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April 13, 2013

Why We Should Talk About Kermit Gosnell

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 3:17 AM

Who is Kermit Gosnell? Short answer: He’s a monster. Kermit B. Gosnell, M.D., ran the Women’s Medical Society in East Philadelphia for nearly four decades. He is on trial for, among other charges, murdering eight people, seven of whom were infants killed shortly after being born and one woman who died after having an abortion. Witnesses in the trial have claimed that he really killed many more (more…)

April 6, 2013

Republican Lies: Smaller Government

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 7:00 PM

If there’s one phrase that makes me cringe when I hear it from Republicans it’s “smaller government.” It’s been so overused and so misused that I really have no idea what they mean by it. To what does “the size of government” refer? Is it how much money the government spends? Under the George W. Bush Administration, our government spent more than it ever had before, yet I never heard Republicans complaining about deficits or the debt. Is it how many federal agencies there are? Under the Bush Administration, that also grew with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. I’ve never been a fan of the term “homeland security.” Maybe because it’s too close to “Motherland” or “Fatherland,” terms we don’t feel comfortable using in this country. Is it how many employees the federal government has on its payroll? Well, with the federalization of all airport security screeners and the expansion of our military and mercenary forces, that also increased under the Bush Administration. So where were the Republicans to complain about the “size of government” growing under the last Republican president? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if George W. Bush really were the last Republican president? But I digress.

People argue over who is responsible for the federal spending, and because Washington budget politics are a scam that’s almost impossible for the average American to decipher and detect, there’s little point in trying to assign blame. You hear Members of Congress talking about “cuts” in federal spending. But did you know that when they refer to a “cut,” what they’re really referring to is (more…)

February 23, 2013

Is Extremism in Denial of Liberty a Virtue?

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 11:54 AM

I’m worried about my country. I’m worried because our open and free society has been manipulated by extremists bent on exploiting the worst in us in order to achieve their own very undemocratic, very anti-freedom, and very mentally unstable goals. The First Amendment protection of Free Speech is great and this wouldn’t be America without it, but just because you’re allowed to say something, it doesn’t mean that everyone has to treat what you say as valid, nor does it mean you have any right to demand that people do. And there has been a perversion of our Free Speech rights such that to question anyone’s right to say insane, even traitorous things, brings wrath that is, for reasons that escape me, treated as valid complaints. We have a Right Wing movement in this country so extreme that to call them “Conservative” is to misunderstood what true Conservatism is about. Barry Goldwater, in his acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, said that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” A nice, patriotic sentiment, as patriotic pablum goes, but if we accept it as valid, must we also accept that extremism in the denial of liberty is no virtue? Yet this is exactly where today’s so-called “Conservative” movement has gone.

If you believe in (more…)

January 29, 2010

A Just Verdict

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , , , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 6:39 PM

In March 2009, a jury acquited Dr. George Tiller of 19 misdemeanor violations of Kansas’s abortion law. It took them less than a half hour to reach their verdict. Occasionally sitting in attendance at that trial was a man named Scott Roeder. Deeply troubled by the verdict, Mr. Roeder approached Dr. Tiller in his church a few months later and fired a bullet into his head. Today, in the same courtroom where Dr. Tiller was acquited, Mr. Roeder was found guilty of first degree murder. It took the jury 37 minutes to reach their verdict.

And the right verdict it was, too. (more…)

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