tubes and physical intrusion and pain. BTW, after my two miscarriages, I was prescribed a daily progesterone suppository, which was meant to help sustain my 3rd pregnancy, which I did. I would not recommend it, as I feel it helped sustain an unhealthy pregnancy, which would have turned out as an early miscarriage like my other two.) A panel of ethics doctors considered our case. Considering the dismal prognosis of Trisomy 18, we were given permission to allow our daughter to be taken off life support. Maybe the way I am writing this, with 35 years’ hindsight, I am sounding too logical, but, believe me, it was a huge, emotional crisis at the time. She was taken off life support on her third day. I prayed to God that she wouldn’t suffer for too long. Thankfully, she passed within a couple of hours. The next day my doctor came to check on me. He told me that, believe it or not, we were lucky, that worse things could happen. Not exactly the best thing to tell a grieving mother. However, I am 65 now, with two healthy 30-somethings. As horrible as my experience was, life has also shown me that, yes, there are worse things that can happen.
I am writing all this because I feel the extremes of both sides of the question of abortion are too dug in, and talking past each other. And they are both wrong. It is not always a question of black or white. Governor Northam was speaking exactly about people like me, and how things are supposed to happen under the worst of circumstances. Sometimes there are shades of gray, as I am living proof.”
My friend’s comments remind me of an astonishing collection of first person witness on the subject of difficult pregnancies shared with Andrew Sullivan back in 2009 in his blog.
He set them aside after he ended his blog and they can be read on this site titled: Its so personal
Bite my tongue. What a title for me, a long time supporter of Pro-Choice rights, to compose. But its come to that much to my amazement. I am inclined to blame Hilary Clinton for being such a lousy presidential candidate. A woman who is whip smart but tone deaf, who worked hard and proved that she was up to the Oval Office, but who because she dissed cookie baking years ago and turned a blind (or not so blind) eye to her husband’s philandering was propelled by her martyrdom into breaking that last glass ceiling. Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and her own smug campaigning killed her chance and elected a man, who has probably made more use of abortions than any other President in US history, the chance to appoint his second Supreme Court Justice. And he might get a third or fourth appointment before he’s out of the White House.
So, Rowe is on the ropes.
As a young man who was well equipped to make some poor woman’s abortion necessary in 1974 (The year of Roe v. Wade) Continue reading
Take a look at this picture on the front of Congressional candidate Pete Stauber’s campaign website.
The tall fellow on Pete’s right is the same fellow who announced at the Republican Convention I attended in 2002 that I and those like me were worse mass murderers than Hitler, Stalin and Mao tse Tung combined.
I am honored to have gotten this email today. I got it appropriately on Father’s Day when my daughter and grandsons were making a fuss over me and we went out to watch the brilliant second chapter in the Incredibles Series about something I was a-stay-at-home-Dad…….although not quite a super hero.
It has been a long day and although I’ve been eager to sink my teeth into a deeply thought out reply since I saw it after church I’m bushed. I’ll tackle this in the next couple of days and I thank the author of this challenge for such a respectfully thrown gauntlet.
I am one of your faithful followers. I do not always agree with you however I find that you never state an opinion without reasons for you having such opinions. I find you very intelligent and articulate.
I do however find your logic for supporting abortions to be as flawed as anything I have ever read from you. Continue reading
A short note before I share the letter.
I was alive when “back alley” abortions took the lives of women. I formed my opinions on the subject of abortion in 1960’s and 70’s as a then liberal Republican. my thinking aligned with the Republican Supreme Court justices who ruled on Roe vs. Wade. My opinion hasn’t changed nearly as much as our society has where sex is concerned. I always wanted to make contraceptives available rather than rely on abortions. I was appalled that “pro lifers” of that era were more anti premarital sex than they were anti fetus killing. As you will see in my letter to the MCCL I haven’t changed my mind.
I have always felt that abortions, like guns and traffic and food production was a legitimate area for sensible regulation. I have always sympathized with the folks who felt that human life, even before birth, was sacred. But I’ve grown impatient with such people when they fail to act as though the life that follows birth is also sacred and have cemented themselves to a political party that makes a virtue of the poor being forced to “fend for themselves.”
The Pro-Life movement is woefully ignorant about what will result should Roe vs. Wade be overturned. They think that it will be the end of all abortions in America. That’s obviously wrong. If Roe is struck down it will take the passage of a pro life amendment with by a 3/4ths majority of states to make it illegal in all fifty states. That will not happen in my lifetime. Abortions will always be available to the well-to-do even in states that would outlaw it. All they will have to do is travel to a state where its legal. When I was in high school such folks had to have the money to fly to Sweden.
Here’s that letter I sent to the MCCL
MCCL stands for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life: Continue reading
Yesterday I completed my 67th orbit of the Sun. We took our grandsons to hunt down a suitable Christmas tree outside of town along the Homestead Road. We found one that was unable to elude our hand saw. Its a very pretty and prickly blue spruce. Ornaments will have to be put on with gloves.
Other than the last post from six days ago I’ve ignored the blog even while watching hallucinogenic headlines flash by my face every time I look at New York Times in my cell phone. I’ve spent my time decorating for Christmas and putting jigsaw puzzles together. Why should I post about the lotus eaters in Alabama who are telling Judge Moore that they “do believe in fairies,” they “do believe in fairies”? Which reminds me of a more uplifting fable told to me at church two Sunday’s ago as though it was true.
You can read it here. It turns out not to be true. Its about the famed pianist Paderewski sitting at the side of a small child in the concert hall to support him as a haughty crowd harasses the child. The virtuoso gives the audience a well deserved reproof. If there is anything I can take from the story’s fiction it is this: Even if the story is not true – it should be.
Then there is the story of 2016 which has bled into 2017 and is about to leak over into 2018. It is all too true and of course that means “fake.”
I just heard NPR interviewing a woman who began talking about the dismemberment of babies as she was challenged on the candidacy of Judge Roy Moore.
Penny Young Nance is the President of Concern Women for America. I was busy writing this so I missed most of her interview during which she challenged the interviewer as much as he challenged her. If I have to choose my truth I’ll stick with Paderewski playing chopsticks in preference to abortion TRUMPING sexual predation. For my news I’ll stick with the New York Tabloids:
…I would absolutely join the union rather than simply pay “fair share.”
On the other hand I can understand how the teacher’s union ran afoul of the new Republican Party forty years ago when it took such a pro choice stand with the dues of a lot of pro life teachers. I say that as someone who is about as pro choice as anyone I’ve ever met as my category on “abortion” makes clear.
By the way here are a couple of the comments I got at yesterday’s Labor Day picnic.
“Why didn’t you sell Central High to the charter school?”
“I don’t think teachers should be on school boards.”
As to the latter matter I simply said state law gives them the right. Its up to the voters to decide if there is a conflict of interest worthy of denying teachers that right. It would take a brave soul to vote against contract increases for your teaching colleagues.
I did it. If you put the nonsense symbols, Â€™, into my search function only three posts pop up – uh, four now including this one. I had to spend close to thirty hours laboriously removing them. How many I removed I can’t be sure. An off the cuff guess? There might have been an average of 8 of the nasty little bugs on each of the 900 some posts I attacked. That would be about 7,200 such abortions. I also got rid of a near equal number of similar nonsense symbols.
This is something I’ve been meaning to do for five or six years. A lot of early posts of mine, that reflect my thinking, were often unreadable. The posts I wrote about the thinking of a fellow named Russ Young ten years ago are one example. Mr. Young wrote confidently that folks like me would go to hell because we condoned the murder of tens of millions of innocents. The issue was abortion. At the time I was about to mount a campaign for Congress as an independent candidate and I wanted to pursue the implications of his thinking for potential voters to consider.
Those old posts had become particularly garbled because, in addition to Â€™, I had used an unusual font “verdana” that my wordsoft ap lost the ability to translate into readable English. What I had written was obscured by hundreds of digitalized ghosts that sprouted between my words like an epidemic of dandilions on a front lawn. Today, Mr. Young has a president in the oval office that reflects his thinking on abortion as Mr. Young expressed it a decade ago. That doesn’t mean that Mr. Young hasn’t changed his mind on the issue or decided that there are other important issues that undermine his support of President Trump. Today those posts are an historical artifact of 2006.
Even then, abortion had been politicized beyond comprehension. I never understood why, other than for politics, the national teacher’s union (the NEA) championed abortion rights. They certainly were’t speaking for all teachers. By the same token, I took a dim view of Nixon Era Republicans, who gave us Roe v Wade, suddenly joining forces with the Catholic church to appoint a pro-life Supreme Court. They were being every bit as spiritually hollow and political as the teacher’s unions.
There are silver linings. Just as the election of Trump has awakened a lot of moderates to action, the issue of abortion helped bridge a century of distrust and resentment between protestant and Catholic churches. There are still dark clouds as well. After making sure lots of fetuses made it to the delivery room the richest nation on Earth now has a massive epidemic of childhood poverty. I have never doubted where the blame should be placed for this sorry condition.
I became a “baby killer” within the Republican Party. I remember a little clutch of clean-living Christian kids snearing that at me as they walked by me at a GOP convention as I sat at a table in the hall bearing “pro-choice” leaflets. It wasn’t much of a leap from that designtion to being called worse than Mao, Stalin and Hitler by the Republican chairman of a House District convention I attended a few years later.
I still have a lot of old posts with other things that I’d like to clean up – I went a couple years without a working “spellcheck” on the blog. (I’m not sure its working now) Cleaning damaged old posts may open me to fresh criticism but it will also allow me to demonstrate that I am not a weather vane.
Yesterday I was particularly interested in this letter to Dear Abby from a mother who is distraught to have learned, during a heated Trump/Clinton conversation, that her daughter had undergone an abortion.
One of the groups that elected Donald Trump was the pro life community. They overlooked such things as his attempt to talk his second wife into having an abortion and saying so on the crass Howard Stern Show. He gave a stirring denunciation of abortion in his last debate with Hillary Clinton. Since the Republican Party noisily changed its mind about abortions in the President Reagan era to attract Catholic voters the Party’s protestant adherents have adopted a very papist philosophy – That a human is created from the moment of conception. It also adopted the Catholic dogma that contraception should not be permitted because every act of sexual congress should only be undertaken for the sake of procreation. Recreational sex was simply a pleasurable consequence that resulted from an action that was only justified for the purpose of making babies.
The Republican Party then took this line of reasoning to an extreme which its adopters (like the Mother in the Dear Abby letter) are having a very hard time abandoning. Protestants never went as far as Catholic prelates who opposed Contraception under any circumstances even within marriage. But Republican leaning protestants did believe that contraception should be opposed for the unmarried because it only encouraged immoral sex. I have never forgotten the waitress who overheard a conversation of mine 40 years ago and leaned over my table to tell me that as far as she was concerned “If you’re going to play, You gotta pay.” That it would be an unwanted child who would pay the price for his/her parent’s ten minutes of rutting did not to occur to her. I made that point in a defiant speech to a Republican Congressional Convention in 1992 which was met with a wall of boos. Since that time the Republican Party has found it easy to fight against tax increases that would benefit needy children leading to the legitimate complaint that the only time Republicans care about life is before birth. My speech was alarmingly prescient. I even mentioned the party’s infatuation with Donald Trump!
And the party only got more virulent. Ten years later one of its young acolytes, speaking before one of the last Republican conventions I would attend, accused my ilk of having committed a crime worse than those committed by Hilter, Stalin and Mao tse Tung combined.
Churches did their best to convince women who had undergone abortions to think of themselves as murderers. Being good Christians they promised God would forgive the women if they admitted their guilt. Their campaign has made a routine medical procedure so heinous that it drove some pro-life sympathizers to murder physicians who performed abortions and silenced tens of millions of American women into secrecy. The simple fact that a one day old ovum is not a chimpanzee, an elephant or a paramecium has been been trumpeted as evidence that a human life worthy of constitutional protection has entered the world. I regard that Catholicized judgement to be ridiculous. Ah, but such thinking makes me a mass murderer since very ovum expelled because of the morning after pill is considered to have been a murder.
Its not just life that makes delivering every conceived child risky. Sometimes pregnancy is dangerous. Ovums may not descend into the uterus, Fetus’s may have congenital defects that make life impossible. Women in such straights may have been publicly shamed and silenced but some few have told their stories anonymously. I defy any “pro life” person to disregard the stories told to Andrew Sullivan’s “Its so personal.” series. I too have such a personal story to tell that I can’t because, being a male, I didn’t undergo the procedure myself.
That a Donald Trump would court pro-life votes does not surprise me. If he could have won a lot of pro choice votes he had but to point to his Howard Stern interview. I’m sure that many pro-life voters pinched their nose when they voted for him guessing that he could shed this promise like a snake sheds skin. The worm is turning however no matter who Trump appoints to the Supreme Court. Like the daughter who holds a beloved grandchild over her fanatical Mother’s head a new generation will take a more measured response to unwanted, unplanned pregnancies even if Roe v Wade is over turned. Its just a damned shame that our abortion politics of the last four decades helped lead America to put a Donald Trump into the Oval Office. He much prefers staying at Trump Towers and lobbying the Brits to keep windmills out of view at his Trump properties in Scotland.
I mentioned in my speech to the VFW on Veterans Day that I had just stopped briefly at the Brown V Board of Education National Historic Site. While I was there I took this picture of the actual black doll that sociologist Clark Kerr used so persuasively to demonstrate that “separate but equal” was a sham even in the Topeka schools which made a better go at it than in so many southern states. This was a novel non jurisprudence type argument. It was sociological and therefore controversial in many legal circles.
What Kerr had done was show black kids being offered two dolls to play with one a black doll and another an identical white doll. Invariably the black students chose the white doll because of years of messaging that blacks were ugly and unappealing.
Today, no one faults Brown v Board for its novel legal defense.
Donald Trump who once mused that he would have liked his mistress to abort her fetus on the Howard Stern show gave a vigorous if unconvincing argument that partial birth abortions justified making all abortions illegal. Now that he is past his seed sowing days he will appoint justices guaranteed to overturn Roe v Wade which has also been and continues to be lambasted as a misapplication of the letter of Constitutional law.
In the old days almost every lawyer agreed that nominees for Supreme Court positions should refrain from telling anyone how they would vote on issues coming before the court including Roe v Wade. And yet where abortion is concerned that doesn’t fly with a lot of “Conservative” justices. One of the most likely choices for Trump has said that Roe v Wade is an abomination. This could mean that abortion is an abomination or that the ruling was an abomination from the standpoint of jurisprudence.
I’m guessing this likely new member of the Supreme Court meant both of these possibilities.
If he does not consider Roe v Wade “settled law” perhaps he could take the same view where Brown v Board of Education is concerned.
From: “Your Buddy”
To: “Harry Welty”
Sent: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:04:59 -0500
Subject: Uncategorized | lincolndemocrat.com | Who holds what?
So, the GOP currently holds 4 out of 8 justices appointed to the Supreme Court? Who knows? Apparently many political partisans, apparently not of the GOP, are concerned about how the Supreme Court might subsequently rule on Roe versus Wade, although that decision occurred with the participation of Burger and Blackmun, who were appointed by a Republican president, and despite the dissent of White, who was appointed by a Democratic president.
Apparently some people have difficulty not seeing everything through the bullshit of political partisanship.
To which I replied:
Going through old stacks of stuff today I found a Time [magazine] story on Gingrich from 1995. I’m too cheap to subscribe to Time to get it but I’ll type out the second paragraph which expressed my attitude when Newt turned the tables on the Dems in 1994. I was thrilled.
“After so many years in exile the Republicans were at the mercy of a system rigged by their enemies. They calculated that even when GOP candidate captured 47% of the total US vote, they won only 40% of the seats because of gerrymandered districts: Democrats then grudgingly offered them only 35% of the committee seats and 17% of the committee staff. The best a Republican Representative could hope was that if he went along most of the time without making too big a fuss some Democratic committee chairman might occasionally feel generous and throw a few dollars to his district.”
Today the Republicans have repaid the favor. Even when a majority of American voters vote for Democrat congressional candidates only 40 some percent of the Democrat’s candidates get elected.
And yup. It was a largely Republican Supreme Court that gave us Roe v Wade.
Last night I saw my first Samantha Bee show which did a pretty good job explaining how the GOP picked up and ran with the wedge issue of Abortion and made it an evengelical cause….Samantha finds it ironic that the new evangelical hero is Donald Trump a man now pledging to pack the court with Pro lifers.
I feel strongly that the issue of Abortion has been dealt with damnably in American politics for most of my life. I have never been shy about tossing in my two cents on the subject but in recent years I haven’t commented on it largely because I’ve said everything I can think of about it and put it on the blog.
That said I run across other voices that make sense and that are worth sharing. Here’s one of them from a person who thinks almost exactly like me except that she considers herself pro life and not pro choice. If you are pro life ignoring her arguments will come at the peril of the children you wish to save.
I said much the same thing (although not nearly so well) in a speech that earned me a room full of boos in a Republican Convention back in 1992.
This summer I was reminded of that by a Republican who likes what I do on the Duluth School Board. We reminisced about those years when I was still an eager if unloved Republican. He asked me why I would give such a speech to the Republicans. I did it for the half dozen timid pro choice participants who defied the crowd and clapped for me in the face of a chorus of boos. What I said needed to be said. Our nation would be a better place today had my arguments been heeded then.
…I was still stubbornly attending Republican activities.
I did however, have the chance to vent a little as I did on Apr 21st. 2002, in a column for Not Eudora which began:
I am a mass murderer. Now mind you, I’m not talking about just any old, garden variety, mass murder but the world’s most massive holocaust ever. My crime is so vast that it dwarfs the nazi death camps, the Soviet purges, and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge all rolled into one.
Four years and two more Republican candidacies (2002 and 2004) later I finally started attending Democratic Precinct Caucuses. I may go back to the Republicans to attempt a rescue of Abraham Lincoln but my favorite precinct caucus of all time will forever be the DFL caucuses of 2008 in which swarms of like-minded Obama supporters flooded the Democratic caucuses to give Obama the lead in Duluth.
Obama reminds me of my favorite Kansas politician Dwight David Eisenhower. Of course, both men had Mothers from Kansas. So did I.
But they are too stingy with tax dollars to pay for their medical care. That’s God’s problem.
As its compassionate physician author notes:
“It is one thing for families (or a mother) to [choose] to take this on; it’s quite another to force them.”
North Dakota’s GOP has taken the lead on fighting abortion having made it illegal from six weeks after conception.
That’s one part of their recent legislative action.
The law that really cranked my chain was the one the forbade the abortion of any fetus because of a disability. Its supposed to be a high minded Godly law, proof that the GOP cares about children. Tosh. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about children or their parents. The story I was sent about the state of Minnesota doing its best not to fund special education proves my point.
North Dakota Women carrying disabled babies must now give birth to them but can expect no help from taxpayers to help them raise or educate their disabled children. That’s the GOP today. Its a party of no-nothings, hypocrites and assholes. They’ll spend tax money like Indiana to give well-heeled parents a way to avoid public schools that are stuck teaching the disabled children that Republicans are unwilling to levy taxes to educate. Or like in Nebraska they will refuse to fund neo-natal care if there is the smallest chance some wet back from Mexico might have her fetus examined at public expense.
Don’t worry I haven’t offended by Buddy. He told me he stopped reading my blog because I was so unfair to Republicans.
If I do go to the next GOP precinct caucuses I’ll have a couple questions.
BTW. If I do run for the School Board I hope someone throws my line about no-nothings, hypocrites and assholes at me. Its just the kind of thing I would expect from an asshole.
Oh, and how can I resist mentioning the efforts of the GOP to protect children from their Gay parents. The GOP may no longer want to be tagged with that public stand but there is little doubt the protesters against gay marriage out in front of the Supreme Court today are all Republicans, Senator Portman be damned.