Friday, July 8, 2022

Sinking Roe Raises Democracy

 “I do not view abortion as a choice or a right - it’s always a tragedy. And I think that it should be rare and safe. And I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions.” – Senator Joe Biden (2006)

Sinking Roe Raises Democracy
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
July 8, 2022

When the histrionic caterwauling has subsided, and people actually read the Supreme Court decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, for the 6-3 majority in Dobbs v. Jackson (MS) Women’s Health Organization, they will comprehend the correctness of that decision. Essentially, Dobbs overturns both Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA v. Casey [Gov. Bob] (1992).

Overturning Roe did not overturn or end legalized abortion in the United States. It is imperative to understand that the United States Constitution does not now, nor has it at any time since its inception in 1789, conferred to the people a right to an abortion. Dobbs simply rights an egregious wrong made by the Supreme Court in 1973. This has long been a 10th Amendment issue, and now that it will revert back to the states, where it belongs, a greater number of Americans will have a voice in this issue - not 535 members of the two houses of Congress, not 50 state legislatures, not nine Supreme Court justices, and certainly not one president.

It is incumbent upon the 50 state legislatures to empower the voting citizens by placing the question of abortion on the ballot. This relinquishes power from the Supreme Court, and places it back into the hands of the American people. This preserves democracy, not stripping it away as so many are claiming in a panic.

"The authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives," said Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the majority opinion in Dobbs.

The outpouring of emotions on both sides had been expected. The pro-life community - growing stronger every day - was overjoyed. After all, 49 years of the March for Life in frigid January in our nation’s capital to commemorate the anniversary of Roe, to reach this conclusion, made them ecstatic with joy and glee. While celebrating their court ruling, the pro-life folks also recognized they have their work cut out for them - fighting the legality of abortion in each of the 50 states of the Union.

The pro-choice and pro-abortion crowd continued their threats against the justices and the building in which they work. This, weeks after an attempted assassination against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Attempts to intimidate, via fear and violence failed to impact the justices.

The kneejerk reaction was that abortion is now illegal. Not only has abortion been ended, but somehow those same people began claiming that the Dobbs decision will eventually attempt to end legally obtainable contraceptives,  reverse same sex marriage as well as inter-racial marriage. The pro-choice/pro-abortion side decided that Justice Clarence Thomas is responsible for these future decisions. Has anyone ever met Ginni Thomas - the white wife of Justice Thomas? These unnecessary hysterics only stoke the flames of violent, illegal behavior. Joe Biden didn’t help matters as he wrongly suggested contraception and marriage rights are in jeopardy during a national speech.

“To hell with the Supreme Court! We will defy them,” said Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), never at a loss to incite.

Jane’s Revenge, a pro-abortion organization affiliated with Antifa, hellbent on disruption of lives and destruction of property, exacerbated matters, vowing nights of rage and physical behavior, continued attacks on crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life centers, and churches. They have already waged attacks on more than 40 properties with signs and graffiti. “To our oppressors, if abortions aren’t safe, you’re not either,” is the common mantra of Jane’s Revenge, both written and orally. Peaceful protests are protected speech, but violence and vandalism most assuredly are not.

Both Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemned the High Court’s ruling by saying they took away a Constitutional right, which is patently false. Additionally, the White House refused to condemn not only the violence and illegal protesting at the homes of several of the justices, the White House press secretary actively encouraged those illegal acts - federal crimes, violating federal law. Once again, violence is not protected speech. Notice how far Biden has fallen since his 2006 comment above, now a tool of the pro-abortion crowd

To set the record straight, from the majority opinion penned by Justice Alito: “...we have stated unequivocally that ‘[n]othing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion…’ We have also explained why that is so: rights regarding contraception and same-sex relationships are inherently different from the right to abortion because the latter (as we have stressed) uniquely involves what Roe and Casey termed ‘potential life…’ It’s hard to see how we could be clearer.”

For those believing Roe was settled law has not studied their history. Since when can’t cases be reversed or overturned? Should we revert back to Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)? For if we do, there’s no Brown v. Board of Education [Topeka] (1954) - perhaps the most glaring example of a case needing to be overturned, aside from Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857). 

In Dred Scott, Scott sued for his freedom, noting he had been transported to Wisconsin, which was free territory. In losing, the ruling from Chief Justice Roger Taney said that slaves were not citizens and thus could not expect any protection from the federal government. That decision could not have been more odious in the history of the Supreme Court. It took passage of the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, ratified in 1865 and 1868 respectively to effectively overturn Dred Scott. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery and the 14th declared all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the United States.

While there has been a long standing precedent to adhere to precedent, it is not sacrosanct, as evidenced above. There is the issue of STARE DECISIS - the “doctrine that courts will adhere to precedent in making their decisions. …It means to stand by things decided in Latin.” (law.cornell.edu) Supreme Court nominees are regularly asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee whether or not they would abide by Stare Decisis.

Roe was poorly reasoned as it federalized what should have remained a state issue - there are no provisions in the Constitution regarding abortion, thus the Supreme Court in Dobbs could not adhere to Stare Decisis because Roe violated the Constitution.

Let’s move on, past Dobbs, and onto the several states - all 50 will have to make their own decisions - time for citizens to step up on both sides of this issue and make their voices heard. Let there be a cacophony from both sides demonstrating their involvement in the process. 

Some states already provide legal protection for abortion - Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, DC allow late term abortion. Abortion is legal until viability in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Rhode Island, and Washington. (politico.com)

On the opposite end, abortion will be illegal in Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming - period, no exceptions noted. In Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Texas, abortion will be illegal with the exception of the life of the mother. In Idaho abortion will be illegal with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. (politico.com)

For those two sides, it is reasonably clear where those states stand on abortion. From there, it gets murky with multiple shades of gray. The remaining states have various levels of legality based upon the number of weeks the woman is pregnant - yes, woman, not birthing person/parent - such an offense to women. Some states have the potentiality to declare abortion illegal. (politico.com)

With appropriate petitioning citizens in the several states could push to have the issue of abortion placed on statewide ballots.

Protecting a woman’s right to choose are myriad corporations who have been announcing their decisions to reimburse employees for travel and travel related costs should they opt to cross state lines for an abortion. A partial list of such companies includes, but is not limited to Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Amalgamated Bank, Apple, Bumble, Chobani, CitiGroup, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney, Door Dash, Gucci, Hims & Hers, Levi Strauss & Co., Lyft, Master Card, Microsoft, Netflix, Paramount, Power Home Remodeling, Salesforce, Starbucks, Tesla, Uber, United Talent Agency, Yelp, and Zillow. Make no mistake, consumers of the above mentioned companies’ products will undoubtedly pay the freight for these abortion related costs.

Life wins. The reversal of Roe is a victory for life; a victory for the unborn. When pro-choice/pro-abortion supporters chant “my body, my choice,” they seem to be forgetting there is a growing body inside her body. This is life - follow the science, as the pro-vaccine clamor to control everybody’s bodies demanding the vaccine be mandatory. Pro-lifers believe every life is sacred and worthy of entering the world. Perhaps instead of abortion, the mother to be considers putting the baby up for adoption. There are so many Americans wishing to adopt American babies. Perhaps the increasing restrictions on abortion will give people cause to pause before engaging in potentially risky behavior - don’t want to get pregnant, don’t be in the position to get pregnant.

And here we come to the conflict in our little drama. I must be true to myself, as I am always honest with my readers. Overturning Roe from a legal and Constitutional perspective was absolutely the correct thing for the Supreme Court to do. My wife is stridently, unapologetically pro-life - no abortions, no exceptions - period. I am also pro-life. I believe an abortion kills an innocent life. I don’t approve of abortion. However, I, me, personally, cannot look a pregnant rape victim in the eyes and tell her she must carry to term - I just can’t. I don’t want her to have an abortion. I don’t approve of her having an abortion. But she most certainly did not choose to get raped. And while opting for abortion because of rape constitutes less than one percent of the abortions performed, I can’t be Wyoming but I won’t be New Jersey. I think that’s where we are as a nation.

As a postscript, on July 8, Joe Biden spoke from the White House before signing an Executive Order designed to prevent states from prohibiting women from crossing state lines for legal medical treatments, including abortion. This so-called grand gesture is nothing more than a big fa├žade. Not only did Dobbs not make such a prohibition, but interstate travel is protected by the Constitution.

In Justice Kavanaugh’s Concurrence to Dobbs, he wrote that “...a state cannot bar a resident of another state from traveling to another state to obtain an abortion? In my view, the answer is no based on the Constitutional right to interstate travel…”

Biden also mentioned the potential for the right to use contraception, even among married couples, to be reversed according to Dobbs. That is an outright lie from Biden as Dobbs does not jeopardize the right to use contraception. That is simply a political ploy to gin up support for his fledgling Democrat Party which is facing a Red Wave of rebuke in this November’s midterm elections. Biden spoke politically from the White House, which is not exactly kosher, calling for the election of two additional Democrat senators and keeping the House of Representatives in an effort to codify Roe - passing a national law protecting abortion, which Biden said he would sign as soon as it reaches his desk. Biden said this would “protect reproductive rights.”

Reproductive rights are not about abortion. Abortion doesn’t reproduce anything - it ends innocent life. True reproduction furthers life; creates life.

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

Friday, May 20, 2022

Out of the Mouths of American Babes

Out of the Mouths of American Babes
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 20, 2022

Seeing is believing; so on Tuesday, I saw, and I believe. Visiting a CVS, a Kroger, a Target, and a Wal Mart here in Westfield, IN, with pictures as supporting evidence, the cupboards are bare and the shelves bereft of precious baby formula.

As is typical, when government touches it, bad things happen. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a government kickback-monopoly that has not only deleteriously impacted WIC recipients, but full-price paying parents. Abbott Nutrition Company, the producer of Pedialyte, PediaSure, and Similac, is at the crux of the baby formula crisis. Abbott closed its Sturgis, MI plant due to contamination. WIC beneficiaries receive vouchers for the procurement of baby formula from one specific company - a contract awarded by the government, ostensibly to the highest bidder, or in this case, the company offering the largest rebates.

One company, Abbott, accounts for 42 percent of the baby formula in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal. Most states have their WIC contracts with that company. WIC recipients represent 57 to 68 percent of formula sales, according to the Department of Agriculture. When that one company incurs the problems it is suffering, those problems have far reaching tentacles, as witnessed by the empty shelves around the country.

Now, after the horse has escaped the barn, the Biden administration has decided it’s time to act. Is this what is meant by leading from behind? On Wednesday, May 18, Biden invoked the 1950 Defense Production Act (DPA) which allows the president to mandate “companies to enter into contracts to produce materials considered necessary for national defense,” according to Forbes.com. While clearly not war materials, the lives of our infants are in jeopardy, and that is a priority. The DPA also prohibits hoarding of, and profiteering from such materials. But what can this act encourage that is not already being done? Does the administration think Abbott is intentionally depleting the market?

“Our number one priority is getting infants and families the high quality formulas they need, and this is a major step toward reopening our Sturgis facility so we can ease the nationwide formula shortage,” according to an Abbott statement.

This is the United States of America. No one should ever go hungry in this country, especially our children and most vulnerable unable to provide for themselves. Such monopolies should not exist, for, as has occurred, when one company suffers, all consumers suffer in a quest to find the food needed as more people have fewer options from which to choose.

Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now confiscating imported baby formula because there are non-English labels and an issue with the dosing cup. FIX IT! That the United States, the United States, has to import baby formula is both embarrassing and shameful.

Compounding matters, while the shelves in our stores look like vacant lots, at the southern border palettes a-plenty stock-piled with baby formula is at the ready for, wait for it - illegal aliens who have invaded the United States. This heretofore unknown information has been unearthed thanks to the intrepid investigatory work by Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL). Cammack has been a hero and leading from the front, and not just on this particular issue. I would be proud to call her my Congresswoman. 

Any American not outraged by this chicanery, should not call him or herself a real American. This administration, this government, this so-called leader should be ashamed, first for allowing even one illegal to invade the United States, as all predecessors should, then for putting them ahead of even one American in line for such precious resources. Resources, when part of the WIC program, are earmarked for Americans in need - paid for by other Americans - some of means, many not so much. Taking food out of the mouths of American infants is deplorable - in the truest sense of that word. 

This is yet another example of putting America and Americans last - and without proper nourishment, dead last. As is usually the case, the government creates the problem, then takes credit for the solution. Smaller government is better. Less government is also better. The government kickback-monopoly failure regarding baby formula has proven that spectacularly. 

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







Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Override Veto Allowing Bio-Males in Women's Sports

Override Veto Allowing Bio-Males in Women’s Sports
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 18, 2022

In the May 14-15, 2022 WSJ, Tunku Varadarajan wrote “Trans Sports Give Utah Republicans a Ticket to Override.” The Hoosier State faces a similar fate on May 24 and should be given some attention as well.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb should be ashamed of himself for his veto of House Enrollment Act 1041 - a bill designed to protect women’s sports as well as the integrity of Title IX, celebrating 50 years of serving women - biological women’s - safe participation in K-12 sports.

HEA 1041 states that biological males will be ineligible to participate in high school girls sports - public, private, and charter schools. This piece of legislation is absolutely fair in the interest of protecting girls pursuit of athletic excellence and future scholarship opportunities at the collegiate level.

Although the bill, penned by House member Michelle Davis (R-Whiteland), passed both Indiana houses, Holcomb vetoed it on March 21. The House and Senate will vote on May 24 to override Holcomb’s veto. A Constitutional majority of 51 votes in the House and 26 in the Senate are required to override the veto.

That this is even an issue, is shocking, considering the biological disadvantages faced by women in terms of bone density, lung capacity, heart capacity, and general speed. If the science isn’t enough, consider the news being made in Connecticut regarding high school track, and in swimming on the NCAA level, where biological males have shattered records biological females could not approach. Wrong on every level.

The Current in Westfield reported on April 5 that “Holcomb said there has not been a single case of a male wanting to compete on a female team that has completed a process to do so established by the IHSAA.” (Indiana High School Athletic Association) Irrelevant, and a poor excuse by a short-sighted governor.

To read the text of the bill: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2022/bills/house/1041#digest-heading. To make your voices heard, call House members at 317-232-9600, and Senators at 317-232-9400 prior to the May 24 vote.

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

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Leak is the Crime; Reversing Roe - Perfectly Legal

The Leak is the Crime; Reversing Roe - Perfectly Legal
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
May 5, 2022

The last bastion of integrity in the American government, for the most part, has been the Supreme Court. The American people certainly have not agreed on the outcome of myriad cases heard by the High Court since 1790, but the work of the Supreme Court has ostensibly been scandal free. The integrity of this institution has been shattered by a poltroon devoid of a conscience in the hopes of creating a maelstrom the likes of which will divert attention from the absolute failings of the Biden administration.

At issue is the unprecedented leak of the draft majority opinion penned by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito regarding the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That this is an abortion case, the opposing sides are apoplectic that the ultimate decision, to be rendered by the end of June, could overturn Roe v. Wade (1973). Such a leak has heretofore been unheard of, attested Supreme Court historians and former Supreme Court law clerks.

As polarizing a lightning rod as Roe is, the greater concern is, and should be, the penetration of the sanctity of the Supreme Court, and what happens in the Supreme Court stays in the Supreme Court, until the justices themselves say otherwise and reveal their verdicts in June on the cases they agreed to adjudicate prior to the opening of the session - the first Monday in October.

It is painfully obvious the leaker is unsatisfied with the potential outcome of Dobbs and hopes the court of public opinion will weigh heavily enough on the minds of the majority for one of them to alter his or her vote, which if at five to four in favor, will flip the script to a five to four verdict in the other direction. Should this occur, the damage to the Supreme Court would be in perpetuity. Leaks of draft opinions would become commonplace knowing that the weak link will kowtow to the pressure of mob justice. This would completely politicize the Supreme Court in ways heretofore unfathomable.

Not only should none of the justices fall victim to such tactics, the Court as a whole must not be intimidated by such unsavory and illegal tactics. While Chief Justice John Roberts has enlisted the Supreme Court’s marshal to conduct an investigation, the tentacles of such search must reach infinitely higher. 

According to Chris Swecker, a former FBI Assistant Director, both the FBI and the Justice Department have jurisdiction in such instances. This culprit must be diligently sought out, fired, charged, and disbarred, preventing him or her from practicing law anywhere in the United States, its territories or commonwealths. As harsh a message as possible must be sent to deter future leaks, and after the cost of a law school education is flushed away, that message should be loud and clear.

Swecker specified two US Codes that have been violated by the leaker. The first, 18 USC 1905, prohibits the disclosure of confidential information. The draft opinion is confidential to the Supreme Court - this is not the final version ready for public consumption. Additionally, 18 USC 641 pertains to theft of government property - including records and/or documents.

That the Biden administration has yet to condemn this egregious act, quite frankly, is not surprising. In fact, White House press secretary Jen Psaki won’t even call for punishment for this dastardly deed, having said that the real story is about abortion, and not the leak. “Our focus is on the content of the leak,” said Psaki, clearly more concerned about preserving the odious act of slaughtering an innocent life, than preserving the integrity of the Supreme Court, its people, and its work.

Already, threats to burn down the Supreme Court, threats of violence toward what progressive woke liberals are calling extremist justices are being heard coast to coast. A pro-abortion organization called Ruth Sent Us, named for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has not only planned protests at the homes of the six justices they deem extremist, they have made those addresses public. This does not sound like something the late justice would support. Members of Congress are calling the court illegitimate, simply because they do not agree with a potential decision that has yet to be made official. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called the justices liars and is attempting to exert political pressure upon them to reverse the potential outcome of Dobbs. Senators Bernie Sanders (S-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have already called for four liberal justices to be added to the Supreme Court.

From the White House, Joe Biden also called the five or six justices in the majority extremists, yet in 2006 said he would not fund paying for abortions as a member of the Senate. Kamala Harris ranted and raved about abortion being the right of women, yet supported a recent successful Supreme Court appointee who could not define what a woman is when asked under oath during her Senate confirmation hearing.

Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, reported, “Biden slipped up today, acknowledging that abortion kills children - ‘choose to abort a child.’ How tragic to see a man, who for decades in the Senate stood against tax funding for abortion, so completely sell out to Big Abortion.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made it perfectly clear that should Roe v. Wade be reversed, such a decision would not legally end the practice of abortion in the United States, it would merely return to the separate states the power to decide. “It’s Federalism 101,” said Blackburn.

Roe v. Wade was poorly decided in 1973, This case should have never been brought to the Supreme Court in the first place. Abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution and thus should have remained within the purview of the states to determine, as per the Tenth Amendment. The pro-choice and pro-abortion crowds are bemoaning the potential loss of their precious abortions, calling this the end of democracy. The leftist woke progressives are demonstrating their ignorance of how government works, or is supposed to work. Returning the issue of abortion to the states is the constitutionally correct thing to do, and, in the interest of democracy, the most democratic action. Each state can, and should, put the issue of abortion on the ballot for the voters to decide - not the 535 members of the houses of Congress, not the 50 state legislatures, but the millions of eligible voters. That is, in fact, a more pure form of democracy. 

This is what Justice Alito has called for within the 98 page draft opinion. He narrowed his focus specifically to that issue, and only that issue. The overblown hysteria of the far left media, far left politicians, and far left supporters of abortion on demand are spreading rumors that once Dobbs is decided and Roe reversed, the “extremist” court will attempt to rescind gay marriage, interracial marriage (have they met Mrs. Clarence Thomas?), and even reverse Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS (1954), according to leftwing talk show host Joy Behar. None of those claims are remotely true. Apparently the new office of misinformation has not opened its doors yet (read: government censorship). Perhaps if those people read the leaked document, which the Supreme Court confirmed is legitimate, their hysteria would be assuaged.

For those who think supporting life is extreme, consider how extreme murdering that same life is.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Praying History Does Not Repeat Itself

Praying History Does Not Repeat Itself
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
April 12, 2022

As Christians the world over observe Holy Week, and the first Seder of Passover is celebrated by the Jewish community Friday night, also Shabbat, there is a juxtaposition of war and peace, politics and religion, and the quintessential David and Goliath story. 

In simple terms, little David, the Israelite boy not yet old enough to serve in the army, armed with but a slingshot, went up against the giant Philistine Goliath. But David found himself armed with more than just a mere slingshot - his faith in G-d cloaked him like a suit of armor. And as told in 1 Samuel “G-d who saved me from the claws of the lion and the claws of the bear, He will save me from the hands of the Philistine.” (17:37)

Not unlike the great underdog story of Indiana basketball lore in the Gene Hackman classic 1986 film, Hoosiers, (spoiler alert) the minute David slew Goliath, felling him with a rock to the middle of his forehead, collapsing the giant to the ground. The world is witnessing the potentiality of a modern version of the Biblical David and Goliath. President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Ukrainian people are holding their ground and remaining competitive against the much larger, greater weaponized Russian army and its despotic dictator Vladimir Putin. And literally akin to the Biblical David, Zelensky is also Jewish, young, and courageous beyond the expectations of his people.

If Zelensky has been described as (Winston) “Churchill in a t-shirt,” Putin can be compared to Hitler, and sadly, Joe Biden to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. It is typically ill-advised to compare anyone to Hitler as accusations of exaggeration or hyperbole will be levied. In the case of Putin, such comparison is warranted. 

After attacking Crimea during the Obama administration, Putin invaded Ukraine, its neighbor to the west, unprovoked, about 50 days ago. In 1938 Hitler annexed the Sudetenland from what was then known as Czechoslovakia. Less than a year later in September 1939, Hitler invaded Poland to the east, also unprovoked. War crimes and the slaughter of civilians ruled the day both then and now. Both Hitler and Putin were largely insulated from the general populace and detached from reality. Two megalomaniacs, paranoid, lacking reason, utterly delusional, and surrounded by brutal, barbaric yes-men.

Additionally, Putin unrealistically predicted and expected to capture Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in mere days. This is reminiscent of Hitler’s expectation to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 just as quickly. In September 1939, following the Nazi invasion of Poland, more than 400,000 Jews of Warsaw became prisoners confined to a one square mile area of the Polish capital city. In November 1940 laborers sealed the ghetto with brick walls and barbed wire.

With limited food, medical supplies, and other resources, disease and starvation killed thousands of the Jewish prisoners each month, while Nazi guards murdered thousands more at will. In September 1942 Heinrich Himmler ordered the “resettlement” of Jews, to work camps. In reality, those were extermination camps - including Treblinka, where 265,000 Jews were dispatched from the Warsaw Ghetto. (Another 20,000 were sent elsewhere or killed en route.)

Between 55,000 and 60,000 Jews remained in the Warsaw Ghetto. Small groups of partisans and self-defense teams began smuggling in precious few munitions and arms. This was enough to temporarily hold off the Nazis for a few days beginning January 18, 1943 as they retreated from an attempted transfer of Jews to concentration camps.

The historic uprising began in earnest on April 19, 1943 as Himmler sent what should have been an overpowering force to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto in perpetuity. His goal was to complete the task in three days. Outmanned and outgunned, the Jewish resistance fighters held off the Nazis until May 16, by which time the Nazis had gone block by block, building by building killing or capturing just about every Warsaw Ghetto resident they encountered.

Seven thousand Jews were killed in the uprising and another 42,000 deported to concentration camps where they were ultimately murdered. Roughly 700 Jews actually fought the Nazis while thousands others simply did not report for the deportation trains. It is accepted that several hundred Nazi soldiers were killed during the uprising, which ended on May 16, 1943 - 28 days after it began, as the Warsaw Ghetto was ultimately razed, a far cry from the expected and predicted three days. On that same day, May 16, to punctuate the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Nazis completely destroyed that city’s Great Synagogue. 

Perhaps the miracle of the Jewish partisans ability to stall the Nazis for as long as they did under such overwhelming odds could be attributed to the miracles of Passover. April 19, 1943 also ushered in the first Seder night of Passover - an eight night, eight day observance of the Israelites’ escape to freedom from Egypt after more than 400 years of slavery. 

While celebrating either Passover or Easter this weekend, let’s keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers. Pray for peace, and a more successful outcome to the current war started by Putin than the ultimate fate of the Jewish prisoners in the Warsaw Ghetto at the hands of the Nazis.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Drill in Texas, Don't Deal with Tehran

Drill in Texas, Don’t Deal with Tehran
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
March 17, 2022

When President Donald Trump’s term expired and Joe Biden moved into the White House, inflation sat at a reasonable 1.4 percent. Today, after Biden has been in the White House a mere 14 months, inflation has skyrocketed to a terribly uncomfortable 7.9 percent. This is not on Trump; this is not even on Vladimir Putin. This is on Biden and his failing economic policies.

When President Donald Trump’s term expired and Joe Biden moved into the White House, the national average gas price was an almost livable $2.39 per gallon. Fourteen months later, the national average gas price rose to a nearly bankrupting $4.29 per gallon as of March 17, 2022, according to AAA. This is not on Trump; this is not on Putin. Gas prices have increased 48 percent under Biden prior to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the megalomaniacal Putin. This is on Biden, as he is beholden to the Green Energy Mafia. 

The now three week long, and growing, war against Ukraine by Russia and the despotic war criminal Vladimir Putin is not the root cause of the rise in gas prices. That falls on Biden, for on Day One of his term he shuttered the Keystone XL Pipeline and any other domestic source of energy he could thwart. Biden’s orders negatively impacted ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) and the freezing of other federal leases, yet waived sanctions on Putin’s pipeline, thus adding funding to his war machine.

The United States moved, rather rapidly, from being energy independent to energy dependent, and Biden is on the verge of going on bended knee to Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Venezuela for gas/oil. Depending on the source of information, the United States had imported two to seven percent of its gas/oil from Russia - which will cease, as per Biden’s announcement on Tuesday, March 8. Out of the frying pan and into the fire goes Biden and his administration seeking to do business with the Marxists of Venezuela - a country the United States does not even recognize officially; the Islamists of Saudi Arabia; or the jihadists of Iran, who are mere steps away from finalizing their nuclear bomb, undoubtedly to be aimed at Israel.

The solution is simple. “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less,” as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote in his 2008 book. The message of energy independence still applies, now more than ever before.

Biden must reauthorize the Keystone XL Pipeline, he must reauthorize drilling leases in ANWR, and throughout North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. The United States should be pumping gas and oil that comes out of Texas, not Tehran. American gas/oil is cleaner than that which comes from Russia. By allowing the United States to return to the days of energy independence as was enjoyed under Trump, the US is also able to help European countries wean themselves off of Putin’s dirty, war-supported, Russian gas/oil - and at lower prices. Win-win - for both the United States and for the nations that should separate themselves from Russian energy and being beholden to the egomaniacal Putin, who is intentionally targeting children hunkering down in school basements, as well as pregnant women, also hiding in basements - maternity hospital basements.

Based upon information from these five sources, this is the percent range of gas/oil the following countries procure from Russia.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katharinabuchholz/2022/01/28/which-european-countries-depend-on-russian-gas-infographic/?sh=b091867d2aa0 (Forbes)

http://www.gasprocessingnews.com/features/201906/the-insoluble-equation-how-to-balance-europe%E2%80%99s-natural-gas-supply-and-demand.aspx (Gas Processing & LNG)

https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/comments/2i7cri/eu_dependence_on_russian_natural_gas/ (Congressional Research Service)

www.eia.gov (US Energy Information Administration)

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1201743/russian-gas-dependence-in-europe-by-country/ (Statista)

Austria………………………………… 52-100 percent

Belarus…………………………………99

Belgium……………………………….. 23-43 

Bosnia and Herzegovina……………. 99-100

Bulgaria……………………………….. 77-100

Croatia………………………………… 37-68

Cyprus………………………………… 0

Czech Republic………………………. 63-81

Denmark………………………………. 15

Estonia………………………………… 34-100

Finland………………………………… 80-100

France………………………………… 17-24

Georgia………………………………… 6

Germany………………………………. 30-58

Greece…………………………………. 51-58

Hungary………………………………… 40-100

Ireland………………………………….. 0

Italy……………………………………… 20-46

Latvia……………………………………. 93-100

Lithuania………………………………… 41-100

Luxembourg……………………………. 28

Malta……………………………………..  0

Moldova…………………………………. 100

Netherlands…………………………….. 5-11

North Macedonia………………………. 100

Norway………………………………….. 25-99

Poland…………………………………… 40-72

Portugal…………………………………. 0

Romania………………………………… 10-24

Serbia…………………………………… 89-99

Slovakia…………………………………. 63-74

Slovenia…………………………………. 40-57

Spain…………………………………….. 11

Sweden………………………………….. 100

Turkey…………………………………… 21-52

United Kingdom…………………………. 0

Hardly anyone with any sense of reality expects Biden to return the United States to the path of energy independence. After all, he’s to blame for the current fix this nation currently suffers. But, this is a midterm election year, and reaching out to the various members of Congress, might move the needle in the right direction. Hold them accountable. Remember, they work for the citizenry of the United States, not the other way around.

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


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Biden is No Help to Zelensky

Biden is No Help to Zelensky
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
March 16, 2022

Following Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned speech before the United States Congress on Wednesday morning, came Joe Biden’s anemic and tepid response. Joe Biden's words are empty and hollow at best. Volodymyr Zelensky, an actual leader, should not count on any serious aid from the United States.

Zelensky is not asking for American boots on the ground. Give him what he wants - it's for the betterment of the entire region. Consider the neighboring countries like Poland (1.8 million), Romania 453,000), Moldova (337,000), Hungary (264,000), and Slovakia (213,000) that have stepped up welcoming more than three million refugees into their lands, as well as providing material aid into Ukraine, as of Tuesday, March 15. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60555472) 

Clearly this is not a Republican or Democrat argument as Congress approved $13 billion in aid to Ukraine, but the feckless Biden has only authorized $800 million of that money to aid Ukraine, less than seven percent of that which was approved. Biden is a coward, unable or unwilling to do what is right for fear of Putin, while Zelensky, a true hero to his people and beyond, is on the front lines every day. He could have escaped Ukraine, but willingly chose to stay and lead his nation.

This is yet another Biden Blunder on the international stage. His disastrous so-called exit strategy from Afghanistan, handled with all the competence of a one-armed paper hanger, cost 13 members of the United States military their lives, and the abandonment of roughly $85 billion in military materials to our enemies, the Taliban. Meanwhile, Biden is searching the couch cushions for nickels to give to Ukraine, a nation in desperate need of genuine assistance.

This is quintessential Biden - half a century of living on the wrong side of history.

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