Optimism

As I rapidly approach my 61st year, I’m optimistic.  I can sense the abortion debate slowly swinging to the pro-life side. The House and Senate both have pro-life majorities and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has a real chance now to get to the President’s desk.  And I can see Rand Paul’s Life at Conception Act being the death blow to Roe v Wade as soon as we have a President with the courage to serve his or her country instead of his or her party.   President Obama will veto the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and I’m optimistic that someone in the press will ask him to explain why he thinks pain-capable babies should be killed by dismemberment.  I’m anxious to see how his spin machine tries to justify his veto as anything other than his willingness to sacrifice thousands of innocent children in order to placate his friends in the abortion industry.

Absent the fancy marketing and political correctness, the killing of America’s children by Planned Parenthood and its partners in the abortion business would be seen for what it is; crimes against humanity.  Americans have been conditioned to accept what they are told as the truth, without questioning the motives of the ones selling them a bill of goods.  Bottom-feeders, like Planned Parenthood, know they can package the brutal killing of unborn children as “reproductive health care” and that most people won’t ask what these words really mean.  Most of my fellow Americans agree that the taking of an innocent life is wrong, but choose to remain at arm’s length from the abortion debate; not willing to take a public stand for every child’s Right to life.

Standing on principle and fighting to defeat evil was never meant to be easy; but it’s the right thing to do.  If my work on behalf of the pro-life movement makes anyone feel uncomfortable; tough.  I’m not in this to make friends.  I’m in this to save lives.  While I have no metrics to measure whether I’ve changed any minds or saved any lives, I’m optimistic that if I stay the course, miracles are possible.  When you accept the call to save lives you start examining the course of your own life.  You realize that most of the things you once considered important are anything but so.  You accept on faith that sacrificing everything for what you believe in is a noble pursuit, and worth the sacrifice.

Feeling optimistic but waiting for someone else to take the actions that feed your optimism is a sure recipe for having your dreams dashed.  My dream of a world where every child is allowed to to be born will only be realized through my efforts and those of millions of other like-minding people, most of whom are much better equipped for the task than I.  James 2:14 says “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?  Can faith save him?”  In my humble translation of this verse, if you want something to happen, get off your butt and go do something to make it happen.  I invite any and all who agree with my mission to do just that.

 

 

Letter to Al Sharpton #2

National Action Network

106 W. 145th Street

Harlem, N.Y. 10039

Attn:    Al Sharpton

 November 27, 2014

Mr. Sharpton:

When you speak out and take positive actions to stop young black men from killing young black men in America’s inner city neighborhoods, I’ll stop calling you a race baiting publicity hound.   When you speak out about the fact that more black children in New York City die from abortion than are allowed to be born every year, I’ll acknowledge that you are doing something other than promoting yourself and inciting racism.  And when you stop yelling, even though you are always speaking into a microphone, you may actually appear to have something to say that is relevant, or at least based in truth.

America has a lot of problems.  We don’t need hucksters like you clamoring to get in front of a TV camera every time you see an opportunity to insert yourself into a tragedy and make things worse.  If you’re really concerned about black children being killed, break your silence on the millions of unborn black children that have died in America’s abortion mills since 1973.   Speak out against Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest child killer; an organization founded by a racist eugenicist.

If the roles were reversed in Ferguson, Missouri, and a black policeman shot a white teenager would you be saying anything, much less accusing the policeman of looking for someone to kill and convicting him of murder in the court of public opinion?  I think we both know the answer.  Mr. Sharpton, you have a dismal track record in high-profile alleged instances of racism.  As a matter of fact, every single time you’ve commandeered the news cycle, incited civil unrest, and even leveled accusations of racism that resulted in innocent people losing their lives, you’ve been proven wrong.

As a result of decades of the playing the race card, you’ve become a public figure.  As a public figure, you have a moral obligation to use your platform for the good of your fellow man, regardless of race.  Don’t you think it’s about time you stopped promoting yourself and started promoting worthy causes?  Einstein once said “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”  Even though neither of us falls in either of those categories, we can both work to make the world a better place.

I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving Day praying for the thousands of unborn American children spending their last day alive.  Over 3,000 unborn children, both black and white, will die tomorrow in America’s abortion mills.   They’ll never get to spend Thanksgiving with their families and they can’t fight for their Right to life.  The only way the killing will be stopped is by advocates for every child’s Right to be born to speak out on their behalf and to make our fellow Americans aware of the magnitude of the slaughter taking place every day.

Sir, what will you do for America’s children?

As always, my letters to you are published on my pro-life blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Write back and I’ll publish it, unedited.

 

 

Moral Equivalence

I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about moral equivalence.  When Israel retaliated against Hamas, after enduring a barrage of thousands of rockets, our President asked both sides to show restraint.  How much restraint would America show if Mexico or Canada were lobbing hundreds of rockets across our border every day?  When ISIS began its murderous rampage across the Middle East our President called for a measured response.  Equivocating civilized behavior with that of brutal terrorists erroneously identifies barbarians as equals with the very ones they seek to kill.

The false narrative of moral equivalency put forth by our elected leaders has emboldened the ones wishing to do us harm and conveyed a sense of legitimacy to their cause.  The terrorists of the world see our leaders and our country as weak and unwilling to defend those who can’t defend themselves.  They look at a country that kills over a million of its unborn children every year and see the same nation demanding that the rest of the world respect the human rights of their citizens.  Mixed messages and moral inconsistency embolden the evildoers of the world to do more evil.

Moral equivalency in America allows a business like Planned Parenthood to openly advertise its business of killing children for money as they operate their abortion mills in neighborhood shopping centers.  Our President consults with race hustlers like Al Sharpton and treats them like anything but the publicity hungry parasites they are.  Charlatans and mass murderers are treated like sages and respectable businesses in the name of political correctness and everyone smiles and tries to act like they don’t see the hypocrisy in the comparison.

We pass laws making it illegal to intentionally kill another human being.  We pass laws making it legal to kill an unborn child at the mother’s request.  We pass laws making it illegal to stand within 35 feet of an abortion clinic’s door and asking the women going inside to not kill their babies.  We pass laws allowing anyone to freely speak in public, without fear of retribution, as long as they don’t make a woman feel bad about having her baby killed.  Our society implies a moral equivalency between the businesses that kill children for money and those who work to end the killing.

Our nation and the world are treading on the proverbial slippery slope when we fail to acknowledge the difference between the good guys and the bad guys.  When thugs torch their own town in the name of street justice we need to call them out as the thugs they are.  When terrorists kill innocent people and the abortion industry kills innocent children there can be no moral equivalence conferred between them and those of us who believe that their is no higher calling than protecting innocent life.

The evildoers of the word are counting on the complacency of the masses.  They know that most of the evil in the world is sanctioned by government.  They promote their agendas on the backs of those among us not willing to take action, and know their undoing is sealed when they are denied the legitimacy of moral equivalency.

Letter to Planned Parenthood #54

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

1110 Vermont Ave.  NW

Suite 300

Washington, D.C.  20005

Attn:    Cecile Richards

 November 24, 2014

 Ms. Richards:

I’m curious.  What is your position on immigration reform?  Ostensibly, immigration reform will allow families living in America illegally to begin the path towards citizenship.  They’ll be having more kids, and that begs the question: do you see this as an opportunity for Planned Parenthood to kill as many of them as possible?  Your organization has already killed millions of American children, so one could logically presume that you will be looking at this strictly by the numbers, so to speak.

The Hispanic community traditionally leans pro-life, so in a perverse sequence of karmic justice, immigration reform may contribute to your eventual undoing.  Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants?  The most abortion-friendly President in history unilaterally grants amnesty to millions of illegals, and they end up being the ones who put you out of business.

As I wrote to the President yesterday, Liberalism always results in the exact opposite of its stated intent.  Your promotion of a no-consequences society, where innocent children are killed as a matter of convenience, is another flawed liberal concept.   The liberal viewpoint that personal responsibility should not include protecting innocent children, has resulted in the deaths of over 57 million children since 1973.  Instant gratification and the no-consequences society that you work so hard to promote has resulted in Planned Parenthood becoming the biggest baby killing business in the world.

There are far worse things going on in America than poor folks from Mexico coming across the border in search of a better life for their families.  It’s not their fault that we don’t enforce our own laws or that we elect a community organizer as President who has never managed as much as a lemon aide stand.  We choose to enforce laws that allow our unborn children to be killed by the millions while we seem to let anybody come across our border, whether it’s someone looking for a better life or someone looking to end millions of ours.

As a nation, we’ve lost our moral compass.  We’ve allowed bottom-feeders like you to re-brand the act of killing an innocent child for money as women’s reproductive health care.  Political correctness has devolved to the point that we call the terrorist attack on Fort Polk workplace violence.  And we’re on the verge of completing negotiations with Iran that the whole world knows will lead to them developing nuclear weapons.  I honestly wonder on most days if anyone in Washington is looking out for America.

If we institute reasonable immigration reform, with the first step being securing our border, it will work.  I will support immigration reform legislation if it includes a rider to defund Planned Parenthood.  If immigration reform creates new citizens determined to end the practice of abortion, count me in.

As always, my letters to you are published on my pro-life blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Write back and I’ll publish it, unedited.

 

 

 

Letter to President Obama #99

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

Attn:    President Barack Obama

 November 23, 2014

 Mr. President:

You and I both know the Executive Actions you took this week were far beyond the bounds of your authority as President.  We also know that your assertion of prosecutorial discretion in order to circumvent the will of the people and to bypass Congress was not the lawful exercise of Presidential power.  Mr. President, elections have consequences and the trouncing your side took just a few short weeks ago was a resounding rejection of your policies; every single one of them; the very same policies you rightly acknowledged were on the ballot.  Unfortunately, the consequences of electing an incompetent, unqualified President are what got us to this point in the first place.

Mr. President, Liberalism always results in the exact opposite of its stated intent.  But, once again, we both know that the actions you took Thursday night had nothing to do with immigration reform.  They were nothing more than a partisan political maneuver designed to bait the incoming Republican majority into an exaggerated response and to make you look like you actually give a damn about our porous borders and the millions of illegal aliens living in America.  The fact of the matter is, if you had waited until the next Congress was seated in January you would have gotten most of what you illegally implemented with the stroke of your pen, and it would have been done with the cooperation and consent of all 3 branches of government, just as our Founders envisioned.  But you knew that too and still decided to poison the well and scuttle any chance of bipartisan immigration reform for years to come; simply to exercise your dissociative narcissism and to try to remain relevant.

Mr. President, let’s stipulate that you do have the authority to just waive your hand, whip out your Presidential pen, and change laws unilaterally.  Take out your pen and reverse Roe v Wade.  Issue an Executive Order making the intentional killing of unborn children illegal in America.  You’ve shown that you are willing to overreach your Presidential authority, and in doing so affect the lives of millions of people, so why not do it again and save the lives of millions of children?  You claim that your Executive Actions on immigration reform were the right thing to do.  What could be more right than taking action to end the killing of over 1 million American children every year?

Immigration reform must be implemented in America, but the first step has to be securing our borders.  You can’t clean up your flooded home until you stop the flow of water.  The elective killing of our unborn children has to end, but the first step must be changing the laws that allow it to be done legally.  America will not stop killing its own until respect for the sanctity of every life once again becomes the norm.  A show of respect by the leader of the free world would be a good first step.

As always, my letters to you are published on my pro-life blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Write back and I’ll publish it, unedited.

 

cc:  Planned Parenthood

 

 

Degrees of Outrage #5

The flavors of the week for outrage in America are President Obama’s usurpation of the Constitution and the looming grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.  Parties on both sides of both issues are jostling for the greatest degree of apoplectic rage so they can be seen as the gatekeepers of all that is right and just.  Other than pegging the red line on their blood pressure meters with their collective indignation, most of those on both sides have one other thing in common.  They know very little about what they are so mad about and would rather just be mad than informed.

As someone who enjoys reading people, I’m fascinated by how easy it is stir up an uninformed populace and to herd them like lemmings to behave in a manner of one’s choosing.  Just look at who they were convinced to elect as President; twice.  The dumb masses will generally do or think whatever they are nudged into.  They choose to take the path of least resistance and to follow the crowd, most often blissfully ignorant of the consequences of their actions and not even sure why they are taking them.

Bad people and deadly movements read people too.  They know they can incite outrage among the uninformed with phrases like “the war on women” and “a woman’s right to choose.”  They know that they can ply their deadly trade of killing babies for money by convincing the uninformed that abortion is women’s health care and that an unborn baby isn’t a living human being until they say it is.  Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider, knows that the righteous outrage of an informed America would cut off the more than $500 million they get every year from the U.S. taxpayers.  They’ve developed very clever marketing strategies to portray the murder and mayhem they inflict on our unborn children as anything but what it actually is.

President Obama’s deliberate overreach of executive authority can be undone.  The opportunistic thugs, looking for a reason to plunder and loot Ferguson, Missouri will soon crawl back under their rocks.  These things are fleeting and will soon pass.  For every child that died today in America’s abortion mills, it’s over.  It can’t be undone and it can’t be made right.  Every unborn child, scheduled to die on Monday, can still be saved.  Instead of venting your outrage on a narcissistic pinhead trying to remain relevant, or a bunch of morons bent on imposing street justice, get mad about the killing of over 3,000 babies every day in America.

In my prior pieces on outrage I’ve opined that expressing outrage without taking positive steps to remedy the source of your anger is a total waste of time.  Unabated outrage, anger, violence, and hatred feed on those expressing these emotions.  They do nothing but dis-empower those wishing to be empowered.   Good works are empowering.  Defending innocent children is empowering.  Standing on principle for something you believe in, regardless of the consequences, will always trump outrage.

Priorities #3

As I worked in my office last Saturday, knowing that pressing matters would require me to work all day Sunday as well, I wondered if it was all worth it.  The material world is becoming less important to me by the day.  My thoughts are consumed by the pain and suffering our unborn children endure on a daily basis.  I acknowledge the commitments I have made to the company that compensates me quite well, while I’m drawn to work full time to end abortion and protect the world’s children.

At times I feel trapped by the societal norms where you go to work every day, pay your mortgage, save for retirement, and, above all else, don’t make waves.  I want to make waves.  I want to leave the world better than it was before I got here.  I want to make those who accept the murder of over 1 million unborn American children every year uncomfortable in their complacency.  I’m convinced that most of society, living comfortably in their ignorance, and totally unaware of the magnitude of the slaughter that goes on every day in America’s abortion mills, would speak out and move to end the killing if they only knew.

Many things in life are more important than a steady paycheck and a big house.  I would give it all up tomorrow if it would save just one child.  Working to change minds and save lives is what I want to do.   I yearn for a world that no longer allows its unborn children to be killed as a matter of convenience, and I want to play a part in the transformation.  In honor of my 2 beloved grandsons, I pledge to be a thorn in the side of Planned Parenthood and all those who support their mission.   I will keep up the fight until we stop allowing our children to be killed or until I no longer can fight.

As we age and begin to gain wisdom, our priorities change.  We begin to think about our legacy and what we can do to serve our fellow man.  Many of us find ourselves at a crossroads, torn between doing what we’ve always done, and doing what we really want to do.  That’s where I am.  During the fleeting moments that I find myself with nothing to do, I picture what my life would be like if I was able to work full-time on behalf of the world’s children.  I imagine myself working even more hours than I work now, but loving what I do and looking forward to every new workday.  I can see a world that once again embraces the sanctity of every human life; and I want my grandsons to grow up in it.

The world needs to get its priorities straight; and so do we as individuals.  In spite of all the worldly temptations and distractions we all are exposed to, most of us know deep inside what is truly important.  Our happiness and sense of purpose become clear when when we look into the eyes of a child and know that we are in the presence of a miracle.

The Teacher

An ancient Zen Proverb simply states “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”  My teacher appeared a little over three and a half years ago with the birth of my first grandson.  Not only is he my best friend in the world; he has taught me more about life, courage, and unconditional love than I ever thought I could learn.  This week he passed an important milestone in his young life that I won’t discuss in this forum other than to say how proud I am of him and how inspired I am by his courage and resiliency.  If we just pay attention, children will show us how to deal with adversity, how to leave it in the past, and how to move on with life, stronger than ever.

Our country allows over a million of its children to be killed in the womb every year.  That’s a million teachers, life coaches, and best friends the world will never get to know.  As I write this I can see a crystal clear starlit sky outside my window; a reminder of just how small what we call our world is when measured against the infinite expanse of the Universe.  Each of us and every one of the children killed today in the world’s abortion mills were individually unique creations, even when measured against an endless Universe.  As adults, we think we have all the answers, but until we learn again to view life from the perspective of an awe-struck child we will continue to kill our own and suffer the consequences of our actions.

My grandson taught me that every child is a miracle beyond the comprehension of all the brainpower and super-computers mankind could ever muster.  He taught me that protecting innocent children is the most important duty any adult could ever undertake.  My teacher is showing me the way to live a principled life when we run and play, and when he falls asleep in my arms, knowing he is safe with Pop Pop.  He teaches me tolerance when I see his little brother strike him and he chooses not to retaliate.  Nearly every time we are alone my teacher asks me if I have to work tomorrow.  That means he wants to spend the night at Pop Pop’s house, and reminds me of the special bond we have, and the love and friendship we share.

Our children and grandchildren can teach us how to live.  All we have to do is be willing students.  Our teachers can change our lives for the better and help us change the world if we accept their teachings as the unvarnished, unbiased truth that can only be expressed by pure innocence.

The  commitment I have made to spend the rest of my life working to end abortion and to protect children at every stage of their life is not a task I volunteered for.  It’s a job I feel I have to do, regardless of whether I’m qualified or capable of achieving my goal.  With the lessons learned and yet to be learned from my teacher I will find a way to get the job done.

Degrees of Outrage #4

As I write this, an announcement is imminent in Ferguson, Missouri as to whether a grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.  Protesters have inexplicably requested a 48 hour advance notice of the grand jury’s decision, apparently so they can plan their ‘spontaneous protests’ when the announcement is made.  Gun sales have skyrocketed as leaks indicate that the grand jury will, in all probability, not indict Officer Wilson.  People in Ferguson are scared.  They’re afraid of more violent protests and looting if the grand jury decides that an indictment is not warranted in this case.

Misguided, collective outrage is a self-perpetuating phenomena.  Most of those expressing outrage are drawn into the collective outrage by their desire to be accepted.  They participate out of their irrational fear of accepting obvious facts for what they are.  They choose to put others at risk rather than standing on principle and speaking out for justice.  As I’ve written previously on the subject of outrage, expressing outrage without the intention of taking positive, nonviolent steps to remedy the object of your anger is a waste of time and energy.  Instead of joining the herd as they channel their frustration through senseless acts of violence and crimes much worse than the object of their outrage, walk your own path with honor and integrity.

In my mission to end abortion I choose to take action instead of expressing outrage.  It would be disingenuous of me to say I don’t feel outrage over the thousands of innocent children killed every day in America’s abortion mills; but I refuse to let outrage consume me.  If you choose to dwell on being mad, all you will get is more anger.  I choose to visualize a world that no longer kills its unborn children and I choose to not stand by and do nothing as the slaughter continues.

Most of the protesters in Ferguson, waiting for an excuse to plunder and loot, could not care less about Michael Brown or seeing justice served.  They just want the opportunity to commit acts that are socially unacceptable and morally wrong while staking a false claim on the moral high ground.  They choose to hide behind a mob mentality because they don’t have the courage to accept the unbiased verdict of a jury of their peers.  Just like Planned Parenthood hides behind the veil of an unjust law as they kill over 300,000 children every year, the protesters in Ferguson, regardless of the grand jury’s decision, will hit the streets and march in mind-numbed lockstep with race hustlers like Al Sharpton, while they provide cover for their faux outrage with stories of racism and injustice.

Protesting an act of violence with another act of violence is illogical.  Violence cannot be undone, but further acts of violence can be prevented by principled actions and good works.  Whether it’s ending the practice of abortion or insuring that justice is blind, outrage and its inevitable downward spiral to violence are never the answer.

Letter to Planned Parenthood #53

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

1110 Vermont Ave.  NW

Suite 300

Washington, D.C.  20005

Attn:    Cecile Richards

 November 10, 2014

 Ms. Richards:

For the past year and a half I’ve been writing letters to you and your friends in the abortion industry.  So far you haven’t as much as acknowledged receipt of even one of them, much less replied.  I can’t say I expected any more from the head of the world’s largest child killing organization.  Even though Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million a year from the American taxpayers, why should you feel obligated to open a dialogue with the millions of us who want to shut you down?

Since I wrote my first letter to you, Planned Parenthood has killed about 500,000 unborn children in America; but you already know this.  As a matter of fact, you award bonuses to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics that exceed their goal of dead children for the year.  I have to wonder how much of that bonus money comes out of my paycheck.  I also have to wonder what an organization that kills children for money wouldn’t do for money.  As paid killers, where do you draw the line for ethical behavior, since ethical behavior is nowhere to be found within your organization?

Does it ever cross your mind that, as the public face of a business that kills another child every minute and a half, you are the living, breathing spokesperson for evil?  When you check your bank account balance do you realize that every penny you have was paid for with the blood of a dead child?  Do you believe that any of the more than 300,000 children Planned Parenthood will kill this year deserve a chance to be born, just like you and I?

Ms. Richards, in spite of our differences, I believe that if you encountered someone you didn’t know in a life-threatening situation you would do anything you could to help them.  Why won’t you do the same for the innocent children entering your abortion clinics?  They’ve harmed no one and are simply trying to live.  At the end of your life all the money you’ve earned in the child killing business will not buy you one more minute, or temper the judgment you will surely face.

We are born alone and die alone, and we all are held to account for everything we do in the interim.  Based on your actions to date, you’ll have a lot to answer for.  In closing, may I ask that you reflect on your life’s work to date, and ask yourself if it has all been worth it?

As always, my letters to you are published on my pro-life blog at www.prolifepoppop.com.  Write back and I’ll publish it, unedited.