Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Borrowing, Abortion, Obama

Americans aren’t happy with the government they elected. Why? If a man’s had multiple marriages and hates his ex-wives, what do his choices say about him? Unless he’s willing to take a long and deep look at himself, he’s likely to hook up with another woman he'll come to dislike. In the same way, Americans are likely to choose a government they disdain again and again.

Our government reflects us. Government doesn’t face reality because a majority of voting Americans doesn’t want to look at it. Fifty-two percent voted for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008. An honest look at him tells us much about ourselves.

Two facts about President Obama: He’s the most pro-abortion president we’ve ever had by far, and he’s borrowed far more money than any previous president. Last week he asked Congress to borrow another $1.2 trillion. At this pace, he’s set to borrow $6.2 trillion in one term - more than all our presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton - and twice as much as George W. Bush. While campaigning in 2008, Obama called Bush “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” for raising our nation’s debt. Now he's borrowing at twice the rate Bush did and blaming him for it.

We cannot go on like this. We’re headed off a cliff and we’re going to smash on the rocks below, but we just keep on going. Why? Our leaders lack the courage to tell Americans what they know already but don’t want to look at. We don’t want to wean ourselves from our dependence on government. We pretend we can continue to put off dealing with mounting debt but we cannot. The point we’ve come to is equivalent to that of a family whose credit cards are maxed out, whose bank is about to foreclose, whose electricity is about to be shut off, and whose oil tank is almost empty. If we’re put out on the street, we can’t look to government to feed us, clothe us and give us shelter because we are the government. We’ll be bankrupt and at the world’s mercy. We couldn’t look to Europe because they’re in the same mess we are, so who does that leave? China, Russia, and the Muslim world, that's who. How much mercy are we going to get from them?

Thirty-nine years ago next Sunday, the US Supreme Court ruled in Roe Vs Wade that women have a constitutional right to abortion. The father of our Constitution, James Madison, rolled over in his grave. Those who champion Jane Roe’s case in Texas claim to oppose abortion personally, insist that an unborn baby isn’t a human being, and seek moral cover behind “pro-choice” rhetorical legerdemain. That cover thinned considerably when the Texas Legislature passed a law encouraging women to see a sonogram before going through with their abortions. Feminists don’t want a woman to see what would be sucked out of her and thrown away. They insist it’s “unconstitutional” to show her what abortion really is and they got a federal district judge to agree with them.

Feminists insist it's a lump of tissue, but a sonogram pierces the lie for tens of millions of American women who’ve had over 40 million abortions since Roe Vs Wade. Feminists stifled the Texas law, but not for long. Last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the district judge’s ruling and further ruled that the sonogram requirement could be implemented immediately. This is highly threatening to Democrats - the Party of Abortion - the principal guardian of the lie that abortion is the moral equivalent of removing a tumor or a wart.

The Party's leader, Barack Hussein Obama, argued against the “Infant Born Alive Act” when he was in the Illinois legislature - the only legislator in the state with the temerity to do so. Obama argued that if an infant was born alive after a failed abortion, the state of Illinois should not force doctors to treat it, that it should be left alone to die. Obama’s habit was to vote “present” on controversial issues, but he spoke up on this one.

Abortion isn’t mentioned in our Constitution, but our Declaration of Independence states that: “We are endowed by our Creator with . . . the right to life.” Despite American Psychological Association claims, abortion traumatizes not only babies but women and many fathers as well. How much collective trauma exists in a country populated with tens of millions who live the continuing denial that abortion doesn’t kill a human life? That’s the critical mass of voters who gave us Barack Hussein Obama. This is a guy who, when asked in a debate about when human life begins, said: “That’s beyond my pay grade.” This is a guy who said about his daughters: “When they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.” This is a guy who again and again omits the essential words “by our Creator” above when quoting the Declaration of Independence in silky-voiced speeches.

There's a critical mass of Americans that won’t take responsibility for the human life it conceives and it loves Barack Obama. It’s made up of men whose view of sex is “Slam, bam, thank you m’am. Oh, you're pregnant? Here’s $500 for an abortion.” It’s made up of women who would sacrifice their own children in the name of “liberation.” These are the Americans who would continue borrowing indiscriminately from the future to keep their unsustainable benefits flowing as long as possible. Obama helps them all feel good about themselves. They voted him into the White House and they will again unless an opponent emerges who can persuade them to take a long, honest look at themselves.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you again, Mr. McLaughlin, for a timely "wake-up" call to the American voters. Our nation and culture hang in the balance and this election cycle may be the one to send us over the brink into destruction. I pray the public wakes up in time.
Please keep up the timely commentary.
Dan P.

1/18/12, 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it were only that simple. Pogo is still right. It is us.

1/18/12, 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

"If a man’s had multiple marriages and hates his ex-wives, what do his choices say about him? Unless he’s willing to take a long and deep look at himself, he’s likely to hook up with another woman he'll come to dislike. "

Kind of like Newt?

1/18/12, 3:44 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Yeah, kind of like him.

He says he's taken the long, hard look and he converted to Catholicism. People do grow and change.

Let's hope he has. Time will tell.

1/18/12, 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

“We are endowed by our Creator with . . . the right to life.” At 8 weeks there is a pumping heart and a functioning brain. Why doesn't he/she have a right to life?

40 million abortions since Roe vs Wade? That is shocking! But it helps to understand the decline of our Nation. Now I understand why we don't have enough mathematicians and scientists. Now I understand why we are globally falling behind other countries educationally. We have deprived our great nation of it's intellectual descendants, as we and our children have chosen to not have children.

1/19/12, 2:39 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank you for saying what so many of us are thinking!
Let's hope that some read this and act!God can use anything,be it an article such as this or a bumper sticker!
It's time to wake up and act!

1/19/12, 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm, how exactly do all you lover's of life support war?
It's ok for a teenager to got die for haliburton? But an abortion....oh no...

1/19/12, 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I've asked this a couple times, but don't remember being given a straight answer before. Let me start by saying that I'm not sure how I stand on this issue yet, because I have not experienced enough to tell. As a man, I may never experience enough to truly understand. However, I've had one question that's always bugged me: how would decreasing the rate of abortions help our country economically and educationally? It seems that most of our problems stem from having too many people in the first place, which drains on our welfare and educational system. A quick Google search found me this study:

"Women with incomes below 200% of poverty made up 30% of all women of reproductive age, but accounted for 57% of all women having abortions in 2000: Twenty-seven percent of abortions were obtained by women living below the poverty line, and another 31% by women with incomes of 100-199% of poverty. The concentration of economically disadvantaged women among those having abortions was greater in 2000 than in 1994, when 50% of women obtaining abortions had incomes of less than 200% of poverty.
Abortion rates decreased as income rose, from 44 per 1,000 among poor women to 10 per 1,000 among the highest-income women. In 1994 as well, women with incomes below 200% of poverty had higher abortion rates than higher-income women. However, between 1994 and 2000, rates decreased among middle- and higher-income women, whereas they increased among poor and low-income women.
The high abortion rates among economically disadvantaged women were partly due to high pregnancy rates—133 per 1,000 for poor women and 115 per 1,000 for low-income women. As income increased, pregnancy rates declined, and women with the highest incomes had a pregnancy rate of 66 per 1,000. These women were the least likely to abort their pregnancies (15%), and poor and low-income women were the most likely to do so (33%)."

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3422602.html

This makes it seem that if these abortions had not been carried out, we would just have millions more economically disadvantaged teens who were screwed in life by being put in terrible scenarios with terrible schools that can't provide for them.

But I'm completely open to hearing how this would help. Please answer.

1/19/12, 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how relevant the abortion issue is at this point? I mean, it's one of those emotional topics that people get all fired up over. But don't we have a lot more pressing concerns to worry about now?
How about NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, Fast and Furious, etc. etc. Our constitution is being shredded before us and the elite role out Newt, Mitt and Rick as alternatives to Obama? Who proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is no difference between the parties. Absolutely none. If you're not insulted by the GOP 'candidates' then I don't know what to tell you.
Abortion? Sorry, we have many more important things to work on and discuss.
Who, in their right mind, wants to bring a child into this world?

1/19/12, 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

I am insulted by Obama. I am insulted that Americans voted for such a sympathizer to Islam and socialism. I agree that the candidates running for the Republican ticket are not the best, and may not beat him, but I am so disenchanted, that I will vote for whoever runs just to get rid of him.

Two generations ago, it was not the people living in poverty who were getting abortions, it was the middle class. The poor couldn't afford abortions, and couldn't even afford the pill. The people living in poverty were the ones churning out the babies in order to get more welfare money, and if I'm not mistaken, that is still going on today.

1/19/12, 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

To "Anonymous",

I don't really like war. I am pretty anti violence, period. But, a teenager in this day, makes a choice to join the military, and knows what the risks are. A growing fetus does not. They deserve a chance at life.

When I was 19, I became pregnant. That was in 1969, and it was the beginning of the feminist movement. I had people asking me if I wanted to get an abortion. It had never even occurred to me before that. I did think about it, but then I began to feel my daughter move inside of me, and I came face to face with the reality of this real human being whom I dearly wanted to see and get to know. So, I didn't go to Woodstock. The bumpy ride all the way to the east coast would surely have caused a miscarriage. I now have a beautiful auburn haired daughter who I am so proud of. She has worked for a major hotel chain as a manager for the past 20 years or so, and ended up marrying the lead guitar player for Collective Soul!

1/19/12, 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhm, Rhonda, point being you're condoning killing/ murder by supporting war. It's not t the young man's choice to join.
And please stop the silly misconception that Obama is a socialist. He is NOT a socialist. Despite what faux news spins. He is the extension of George bush. Make no mistake. There is no difference between the parties. Obama proves that. Divide and conquer. Which is pretty evident here. How about NDAA, sopa, pipa, fast n furious? makes abortion seem, I don't know, distracting? We have real issues to worry about that are threatening our freedom!! Abortion? Come on! You guys fall in line with the lamestream media talking points, which only work to distract from real issues!

1/20/12, 10:33 AM  
Anonymous rhonda said...

Uhhhhmmm, Duhhhhh...Yeah!

1/21/12, 1:16 AM  

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