A Pro-Abortion Feminist Speaks Truth (Will Democratic Politicians Dare to Do the Same)

I must admit, when I first heard of Sophie A. Lewis, I thought she was a cleaver hoax invented by a conservative blogger designed to show us just how vacuous a feminist philosopher can be.  Ms. Lewis has been described as feminist uterine geography theorist and cyborg ecologist.  Please!

A newly minted Ph.D, educated in England, now living in Philadelphia, her academic interests include cyborg theory, Marxist feminism, queer environmental humanities and social reproduction i.e. abortion and paid surrogacy.  She refers to a woman with child as a “gestator.” Though one is hard-pressed to make sense of her literary ramblings in a variety of publicans,  The New York Times took her seriously enough to allow a recent op-ed on British feminists who are hostile to transgenders taking over their space.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/opinion/terf-trans-women-britain.html Therefore, one must assume this person, who at first seemed a poor caricature, in print and on YouTube, must be for real.

It’s her latest tirade against efforts to limit abortions in this country that takes this debate where few politicians are willing to go

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The Issue that Divides the Nation

It’s been over four decades since Roe v. Wade and the companion case, Doe v Bolton, the Supreme Court decisions that made abortion legal in all 50 states for any reason, through all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy.   Yet it remains unsettled.  Why?

Roe was a case based on legal quicksand.  In 1973, the majority on the high court found a new constitutional right hiding in the “penumbra of the Bill of Rights.”  For the uninitiated, a penumbra is the secondary shadow the moon cast on the earth during a solar eclipse.   In other words, the Supreme Court made it up.   So if the right to abortion can be found lurking around in the secondary shadows of the Bill of Rights, how many more are lurking around out there?  Scary isn’t it?

The Roe decision has troubled many of our greatest legal minds on both the right and the left. Shortly before his retirement in 1986, Chief Justice Warren Burger, who joined Harry Blackmun in that decision, suggested that Roe be “reexamined.” Continue reading “The Issue that Divides the Nation”

Just Say “NO Thank You” to IWD, Girl Scouts and Their Cookies

This is the week where real feminists separate from their radical counterparts.  For the uninformed, March 8, is officially International Women’s Day, but it is the catalyst for weeklong events held throughout this country and around the world.   Sounds harmless, if not downright inspiring to many unsuspecting women and girls who want to celebrate the right to be all that they can be.  Unfortunately, it comes with a lot of baggage you may not want for your daughter or yourself.https://www.americanprogress.org/events/2019/02/26/466672/international-womens-day/

This annual event was begun in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America.  In 1917, it became a national holiday in Russia and was primarily celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until 1975 when it was embraced by the United Nations. Continue reading “Just Say “NO Thank You” to IWD, Girl Scouts and Their Cookies”

Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)

When I arrived at church for a mid-week Bible study, the place was abuzz with the news that New York had just passed a horrendous abortion law that would allow the practice up to the actual moment of birth.

My heart sank.  Not because of this new law, but because that has, in effect, been the law of the land since 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down Roe v Wade and its companion case Doe v Bolton.  Could it be that the majority of the people in my church and other churches are ignorant of this terrible stain on our nation?

This law in New York broke no new ground in terms of when a fully-formed, viable pre-born baby can be legally killed. Nothing has changed.  Let’s be clear:  The United States has one of the most permissive and barbaric abortion laws of any country in the world.   Continue reading “Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)”

Senate Punts on Defunding Planned Parenthood, Again

Last week  Sen. Ron Paul (D-Ken) succeeded in getting a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood and, in doing so, exposed his party’s hypocrisy on two important issues:  protecting life  and ending deficit spending.

Planned Parenthood is arguably one of the most evil organizations in America.  Thanks to the efforts of undercover journalists this organization was caught red-handed trying to sell the body parts of little aborted babies, which is illegal.  http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/

However, to date, Planned Parenthood has managed to escape prosecution, claiming the charges only covered doctors’ fees and transportation, despite what was said on these nauseating videos.  Meanwhile,  the filmmakers involved in the investigation are still fighting off lawsuits.

The outrage is compounded by the fact that Congress has been giving this fat-cat, highly political organization a half billion of our hard-earned tax dollars each year.   With the Republican Party — the party that has pledged to protect life — in control, reasonable people who put all these lawmakers in office expected this to end.   Continue reading “Senate Punts on Defunding Planned Parenthood, Again”

March for Life vs. Women’s March: A Study in Contrasts

Last weekend saw tens of thousands flock to Washinton, DC and major cities throughout the United States to exercise a basic right of individuals in a free society:  The right to rally and march in support of a cause:  One side gathered to support life; the other side gathered to support the right to take the life of the most vulnerable among us, a child in the womb.

Forty-five years after the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the two sides show up on or near the anniversary of arguably the most controversial decision ever handed down by the nation’s highest court, a decision that now hangs by a legal thread.

However, for the last two years, the pro-abortion side has morphed into an anti-Trump protest. Homosexuals, transexuals, illegal immigrants, witches, prostitutes, socialists filled the streets along with women who were not shy about expressing their distaste for the current occupant of the White House.

The marches were a study in contrasts:  One march was angry, loud, disrespectful and crude.  The other peaceful, respectful and at times even joyful.   Continue reading “March for Life vs. Women’s March: A Study in Contrasts”

Report Card on President Trump’s First 12 Days

Hate him or love him, you must admit that President Trump has been working overtime to do the things he believes will make this country great again.   In his first 11 days,  he has signed more executive actions that any other president in modern history.  In addition, he rounded out his cabinet, held meetings with business and union leaders, spent hours in person or on the phone with world leaders and gave us a Supreme Court nominee.

President’s can’t make law.  Therefore, Trump will have to depend on Congress to see that his major policy proposals become reality.  However, presidents have wide discretion how our laws are implemented and many of his moves have already changed the status quo.

Some initial actions are perfunctory and done by every president.   Therefore, for this report card I am focusing only on those that have a direct bearing on policy.

Cabinet Picks —  Tells us a lot about how serious a president is about keeping his campaign promises.  Trump’s picks, unlike Obama’s policy wonks, have real world experience.  They have achieved tremendous success and are willing to give the agencies they run the benefit of that experience.  Others such as Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos have spent years working to advance the policies on which Trump campaigned.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13765  —   Minimizes the economic effects of Obamacare by directing federal agencies to give states, insurance companies and consumers the maximum amount of flexibility in complying with the law.  Trump is laying down a marker that he intends to see Obamacare repealed and replaced.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership — Trump is making good on his promise to negotiate trade deals to make sure they are both fair and profitable.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Mexico City Policy — Trump not only reimplemented the policy put in place by President Reagan that prevents our tax money from going to overseas family planning agencies that perform abortions, he expanded it.

Grade A+

Presidential Memorandums on the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — Ordered agencies involved to expedite these projects.  Also ordered the Department of Commerce to review ways to mandate the use of American-made steel in all pipeline projects in the U.S.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13766  — Expedited Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects.  Remember all those “shovel-ready” jobs that Obama promised?  By the time they saw the light of day they were loaded down with millions of dollars of bureaucratic waste.

Grade A

Presidential Memorandum:  Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing — The first step to bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13767:  Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements —

Build the wall and hire more border security officers.

Grade A+

Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior — Cuts off federal funds to Sanctuary Cities and gives immigrations officers the authority to deport any noncitizen judged to be a threat to pubic safety.

Grade A+

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States  —  Immediate travel ban for the seven countries judged to be most dangerous for 90 days until we can reform the vetting process. Despite what you may have heard, the threat from refugees is real.  Since September 11, 2001, at least 40 people admitted to the U.S. as refugees have been implicated in terrorism. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/10/jeff-sessions-highlights-20-vetted-terrorist-refugees-obama-ramps-admissions-terror-hot-spots/ Trump was criticized for not giving our security agencies time to thoroughly brief all those involved with implementing this order.  However, this would have leaked and given those intent on doing us harm an opportunity to sneak in before the ban.  There was no perfect way to do this without inconveniencing the people affected by the ban.

Grade B

National Security Presidential Memorandum 1: Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces —Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget are to come up with a plan to bolster the military, examine our nuclear arsenal and missile-defense capabilities.

Grade A

National Security Presidential Memorandum 3 — Plan to Defeat ISIS to be delivered in 30 days

Grade A

Executive Order:  Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs —  Requires agencies to rescind two regulations for every new one.  Total cost of all new regulations for 2017, including those repealed, to be 0.

Grade A+

The Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court —  Another campaign promise delivered.  He picked this nominee from the list he presented to the voters which he compiled with the help of the Federalist Society.  Indications are that Judge Gorsuch is a strict constructionist in the mold of Antonin Scalia but only time will tell.

Grade Incomplete