Abortion: Pro-life or Pro-choice?

by Brad Forschner

I’m sure this note will invite feelings and responses from many, and I welcome them. From many of my friends and associates, I hear or read comments about the subject. I usually don’t make any comments, because my point of view on the subject is complex, and cannot be defined as one side or the other.

First and foremost, it is not a federal issue, and should be handled at the state level. It is a personal and moral decision that at most should be decided at the state level. Personally, abortion is never an option, and likewise, never a question. I’m a man. Like prostitution, drugs, murder, and such, abortions will continue regardless of the legality.

I could never advise someone to get an abortion. It’s not a decision I could make. Even if I was the father of an unborn child, I have no say in the matter. If abortion is a matter of legal discussion, such a discussion should also include the father’s rights and consents. Neither side is willing to talk about that.

Abortions will continue whether legal or not. I guess I would prefer if an abortion is to happen, I’d rather see it done medically and with counseling and care. If an abortion is illegal, could a woman be detained or restrained to prevent her from harming a fetus? Could a man order his wife restrained? Could any man claiming to be the father order a woman restrained? On the other hand, if abortions are legal, can man object to his wife’s abortion? Could any man claiming to be the father object? Could a man require his wife to abort a pregnancy? Could any man request an abortion by claiming to be the father? Are the father’s responsibilities such as child support voided if the man requests an abortion? Should the man be held responsible if the woman did not give him the option to abort?

There are many questions of rights, limits, and common senses that need to be discussed, and until both sides are ready to discuss them, I don’t want to hear about this fight anymore.

-Brad Forschner is a friend and colleague of Jeff’s on the LP-Ga Executive Committee.


Does Your Senator or Congressman Follow the Law All The Time?

How many of us if given the opportunity to hire law enforcement officers would hire an officer who said that he would enforce the law “most of the time.” Would you hire a police officer who said that if someone robbed your house that he would pick up the offender “most of the time?” Would you really want law enforcement officials who would only pursue burglars, rapists and murderers “most of the time?” Would you want a sheriff in your county who said that if you were accused of some crime that “most of the time” he would look into the charges and make sure they were valid before arresting and putting you in jail? I don’t think you would. Most of us want the law enforced all the time. Otherwise, it’s no good at all.

The reality is that the biggest problem we have in the country today is a result of the elected officials we send to Washington abiding by the law “most of the time” if at all. The supreme law of the land is the United States Constitution. Every elected official from the President of the United States down to the lowest city or county elected officer takes an oath of office that says they will “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The Framers of the Constitution were very wise in spelling out the limits on the federal government. In fact, the entire purpose of the Constitution was to put limits on the federal government, not on the states or the people. These limits were stated in the enumerated powers of Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.

The Constitution was written under the principle of “positive grant.” Quite simply, the federal government is authorized to exercise only those powers which are “positively” “granted” to it by the Constitution. If a power is specifically listed in the Constitution, the federal government can do it. If it isn’t listed then it’s forbidden to the federal government. It really is that simple. This principle was so important to the Founding Fathers that they codified it in law as the 10th Amendment.

Herein lies the problem. It has been a very long time since most any of our elected officials have paid any attention to the Constitution except when it suits them. They routinely violate their oath of office by voting for new laws or for expenditures that are not constitutionally permitted.

Many politicians take a very liberal approach to Article I Section 8, and the 10th Amendment, by claiming that all the taxing and spending they do is permitted under what’s called the “general welfare” clause. They claim that as long as their actions promote the overall general welfare, it’s OK. This is clearly not what was intended by the Founding Fathers. Anyone willing to do just a little homework can find evidence of the real intent of the general welfare reference which is what true conservatives should use as a benchmark.

In the first Congress a bill was brought forth to give money to cod fishermen in New England. Nothing in the Constitution permitted this and James Madison, who is credited with being the primary author of the Constitution, responded with the following:

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”

How can you tell if your elected official is one of those “most of the time” people?

First, keep the above Madison quote in mind.

Second, get a copy of Article I Section 8 of the Constitution and see what it allows. You can find a copy online here: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A1Sec8

Third, go to http://www.votesmart.org and check your Congressman or Senator’s voting record. Find out how many issues not covered in Article I Section 8 he or she has voted to authorize. You may find that “most of the time” has become “some of the time” or possibly “none of the time.”

Complaints from the recent TEA parties focused mainly on too much spending or too much taxation. Both of these are just symptoms of the real problem. The actual problem is that our elected Congressmen and United States Senators have not been and are not obeying the law 100% of the time as you would expect of a local city or county police officer. If they were obeying the law, and their oaths of office, there would not be billions and trillions of dollars spent by the federal government. The vast majority of the money spent every year in the annual budget and in the recent bailouts is totally unconstitutional. If they weren’t spending so much money unconstitutionally there would be no need of high taxes.

We can continue to argue about whether spending and taxes are too high or we could just start refusing to send people back to Washington who are not totally committed to obeying the intent of the Constitution, the law of the land, all the time.

The best way to begin to correct the problem is to demand accountability for past actions of those candidates running for re-election. If you want to expose the constitutional transgressions of a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate ask them if they’ve ever cast a vote for a bill that wasn’t permitted by Article I Section 8. If their answer is yes, then ask them why they aren’t obeying the law 100% of the time. Go even further and ask them why they violated their oath of office. If they answer no, and you know better, break out your votesmart.org research. Go line by line through their voting record for their last term in office. Ask them to show you where the authority lies for every questionable vote.

As always, we need elected officials who will remain true to the Constitution. Unfortunately, many elected officials will follow the Constitution only if we expect it of them. Now is the time to make our expectations known to those who want us to put our trust in them as representatives of the people.

-Ben Brandon
Ben Brandon is a libertarian Republican from NWGA and friend of SWGA Politics.

Ray McBerry Campaign Responds to State Senator Chip Rogers

Dear Senator Chip Rogers,

Your speech on Saturday to the statewide College Republicans included, “it doesn’t really matter which candidate you get behind, as long as they have an R next to their name.”

I would submit to you that this is precisely what is wrong with the Republican party.

In a Republican controlled government, we have the advance of Fascism (an appearance of private property, when in fact the government controls and regulates everything in the private sector), the most restrictive gun laws in the nation (yeah, we even beat California), an un-Constitutional (the Georgia Constitution, that is) and illegal voting system, the most liberal abortion law in the nation, a 30% drop out rate in our schools, we are 49th in the nation for education, and business regulations in the private sector are out of control and appalling.

This is not a record to be proud of. I would hope that you would reconsider this position, and begin to preach real freedom.

The arbiters of tyranny in our state are Republicans. We have found the enemy, and he is us.

It is time to change that. And it begins with radical purging within our own rakes, and a rededication to Constitutionalism and limited government.

Furthermore, there is only one prolife candidate for Governor. The Republican party has failed the unborn in Georgia. That is completely unacceptable. The House and Senate trump legislation that is utterly worthless, and unenforceable as if it is prolife legislation. It is an abomination. God spews out the lukewarm.

Would we dare to assert ourselves before a sovereign God, pleading mercy and justice, while the blood of 35,000 children yearly, pleads more loudly for mercy and justice?

It is my duty as a citizen to rebuke elected officials, as it is the duty of all citizens of Georgia. I submit to you that we have failed you in this capacity. But I will fail no longer. It is my hope that you will lead by serving, and you will serve by recognizing that the government is bound in chains to the Constitution.

When you are faithful in this, you will not find a more true supporter and defender than myself.

For the Life and Liberty of Georgians, born and unborn, ~Jenny Hodges

-Jenny Hodges is a friend of SWGA Politics and a frequent commenter at PeachPundit. She is also the National Director of Pro Life Unity and the campaign manager for Ray McBerry.

Senator Johnny Isakson speaks at 2nd District GOP Presidential Dinner

The following was sent to us. Feel free to email us anytime at swgapolitics@gmail.com!

April 17, 2009
CONTACT: Mike Sabot

Guest speaker Senator Johnny Isakson at the 2nd GOP District Presidential Dinner to be held tonight, beginning at 6 pm, at Thronateeska Heritage Museum & Wetherbee Planetarium in Albany Ga., will be the recipient of the April 15th Leesburg Tax Day Tea Party proceeds.

More than 1500 tea bags were paid as admission price to the event attended by between 500 and 700 individuals from places as far away as Florida and Oklahoma. Attendance sheets signed by more than 480 attenees will also be presented. Many individuals declined to sign due to fear of Government retrobution.

Senator Isakson will be ask to return the proceeds to congress, with a demand that they begin to listen to the wishes of the people.

Note: Due to Government regulations and fears of WMD, only the Tea tags will be use.

Final coverage of Tax Day Tea Parties in SWGA

Albany Herald Coverage:
Albany Tea Party
Leesburg Tea Party

WFXL coverage:
Leesburg Tea Party
Albany Tea Party

WALB Coverage:
Albany Tea Party Video
Leesburg Tea Party Video

Note: If you watch closely, you can see SWGA Politics’ own Jeff at the very end of the Leesburg Tea Party video from WALB! He is the guy wearing the white shirt with the LP-Ga logo on it right at the 2:13 mark, just as the feed returns back to the anchor!

[UPDATED]SWGA Tea Parties in the News!

SWGA Politics now has confirmed reports that at least one local media outlet will be at both the Albany and Leesburg Tea Parties. We will post the reports/articles as they appear, but look for a preview around Noon, with actual stories tonight!

[UPDATE] I’ve now heard that BOTH local TV stations will be out and about at SWGA Tea Party events. Jenna McWilliams from Fox will be at the Leesburg TEA Party, and as I hear more I will let you know. I am told that due to the timing of the events, first coverage on TV will actually begin at 10:30 tonight.

[UPDATE 2] Mike Sabot, the coordinator the the Leesburg Tea Party, now reports that he is being interviewed at 1p by both WALB and WFXL so that they can have something to report in the evening news at 6p.

[Update 3] This just came in from WALB via their WALB News Update email:

There is plenty of other tax news though. There are TEA parties scheduled for Albany and Leesburg, and several other towns in 10 Country. These are folks who say Americans are ‘Taxed Enough Already.’

[Update 4] Jenna’s work phone number is (229) 291-7718. If you are in the area and attending a TEA party, she would LOVE to talk to you. She will also be at the Leesburg TEA party tonight needing comments

Testing Obama

Somali pirates continue to high-jack ships, even after we kill some of them. North Korea launches a missile, in spite of world protests, then tells that world they will boycott meetings about their nuclear program, and restart their reactors. Cuba tells the US to do more to lift a cruel embargo, even after Obama lifts certain restrictions. What’s going on here? Has the world gone even more nuts? No, our new President is being tested, and so far he is failing.

We can expect our enemies, and yes, we do have literal enemies out there that will stop at nothing to destroy us. The only reason we still feel secure is our own strength, but even that may be at risk if the current approach to governance is maintained.

All of the above news items grabbed my attention, but the one that really drove home the point that Obama is being pushed, is the word from Cuba about our embargoes. Those embargoes have been in place for decades. If they were the “cruel embargoes” that Castro says they are, why is he just now going public with a demand they be lifted, particularly after Obama broke with long-standing, bi-partisan policy and lifted a few. Castro knows he is dealing with a soft, bendable, ‘progressive’, new American. Obama is a man that has never seen a battlefield. He has never had to order men to their deaths, until now. It does not sit well with him. He is afraid of his new job. It is more than he thought it would be. Running for President, and being President are two completely different realities.

Obama is just now getting that. Castro, North Korea, and these pathetic pirates get it. They are keenly aware that now is their best chance to move their agenda of destroying freedom on planet Earth, forward. We can expect them to take full advantage of our new weakness. Isn’t is ironic that the only good spin for Obama to come from the Somali kidnapping of an American, came from the business end of three American rifles, operated by three American, tax-payer supported, snipers. So much for the liberal, “can’t we just all get along?” approach to leading a nation.

Thank God, our system is designed to give individual leaders only a short window in history. In four years, we will have the chance to make a change at the top. Unless Obama makes a huge turn in his thinking, he will be a one-term President. His race will not save him from our judgment that he is way over his head, and just plain wrong in his view of the world and our place in it. I know many people that voted for Obama, that now are concerned they made a mistake.

Maybe this is a good thing for the long haul. Maybe, just maybe, we will understand soon that voting for someone to be President, Governor, or even Mayor, is not like voting for someone on American Idol. This is a vote that actually matters. A wrong vote can cost lives.