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The Patriots News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:15:03 GMT  

The National Popular Vote Fallacy
In 2000, out of a total popular vote of 101,455,900, the Gore-Lieberman ticket won a narrow majority, 50,999,900 votes (50.26%) to 50,456,000 (49.74%) for Bush-Cheney.

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Store Owner in Gun Battle Manages to Shoot, Kill Suspect Armed with Shotgun

On September 12, Houston store owner Usman Seth managed to use a handgun to shoot and kill a would-be robber who entered the store packing a shotgun.

The suspect's death followed an exchange of gunfire between the two in which the suspect took a defensive position in the back of the store and fired at Seth and his family.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Seth said the gunman entered the store "just after 10 pm" and "threatened his sister at the cash register." Looking on from another point behind register, Seth's father "passed him a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun" and Seth began firing on the suspect.

Seth hit the suspect in the leg, yet he managed to return fire with the shotgun and began moving to the back of the store for cover. Seth continued firing at the man, "eventually killing him." 

After the incident was over, Seth said: "My family--their lives--were in my hands. [And] I had to protect them."

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Professor: Amnesty Legislation Could Allow High-Tech Companies to Import 100% of Workforce

One of the country's foremost experts on guest-worker visas argued that high-tech companies could be on the verge of securing enough visas so that 100% of their workers can be imported. 

Rutgers University public policy professor Hal Salzman noted in a Monday US News & World Report op-ed that "all credible research finds the same evidence about the STEM workforce: ample supply, stagnant wages and, by industry accounts, thousands of applicants for any advertised job." 

He said "guestworkers currently make up two-thirds of all new IT hires, but employers are demanding further increases."

"If such lobbying efforts succeed, firms will have enough guestworkers for at least 100 percent of their new hiring and can continue to legally substitute these younger workers for current employees, holding down wages for both them and new hires," Salzman reasoned. 

As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted, proponents of comprehensive amnesty legislation have spent "$1.5 billion over the last decade" for a bill that would "double the supply of low-wage foreign workers brought into the United States." Joe Green, the president of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's pro-amnesty FWD.us lobbying group, even suggested that foreign workers were "truly great," while Americans were just "sort of okay" in a recent interview with Bloomberg.

But since studies and scholars from across the political spectrum have debunked the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers, Salzman noted that, "in the face of these stark facts, we now see several studies that seem to be desperate Hail Mary passes, using rather unconventional means to find 'shortages'": 

Some analysts do this by expanding the definition of STEM jobs – traditionally those involved in innovation, discovery and development – to include air conditioning technicians and even some retail jobs to make the case that this workforce is large and growing. Without any coherent meaning, such analyses now serve only rhetorical purposes to advance particular legislation.

After Sessions denounced the "Masters of the Universe" last week in a thunderous speech on the Senate floor, Facebook board member Marc Andreessen said Sessions was "clinically insane" for supporting American workers. He even called Sessions an "odious hack" and accused him of slander. The Obama administration is reportedly considering awarding the tech industry 800,000 more guest-worker visas via executive action to gain support for a potential executive amnesty that would grant work permits and temporary amnesty to nearly five million illegal immigrants.

Sessions, who has implored Senate Democrats to bring up the House bill that would block Obama's potential executive amnesty, emphasized that elected officials had a duty to represent American workers. Sessions said on the Senate floor last week:

We can't put the parochial demands of a few powerful CEOs ahead of an entire nation's hopes, dreams, and aspirations. The basic social contract is that citizens agree to follow the law, pay their taxes, devote their love and loyalty to their country and in exchange, the nation commits to preserve and protect and serve their interest, safeguard their freedom, and return to them in kind their first allegiance of loyalty. The job of elected officials is to answer to the people who sent them to Washington--not to scorn them, not to demean them, not to mock them, not to sell their jobs and dreams to the highest bidder.







Is Keynes Misunderstood, Maligned by Critics?

In a September 11 Bloomberg article, economist Noah Smith claims that John Maynard Keynes, the architect of today’s government economic policies around the world, wasn’t a “socialist" or even a “progressive.“ He did not favor “a command economy.”

Yes, he “was in favor of some amount of wealth redistribution and government intervention into the economy.” But “Keynesian policies are fundamentally… about economic stability… about smoothing out the fluctuations in the economy, reducing risk for everyone concerned.”

“Stabilization theory says that you can smooth out the wrinkles of the business cycle without messing with the deep structure of how the economy works. The expectation is that if the government does just that — just that one small, minor intervention — then recessions won’t be a big problem…” To accomplish this, among other things, the government will raise interest rates when the economy is too hot and lower them when it is too cool.

So who is misrepresenting Keynes? His critics or Smith? In the first place, Keynes himself did not recommend raising interest rates to cool off an economy. He wrote that “The remedy for the boom is not a higher rate of interest but a lower rate of interest! For that may enable the boom to last.” [General Theory p. 322]. He even recommended eventually bringing interest rates down to zero and keeping them there [General Theory, pges 220-21 and 336].

Nor are Keynesian attempts to stabilize the economy through interest rates a “small, minor intervention.” They represent a price control of one of the economy’s biggest prices, the cost of credit. Today they are also accompanied by many other managed prices—most notably in world currency markets, but also in large domestic markets such as healthcare.

A market economy depends above all on free prices. All the Keynesian price controls, manipulations, and nudges just lead to boom, bust, and economic destruction, the opposite of stabilization.

Click here to read the rest of the article at AgainstCronyCapitalism.org.

Hunter Lewis is co-founder of againstcronycapitalism.org, co-founder and former CEO of Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm, and author of nine books on economics and related subjects.









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How primary results have affected the parties' general election prospects. Republicans enjoyed a hurricane force wind at their backs going into the 2010 elections. On Election Day, GOP candidates running for seats in the House realized ...
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Since the end of August, there has been a marked shift in congressional generic polling. All six polls released so far in September have given Republicans leads ranging from 2 to 7 points. The composite generic poll average stands ...
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Hillary Clinton’s big Iowa motorcade must be part of her ‘mass movement’ on climate change

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton this year called for a “mass movement” to act on climate change.

Hillary more or less launched another bid for the Dem nomination in 2016 at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa. The meat is actually grilled, not fried, and per one of Hillary’s contract riders the steaks this year were cooked over select torched Benghazi documents and four more copies of Leaves of Grass found in Bill’s duffel bag.

The Clintons got Hillary’s climate change “mass movement” going… with 12 environment-saving vehicles in their convoy:

A dozen cars — or as Al Gore would say, “where are the rest?”

Need definitive proof Hillary’s running? Try not to laugh:

I hope Bill enjoys wearing that remote-controlled electro-shock genital cuff for the next couple of years.

**Written by Doug Powers

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2016 at 'steak'
Obama earns Nobel Peace Prize in role play as ISIS adviser

**Written by Doug Powers

From the New York Times via Twitchy, take the rest of the day to soak this one in:

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had already been headed toward a military response before the men’s deaths. He added that ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action.

If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.

He didn’t win that Nobel Peace Prize for nothing! Also Obama probably would have advised ISIS to pin OFA donation envelopes and voter registration forms to the shirts of released hostages.

Beyond parody.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Hope & Change, terrorist-style
Standing atop rubble of failed Dem policies, Nancy Pelosi warns about GOP’s threat to civilization

**Written by Doug Powers

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BILL MAHER: I want to ask you about this election that’s coming up because now the campaign has been kicked off. Nate Silver said the other day it looks like actually the Republicans are going to win the Senate and everyone was like ‘Oh, no, they’re going to win the Senate.’ My question is what would change? There’s the filibuster there anyway, they don’t pass anything. It’s completely gridlocked. What do I care if they lose the Senate?

NANCY PELOSI: It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.

**Written by Doug Powers

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**Written by Doug Powers http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/12/pelosi_civilization_as_we_know_it_would_be_in_jeopardy_if_republicans_win_the_senate.html BILL MAHER: I want to ask you about this election that’s coming up because now the campaign has been kicked off. Nate Silver said the other day it looks like actually the Republicans are going to win the Senate and everyone was like ‘Oh, no, they’re going to win the […]

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, New York) still profanely covering up for her male colleague’s sexism.

What message does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand think that this is sending to people? "Don't rock the boat?"

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What message does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand think that this is sending to people? “Don’t rock the boat?”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is giving more details, and dropping f-bombs, about her experience with sexist comments she’s received about her weight, saying she couldn’t tell a male colleague “to go f—- himself.”

“At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him. And I switched the subject and I didn’t hear another word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go f—- himself,” Gillibrand told HuffPost Live in an interview posted Monday.

Let’s not pretend this is about comity in the Senate.  Harry Reid ritually sacrificed that concept in 2009 and then flew its skin from the Capitol Dome.  And – relatedly – let’s also not pretend that this story is about a Republican; if it was then Gillibrand would have just said who it was*.  What it is, apparently, is something that only the junior Senator from New York gets to know.

Hard luck on all of her colleagues who have treated her all along with dignity and respect there, huh? Although I’ve had it pointed out to me that it would behoove said Senators who didn’t do anything wrong to come out and say so. Sunlight, as they say, disinfects.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*By the way? If I’m being cynical about Gillibrand’s motivations and it actually was a Republican, my party would quite like to know that; because the sooner you get started on setting up a primary challenge, the easier it is to bring off.

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Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?

The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at | Read More »

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The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at the home of an Indian national in the city of Khafji, and several Bibles were confiscated as well.. Their condition and whereabouts are currently unknown. As Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute told Fox News:

“Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy…It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.”

More information on the arrests comes later in the article:

An article posted on the Arabic-language news website Akhbar 24 said the arrests came after the Kingdom’s religious police got a tip about a home-based church. The report further noted that “distorted writings of the Bible were found and musical instruments, noting their referral to the jurisdictional institutions.”

The Saudi media reported different compositions of the arrested Christians. Some reports said the Christians were men and women, while the Saudi Gazette wrote that children, as well as men and women, were detained. It was unclear if a court date has been set in the notoriously opaque fundamentalist court system.

Thus far, the only person speaking out for them in Washington is Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia, who has long been known for his human rights advocacy. He is doing what he can to get our ambassador to the country to speak up on their behalf.

Secretary of State John Kerry is heading there as well, but will he talk to the Saudis about them? If recent events are any indicator, I wouldn’t get my hopes up to much. At the very least, we should be asking why a country that had gone through such pains to establish itself as voice of moderation on interfaith dialogue, going as far as to sponsoring center dedicated to it in Vienna, still oppressing Christians in such a way. As Nina Shea correctly notes, there is no other country in the world that officially bans all churches. We shouldn’t let Saudi Arabia get away with this, but will our leadership’s moral rudderlessness and economic ties to the country prevent them from taking any significant action on the issue?

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Natural law and the War on Wives

Human progress can be portrayed as a long, difficult, but highly successful war against nature, which retaliates with some very spectacular counter-attacks to remind us of our technological limits.  Whenever I hear the state of nature romanticized, I find myself thinking that the “natural” life of man involves surviving a highly risky birthing process – ideally without killing our mothers on the way out – | Read More »

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Human progress can be portrayed as a long, difficult, but highly successful war against nature, which retaliates with some very spectacular counter-attacks to remind us of our technological limits.  Whenever I hear the state of nature romanticized, I find myself thinking that the “natural” life of man involves surviving a highly risky birthing process – ideally without killing our mothers on the way out – followed by a fairly short and unhealthy life, conducted primarily during daylight hours, probably not more than a few miles from the place of our birth.  Everything we have accomplished – from harnessing fire to splitting the atom, from mapping the Earth’s surface to mapping the genome – has been a triumph over the conditions nature would have imposed on us.

And yet, we should be humble enough to remember that we have not transcended nature.  We might be the “paragon of animals,” as Shakespeare sarcastically dubbed us, but animals we remain.  Some of our current social discord stems from the progressive effort to stamp out politically inconvenient features of natural law – an effort to transform the human animal into something more agreeable to collective management.  This effort can be made appealing to people, particularly young people, by presenting it as a courageous triumph of willpower – of consensus - over biology and tradition.  Part of this appeal involves ridiculing traditions as foolish, arbitrary, sinister mechanisms of patriarchal control, or just plain outdated.  Maybe these ideals made sense once upon a time, but now they’re dusty relics of a bygone era.  Technology and prosperity have freed us to arrange our lives in ways that would have been impractical in the pre-industrial era.  Since this is obviously true in some cases – imagine hopping in a time machine and trying to explain telecommuting to even the most enlightened minds of the 18th century! – people are willing to believe it might be true in nearly all cases.

Many of the hottest social flashpoints in this ongoing struggle against natural law concern romance, sexual relationships, and child-rearing.  That’s no surprise, since those have been burning issues since the day primitive folk developed the language skills necessary to discuss them.  They are matters of very keen interest to the young, who are always interested in hearing that they are not bound by tradition, or at least not hoary old traditions.  One of the interesting features of campus life is how tightly bound by new traditions young people can be, how willingly they accept iron restrictions on thought and discourse presented by authorities they accept as cool and modern, and how easily irreverent non-conformists can be organized into herds by appealing to their vanity.  Every idea formulated before the Sixties, however, is considered deeply suspect.

I’ve come to think of the late stage war on traditional marriage as the War on Wives, because the wife and mother role is the part of the arrangement the Left has big problems with.  Part of that is fallout from the feminist revolution, where extreme fringe types still have a great deal of influence.  From the earliest days of the movement, they’ve viewed marriage and motherhood as forms of humiliation, oppression, and servitude.  That attitude is so thoroughly mixed into popular culture now that isolating it requires electrolysis.  Few things are more incomprehensible to feminists than women who marry young and are happy to make career growth secondary to raising their children.  In popular culture, such women are treated as more exotic than extraterrestrial life.  It is commonly insinuated that they’ve been brainwashed by manipulative men and overbearing religious doctrines.  Remember how Ann Romney was treated after she talked about being a stay-at-home mom during her husband’s 2012 presidential campaign?

There’s also the crass political need of the Left for a large number of single female voters, who have become the demographic Democrats must win by huge margins, or they can’t win at all.  It’s not surprising that left-wing philosophy would be designed to create the kind of voters they need.  Social engineering has always been a major obsession of collectivists.  They’re not shy about using a combination of hard and soft power – everything from public money to cultural pressure – to change the electorate.  Nothing makes them more furious than attempts by anyone else to reverse “progressive” gains using the same social engineering methods.  For example, note the universal disdain heaped by liberals upon the idea of “returning to Ozzie and Harriet days” – a phrase virtually guaranteed to put a sneer of derision and loathing on the face of everyone to the political Left, including people who have never seen a single episode of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” and could not pick either Ozzie or Harriet Nelson out of a police lineup.  (I wonder if their metaphorical usefulness is beginning to fade with the inevitable passage of time, and someone else will be selected to serve as the icon of bygone days we can never Turn Back the Clock to revisit, and weren’t as great as stuck-in-the-past fuddy-duddy social conservatives like to pretend anyway.)

The Left is also very interested in separating children from their parents as early in life as possible.  Their hostility towards parental involvement in the lives of even pre-teen children is palpable.  Good citizens of the new world accept the State and its agents as maternal and paternal authorities at a tender age.  The notion of family as a force for independence from the State is anathema.

Supposedly technology and prosperity have made the traditional understanding of family and marriage obsolete.  People don’t have to get married young any more.  The notion of deferring sexual gratification until marriage is, shall we say, quaint at best.  Marriage is being forcibly de-coupled from childbirth, as both immense cultural power and compulsive legal force are put behind the assertion that marriage and children have absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Part of that argument involves portraying all possible child-rearing arrangements as equally effective.  Also, as marriage becomes more of a boutique item – something to do late in life, after a very long period of protracted adolescence is complete – the younger generation grows comfortable with the idea of having children quite some time before they get married.  If you’re not going to tie the knot until the end of a successful career is in sight, it’s tough to wait that long to have kids.

The idea is that we’ve become liberated from all the practical considerations that might have made old-style marriage traditions somewhat sensible.  But let’s leave all questions of religion and morality out of the discussion for a moment, and ask: what if that’s not really true?

Start with children, because that’s the most obvious biological truth that can’t be erased by either technology or ideology.  The window of available time for having children does not extend across our entire lives.  Maybe medical science will change that someday, but for right now it’s a fact, and furthermore young people are naturally interested in being mothers and fathers – an interest no amount of cultural pressure has been able to completely erase.  Society also needs young people to have children – quite a few of them, in fact.  No society can maintain its numbers without a lot of people having two or more children.

That’s a difficult project to begin late in life, especially for those with a mind to bring three or more kids into the world – and no matter what “overpopulation” fetishists say, simple math dictates that we need plenty of families in that Three-Plus club to keep the population going.  In fact, the more people you have choosing not to have children at all, the more three-plus families you need.  That’s even more pointedly true when looking at the mathematics of entitlement programs.  Behemoths like Social Security and Medicare are slipping into death spirals because there won’t be enough young workers in the future to support a vast cohort of retirees living increasingly long lives.

Those children are vastly better off being raised by the married man and woman who gave birth to them.  D.C. McAllister writes provocatively at The Federalist today that the common mythology surrounding alternative family configurations is “not just naive, it’s cruel and abusive.”

It doesn’t matter who raises children as long as they have money and basic parenting skills. That’s the gist of Emily Badger’s article at the Washington Post, “Children with married parents are better off—but marriage isn’t the reason why.”

Badger admits that children raised by “two parents tend to be more successful—at school, in the future labor market, in their own marriages—than children raised by a single mom or dad.” But it’s not because their own parents are raising them, it’s because of economics and parenting skills among the type of people who marry.

Let’s cut to the chase. This is just another attempt to attack the traditional family and undermine the importance of marriage. If all that matters for children “to thrive” (which Badger defines in basically materialistic and economic terms) is decent parenting skills—such as reading to and eating meals with the kids—and a healthy bank account, then most anyone could successfully raise a child. A single dad. Or not a dad. A single mom. Or not. Two men. Two women. How about a nanny? Would that work? Sounds like it.

McAllister goes on to explore why the traditional family is both economically advantageous and spiritually nourishing for children, in a piece she calls “The Harry Potter Generation,” in reference to poor orphaned Harry’s forlorn urge to know more about his murdered parents.  Married parents raising their own children represent the single most formidable defense against poverty known to social science – we’re not supposed to talk about it any more, because it’s ostensibly insulting to all the other family styles McAllister listed, but the reduction in poverty and other social problems for the children of traditional nuclear families might be the closed thing to “settled science” in the entire field.  But it’s more than that, as McAllister notes that “having a father in the home – not just a cohabiting male – has a positive effect on children that goes far beyond reducing poverty.”

None of this should be taken as an insult to families that don’t meet that traditional definition, but of course our culture has been rewired so that it’s impossible to venerate any life choice without denigrating everyone who doesn’t choose it.  Everything either sucks or rocks now, and if married couples raising their own children rock, it must be that everybody else sucks.  That’s rubbish – a society that loses the ability to encourage and celebrate desirable behavior without alienating sizable portions of the population has grown weak.  Not everything has to be a binary choice between mandatory and forbidden, optimal and worthless.  When you’re talking about millions of people, encouragement matters, and it shouldn’t be necessary to denigrate anybody in order to offer encouragement.

One other common assumption about modern life that I find myself questioning is the assertion that young people don’t “have to get married” any more, because most people can live comfortable lives on their own.  This idea is usually expressed as a celebration of female independence: “You don’t need a man in your life to take care of you.”

Is that really true, though?  Not just for women, I mean.  Surely it’s easier for a single person to live comfortably than it has ever been before.  Not many people in the Western world are eking out hard-scrabble lives under frontier conditions.  Household tasks that used to require huge investments of time are now easily addressed by a single person in a matter of minutes.  Food is cheap and plentiful, on a scale that would boggle the minds of generations not long past.

But isn’t one of the big running stories about modern life the considerable amount of difficulty young people are having at making ends meet?  It’s become common for parents to fully or partially support adult children well into their twenties and thirties.  The number of such adult children who actually live with their parents has grown dramatically.  Melancholy warnings that the dream of home ownership is slipping out of the next generation’s grasp are sounded constantly in the media.  Buying a house is an important step toward accumulating true middle-class wealth… and it’s much easier for a married young couple to do.  (Since we’re talking in flinty-eyed financial terms here, let it be noted that home ownership is also a far better investment for a couple that stays together.  Divorce can turn that asset into a big problem for at least one of the owners.)

Not to put too fine a point on it, but isn’t the Democrats’ whole “War on Women” routine an effort to frighten single female voters into thinking they need big, benevolent government to protect them from private-sector predators, and help them achieve their ambitions?  If that’s the case, then doesn’t it logically follow that young people can’t afford protracted single lives as easily as they’ve been led to believe?  And then there’s the gigantic burden of ridiculously inflated college tuition and student-loan debt today’s young people are almost universally saddled with, following the completion of public education that turns out to be worth far less than the exorbitant price we have all been made to pay for it…

In sum, we have a young-adult culture – stretching from college years into the early thirties – that might be considerably less agreeable to the practical needs of life than we’ve been led to believe.  Some of that progressive “independence” from nature, that triumph over tradition, is illusory, and those old traditions aren’t as silly or outmoded as we might think.  It’s a War on Wives because women drove the general urge toward marriage in times past – at a social level, across that great population of millions, it was something women demanded more urgently than men.  (Those Sixties revolutionary morals worked out just fine for irresponsible men who wanted to have their fun without developing any obligations toward women, didn’t they?)  Fathers are the missing ingredient from the lives of many children, but their absence is a broadside against the women who have to raise those children, too.  It was women who were persuaded to view marriage as less valuable, particularly for young people, and it’s women who have paid much of the price for that mistake.

Is it too late to reverse those trends and “turn back the clock,” as progressives are wont to say?  21st Century Man remains the same animal he was when he respected 20th Century traditions.  Contrary to all those gassy proclamations about how history only flows one way, toward the “progressive” destination, people change their ways.  Ideas once discarded can be picked up again and made fresh.  Some of the old ideas were rubbish, but the treasures endure, waiting to be discovered again.

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The Vine

Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. One of the best | Read More »

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Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.

One of the best things about working in the pro-life movement is all the stories. Yes there is tragedy, but there is also so much hope, so much inspiration, and amazing displays of strength that all lend themselves to help us keep going.

Last week, in the UK, the parents of baby Adelaide decided to release her picture for the world to see. As her parents recount in The Mirror, their daughter did not survive her early birth. It is the second time her mother, Emily Caines, has lost a daughter to premature labor. Caines’ first daughter was born at 23 weeks and Adelaide was born at 24 weeks. It is the fact that she was 24 weeks old that contributed to the Caines’ decision to show Adelaide to the world. In the UK, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks. In showing that Adelaide was “a fully formed human being”, the Caines’ hope to help people understand that abortion truly is killing a child. The couple is now pregnant again but they hope their “story gives hope to others and helps other parents who have suffered a loss.”

The mother of Katie Farrell is also familiar with loss and, like the Caines’, has turned her loss into an inspiration for all who value life. However Katie’s story, as told at SecularProLife, is quite different from the Caines’. Nearly “a poster child for the abortion movement,” Katie found herself unexpectedly pregnant at the age of 21. Despite doctors encouraging her to abort, Katie found hope in her new baby and rose to the challenge of motherhood. A little over a year after her son, Tyler, was born, Katie was back in school and looking forward to the 2013 March for Life. Tragically, the father of her son chose then to end his life and Katie’s. Her mother is now raising Tyler and has started a nonprofit, KatiesWay.org, to help mothers like Katie.

Sadly, doctors recommending abortion to the women they are supposed to be caring for is not unusual. Hannah Katelyn Peters was also told to kill her baby early in pregnancy when her doctors discovered her child would be born with a disability. Amazingly, she told Live Action News, doctors said things to her such as “You’re young, you can just try again”, “What quality of life do you think this baby will have?”, “Do you really want to make this baby live like this?”, and “This is not your normal baby.” Relying on her faith in God and the understanding God chose her to receive this special child, Hannah and her husband chose life for their son. Now, as she raises quite possibly one of the cutest babies on earth, Hannah blogs about Raising Jude and the joy her and husband experience with their “brave little warrior.”

 

Cute Baby Jude pic via Live Action News

Cute Baby Jude pic via Live Action News

Defeating the bias against those with disabilities, Aaron Welty is proving that questioning “quality of life” is not only extremely offensive but also something doctors cannot possibly predict. Born ten weeks early with cerebral palsy, Jill Stanek’s website relays how, in his words, “God was not done with him yet.” He currently works as a congressional aide in DC and is committed to sharing his life-affirming story.

While each story is different, the many stories in our movement share a common thread beyond proving the value of each life: people who are willing to stand up for it. This week’s Branch for Life goes to everyone who has a story and bravely shares it. Our movement wouldn’t be the success it is without people who are willing to step forward and share the pain and joy they have experienced so as to help abolish abortion. Thank you.

Until next week, I pray blessings for you and for all committed to life in The Vine. Please feel free to email or tweet me with any stories you’d like to see covered or any organizations you’d like to see as the Branch For Life!

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