Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Real Issues Politicians and Society Love to Leave Out!

Everybody agrees that in the upcoming US election more is at stake than any other....Why? Not because of the economy, not because of war, not because of the environment...More is at stake because fundamental human liberties are at stake - freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage. The upcoming election will determine whether the US will be a champion for human rights or a slave of human greed, passion and lack of sense. This article was originally submitted to Kenosha News, which refused to publish it as is.

In this day and age, of technology, science, discovery and politics, everybody gives the impression they understand the real issues. What people forget is that there are real real issues and imagined real issues. In our democratic society, or at least democratic in name, we elect politicians to deal with some pretty big issues. Their competence varies, as obviously do, the consequences.

There is no denying we have become a selfist, egocentric, narcissistic society, where often we pretend to act in the interest of others while in reality the universe centers around the “me” or “myself” or “I”. Professor Daniel Yankelovich, in his book “New Rules” describes selfism as a destructive trait that puts the self first, sacrifices the welfare of others for the sake of self fulfillment, and believes others (the world) must do everything to fulfill oneself (interestingly this type of behavior correlates well with the definition of drug addiction). This has affected the whole of our society, whether we like to admit it or not, but has had the most dire consequences in its influence of the higher echelons of our social system – namely in politics and the courts – where laws are made, interpreted, misinterpreted and distorted.

So what’s the deal? Another election is on its way and with it come the masquerades. We worry about the economy, the war, about many things and some more than others worry about the degradation of social moral fiber and the consequences of an election outcome on the moral fabric of society – which is a very real problem. This is where the real issues come in. Bioethical standards have evaporated right in front of our nose and we don’t even flinch. We have lost the plot, and some politicians more than others. We have resorted to defining points A and B on the lifetime of the human person, which we have no right to do. We have descended into the anarchy of a Godless society, into the same ideology that nourished and sustained Hitler and his party, in killing the millions he killed - Jews, gypsies, handicapped; in the human experimentation they carried out which included a euthanasia project, Mengele's twin studies at Auschwitz, sterilization experiments, Dachau hypothermia and high altitude experiments, Buchenwald biological warfare experiments. Society has reverted back to this behavior, and yet we choose to be blind to it – we fight to kill those we deem in a vegetative state (we call it mercy killing these days); to kill the unborn; to experiment with the human embryo (which is human, whether we want to admit it or not since if it was not human at the beginning, it would never be human at a later point) etc.etc.

We seem to live in denial and at the same time in a haze…We have lost our emotions and hide behind sophisticated words e.g. the selfish “right to choose” (of some), while at the same time we deprive others of their civil rights. What else would lead a presidential candidate (and there are many like him) to say that if his children make the "mistake" of becoming pregnant he would not "want them punished with a baby".[1]

Why are we so hypocritical in our behavior - openly condemning the atrocities described above and yet we are so indifferent to the barbarity described in the following quotes describing abortion procedures as described by those that carry them out in our own back yard? I challenge anybody, including our eloquently spoken politicians, church leaders of any denomination who teach and preach Christ on Sunday, and condone and support this barbarity the rest of the week, including in their support of politicians that have openly supported this; and as a Catholic, I challenge those who call themselves Catholic, including those in public office who dare defend such barbarity, or distort the teachings of the Church, while calling themselves Catholics (when in two millennia, NOBODY has the consistent record of defending human dignity more than the Catholic Church), to tell me and tell the electorate how all of the following can be defined as humane or how it is different to the barbarity committed by Nazis, and many other undocumented regimes?

“The fetus passes through the catheter and either dies in transit as it’s passing through the catheter or dies in the suction bottle after it’s actually all the way out.”[2]

“A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus…"[3]

“The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix.”[4]

“We would attack the lower part of the lower extremity first, remove, you know, possibly a foot, then the lower leg at the knee and then finally we get to the hip."[5]

“Typically the skull is brought out in fragments rather than as a unified piece…"[6]

Wake up America!!! Or you’ll be the cause of your own demise!!! As Pope John Paul II had said “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope” – that’s what Europe and much of the world has become (and I say this out of what my family experienced when we lived on two other continents). Let’s not follow suit. Be informed when you vote. Remember if it’s legal today to get rid of “them”, tomorrow may come and you and I could be one of “them”. God bless America!!!

[1] Barack Obama at a town hall meeting in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, April 1st 2008.
[2] Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist. He describes legal activity
[3] From the medical textbook Abortion Practice – Dr. Warren Hern, p.154, describing legal activity
[4] US Supreme Court, Gonzales vs. Carhart, April 18, 2007, describing the D&E procedure, which is legal
[5] Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist. He describes legal activity
[6] Sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S), by Dr. Martin Haskell, an abortionist. He describes legal activity