Thursday, March 31, 2016

Is Abortion Murder?

If you are the sort of person who truly believes that a fetus has rights equal to that of a fully birthed human being, then denying the fetus the full rights that apply to the fully birthed human human being does not logically follow,  Right?    Whether the "fetus" acquires these rights at conception, or at some point later in pregnancy (viability) is immaterial - at some designated point of fetal life these "human" rights are acquired.

If you are the sort of person who agrees that a fetus of whatever age has a "right to life," then a deliberate abortion of a fetus is a form of murder.  Punishing solely the actual performer of the abortion but not the mother, and others who "aid and abet" this "procedure" seems illogical as well.  Whether the "murder" of a fetus is somehow less than the murder of a "birthed" human is arguable, I guess.  Nevertheless it might, at the very least, be judged a "depraved indifference to human life."

It appears, however, that the vast majority of the American people do not agree with this.  Mothers who abort their pregnancies should not be punished.

If it is agreed that there should be no punishment for a mother who deliberately aborts her unborn child, but punishment should be exerted on a mother who kills her birthed child, then clearly fetal right-to-life is not equal to that of fully birthed human beings.

Fetal right-to-life has not reached the level of a moral imperative. And that's the way it should be.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trump, Trump, Trump

Donald Trump, Donald Trump.  Everywhere you look, everything you read - all about Trump, Trump, Trump.  Revile him all you want - he is a success as a presidential candidate.  Deride him as often as you wish - it will neither harm him nor faze him.   He is a media-master, far surpassing other candidates and even outdistancing the media stars and media pundits.

Donald Trump is a "problem," but not the basic problem - he is the result of the basic problem.  He represents the disgruntled, disgusted middle-class American - Republican, Democrat and independent.  He has hit a sensitive American nerve - he has come out.  He has come out of the closet of political correctness and taken on the yelling and screaming popularized by Howard Beale, the disgruntled news anchor portrayed by Peter Finch in the 1976 award winning movie "Network."  "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore," he cried.  "Bullshit," said Beale.  "Bull****" says Trump!

Trump is a disaster - a demagogue, a clown, a liar, an evader, a fabricator of facts, an exaggerator ....... and more.  He is without experience, without class, without decency, without respect for others ....... and more. But despite all this - he is forgiven!  He remains the overwhelming choice of millions of Americans!  He is the "People's Choice!"  Trump is not responsible for Trump.  We, the people, are responsible for Trump!

To quote Pogo, from Walt Kelly's comic strip of the same name, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Shame on Trump ....... Shame on Us!

Let's hope we will get better than we deserve!