Thursday, November 20, 2008

Want Pro-Life? Vote Constitution!

I allowed myself the luxury of being a single issue voter this year.

My reason was simple- I've become very cynical about the whole voting process, and Obama was sure to take my state anyway (by 15 polling points at the time I voted).  So I allowed myself to follow my faith, and vote Seamless Garment of Life.

This did NOT, surprising to some, lead me to vote Republican.

Republicans like to say that they're pro-life.  But 17 of the last 35 years they've had majorities on the Supreme Court, and have yet to even consider revoking Roe V. Wade

For 6 out of the past 8 years, they've held majorities in Congress, in State Legistatures, and in the Presidency, yet Ron Paul's Right to Life Amendment couldn't get out of committee.

Due to these two facts, I'm forced to assume that for Republicans at least, being pro-life is nothing more than campaign promises to be broken.

And thus, I did the logical thing, and voted for the only pro-life party left in the system.


norm said...

I've been interested in hearing from adults with autism (or things on that spectrum)as an insight into what my ten year old high functioning autistic son goes/will go through.
I've heard some say "Don't ask me about kids, I'm no expert on children or parenting" but I don't think that's the point.
Instead, it's talking to adults who can explain certain things they've gone through with more perspective than a child might be able to....or pointing out certain problems that, with hindsight, could have been avoided.
Everyone's different, to be sure, but that doesn't mean there can't be some common ground or useful insight here and there that can be applied to my (or someone else's) situation.
For my part...I wouldn't want to presume to say I know what being autistic is like.
I'm weird, socially akward, and was catagorized as a "gifted" kid in school.
Luckily I could draw, so I got into a career that saw "weirdness" as an asset instead of a liability (at least up to a point)
But, that said, my son is dealing with things I never had to....or at least to a degree far greater than I had to.
So, anything I can learn to help understand what it's like for him will be a good thing.

...of course, I talk to him too...but any other insight I can get will also be helpful.

norm said...

Talk about akward.
I replied to the wrong post.
I meant to reply to the previous entry...

ConceptJunkie said...

It was my intention from the beginning to not vote for either of the Big Two (like I would ever vote Democrat at the national level). However, I let my father talk me into voting Republican as the best means to vote against Obama. So, I caved and voted for the lesser of two evils, again. Although I didn't necessarily agree with voting for the Big R, I do believe Obama presents such a danger to the foundation of this country that voting against him, rather than for someone is a justifyable act, and I have a ton of respect for my father's opinion.

I would have most likely voted Constitution otherwise. Frankly, this country doesn't even resemble the Republic that was founded in 1789, and I am confident beyond all doubt it will completely fail in the coming decades unless we can return it to what it was originally intended to be. The United States cannot remain the huge monolith it is now without tearing itself apart, and the Founding Fathers, who are smarter than anyone who has served in our government in the past 100 years, understood this. That's why they reserved most of the power to the States.

If the country were run as intended, we could have Red States and Blue States coexisting in harmony instead of constantly struggling against each other to dominate because the super-powerful, centralized Uber-Government does not allow diversity. Thus we are doomed to divisiveness.

Ted Seeber said...

Norm: Ask whatever questions you wish, I'll try to address them in future posts. But given the age of your son, I suggest the best thing you can give him right now is a sense of proportion to mitigate his anger. Anger has always been my killer- and it hasn't always expressed itself in obvious ways- my obsessive side runs towards passive-aggressive behavior, and anybody who can obsess will come up with solutions that are hard to catch yet create extreme destruction.

Concept Junkie- I come from more of a liberation theology standpoint, however, I'm with you and maybe a bit more recently than the US founding fathers, GK Chesterton. In fact, I'm almost to the point where I'd say you can't possibly expect any economic system to be moral past two degrees of separation between individuals; there simply isn't enough information of what the other person is going through to judge.

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