Horton and Abortion?

When Horton Hears a Who, he declares to all who ridicule him for protecting a speck of dust! for cryin’ out loud –

A person’s a person, no matter how small!

Horton wasn’t talking about the pre-born, was he???

Unfortunately, it appears not. I just did a Google search, and Wikkipedia, that dubious resource but a good starting point, reports that the good Dr Seuss and his widow both found the appropriation of such a very obvious comment to an “agenda” to be abhorrent.

Still, it’s true – a person is a person, whether he’s been born or not, or a child (the phrase could be used in the war against child abuse) – or how oddly big (Andre the Giant would have appreciated being treated like a regular person, I suspect) –

Why does it seem so difficult to grasp what ought to be an elementary-level truth? A person’s a person….


Kids and crime – violent crime

Thanks to “Dove” for sending me this link about migrating crime waves across America.

I’m horrified to see Charlotte-Mecklenburg as one of the worst cities in America for crime; but I have a feeling that my own community won’t be far behind, per capita. We see evidence of this – I can only identify it as nihilism among the black and Latino youth at our high school.

What’s the remedy?

Pact to become pregnant –

Teen pregnancy is a crisis in all our high schools, but this story is really distressing.

A recent graduate who had a baby during her freshman year told Time she knows why the girls wanted to get pregnant.

“They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Amanda Ireland, 18, said. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.”

What grieves me is the defensiveness with which these girls reject overtures of genuine caring and friendship from the emotionally healthy adults in their lives – their teachers, subs, and others. We don’t get it, I suppose – but what they don’t get is that children don’t come in to the world just to unconditionally love their mamas.

My letter to a Congressional candidate

Sir,
I see from a link on WRAL.com that you are one of our candidates for Congress, come November. I’ve been working in another county and hearing about one particular race, which accounts for my being late in “meeting” you.

I want you to know that I will be voting for Howard Coble in the General Election.

I’ve become increasingly disinfranchised with the Democratic Party I grew up hearing revered by my father. Its support for liberal causes, like gay “rights,” offends me. I say that I contributed to the gay rights movement when I gave my ex-husband his marital freedom through divorce. That was more than enough for a lifetime.

I also disagree with the economy rhetoric. Interesting that, in the past two years, since the DNC controlled the House, and the US economy through its electoral powers, gas prices (and the costs of everything else, consequently) have more than doubled. I wrote of this incongruity to Mr. Kissell over in Biscoe, over the weekend… he has not replied to me.

Moreover, I’m concerned that the DNC is on a bandwagon opposing the war that they unanimously supported back on 9/11, 9/12, 9/13…. 2001 – for a damn good reason. President Bush warned this country that the war against Terror would be slow, difficult, and costly – and not a damned Democrat dared to argue with him in the passion-filled aftermath of 9/11. He was right; the DNC is wrong to have turn-coated. Shame on the DNC.

But most of all, I will not be voting for a Democratic candidate because the issue of Sanctity of Human Life is so vitally important that I have been a single-issue voter since 1976, when I was first eligible to vote. The DNC’s pro-
“choice” plank is so offensive to me that, were I to agree with you about the economy and the war, this one issue would be the deal-breaker.

All the nice talk about helping Americans with … everything we could possibly need? health care, tax relief (ha!) and all that other stuff – doesn’t mean a thing if you are going to say that the unborn are disposable property that can be “liquidated” (horrible choice of words for which I do not apologize) at will. Until America chooses to treat her most vulnerable citizens with respect, then all the other programs you can come up with are a lie.

Just wanted you to know how I – a voter, a blogger, and an outspoken citizen – feel about things.

Laura Lowder