Be Careful What You Wish For…

The other day I was looking through images of last week’s “Women’s March” and I found this:

I found the image disturbing and, on the off-chance that the banner holders were serious about their message, I would like to point out that:

  1. Mary did have a choice: She chose life knowing the tremendous hardship it would place on her.
  2. The United States was founded on Christian principles. Without these principles, the U.S. would be a radically different place, if it would exist at all. It is probable that, had the U.S. been founded under any other belief (or non-belief) system, this demonstration (or any demonstration) would be snuffed out before it began and all the participants arrested.
  3. Since the founding of this nation, the Catholic Church has helped more people of all races and creed than any other organization. Before there was government healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the Catholic Church was there providing hospitals, shelters, and orphanages to serve all people, regardless of their beliefs but particularly the poor and most in need, without any government assistance.

The Women’s March coincided with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and, while the apparent emphasis of the march was to demonstrate for equal rights for women, an important focus of this event was on a woman’s right to abortion. This Supreme Court case, along with the Dred Scott decision are the worst decisions ever handed down by the court. In both cases, a portion of the population were excluded from legal protection. In Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court concluded that slaves and former slaves were not citizens and had no legal standing. In Roe v. Wade, the court concluded that the unborn had no rights until they left the womb. The legal gymnastics performed by Justice Blackmun to justify the majority decision, along with the rationale behind NFIB v. Sibelius, shows that, under the right circumstances, anything could be justified and that morality is whatever we deem it to be.

At what point do we become a person? At conception? 12 weeks? 20 weeks? Birth? 18 years?

Under today’s laissez-faire morality, we get to decide that. We’ve become “like gods“.

Freedom has come to mean that we can do whatever we want (“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose“) as long as we don’t hurt anyone else. But, just as a pebble dropped into a lake sends ripples (however imperceptible) to the furthest shore, so too all of our actions affect everyone and the consequences of our actions have far-reaching implications across space and time. The lost potential of the millions of aborted babies is known only to God but if we value human life, we should value it at all stages of its existence. Our acquiescence to the ‘culture of abortion’ cheapens all of our lives, hardens all of our hearts, and goes against the definition of “civilized”.

God wants us to be His sons and daughters; that’s why we are endowed with free will. Like a father, He wants us to love and commune with Him not because we’re obligated to but because we want to. Similarly, if we choose not be with Him, He will respect our decision to separate ourselves from Him. He will be hurt (as any parent whose child abandons them would be) and He will always be waiting at the door for your return, but your decision not to return will be respected. But, if God is everywhere, where can we go where He is not?

We have become like gods…where are we to go?

Something to be thankful about…

Well…

I’ve put it off as long as I could but the pressure was just too great. With the race for the presidency narrowing down to Hill and Don, I’ve been inundated with letters, emails, tweets, and text messages from family, friends, and dignitaries (both domestic and foreign) imploring me to restore sanity to the electoral process by declaring my candidacy.

Here is just a sampling of the messages I’ve received within the last two weeks:

“… no seas huevón, che; acaba de declararte” (Pope Francis)

“… please save us from these clown college rejects!” (Francisco “Paco” Jones)

“…The future of the Delta Quadrant rests on your shoulders! (J.L. Picard).

Even adversaries responded:

“If you declare, you’re DEAD! DEAD! Ya hear me? D-E-D: DEAD” (D. Trump)

“Enough already with the emails! If… she… he… wants to… what was the question?” (B. Sanders)

“What is this? A shakedown? I gave you plenty of money to stay out of the race! You want more? Let’s talk.” (H.Clinton)

Therefore, after careful consideration, I’ve decided to throw:

My hat into the ring

My hat into the ring

 As you well know, I am a no-nonsense guy and I will bring real solutions to the problems that are facing our nation:

Crippling national debt? My first order of business will be to assemble a task force to search the couches at the Clinton Foundation for loose change. I’m certain we’ll go from deficit to surplus in a matter of minutes! Problem solved.

Entitlement reforms? Not necessary. You can have all your ‘free stuff’; we’ll just put it all on Bernie Sander’s Discover card. Problem solved.

Vladimir Putin? Wait’ll you see Tutti riding horseback shirtless (and pantless)! Problem solved.

The Borg? Oh, well, that one might take a bit longer (resistance IS futile).

I am the logical choice of voters whose IQ is greater than their shoe size.

Without further ado, I hereby unveil my campaign slogan and poster:

2T-4-2016

2t-4-2016I’m Da Guy!

Oh, … and Hillary: Let’s do lunch!