Abortion exceptions punish the children
In regard to the legislation on beginning of life being tabled because it does not make an exception for rape or incest: Science has proven that life begins at conception. Why should a child be aborted because of how he/she was conceived? Why should a little boy or girl die for the sin of the father? Adoption is an option. There are several organizations – The Women’s Care Center and A Hope Center, among others – that can help in such circumstances. A child is a child.
Marchers’ complaints indicative of times
Wow, half a page of whining about my demonstration march was bigger than your demonstration march (Jan. 27). We really are living in Donald Trump’s America.
Craig L. Sebert
Where is the gratitude for Trump’s sacrifices?
Poor Donald Trump! There he was, two years ago, on top of the world, and now look where he is: the target of slings and arrows from every compass point.
One has to wonder about his motivation for leaving the life he’d been living so he could set himself up for relentless criticism and denigration. Could it be that he looked around and said to himself: "This country’s on a downhill slide, and all these lawyers and politicians are only making it worse? I like ‘wheeling and dealing,’ and I’m good at it!" Isn’t it just possible that Donald loves his country, and is out to do whatever he can to help it? Isn’t that refreshing? Isn’t it great that the "man who really does have everything" is willing to take on such a Herculean task, and for no profit to himself whatsoever, and at tremendous personal risk and sacrifice?
I’ve never been very politically correct, but for the life of me, I can’t understand why the entire population isn’t just overflowing with gratitude, instead of marching on Washington (in those funny pink hats that look like they’re hiding horns underneath). Go figure ...
Vocal dissent is always the American way
The current political climate makes our political freedoms, promised by the Constitution and shrouded in hundreds of years of legal precedent, movable phantasms. This was why millions of men, women and children around the world gathered on Jan. 21. The paranoid delusions of the conservative factions believe we gathered out of selfish wants, but that could not be further from the truth. We gathered because, in the words of lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, "This is not a moment, it’s the movement." Our causes will not be rendered invisible. In Fort Wayne, more than 1,000 people gathered to be heard, and we shared messages of love, peace and tolerance. It is a sad state of affairs when wanting a more just world is the marker of dissent.
I believe, very firmly, that the election of Donald Trump, the legislative supremacy of the GOP and the trivialization of protesters are violations of a social contract. Never should it be allowed to limit dissent, even against a ruling party. Once we have created the standard that disagreeing with the people in power is tantamount to whining, the system of government is dead. The mechanisms of power, having been turned against us, are used to hold us in the grip of a tyrant. That is a violation of our living social contract.
Behind the closed doors of conservative meetings, they say we are irrelevant because we did not vote for many of the individuals who now hold public office. To believe that is to deny the essential truth of the United States. One-party rule is synonymous with dictatorship. The articles of the Constitution were not written to silence opposition but to enshrine it as a cornerstone of our freedoms.
It is Our Promise that we will stand for all freedoms and the inalienable rights of all citizens in the United States. That was why we gathered on the Courthouse lawn, and that is why we will never be silent.
Abby Michele Root
Young, Republicans put party over country
With the election of Donald Trump and now his Cabinet, we have an administration rife with conflicts of interest. Our national policies could be for private interests as much as our country’s and the world’s. Trust is broken. Yet this is what Indiana’s Sen. Todd Young said as he approved of a man who has vast interests in Russia: "Today, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I voted to support the nomination of Rex Tillerson because I believe he will serve as an excellent Secretary of State and a strong advocate for Hoosier values and our country’s national security interests abroad."
Where did he get the idea that someone who has never before served this country but has rather spent his entire career on behalf of private oil interests and nurturing relations with a hostile state would now excellently serve us? And could we trust Young’s answer now, either? I’m dismayed that Republicans saw Donald Trump as unsuited as the majority (yes, majority) of Americans did yet now rush to set aside responsible leadership for political advantage.
Trump’s transition: Reality TV to reality
On Nov. 9, The Journal Gazette published a letter I had written in support of Donald Trump as he embarked on the transition to become the 45th president.
From immigration reform to strengthening our nation’s military and a myriad of domestic policy reformations such as the repeal of Obamacare, I had supported both candidate Trump and stand now in agreement with President Trump as he strides towards leading this nation through tumultuous and challenging times.
However, though not terribly unpredictable, Trump’s presidential manner has already left one wondering whether he has not chosen to emulate the worst of presidential traits. For though he has espoused beliefs that identify his place with Ronald Reagan, he has already cast a Nixonian shadow upon his presidency.
He has displayed both great narcissism and borderline paranoia as he has paradoxically wandered from policy discussion to rants over inauguration crowds and voter fraud. While he has yet to formally establish an enemies list, he has dearly signaled his intentions to be a fervent combatant in waging a heated campaign against the national media.
With the responsibilities of leadership ever present and never more pressing, though, it is beyond the time for a man who emerged from reality television to come to terms with the reality of governing a nation.
We are in the infancy of this presidency, but the time for mature leadership has long since passed from the shadows of noon on Jan. 20.
Thoughtless messages by protesters
I’m confused by some of the vocal and physical apparent messages displayed during inauguration weekend.
Prior to the actual inauguration, street demonstrators, who apparently hate coffee (Starbucks), banks (Bank of America) and limos (private owners?), threw rocks at D.C. police, expressing themselves by their apparent senseless destruction.
Did these protesters, and their cheering sections, realize that Starbucks is a major contributor and supporter of the Democratic Party? So, who did they really represent? What is their message with demonstrators holding "justice" signs?
During the women’s march, guest celebrity Madonna opened her speech(?) with a diatribe of threats and profanity, of which she later exclaimed that "we should have listened to the end of her message"? Her message appeared to be: "I am capable of using very profane language to the very end." How much more did one need to hear? Were these, really, the messages of the women’s march? I think not.