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Even by "pro-choice" standards, New York State's radical new abortion law is an abomination

In case you haven't heard, the New York legislature has passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed, the Reproductive Health Act, a law legalizing abortion literally up to the moment of birth.

Well, actually, it simply makes explicit what Roe v. Wade made the law of the land when it required that abortion be permitted right up until the moment of birth when it is deemed medically necessary to protect the life or health of the mother.

The key word is "deemed." In the case of a viable fetus, abortion is literally never a safer measure even for the mother than delivery by Caeserian section. But politics often trumps medicine, and  past experience has shown that the very elastic category of mental health is often used as an excuse to dispose of an inconvenient pregnancy. Nor need the diagnosis be one of clinical depression. Stress, perhaps, might do as legal justification for aborting a full-term fetus. Or just the idea that giving birth to a full-term fetus might make the mot…

In defense of Republicans

I posted this meme on Facebook. As expected, a lot of people- including people I know are committed Republicans and Democrats- who "liked" it.

But there was one exception- a liberal Democrat who insisted that both parties are not equally to blame for our nation's plight and that the whole problem basically is the Republicans.

It might as well have been a Republican saying that about the Democrats. I can't help but be bemused by the inability of the partisans of both sides to see that the very things they complain about in the other party are the mirror image of things they do themselves. Jesus might well have had our two American political parties in mind when He gave us the parable of the moat and the beam!

I have been an active member of both political parties at various times in my life. I'm one of the few Iowans who has been a delegate to the state conventions of both major parties. Part of the reason for that is a piece of my family heritage of which I am p…

The question of the hour

I just came across a Facebook post which asks a fascinating (if obvious) question. I'd like to propose an answer to that question.

The question is this: Having had control of both houses of Congress for two years, and thus being able to get his border wall funded pretty much at will, why did President Trump wait until now, when the Democrats have control of the House and he's not going to get what he wants, to ask for it- in fact, to shut down the government until he gets it (which he won't)?

The answer, I think, is both clear and interesting. I believe that getting the border wall funded is the last thing President Trump wants. If the wall was built, it would have no appreciable effect on illegal immigration, and I think he knows it. It would cost a lot of money to very little effect, would be a colossal flop, and would make him look ridiculous.

And being made to look ridiculous is one thing a narcissist cannot abide.

The wall was never going to be built, and I think Mr. …

Trump is not going to win the Battle of the Wall

The border wall is not the place to, excuse the expression, draw the line in the sand if you are Donald J. Trump. This is not the issue to stop people's income tax returns over or to pose any long-term inconvenience on the American people. This is a battle the president is not going to win, and by betting so much on this particular losing horse he has made a critical blunder.

The American people blame him, not the Democrats, for the government shutdown. And as the shutdown inconveniences them more and more, they are going to become more and more unhappy.

The border wall is, and always has been, so patently and transparently- and expensively- stupid and useless an idea that it simply will never gain traction. A large majority of the American people oppose it. The reason is simple: it's self-evidently absurd. In fact, it's just plain stupid.

The Brookings Institution has pointed out that tunnels defeat walls, and are used- along with drones, catapults, and even municipal dra…