A demented dearth of character

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This is the President of the United States? The “leader of the free world?” The face of American society?

On April 27, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at one of his endless pep rallies, Donald Trump lied to a crowd of some 10,000 supporters that newborn babies in their state are wrapped in a blanket shortly after birth while the doctor and mother decide whether to “execute” them.

He pointed out that Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers had stated “he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive. Born alive.” (Evers promised to veto a bill that could send doctors to prison for life if they fail to give medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt.)

Donald, in a gruesomely graphic way just had to leap at this opportunity to plant poison in the public mind. He said, “The baby is born; the mother meets with the doctor; they wrap the baby beautifully; and then the doctor and mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”

His tone turning to incredulity, he continued: “You hear late-term, but this is where the baby is born. It’s there; it’s wrapped; that’s it.” Making a chopping motion with his hand.

As one veteran registered nurse, epitomizing reality, put it, “NO ONE ever, in any hospital, nor any mother who has just given birth, is conspiring with a doctor on whether or not to commit infanticide.”

And yet, there are deluded, distracted, deranged and dull-witted individuals among us who will vote for demented Donald and his dearth of character in 2020.

TOM CAMFIELD
Port Townsend

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Gary Novak

I can't understand why some folks care about someone else's unborn child but would withhold care for the many babies showing up on our border. My theology of abortion comes from the Book of Genesis and the "breath of life", as the start of life. Others disagree. They say they can find stories in the Bible that makes them want to protect the unborn. But what does the Bible have to say about caring for children and strangers? If there have been 65 million abortions since Roe v. Wade then there are that many places open in our schools, hospitals and churches. Could we really follow Christ and let them in? We've made the room.

Wednesday, May 8
Justin Hale

Not to worry Tom, the deluded, distracted, deranged and dull-witted anti Trump voters will be out in force come the 2020 elections.

Wednesday, May 8
Tom Camfield

If I had my druthers we'd have laws enforcing some form of birth control (or perhaps just financial incentives for same, maybe vasectomy bonuses) rather than laws preventing abortion. Although yes, we'd have to promote them world-wide. Over-population can be pointed to as the source of about all of the world''s drastic problems—global warming via ever-increasing industrial pollution to serve ever-more consumption (they call it "progress") . . . thus accelerated depletion of natural resources. Wars, disease, famine, death—the entire horsemen of the apocalypse bit. Drought alone is an obvious climate change, a major impetus of immigrant caravans to our southern border from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala—from which Trump recently withdrew humanitarian aid (while also pandering such things as coal-fired factories, use of fossil fuels, etc.). Which leaves him complaining about the effect of something for which he, himself, is in large part to blame.

Meanwhile, that proposed phony "Protect Life" bill by Republicans in Wisconsin never really had a shot of getting past the governor. It merely was to demonize anyone (liberals, significantly Democrats) supporting any form of abortion and women's freedom of choice. The underlying idea also obviously was motivating the conservative base heading into the 2020 election.

National statistics show that it's rare that a baby is born alive as the result of an abortion. and there is no record of its having ever occurred in Wisconsin. The GOP is just beginning its dirty tricks early this election cycle. Perhaps they can recycle that vicious rumor of Hillary being involved in a pedophile ring centered in a pizza parlor basement—and make it an abortion den supported by Joe Biden.

Wednesday, May 8
Justin Hale

Sterilization upon birth, must prove competence to be a parent to reverse the sterilization.

I've never heard that drought was a "major impetus" for the migration out of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Can you cite a news story that supports this?

I must have read a different "protect life" bill than what you read.

"MADISON – Doctors who do not provide medical care to babies who are born alive after a failed abortion attempt could face life in prison under a Republican bill headed straight toward Gov. Tony Evers' veto pen." Do you think Doctors should be free to step aside and allow a newborn to die for lack of medical attention?

Wednesday, May 8
Tom Camfield

As I said, Justin, there is no evidence that doctors are standing aside and allowing newborns to die. No one is citing any chapter and verse; there are no statistics of that sort of thing at all. And as I pointed out, the alleged infanticide is just a picture Republicans are trying to plant in the public mind—to firm their anti-abortion base and at the same time unduly influence others also. The whole thing was a slow pitch over the middle of the plate just in time for Donald to take a swing at it during his pep rally in Green Bay.

You're just continuing to argue in the same old make-it-up-as-you-go-along way of Donald Trump and the GOP. Instead of demonizing doctors, Republican big-wigs should be looking inward and toward the Oval Office.

Meanwhile the latest news (today, May 9) is that Alabama is weighing a measure that would outlaw most abortions almost entirely. New abortion limits also are being sought in other states. There's talk of assaulting the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision (now that Donald's appointments have firmed up a conservative majority there). It's almost like a coordinated effort to draw public attention away from the Mueller report and Donald's tax records.

Thursday, May 9