January 15, 2003
Whither the Juggernauts?
This has got to be the most asinine sports editorial I've ever read, which is why I'm posting it. Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated is complaining that, now that there's parity in the NFL (i.e. "Any Given Sunday"), there are no dominant teams who can steamroll the entire league for years on end so that the rest of us little peons can grovel at their glorious feet. Is it me? I thought the rest of the country was sick and tired of watching the Yankees win every single year. I know I was sick and tired of watching grown men genuflect to Michael Jordan like he was Emperor Hirohito instead of trying their hardest to dunk on his neck like eternal Macroscope hero, John Starks. The fact of the matter is, I have watched more football this season than I ever have in my entire life, and it's because every single game has the potential to be a heart-stopper. Unfortunately, when everybody has a chance, it does put the professional sports prognosticators out of business, doesn't it? I mean, if there's no dominant team, you, as a sports writer, can't compose reams of paper lauding how superhuman Shaq is. Word of advice - instead of pepetuating the idolatry of celebrities, maybe they should stick to their job description: write about the freakin' games and shut up.
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
Tomorrow, George W. Bush is going to issue a "friend of the court" brief to the Supreme Court regarding the pending case to review the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy. In tha brief, the President will state that achieving racial diversity is not a compelling reason to justify race-based quotas, i.e. affirmative action is bad.
And for all you naive little Black Republicans out there, who believed this man was your friend (see below), I'd like to quote a line from Kevin Costner in JFK:
"What did you expect from a pig but a grunt."
While the Moderates Were Sleeping...
Your President declared January 19, 2003 to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day". Of course, next week is also the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, just so everyone is clear what issue we're talking about here.
So, let's have the discussion that apparently everyone in Washington is afraid of: Personally, I'm morally horrified by the idea of abortion. One might argue that, at the other end of the age spectrum, it's the moral equivalent of mercy-killing a sick, old relative who's nursing and care needs have far exceeded the family member's capacity to support them. The difference being that you have to look Uncle Jethro in the eye when you pull the plug on his respirator. Do fetuses even have eyes?
Of course, that's because I'm presuming that life begins at conception. Others don't. And, at this point, I don't think we're ever going to find a happy medium between those two beliefs. But, there's a difference between what I believe and how you govern a country.
IF the government makes abortion illegal because they feel it is morally and ethically wrong, then they must, in turn, provide an adequate support network for unwanted or unintended pregnancies, such as universal prenatal care and eliminating the atrocities that are committed in the foster care system. Otherwise, to insist that this child be born to a mother who won't keep or support it and then release it into the jaws of the failed child care system is tantamount to condemning it to a long, slow, painfully abusive life, with potentially dire consequences for anyone who comes into contact with this person in their later life.
So, since governing a nation ultimately boils down to issues of human calculus, abortion should really be looked at in these terms: the life of one unwanted, uncared-for unborn vs. the lives of countless others who could be irreparably damaged through contact with the emotionally & physically scared person that said unborn has a high probability of growing into.
In the end, until the child support system is fixed, legal abortion is the civically expedient and, ultimately, politically ethical choice to make.
Which is why I'm pro-choice.
And human calculus like what I just described above is why I will NEVER run for public office.