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January 25, 2008

2008 Candidates on abortion

Filed under: American Culture,National Issue,Politics — Tags: , , , — wally @ 3:14 pm

This post is an adjunct to Right to Life.

I feel that the right of an unborn child to live is about the most basic right there can be for anyone regardless of nationality, religion etc. Yet our nation’s candidates are split into 2 camps on this issue. In the case of the 3 Democratic Party front runners; Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, they all seem to think that woman’s right to choose supersedes the right of a child to live. Even to the extent that they all oppose banning gruesome partial birth abortions. They say that children who are cruel to pets grow up to be serial killers, but I say that surely at least a few have grown up to be Democrat presidential candidates.

Barack Obama – Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. “I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue for the women and families who make these decisions.

Hillary Clinton – Supports Roe v. Wade; opposes ban on partial-birth abortions; judges should protect women’s rights. “This decision, which is one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul searching decisions a woman and a family can make, is also one in which the government should have no role.

John Edwards – Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposed John Roberts’s nomination, partly based on his abortion views. I believe in a woman’s right to choose…I believe they should have the freedom to make them for themselves.

NYT Election Guide 2008

For myself, I tend to value life over choice and convenience. Also, being number 6 in a family of 8 kids, I am happy my parents valued life as I do. And lastly I am happy that there is a political party that believes the same. The Republican Party has a wide field of candidates all basically for a child’s right to life.

John McCain – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but has been supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; “strict constructionist judges.”

Mike Huckabee – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions; opposes federal funding. I’m pro-life because I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if it’s the life of all.

Fred Thompson – Wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “We’ve had a lot of different kind of issues come up in the Senate from federal funding to stem cell research, Roe versus Wade and the partial birth abortion debate or as former Senator Pat Moynihan of New York used to say it’s more like infanticide than partial birth abortion.”

Mitt Romney – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, but was supportive in the past; supported Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. “I’ve always been personally pro-life, but for me there was a great question about whether or not government should intrude in that decision. And when I ran for office, I said I’d protect the law as it was, which is effectively a pro-choice position. About two years ago when we were studying cloning in our state, I said, look, we have gone too far; it’s a brave new world mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us; and I change my mind…I won’t apologize to anybody for becoming pro-life.”

Ron Paul – Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade; opposes partial-birth abortions. “As an obstetrician, I know that partial birth abortion is never a necessary medical procedure. It is a gruesome, uncivilized solution to a social problem.”
NYT Election Guide 2008

If some day it were possible to ask the unborn child how they felt about their impending abortion, I’m reasonably sure they would choose their right to life over your right to choose.

January 18, 2008

Fred Thompson: Education

Filed under: American Culture,Politics — Tags: , , — wally @ 4:51 am

I think this is the third post regarding Fred Thompson’s position and direction on several issues key for American, both in everyday life and in next years presidential election. As a parent, what Fred has to say in this white paper on education hits right at home. A child’s education truly does start at home and it is important to have an education system that supports parents rather than attempting to negate them.

Fred Thompson believes that every child in America deserves a quality education, and that every parent should determine how that is best accomplished. Despite the tens of billions of dollars spent on education by Washington each year, and the hundreds of federal education programs now in place, our children are still falling behind, particularly in subjects crucial to success in the global economy in which we live. Given the importance of education to our nation’s security, prosperity, and unity, we should all be alarmed and committed to solving this problem.

At a time when America is behind other developed countries in education excellence, the federal role in education is too intrusive and too bureaucratic, and has become part of the problem. No Child Left Behind was a good start — the testing component, in particular, was a necessary measure. The associated federal mandates, however, have put significant administrative burdens on teachers and caused many States to lower testing standards.

State and local governments are closest to the parents, the kids, and the schools. They are best situated to implement changes and innovations that result in better educated children. A new, simplified, federal education block grant program with objective testing standards would bring us closer to reaching the shared goal of improving our schools, while preserving local control. We must begin by returning to our core principles of more parental control and choice, higher standards, and greater accountability as described below:

Empowering Parents, Teachers, and Local School Boards

  • Give parents the ability to choose the best setting situation to meet the needs of their children–whether in a public, private, religious, home or charter school setting.
  • Empower parents and provide choices through vouchers and tax credits.
  • Help educators and school boards by removing federal bureaucratic red-tape and paperwork.

Promoting Higher Standards for Academic Excellence

  • Give states greater flexibility to better measure individual student progress by encouraging the development of individualized state education plans.
  • Remove federal mandates that penalize states for adhering to higher academic standards.
  • Condition education funding on states setting objective, measurable test standards.
  • Encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ensuring Accountability within America’s Education System

  • Measure individual student progress and provide assistance to those who need it.
  • Challenge America’s children to succeed in the competitive global economy by offering advanced course-work and more focused educational opportunities.
  • Incentivize teachers who help close the achievement gap by rewarding them for serving in the most challenging schools.
  • Promote transparency to assess academic performance and share innovations in education.


January 16, 2008

Grand Old Partisan

Filed under: American Culture,Politics — Tags: , — wally @ 5:38 am

It seems like only yesterday that I was fielding comments regarding racism and lack of diversity in the Republican Party and then today I get a great little emailed story from a Republican friend.  Here’s a piece:

 “The first Republican I knew was my father and he is still the Republican I most admire.  He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote.  The Republicans did.  My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I.”

That was a quote by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from the 2000 Republican National Convention.    The emailed story, or post was from Michael Zak’s site Grand Old Partisan.  I’ve added a link my blogroll and for a time I will be displaying their RSS feed in one of the sidebars.  Michael Zak describes the purpose for his mission and his site as.

…Republicans can be thrown on the defensive on nearly any issue because most do not appreciate our Party’s heritage of civil rights achievement. Our heritage is the moral high ground, and giving that up costs us the political initiative. Republican candidates and activists would benefit tremendously from integrating this truth into political campaigns.

He seems to be a rather prolific writer so there doesn’t look to be any shortage of reading material.

Fred Thompson: Traditional American Values

Filed under: American Culture,Politics — Tags: , , — wally @ 4:31 am

In Fred Thompson’s white paper on Traditional American Values he addresses a few key values that set America apart from the rest of the world. In part, these traditional values are what makes us who we are as Americans.

I strongly believe that a lot of hardship and despair in our nation today is a direct result of our society straying too far from these traditional family values.

  • Protecting Life
    Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan’s “Mexico City” policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.
  • Supporting Marriage
    Fred Thompson believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that this institution is the foundation of society. As such, he supported the Defense of Marriage Act when he served in the Senate. He supports a constitutional amendment to prevent activist judges from misreading the Constitution to force same-sex marriage on any state and on our society.
  • Protecting our Kids
    While censorship is dangerous, obscenity is not legally protected, and laws against it should be vigorously enforced. Parents need to be empowered to protect their children from inappropriate matter, whether on TV, in video games, or on the computer. And we must do all we can to fight the explosion of child pornography over the Internet.
  • Limiting the Role of the Judiciary
    For many years, the judiciary has been too eager to engage in social engineering under the guise of interpreting the Constitution. Fred Thompson is a lawyer who understands the difference between interpreting the law and making it. He is committed to appointing judges who understand and respect that difference and who will only interpret and apply the law, not make it. When President Bush needed someone to shepherd the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States, he turned to Fred Thompson, who steered the Roberts nomination to its successful confirmation. John Roberts represents the kind of judges Fred Thompson would seek to appoint as President.


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