Friday, October 21, 2016

What I Want To Hear From A Pro-Life Candidate

If Mr. Trump had gone more this direction on the abortion theme, he’d have my unconditional vote: 

"Secretary Clinton, you are right that third trimester abortions involve traumatic situations, and most people cannot imagine the decision faced by those most intimately involved. 

When the health of a mother is at risk, she should not have to choose between herself or her child. The child can be delivered alive, and cared for in a NICU, while the mother receives the care she needs. And I am proposing legislation to have all NICU healthcare covered by social security, to give these young lives the best opportunity possible without bankrupting their parents. 

Unfortunately, the majority of third trimester abortions occur because the child has been diagnosed in utero with a disability. It is a tragedy in this country how poorly those who are differently-abled are treated. 

Some of the most brilliant, most creative, most loving, most influential, strongest individuals are on the spectrum of physical and mental disabilities. And I pledge with my presidency to support 100% the families and caregivers of those who are differently-abled. 

I am already forming a commission of experts -- friends with special needs, parents of special needs children, therapists, and healthcare providers -- to inform me on how best to transform our nation's care for those with disabilities. We will fund special education. We will make childcare for special needs children affordable. Whatever this high-priority commission advises, I will advocate and enact, because it is a tragedy to me that parents feel it's better for their children to die in utero than to live with a disability in the United States of America.

Given the state of healthcare, jobs, childcare, and education in our country, I can see how parents might feel forced to choose between their life or the life of their unborn child. As you’re already aware, I’ve committed over and over again throughout this campaign to make it easier to raise children in our country, so parents can feel empowered to choose life for their children.

On Day One of my presidency, I am proposing legislation to re-categorize pregnancy and childbirth as reproductive wellness care. As with all wellness care, it will be covered for free by insurance. No longer will it be cheaper to get an abortion than to have a baby. 

We will expand Medicaid and CHIP to all children, regardless of income, because no parent should have to care for a sick child while unable to afford a doctor’s visit or prescription. 

Maternity, Paternity, and Adoption leave will be paid. Any worker is eligible, regardless of whether they are full-time, part-time, or contract.

Minimum wage will be established at a livable wage, so parents can support their families. 

Childcare will be subsidized for families up to 200% of the poverty level, and any family over this threshold can receive a tax credit – not a tax deduction, a refundable tax credit – for all childcare expenses. 

All adoption expenses will also be eligible for refundable tax credits. No family should lose money for opening their hearts to children who need a home. 

Children with disabilities will receive the best healthcare, the most advanced therapy, and specialized quality childcare, so their parents know they are embraced by our country, and their children have a promising future. We will set the international standard for special education.

Some in our nation will say these policies are too much. Even some who profess to be pro-life have already said to me, ‘These expenses are untenable. We cannot afford as a nation to support children in this way!’ 

And to them, I say, ‘Then now, perhaps, as you contemplate these overwhelming expenses for the national budget, you can understand how the cost of parenting might be overwhelming for many in our country. If we want parents to choose life, let’s talk about how to lighten their load, so they can.’

I apologize, Secretary Clinton, I have gone exceedingly over my time limit, and you were so gracious to allow me to conclude. 

I just feel so passionately that we are losing our children to abortion, and I am committed to doing everything in my power to create a nation where parents can stand empowered with hope for the best future of their children and their families, which will undoubtedly prove to be, the best future for our country.”

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Non-Partisan Catholic Voting Guide

Our parish priest gave a homily this morning citing "Five Non-Negotiables" for voting Catholics. 

He was referencing a pamphlet released in 2004, a voting guide put together by a well-meaning U.S. non-profit organization (Priests For Life). 

To clarify, this pamphlet is a synthesis of select Catholic beliefs; it is not a comprehensive catch-all to browse before entering the voting booth. While the five highlighted issues are legitimate Church teaching, and important issues at that, this pamphlet is not an exhaustive list of what we believe or how we should vote.

Neither the Vatican nor the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued statements recommending solely these five issues as non-negotiable. 

The USCCB has issued this 42-page document regarding conscientious voting as a Catholic: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. Below is a comprehensive list of issues Catholic citizens should consider with a well-formed conscience: 

These additional five sections are highlighted at the end of the document: 

There is certainly no fault if one's conscience directs them to vote according to one particular issue held by a particular party. In a similar vein, it is an act of good prudence to consider whether a candidate is likely to follow the position they've taken publicly on issues. We do not need to take candidates at face value. Consider their history, their words, their actions, how our democracy works, and the histories of our political parties. We can be both wise and sincere with our votes.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

Finally, four people voting for four different candidates can all be voting in good conscience in accordance with our Catholic faith. We cannot willingly vote for evil. But we can vote for the candidate we believe will do the most good in accordance with a well-formed Catholic conscience (as outlined in the USCCB document above), with immunity to the evil that we did not will that might also be done on their watch.

There is plenty of time before November 8th to read through the USCCB's "voting guide," before placing your vote in good conscience for the candidate you think best to lead us forward on these issues.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Having Kids Or Working Out?

Just realized my casual, offensive comments to others about their intense workout commitments are the same casual, offensive comments that I get about how many kids I have!
Why would you do that? It looks exhausting.
Glad it’s you and not me. I’d be miserable.
Where do you get the money to do all that? 
But why would you want to do that every, single day? 
Well, sure it’s a natural thing our bodies do, but you know you don’t have to, right? 
Don't you want a break? 
But if you like doing it, then why do you not like doing it sometimes? Are you sure you like it?
Where do you get the motivation to do that? 
I'm sure it's rewarding in its own way, but is it really worth it? 
Some people do the same thing you're doing, just not as much. You know you don't have to do it this much, right? 
Wouldn't you rather be doing anything else? 
I think you're wasting your time. 
I guess it will be rewarding in like, 20 years.