Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders

Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,

I have supported your run for President. A have contributed several times. I have cajoled others to vote for you. I am still very sure that you would make the best President - by a wide margin.

Nonetheless, now is the time to wind down your campaign. Now is the time to acknowledge that Hillary Clinton is going to be our candidate. Whatever questions there might be about election irregularities or "superdelegates," Hillary is winning even without superdelegates, and by a much wider margin than any adjustment for voting irregularities might reverse.

Now is the time to unify the Democratic party, and to focus on the crucial challenge of winning in November.

On the very most important issues of our time: minority rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, health care for all, lifting all out of poverty, and ensuring a progressive majority on the Supreme Court, you and Hillary and I agree on the fundamentals, if not the details.

I ask you to endorse Hillary Clinton, to prepare a rousing nominating speech for the DNC convention, and to work with great intensity for the election of all Democrats in the November election. America cannot afford the possibility of a racist misogynist President reversing our last 50 years of progress.

Thank You,
 Jonathan Huie

Friday, April 1, 2016

Let's Thank Donald Trump for Calling Out the GOP's Hypocrisy on Abortion

On March 30, Donald Trump called for abortion to be criminalized (standard GOP line), and also for women who undergo illegal abortions to be "punished" by the legal system - without being specific as to the severity of that punishment.

A few hours later, Trump walked-back his comments after abortion foes (as well as pro-choice advocates) denounced Trump's statement.

While almost everyone from all sides of the political spectrum seems to think that what Trump said was awful, I think it was both logical, and wonderfully insightful of the hypocritical "standard" GOP position on abortion.

IF abortion were considered to be the "murder" of a small "human," (and I am certainly not someone who views it that way) then the punishment of all complicit in the "crime" would logically be severe. Murder and being an "accessory to murder" draw massive sentences - even death. If abortion were murder, why lesser sentences? or no sentence for the woman choosing the "murder?"

As an example, when police intercept a drug transaction, the drug dealer is given a harsher sentence than the drug buyer, but the drug buyer is also punished - often years of incarceration. [The "war on drugs" is an abomination - but that is another story.]

Donald Trump's momentary deviation from the "standard" Republican view on abortion shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy of its "standard" position that...

1) Abortion is Murder, BUT...
2) Abortion is not a crime if rape or incest caused the pregnancy (for most in GOP)
3) The woman is a "victim" rather than an "accessory to murder" - unless she got the abortifacient pills herself without a doctor - in which case she's a murderer.

The "standard" GOP position on abortion holds neither logic nor morality! Rather it is expedient pandering to a range of belief in its political base.

In a system that was truly designed to protect the interests of the fetus, rape would have no bearing. How can anyone take a moral position that a child conceived in rape is a less important person than a child conceived in wedlock?

A large majority of Americans believe that abortion is a choice to be made by the woman, rather than to be criminalized by the legal system. A few Americans, however, strongly believe that abortion is murder and must be criminalized as such. The hypocritical "standard" GOP position on abortion tracks neither of these, but rather is a political expediency designed to win votes.

A further note... If abortion were criminalized, and all facilities performing legal abortions eliminated, I predict that at least as many women would opt for illegal abortifacient pills, or coat-hangers, or other home remedies, as would find illegal abortion doctors. Thus, the issue of sending women to prison for aborting themselves would become widespread.