Unwavering Support for Pres. Trump

i voted for Trump in 2016 (he was high on my list of people i could vote for), again in 2020 (he won)and am committed to voting Trump again in 2024. Nothing is going to dissuade me. This is unwavering support of Trump here. He’s earned the nomination and is due his 2nd term. I will do whatever i can and whatever it takes to get him re-elected. That said do i agree with him on every single issue?

Close but there are a few exceptions. The 1st issue is abortion.

We have to give Trump credit where credit is due. He appointed justices to the Supreme Court who were conservative. He kept his word and when he did he stood by them in the midst of whirlwind when he could have caved to pressure. It is because of those justices Roe v Wade was overturned. Any regulations or lack of would be decided by the states NOT the federal government or Supreme Court. The way it should have been in the first place. They did not make abortion illegal. The left had a melt down when Roe v Wade was overturned. They didn’t understand what the ruling meant. Some states did ban it altogether, others kept or put restrictions in place and some made abortion legal up to the moment of birth. There were even some states where the Democrat governors supported letting a baby die if it survived the abortion; infanticide.

Trump clarified his pro life opinion in an interview and i was taken aback. He believes abortion is ok in the cases of rape,incest and the health of the mother. That is basically the pro abortion pov. ‘Health of the mother’ is an umbrella term to justify abortion by using a wide definition of what health means. Here is what Pres Trump fails to understand; abortion is either right (morally ethical)or wrong (not ethical at all). It’s a matter of life and death. No small matter. The question of abortion has to be held to the highest standard. All life and death matters require a higher standard than others.

Abortions performed for rape, incest or the health of the mother are rare.Yet, it’s the first go to of pro abortion activists. Reasonable people can support those exceptions but i hope those reasonable people. would really think this through.

Rape is a crime and like all criminals the rapist wants get away with the crime. The woman is traumatized. She can find out she’s pregnant as a result of the crime.Now we have an innocent traumatized woman AND an innocent human life. I understand why an abortion could be considered justifiable in this situation. i know that some people have the best of intentions when they think there are justifiable reasons to be able to have an abortion. Some people have a larger agenda-i’m not talking about them-but most people have empathy for the woman who has suffered such a horrible attack. The sad truth is that she is first traumatized by the attack and then traumatized again having to go through with an abortion. The life that’s conceived under these horrible circumstances is given the death penalty for a crime it’s innocent of committing. The rapist gets a free pass. I could even envision a rapist hoping the woman would get an abortion.

I would never downplay the trauma the woman suffers. This is not what i’m saying at all. i am saying that either abortion is ethically right or ethically wrong even if the circumstances are horrific. We end up with 2 victims instead of one and no assurance that the abortion won’t compound her trauma.

The health of the mother is a term that’s been made so broad it can mean almost anything. Pregnancy is not a diseases or disorder. Women have been giving birth since the beginning of the human race. It can be difficult and yes, it can have complications but it’s a natural part of the reproductive process whether it’s a primitive or sophisticated culture.

They could be referring to an ectopic pregnancy. It threatens the life of mother and fetus both. The fetus will not survive and the mother is in grave danger where surgery-NOT ABORTION-must be performed. Nobody supports withholding the surgery that is required to at least save mother’s life.

Abortion is the direct killing of human life in a normal pregnancy. The fetus isn’t viable but left to develop it will be. The Mayo Clinic explains what an ectopic pregnancy is.

Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg. Normally, the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.

An ectopic pregnancy most often occurs in a fallopian tube, which carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. This type of ectopic pregnancy is called a tubal pregnancy. Sometimes, an ectopic pregnancy occurs in other areas of the body, such as the ovary, abdominal cavity or the lower part of the uterus (cervix), which connects to the vagina.

An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding, if left untreated.

Note that the Mayo Clinic explains-the fertilized egg can’t survive. This is NOT an abortion.

The argument for abortion that flat out irritates me though is when someone accuses pro life advocates of wanting to force religion on them. i don’t know about you but i think most people don’t mind that murder, robbery, theft, kidnapping and other egregious acts are against the law. I’m sure they don’t think religion is being shoved down their throats.

Any woman that is having a difficult but normal pregnancy can get help. We always want a mother to have the best of care and to be as comfortable as possible. The practice of medicine has come a long ways over the years especially with advances in technology. A single mom needs support whether she keeps her baby or chooses adoption. Nobody with a lick of compassion wants to take a human life whether it’s the mother or the baby. I have to disagree with Pres.Trump on this one. Thankfully no President has the authority to legislate no matter what their personal opinion is. I just wish he were totally committed to life.I know his position fits in with the majority of Americans. I do appreciate that he respect persons of faith who oppose abortion and is willing to protect our rights. i can’t say that about the Biden administration.

The other issue i disagree with Pres. Trump relates to the LGBTQ community. i do not recognize same sex marriage because it is not a marriage. Did the Supreme Court rule that it is legal? Yes. Can the Supreme Court determine that it can be defined as a marriage? No

However, I am thankful that Pres Trump allows for freedom of conscience when it comes to abortion and same sex marriage both. You can’t protect one group against discrimination by permitting discrimination against another. I’m not for bombing abortion clinics or hanging people with same sex attraction.I am opposed to being forced to recognize same sex marriage as legitimate or contributing to the abortion industry.

This doesn’t mean i don’t support Trump in his bid for the White House. i am still going to vote for him. i do not have to agree with any President over every single issue. It’s not likely to happen that we agree 100% with every President. Sometimes we have to vote for a candidate who will do the least amount of damage and stands a good chance of winning. He’s not Catholic so he’s not going to have a Catholic position on these 2 issues. On the other hand we’ve had 2 Catholic politicians who not only totally opposed the Church’s teaching on these issues but attacked people of faith and freedom of religion.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (No. 2271). The Catechism of the Catholic Church also states, “2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.” Further, “2362 “The acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste union of the spouses takes place are noble and honorable; the truly human performance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify and enriches the spouses in joy and gratitude” (Gaudium et Spes 49 § 2). Sexuality is a source of joy and pleasure…2363 The spouses’ union achieves the twofold end of marriage: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life. These two meanings or values of marriage cannot be separated without altering the couple’s spiritual life and compromising the goods of marriage and the future of the family. The conjugal love of man and woman thus stands under the twofold obligation of fidelity and fecundity.”

We’re called to treat people who are having difficulties in life with compassion. The more difficult their situation the more compassionate we should be BUT that doesn’t mean we support the behaviors that are causing their difficulties.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/symptoms-causes/syc-20372088

https://www.christianforums.com/threads/catechism-of-the-catholic-church-on-marriage-sexuality-and-same-sex-attraction.8184725/

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/respect-for-unborn-human-life

The Slippery Slope Part II

In the previous section you’ll see where I said abortion is either ethically (morally)wrong or ethically (morally) right. It has to be one or the other. If it’s wrong we need to strongly oppose it and work towards legislation that protects life. If it’s right we need to donate our time and resources to making abortion as accessible as possible. There isn’t an in between here; a grey area does not exist. We’re talking about a matter of life and death. Other issues don’t carry the weight of this one.

There’s the debate whether abortion is right or wrong. Whether the unborn have a right to be protected.

When Roe V Wade was overturned the question went back to the states and this is where the issue takes on a subset of questions. The debate is over WHEN is abortion acceptable or not acceptable. Another words, should there be a ban or should there be restrictions? If there are restrictions what should they be?

The slippery slope begins when we start to put a time frame on when abortion would be acceptable. It’s all subjective. Some say it’s ok right up until birth (some even go so far as saying after delivery),others say it should be restricted after the 1st trimester, 3rd trimester etc. There will be people who say the unborn have to be viable and with modern medicine more often than not the unborn are viable.

It’s all subjective and people are never going to reach an agreement. It is already the slippery slope. The only question that really matters is whether it’s a human life or not. If it’s a human life we have a moral obligation to protect it. The rights we are guaranteed are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The reason life is listed first is because the other 2 don’t matter without it.

Again, abortion is either always wrong or always right because it involves human life.

A major slippery slope started when all the non Catholic denominations decided that artificial contraception was acceptable [look up the Lambeth conference-i am not going to jump into it here]. From the decision that artificial contraception was acceptable the cracks began to infect these churches and abortion would eventually become legal. Children would supposedly become more wanted than ever [an obvious contradiction]and of course they didn’t. The childless marriage and sexual intimacy for pleasure alone was the ‘new’ thinking. What came next out of contemporary thinking? Homosexual ‘marriage’. It all spells death for the nuclear family of father, mother and children. Ultimately the death of civil society. The nuclear family is always its foundation.

Wait till the slope of death heads towards the other end of life. The next debate will be over assisted suicide or ‘mercy’ killing. I can’t believe we’re discussing when it’s ok to kill at all. Kill as in murder.

I would hope instead of looking at these topics subjectively we could debate them OBJECTIVELY. What we don’t need is verbal engineering.