I want to repeat, Prophecy of Honor is due to be published about the end of the year.
I have two major subjects to present, so this is longer than just about anything else I've posted. I hope you followed the link to “Master Jack” and enjoyed it. It hit #3 on the hit parade in 1968.
Master Jack was the title of a shift boss in the mines of South Africa. The song is about the Apartheid in South Africa and the efforts to dismantle it and include the native Blacks and Indians in the democracy. The metaphors are good, and subject to some interpretation. “A colored ribbon from out of the sky” could refer to the South African flag of the time—orange, white, and blue. There are plenty of other meanings to be seen in the lyrics, and my interpretation doesn’t quite match what the writer of the song, David Marks, put forth, except that it is about the struggle against apartheid.
The second thing is a controversial subject of politics that should not even be political at all.
Some of you may agree with what I’m about to present. If so, and you think I raise valid points, please feel free to share them. Some of you may hate what I present, and curse me, or just disagree. But that’s understandable—no, it’s not. I don’t understand how anyone could disagree with me, on anything.
This rant (if you wish to label it that) was inspired by Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville, who has been using the single senator veto to block all normally routine promotions in the military since February because he objects to the military paying for transportation of service members, if necessary, to a state where it’s legal to get an abortion. He has said that what they are doing is immoral.
Wrong. What he is doing—what he believes—is immoral. The efforts to ban abortions is immoral on at least four different levels.
One: Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade, several states that had restrictions on abortion rights have held votes on the question of abortion rights. These were “red” states—staunchly conservative states like Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio. In all cases the votes to maintain rights to an abortion have been overwhelmingly in the majority—about 60% in favor. Other “red” states like Tuberville’s Alabama have learned not to put the question to the general populace because they know that the vote will be to preserve the right to an abortion. Tuberville, in fact, is working against the wishes of the majority. That is immorality against democracy.
Two: This country has more than enough people—actually the planet has more than enough, but I’ll keep this to the U.S. This country does not need more unwanted children. The majority of unwanted children end up in foster care. Here’s some numbers: There are well over 300,000 children in the foster care system. To feed, care, and educate those children comes from tax dollars.
BTW, the same people who insist that women give birth if pregnant are now the same ones that want to reduce or eliminate the money the government gives them to help them care for those kids. I’m not ordinarily given to blatant unequivocal judgments, but I’ll give one here. Any person who sincerely believes that women should be forced to give birth to a child they don’t want by force of government, and also wants to reduce or eliminate the amount of government help given to those women to raise that child, is evil. If there is a hell, those folks deserve to experience it.
Back to number two: The number of legal abortions in this country is over 600,000 every year. If all abortions were actually eliminated, as many of these people claim to want, over 600,000 new children would be born every year. Imagine that. 600,000 children into foster care; next year another 600,000 and the year after that, another 600,000 and so on and so on. Who’s going to pay for the foster care and the additional educational requirements for 600,000 new children every year? This choice is therefore, immoral in regards to the country as a whole and the taxpayers specifically.
Three: Like it or not, research shows, and common sense should confirm, that children raised in foster care, on average, are at a disadvantage academically and emotionally. They do not experience the love, caring, and support that children do that are raised by loving parents. Again, it is an immoral stand that adversely affects the potential child.
Four: This will take a little longer. It is immoral to take away the woman’s God-given and legal right of body autonomy. In case you’re not really familiar with the idea of body autonomy, I’ll get into the details. We’ll use you, the reader, as an example. You have body autonomy. That means that no one under any circumstances has the right to use any part of your body without your permission. Say you are the only viable match as an organ donor to save someone’s life. If a child of the President of the United States needs a small piece of your liver to save his life, if you refuse to donate, that child will die if there is no other donor. You have that right even if you’re dead. No one has the right to your organs unless you’ve signed an organ donor card, or if your family agrees to donate the organ. I want to emphasize that any living person that needs to use your organ in any way just to survive has no right to do so if you are not willing to allow it.
There have been several movies and television shows with this theme as the primary conflict.
So, if the law forces a woman to allow her organs to be used to keep alive a fetus against her will, it has given the fetus more rights than a breathing, conscious person, and they have granted the pregnant woman less rights than a corpse. That’s immoral.
Additionally, about every twelve hours in this country, a woman dies from complications associated with pregnancy or child birth. So the denial of the right to have an abortion puts a woman at risk to die.
How cannot that not be immoral?
To get back briefly to last time, Notah Begay is a Native American former professional golfer, and now part of the broadcast team for many televised golf tournaments…and a friend of Tiger Woods.
And a new trivia question and opportunity to add to your knowledge: What connection did Goerge Zaharias have with professional golf?
Thank you for reading this long post. I hope you found it worthwhile.