Monday, March 4, 2019

Goose Stepping Toward the White House

Goose Stepping Toward the White House
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
March 4, 2019

As if late term abortion on demand through crowning and dilation is not unconscionable enough - and signed into law in New York - called a “moral victory” by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 44 members of the United States Senate will not protect human life, having voted for abandonment and death of the living. 

While issues of life and death should not be political, they most certainly have become so. A wide line has been drawn separating those who support life and the living from those who, with the callousness and savage cruelty of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, have, on the record, declared their inhumanity toward their fellow man.

The “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” (S.311) was introduced on January 31 by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). Its purpose was “to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

“I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether we’re OK with infanticide,” said Sasse prior to the vote.

Failure to comply shall immediately be reported to the appropriate State or Federal law enforcement agency or both. Violators would be fined or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both. This piece of legislation is not about the legality of abortion, but about protecting babies born and living and breathing freely outside the womb.

In a partisan vote on February 25, with 60 votes needed for cloture on the motion to proceed, the Senate voted 53-44, thus preventing S.311 from reaching fruition. Cloture is “the only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter and thereby overcome a filibuster,” according to Senate definition. 

With little exception, the vote was cast along party lines. Of the 53 yea votes, 50 came from Republicans and three Democrats “bravely” crossed party lines. Bob Casey (PA), Doug Jones (AL), and Joe Manchin (WV) did the right thing; made the moral decision; no bravery required in voting on the side of life and the living. Three Republicans did not vote, including Lisa Murkowski (AK). Both Kevin Cramer (ND) and Tim Scott (SC), while unable to vote, were among the 43 co-sponsors - all Republicans.

All of the 44 nay votes came from Democrats, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Cory Booker (NJ), Sherrod Brown (OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Kamala Harris (CA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Bernie Sanders (VT), and Elizabeth Warren (MA). 

Let’s be as clear as humanly possible, as this pertains to human beings. Seven sitting members of the United States Senate who have either announced, or will likely announce, candidacies for the presidency, voted against a bill that has at its crux, language requiring appropriate medical treatment to keep babies alive. Voting against this legislation would allow for babies born and living outside the womb to die. Voting against this bill supports the murder of living, breathing children.

Strong condemnations appeared in the Catholic News Service and The Jewish Press. “There should be no bill easier for the Senate to pass than one that makes clear that killing newborn babies is wrong and should not be tolerated,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City.

Rejection of the Sasse bill is the rejection of G-d’s law as found in the Torah, prohibiting murder, wrote Rabbi Raphael Fuchs, of Lakewood, NJ, in his Jewish Press column “Murder Is Now Legal in America.”

How was the vote on S.311 not 97-0? How could anyone, regardless of political party, regardless of political aspirations, support a measure that would let children simply die? The abortion on demand through full term crowd is so dangerous, holding so much clout within the liberal-progressive ranks that anything even having the hint of interfering with their precious abortions must be defeated. Life has been devalued that it is no longer a pro-choice stance, but a pro-abortion and even a pro-murder stance.

Where will the notion of the disposable life end? Should any of the liberal-progressive Democrats win their party’s nomination, and Heaven forbid the White House in 2020, will there be a push to put an expiration date on the lives of the aged and infirm? What about the mentally or physically handicapped? It will be cost effective to a people whose philosophy of life by government-fiat seems to take pages from both Margaret Sanger and the Nazis she supported.

Silly me, I thought murder was both against the law in the United States and against G-d’s Commandments. Apparently not to the liberal-progressive Democrats goose-stepping toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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