I thought long and hard about writing this column due to the abortion issue; one that has no real solution and few people like me who can see both sides and compromise in the way we should approach this. For the record, I believe that women should have the ability (not the right, as a right does not require the participation of another in which to exercise it), to govern their own bodies - so long as their decisions do not require the use of taxpayer dollars. I also believe that Roe v. Wade was incorrectly decided, in that there is no inherent right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution, which was the basis for that flawed decision. The ability to allow a woman to choose an abortion should have been left to the individual states and not made Federal in scope.
But this column isn't about whether abortion should be legal or not, nor whether it is right or wrong. This is about the Death of Reason.
Last night, President Trump announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy. His choice, Brett Kavanaugh, touched off what has become the usual overreaction to anything anyone does when anything is done that certain left or right extremists disagree with.
Earlier in the day, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to "avenge President Obama if it’s the last thing I do". Personally, I would love for ANYTHING to be the last thing Nancy Pelosi does in public life, but that's neither here nor there. The Death of Reason shows that Nancy Pelosi cannot do ANYTHING to stop - or even slow down - the confirmation process of a Supreme Court justice. For people who didn't pass Civics 101 in school, only the SENATE can advise and consent Presidential nominees. The House has no voice in the matter.
And what's with all this "avenge" thing, anyway? Did Obama die? Was he attacked? Is he unable to speak (if only . . . )? Look, I know that Democrats think that Republicans in the Senate "stole" a seat that could have been filled by another Obama appointee when Justice Antonin Scalia died, but they had every right to delay any vote on a nomination for the Supreme Court submitted during the tail end of a PRESIDENTIAL election year. Trying to use the same "logic", as one Democrat Senator tried to float over the weekend in trying to delay a vote due to a CONGRESSIONAL election cycle is actually not logical at all. The current President is not leaving office until 2020 at the earliest, so there is no need to think that an appointee would be different since the President would be the same. And waiting for, or moving forward, is the purview of the body that will advise and consent; namely, the U.S. Senate. The Democrat's argument is just another example of the Death of Reason.
Following the announcement, far left pro-choice groups denounced the appointment as expected, but the Death of Reason once again reared it's ugly head.
In attempting to justify their opposition to any pick President Trump made, there were two corresponding press releases issued from two different organizations. From Fox News:
"Within seconds of Trump's announcement in the White House Monday night, the far-left political action committee Democracy for America called Kavanaugh, 53, a "reactionary ideologue" whose confirmation would "directly lead to the deaths of countless women with the dismantling of abortion rights."
And in a statement, the Women's March said ominously: "Trump’s announcement today is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States."
"Stripping a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body is state violence," the group continued."
The "deaths of countless women" who might seek an abortion? Really? OK, so getting back to the abortion issue for a moment to make my point about the Death Of Reason, estimates range as high as 57 MILLION babies being aborted since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. If a "woman's ability to make decisions about her own body" is so damned important, maybe the women in question here should consider the results of their actions BEFORE deciding to have sex if they can't afford or aren't prepared to become a mother, rather than just put their own personal pleasure ahead of the life of an unborn child. Maybe she should make a decision about her own body BEFORE having sex; it's something I like to call "personal responsibility", and it is dying just as surely as reason is dying.
And the Death of Reason can also point out the absurdity of the "state violence" comment above. Violence is INITIATED. It is an ACTION. It causes UNASKED FOR harm. Women's March is about as hyperbolic as any group can get when it comes to their comments.
The Death of Reason is alive and well in 2018 America. And that doesn't bode well for the future of America.
This post is going to be short and sweet.
A judge in Michigan ruled this week that kids don't have a fundamental right to literacy. The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit that alleged that Detroit government schools (and of course, the GOP Governor Rick Snyder) had failed to provide adequate education.
Don't get me wrong; I think that an education is crucial in succeeding in life, but the plaintiffs went overboard in trying to get their agenda (and a commitment of taxpayer dollars) codified in law by claiming a right that doesn't exist. And one judge, U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III, got it right.
Look at the list of protections in the Bill of Rights. Speech, Religion, Assembly, Self-defense, Self incrimination, Search and seizure. Care to guess what they all have in common (hint: one word is repeated in the list)?
That's right: Self. All these actions are things that you can accomplish without the active (or forced) participation of another person. And that is the very definition of a "right".
So when someone tells you that we have a right to literacy, or education in general, or even health care, remember that ALL these things require the active participation of someone else, which nullifies any claim of a "right".
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