Monday, October 27, 2008

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Hmmm...What to write about, what to write about...oh, I know, politics. Nobody is writing about politics these days. I should write a post about NOT writing about politics. I don't like to write about politics because politics fall into the realm of opinions. As my hairy friend Alf used to say, "Opinions are like armpits. Everybody has a couple of them and they stink."

True. And plus, I don't want to tick off my cousin because he's voting for that one guy and I'm voting for that other one guy.

Anyway, I'm breaking all my own rules because I stumbled on this article by Robert George, Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton. That means he's super smart.

I'm not a big fan of the 'abortion as the litmus test' mentality. I think it's a incestuously driven, theologically twisted, relationship the evangelical community has with the Republican party. However, this article describes scenarios I haven't read about since I had a mild crush on Aldous Huxley.

Introducing the...What the #@!&? ..."the first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act". This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed "fundamental right" to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, "a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined 'health' reasons."

And the pièce de résistance, I present: the "Clone and Kill."
...He has co-sponsored a bill-strongly opposed by McCain-that would authorize the large-scale industrial production of human embryos for use in biomedical research in which they would be killed. In fact, the bill Obama co-sponsored would effectively require the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage that were produced by cloning. It would make it a federal crime for a woman to save an embryo by agreeing to have the tiny developing human being implanted in her womb so that he or she could be brought to term.

This "clone and kill" bill would, if enacted, bring something to America that has heretofore existed only in China-the equivalent of legally mandated abortion. In an audacious act of deceit, Obama and his co-sponsors misleadingly call this an anti-cloning bill. But it is nothing of the kind. What it bans is not cloning, but allowing the embryonic children produced by cloning to survive.

I also read this article on the same site, Public Discourse: Ethics, Law and the Common Ground.

I know what you're thinking, "What are you doing reading such heady, cerebral essays?" I said I STUMBLED people, it won't happen again.

The gist of the second article revolves around this:

A few years ago, after it became clear that some infants who were born alive in the course of an attempted induced abortion at Christ Hospital in Chicago and elsewhere were being left to die without even comfort care, Republicans and Democrats around the country united in an effort to make the practice illegal and declare that any child outside the womb, even if she was an abortion survivor whose prospects for long-term survival might be in doubt, was entitled to basic medical care. Even the most ardent advocates of the pro-choice position agreed that a child born alive, even after an attempted abortion, deserves humane treatment.

The tragic stories of infants being left to die moved legislators to act at both the state and federal levels. In Washington, D.C., consensus can be a rare commodity, and never more so than on the issue of abortion. But the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 was just such a rarity. The bill passed both houses of Congress without a single dissenting vote-it was 98-0 in the Senate-and numerous states then proceeded to enact similar measures. In Illinois, however, a series of efforts to pass ''Born-Alive'' legislation from 2001 to 2003 met with stiff resistance from legislators concerned the measure would constrain the right to abortion in the state.

Prominent among these opponents, and the only one to actually speak in opposition to the bill when it was debated in 2002, was state Senator Barack Obama.

How does the human race go from being concerned about a women's right to spewing the philosophy of Joseph Goebbels? My how the propaganda has succeeded.

"Obama is deeply committed to the belief that members of an entire class of human beings have no rights that others must respect."
-Robert George, former member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

If he cares so little about the tiniest people on the planet, what makes you think he's going to care about you?

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