The pornography of abortion 3


By Tom Quiner

Larry Flynt, pornographer

America’s best-known pornographer calls for the destruction of Downs Syndrome babies.

In a recent interview, he said:

“Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don’t think anybody will want her near the White House.”

Notice Mr. Flynt’s characterization of Ms. Palin’s child as an “it.” Just as he sees people as objects in his line of work, so he sees Down’s children as “its.”

He suggests that Down Syndrome babies, pre-born or otherwise, are undeserving of life because of their flawed condition, as he views it.

In other words, they are not fully human, thus his characterization of them as an it.

Downs children tend to have lower IQs and shorter life expectancies than the general population.

Nonetheless, they know how to laugh, to cry, to love. I know, because my nephew has Downs Syndrome. His “love gene” is more developed than anyone I know. He loves people, whether family, friends, or strangers. He loves God and prays more robustly than I.

Using Mr. Flynt’s standard, one might ask Larry Flynt if HE is deserving of life in light of his own impaired condition. He is barely able to hold up his neck or communicate due to paralysis.

People of most political persuasions would affirm Mr. Flynt’s right to life, despite his impairment. However, those on the political left would likely agree in characterizing a preborn Down’s baby as an “it.”

Here is the question: is the definition of what is a person flexible, subject to the whims of the age?

Pornographers view humanity threw a skewed prism. All are objects, whether it is their clientele who consume their product, or their casts who perform before the camera, only to be discarded when Father Time renders their bodies as undesirable.

But what about the political left? Are they any better? After all they, view the object in the womb as an object from the moment of conception until birth, an object  to be discarded at the whim of the mother for any reason at all.

At least you can understand the pornographer’s motive: it’s all about the money.

There’s no doubt that abortion is big business, too. But that’s not the driving motive for the rank and file leftist. They are unable or unwilling to see the humanity of the baby in the womb.

That is the ultimate obscenity of abortion.

And yet the challenge mankind has had to face throughout history is to do just that: to see the humanity in his neighbor. When we let our prejudice and the dark side of our nature prevail, we end up with Holocausts and Slavery.

And Abortion.

The stakes are high. An entire group of human beings are on the verge of extinction. I’m talking Down Syndrome babies. Nine out of ten parents with a prenatal Downs diagnosis choose to abort their child.

I am sympathetic to the challenges of raising a Downs child, having watched my nephew grow up. It’s not always easy. Most people would not make the choice. But those that do seem united in their decision: it was worth it.

God bless them.

These so-called “impaired” human beings, these Downs children, seem to have an amazing capacity to make the word a better place.

Can Mr. Flynt say the same?

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Pascal Duquenne, French movie star with Downs

[Today’s subject brings to mind a French movie worth viewing: The Eighth Day, starring Pascal Duquenne. It’s a story about a “normal” middle-aged man who doesn’t discover his own humanity until he is befriended by a young man with Downs. You won’t see a film like this very often. Watch it and tell me our brothers and sisters with Downs are subhuman. I dare you!]

Words of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln 1


By Tom Quiner

The man who freed the slaves has some words of wisdom that the current President might take issue with.

Enjoy these great words from Abraham Lincoln:

“Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence.”

Senatorial arrogance 1


By Tom Quiner

Why did Republicans make such historic gains in the election of 2010? Would you agree that Federal spending was surely one of the top three reasons?

Most would say it was the single, biggest issue worrying voters.

As a result, Democrats lost the House.

As a result, Democrats lost Senate seats.

As a result, Democrats lost Governorships and state legislative seats throughout the country.

In light of this moment of electoral clarity, how did Congress respond?

The House listened. Led by Congressman, Paul Ryan, Republicans crafted and passed a budget that addressed the spending issues that have voters so concerned.

How about the Democratically-controlled Senate?

The answer is: they’ve done nothing.

The President’s budget was presented and was voted down 97-0. Not a single Democrat voted for their man’s budget!

So how about the Republican’s budget? What did they think of Paul Ryan’s budget?

They voted it down 57-40.

The Senate was supposed to have passed a budget a month ago, but they haven’t.

Democrats in the Senate haven’t even introduced a budget proposal.

Seven-hundred and fifty-six days have passed since the Senate has even passed a budget resolution despite Federal statute that calls on them to do it each year.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, says the Ryan plan “makes the rich richer and the sick sicker.”

If he doesn’t like it, why doesn’t his party pass an alternative budget?

He claims the Ryan plan “breaks the promise” of Medicare for American Seniors.

His premise is surely debatable. But if he and his party feel that way, all they have to do is take the political heat and do what they are required to do by law: pass a budget.

But they refuse.

They’d rather play politics while America is burning.

What cowards.

The last time America had their financial house somewhat in order was in the days when Republicans controlled the House and Senate and a Democrat, Bill Clinton, was President.

The tension between the two parties checked each others’ spending habits.

As much as I would like to see President Obama replaced as CEO of America, I would much prefer to see Republicans retake the Senate in 2012.

Mr. Reid and his party have abdicated their responsibility. They deserve to be replaced.

Why America’s debt must be addressed now 3


By Tom Quiner

I spent a couple of hours with my financial planner yesterday.

Something struck me: baby boomers like me can really be hurt if America’s indebtedness isn’t addressed quickly. And if Baby Boomers run out of money, our kids could be wiped out because there are so many of us Baby Boomers they’re going to have to take care of (and pay for).

That’s why America’s financial house needs critical addressing.

We hear things like we’ve got a $13.5 TRILLION national debt. But what does that even mean? It means that EVERY U.S. citizen enjoys a $356,000 liability. This doesn’t even count unfunded pension liabilities at the state and local levels that add up to another $574 billion.

What could happen? Last year, the Congressional Budget Office warned that …

“… it’s possible that investors would lose confidence abruptly and interest rates on government debt would rise sharply.”

The former Comptroller General of the U.S., David Walker, warned:

“We are heading for a future where we will have to double federal taxes or cut federal spending by 60%.”

Thomas Hoenig, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, warned:

“The fiscal projections for the U.S. are so stunning that, one way or another, reform will occur. Fiscal policy is on an unstainable course. The U.S. government must make adjustments in its spending and tax programs. It is that simple. If pre-emptive corrective action is not taken regarding the fiscal outlook, then the U.S. is precipitating its own next crisis.”

How did we get into this mess? For the first time in history, according to the Wall Street Journal, half of Americans receive some form of government payments.

How bad is it? Laurence Kotlikoff, writing for http://www.bloomberg.com, puts it this way:

“Based on the CBO’s data, I calculate a fiscal gap of $202 trillion which is more than 15 times the official debt.”

Have you ever thought of the ramifications if America went bankrupt? It is possible if we don’t halt and reduce our spending binge.  And the consequences would be dire:

1. Your life savings could be dramatically reduced as government inflates the currency in a foolish attempt to pay off debtors with funny money.

2. Your taxes will skyrocket. We can’t do it on the back of the rich. There just aren’t enough of them. As things stand now, only 53% of households in the U.S. even pay any federal income taxes.

3. Your social security and medicare payments would be jeopardized. The money for these programs aren’t stashed away in a vault. They come from your neighbors who pay taxes. If the U.S. is scrambling to pay off debtors, you may be left holding the bag.

4. Your standard of living will drop off a lot. National bankruptcy will plunge us into the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression, if not worse.

I get sick of hearing about doomsday scenarios, so forgive me for presenting such depressing information. But we can fix our fiscal problems if Congress begins acting like adults. In other words, they have to make tough decisions. That’s their job. They’re the ones spending the money. Congress needs to reduce spending now. Don’t tell me “we’re all responsible.” We’re not. Congress controls spending.

Congressman Paul Ryan’s “roadmap” is the only serious plan being presented. It’s not perfect, but it is intelligent, and it is doable.

We’d better do something fast. Time isn’t on our side.

Former CBO Director slams the President’s budget Reply


By Tom Quiner

Former Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin

I have a love-hate affair with the Congressional Budget Office.

I appreciate their independence.  They beat up on Republicans and Democrats alike.

I think they sometime miss the mark in their projections, though, because they utilize static, rather than dynamic, economic projections.  In other words, they don’t acknowledge that tax increases (or decreases) might affect spending behavior and the amount of taxes the government takes in.

Let’s set aside that point for today.

Rather, let’s listen to what former Director of the CBO, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, has to say about President Obama’s budget:

“At present the (publicly-held) debt-to-GDP ratio is still below 65 percent. In Obama’s budgets it is projected to reach 90 percent over the next ten years despite the facts that:

● The economy is assumed to grow robustly and return to full employment (thereby eliminating the biggest source of historic shortfalls), and

● Revenues are assumed to rise — due to repeal of the Bush cuts for the top two brackets and other factors — to levels approaching those present in 2001.

So why does Obama choose (and let’s face it, you can put anything in a budget, so it is achoice) to run a deficit of $1.2 trillion in 2021? Spending. Why does he choose to drive the federal budget into a debt spiral? Spending. Why are this nation’s growth, social safety net, and credit rating at risk? Spending.”

For the record, Mr. Holz-Eakin is no partisan hack. He is very critical of the prescription drug plan passed by a Republican Congress and signed by former President George W. Bush.

His take-away point for today is this: we’ve got a spending problem, not a tax problem. It is important for the blogosphere to hammer this point home because the mainstream media surely won’t.

It is imperative that the Tea Party Movement continue to keep both political parties accountable.