Observations of the Nerd Left
The Republicans and the Anti-Life Equation (Part 1?)
“The mission of National Right to Life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death.”
- Mission Statement of National Right to Life
“The Anti-Life Equation allows one who knows it to subjugate the souls of all beings in the universe. No being is immune to the effects. For this reason, acquiring the equation is the utmost goal of Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips.”
As the House Republicans celebrated their victory of the American Health Care Act of 2017, it dawned on me: The Republicans, for all of their embracing of the pro-life movement, are in fact anti-life.
Let me explain a little. (It is called Observations from the Nerd Left, after all.)
DC Comics introduced their big bad space villain, Darkseid (coming soon to a movie theater near you!) in 1971. He came around before Marvel’s big bad, Thanos. He targets all of DC’s greatest heroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mister Miracle…well…he targets the heroes.
In any case, Darkseid’s ultimate focus in almost all of his appearances is the Anti-Life Equation. As described above, it was created to control the souls of all beings in the universe.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not truly trying to compare the Republican Party with an outlandish, cosmic comic book supervillain (not entirely!). But I do want to draw comparisons between their written stances on being pro-life and their actual voting record for supporting life.
I feel that I must include that the Democrats fail at voting to help everyone have the opportunity to eat, sleep and be healthy without going bankrupt as well. I could probably find political stances of many, if not most, national Democrats that do not fall positively in this. But, then again, they also do not generally hold up the pro-life flag. And many, when presented the option to vote to extend an olive branch to their fellow citizens, vote to do so!
“The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can ‘be deprived of life, liberty or property’ deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that ‘all’ are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with the inalienable right to life.”
They claim connection that all have the inalienable right to life, liberty and property.
Great! I’m with them on that!
Well, I guess I have to re-think my hyp…
“The constitutionality of the death penalty is firmly settled by its explicit mention in the Fifth Amendment.”
- Republican Platform 2016
“In the face of these threats, the first order of business for a Republican president and Congress will be to restore our nation’s military might.”
- Republican Platform 2016
On the face of these things, the concept that all have the inalienable right to life is laughable.
But push a little further and some of the legislation, and proposed legislation, is even worse:
“In addition, the bill reduces the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid home- and community-based attendant services and supports.”
The pro-life Republicans decide to take away Medicaid for families? Causing them to need to make financial choices about impossibly important medical decisions?
“My understanding is that (the new proposal) will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool,” Brooks said. “That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people — who’ve done things the right way — that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
- Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) May 1, 2017 on CNN
Is it pro life to say that only good people deserve health care? Where is good defined? How much .one does it cost to be good? Where does one need to live to be good? What happens if you make one mistake? Are you then bad and required to pay more for health care? What about a situation where there is no good outcome? Should you just choose to give up life at that point?
Is it pro-life to suggest that children born with maladies, due to no fault of their own, must starve or must have parents who declare bankruptcy?
“[Our proposal] Promotes fiscal responsibility by eliminating funding for a number of lower priority programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program…”
I am unfairly not including the method that they stated would take over the funding of these programs which was “State and local governments are better positioned to serve their communities based on local needs and priorities.” That may be true for some states or localities. What about the others? Do they not matter?
Additionally, how do low wage earners, er over 60% of the population, behave in a fiscally responsible manner? Not everyone receives a financial windfall from their family, nor are they born into the most fortunate of circumstances with a ready made network of family friends able to connect them to high paying jobs.
“Improves Job Corps for the disadvantaged youth it serves by closing centers that do a poor job educating and preparing students for jobs.”
Ok, so you close underperforming job centers. What kinds of jobs, and wages, are associated with these job centers that help the disadvantaged youth? And if you close the underperforming centers, what take their place? Will you open an over performing job placement center instead, or just leave another hole in the community?
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When the National Right to Life organization says “the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death,” what do they think happens in between those things?
How are disadvantaged families supposed to raise their children if they don’t have that step up?
I could keep going (and I likely will…): immigration, Meals on Wheels, school lunch programs, bombings with little regard for innocent civilians, allowing cities like Flint to have poisoned water, building oil pipelines against the wishes of farmers and citizens…
So yes, while they may not be seeking to subjugate all life in the universe or any other semblance of a comic book plot, the Republicans still claim to be pro-life.
Yet, they fail at that. They ARE anti-society and anti-life.