Heartbreaking quotes from abortionists

I really don’t want to talk about this or even think about it any longer than necessary.  I just want others to see it, so they will know the lies for what they are.   Some have a seared conscience, but so many women don’t fully realize what they are doing – at least until it’s too late.  But the doctors know.

Sorrow, quite apart from the sense of shame, is exhibited in some way by virtually every woman for whom I performed an abortion, and that’s 20,000 as of 1995. The sorrow is revealed by the fact that most women cry at some point during the experience… The grieving process may last from several days to several years… Grief is sometimes delayed… The grief may lie sublimated and dormant for years. -Dr. Susan Poppema, abortionist

Read the rest of the article: 10 Very Surprising Quotes From Abortion Doctors

Religion in public school

I confess that I post far more often on Facebook than here, because it’s much easier to share interesting articles with a few clicks on my phone than it is to get a turn on the computer at a time when I can actually sit down, think, and write all at the same time.

But some things are worth sharing twice, and now that I have a quiet moment near the computer I want to do some cross-posting.

I shared an article about an outraged father who learned that his 4th grade son had been instructed by his public school teacher to write, ”I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

I also want  to share one of my comments in the discussion that followed.  This was in response to a question from a non-US resident who asked if religion was taught in our public schools, and if it was mandatory.

How do we know what we know?  How do we separate truth from fiction?  How do we decide what is important in education and what is irrelevant or unimportant? All of these questions are religious in their nature, and each person’s answers must come from within his/her religious framework.  Religion is far more than where you go to church.  It is about who is the ultimate authority in your worldview. Who do you think defines good and evil, truth and falsehood, right and wrong?  God?  Government? Your feelings?  The majority?  When you answer that question, you have named your god and the source of your religion.

Public schools do teach religion.

Impressions from my participation in the Texas Republican Party and 2012 Convention

If you know me, you know I’m not into politics.  Rooting for Ron Paul has been a stretch for me.  I’ve been convinced for many years that there are few substantive differences between the Republican party, the Democrats, and the socialist/marxist principles that they knowingly or ignorantly espouse.

Ron Paul may be a Republican, but he is different.  I don’t think he’s right on every issue, but I do think he is an able man, one who fears God and hates bribes, and a man of his word.  He does his best to honor his oath of office, voting consistently to limit the federal government to its Constitutional bounds.  If we don’t like his policies we need to blame the Constitution, not Ron Paul.

Perry, Deanna and I attended our local Republican convention earlier this year, excited about the possibility that Ron Paul might – just might - be able to garner the party’s nomination. We attended the 2012 Texas Republican Convention as delegates for our county, still determined to do whatever we could to aid the one presidential candidate we could support in clear conscience.

Along the way, I learned much more than I expected.

I already knew that the Republican party was largely a contest of seniority and who you know, and I definitely saw this in action.  However, I also learned that the Texas Republican party is made up of staunchly dedicated Christians who differ little from us in principle.  While they may support candidates I find unacceptable, it’s not necessarily because they agree with the candidates.  It is often because they feel compelled to choose the lesser of two evils.

The state party’s platform – what Texas Republicans believe as a group – is surprisingly solid, very much in line with most of Ron Paul’s policies that so impressed us.  While Ron Paul and his supporters haven’t always been warmly welcomed within the party, they have had an overall positive effect, moving the entire party to the right.  This year’s new platform, heavily influenced by Ron Paul and others like him, was strongly and broadly supported by nearly everyone present.  I believe the few remaining areas of disagreement are those areas in which people are willing to support a tyrannical government so long as it abuses its power in ways they agree with.  By that I mean that some of the issues may be good goals but are not within the Constitutional scope of the federal government, which is part of the reason so many people have a problem with Ron Paul.  They look at his voting record and assume it reflects his personal convictions rather than his oath to support the Constitution.

I learned that politicians can talk the talk without walking the walk.  I knew it, but it was shocking to see it in action.  Many gave speeches that sounded like sermons, chock full of scripture and rock-solid principles. If we voted for speeches rather than candidates, some would have the support of the founding fathers themselves. Some of these same men and women have supported abominable policies for reasons I can’t begin to fathom, and are supported by the Christian brothers and sisters around me.

I also learned that some Ron Paul supporters have earned their bad reputation.  Most were respectful and enthusiastic participants of the process we had chosen to participate in, but a few were different.  Some were loud and disruptive at times, booing elected officials and leading chants that halted proceedings, making other RP supporters cringe.

I was surprised at the fairness and unfailing good humor of the chairman, Steve Munisteri.  In the wake of reports of cheating in state conventions all over the country, we were blessed to witness an impartial meeting of over 5,000 delegates who disagreed (sometimes vehemently) but were led by a chairman determined to do his job with skill and honor, setting a good tone for the smaller group meetings that were interspersed with the general sessions.  He repeatedly admonished delegates to treat each other with respect, loving one another as Christian brethren even when we disagreed with each other.  I appreciated his humility as he frequently consulted with his parliamentarian for correct procedure, acknowledging the expertise of those who questioned him.  I appreciated his willingness to aid and bear with those who wanted to participate but didn’t understand the proceedings, and it was impossible to ignore his unflagging sense of humor as he dealt with people who would have driven a lesser man to swearing.

I learned Robert’s Rules of Order.  I already had a very basic sort of familiarity with the process because our church runs its annual business meeting according to RROO, but we studied more about the rules as the convention approached, and we attended a 30 minute class at the convention itself as well.  To see rules at work in gatherings of 200-5,000 over the course of 3 long days was truly amazing.  I have much to learn, but I finally feel like I understand the basics and am beginning to understand the language.

I learned that while it’s easy to be frustrated with the state of our nation and the character of our leaders, we can make a difference.  We live in a republic, and while our governing officials often fail to follow the rules, they are chosen by us – by those of us who care to participate in the process.  Yes, God has set them over us, and they may very well be instruments of judgment.  But He has used our own hands to do it, and we are blessed by Him to live in a nation where one way we can show our repentance is by [looking] for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and [placing] such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.  Exodus 18:21

Ron Paul on the separation of church and state

While I have posted frequently about Ron Paul on Facebook, I don’t often bring it to the blog.  However, this quote just breaks all the rules.  I can’t help sharing it.

“The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life.

The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage.”

~Ron Paul (source)

 

My days as a feminist

I didn’t vote for the McCain/Palin ticket in part because I don’t think women belong in politics. This isn’t because I take a low view of women or their ability to rule, but because political leadership is not a part of the role for which God created us. Isaiah makes it clear that one sign of God’s displeasure with a nation is when He sets women to rule over them, and I don’t think we need to go looking for that sort of trouble. We seem to find it easily enough without looking.

But I haven’t always felt that way about women holding office.

When I was a kid, we moved very frequently. In my first 5 years of formal education, I attended 6 public schools – one of them three different times. I was always the New Kid.

I was also very tall and mature for my age, and most of the kids seemed to assume that I was older than they were. This caused them to look to me as a natural leader. Though I had no real drive to lead, I didn’t mind taking on the role when it suited my purposes. I was a firstborn, after all.

One example comes readily to mind, and everything I said so far was really only a weak excuse to tell the following story.

In 5th grade, I was once again the new kid in the class. We had moved just one month into the school year, taking me away from the school where I had finished 4th grade, and now I was a month behind everyone else in the awkward process of getting to know each other. To make matters worse, this was a middle school made up of 5th-8th graders with 400 students in all. I had not just one new teacher and class to adjust to, but 8.  I had skipped a grade early in my education, and now I wasn’t just the youngest in the class; I was the youngest student in the entire school. Fortunately this wasn’t apparent to those around me.

Because of my size I was never a victim of bullying, but I was painfully shy and slow to make new friends. I hated starting at a new school, and this may have been the first time I didn’t just crumple into a sobbing heap for the entire first day. At least I was getting older. Nevertheless, I took my place at the back of the class and quietly plunged into schoolwork because I certainly wasn’t going to plunge into any social circles.

My first week there, my homeroom teacher announced that since we had all gotten to know each other over the past month, it was time to elect a class president who would represent our group for the rest of the year in the body of the student government. The class president would spend the 5th period of every day in Government Class with the presidents of all the other classes, where they would learn about, well, government.

There was a buzz of excited chatter as the bodies in the room divided and coalesced into two groups: boys on one side, girls on the other. Nobody knew who should be president, but we all wanted to elect someone of the proper gender: our own. Boys wanted to choose a boy, girls wanted to choose a girl.

I sat quietly on the sidelines, listening to the other girls discuss who should be nominated. As I sat, an idea came to my 9yo brain. The teacher had said we could nominate anyone we wanted, and we could each nominate anyone in the class but ourselves.

I spoke up. “Why don’t some of us nominate some boys, and everyone agree to nominate just one girl? Then the boys will all be voting for different people, and the girls will all vote for the same the one. Then a girl will be president.”

My idea was immediately adopted, and the rest of the girls set about deciding exactly which boys and girl to nominate. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I found myself selected as the girls’ candidate. My best guess is that my great idea and apparent maturity impressed them.

I wasn’t excited about the idea of making a speech in front of the entire class, but my supporters were convinced that I was the right one for the job. I scrabbled out a quick campaign speech and did as I was bid, and so began my last year as class president.

When I told this story to my children, they all roared in laughter and disbelief at the scheme I had pulled off. “Manipulation!” they cried. “Cheating! We can‘t believe you did it!”

I say it’s just politics.

The Myth of Overpopulation

Surely you already know that I don’t subscribe to the myth of overpopulation.  Even if I did, if faced with accusations of irresponsibility I think I would have to quote another mother: “Sir, the world NEEDS my children.”

Nonetheless, I enjoy witnessing the debunking of ridiculous theories like evolution and overpopulation.  That’s one reason I can’t resist sharing this video, found via Large Family Mothering.

The other reason?

I love God’s sense of humor and timing.  I found this video and let it load in the background while chatting online with my good friend, Mother Hen.  When it was done loading, I hit the play button.  Mother Hen sent me a link while I was watching, but I finished the video before going back to our chat.  When I clicked on her link, guess what came up?

Yup.  I wonder if she’s blogging the video this very moment?  Nah…what are the chances of that?

On Obamacare

I can’t take credit for the quote below, but I love it anyway.  When hubby spotted it on his mom’s Facebook status (credited there to an anonymous friend), he predicted that it would go viral.  I love it when he’s right!

Let me get this straight—we’ve got a health care plan passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that hasn’t read it and smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes… and financed by a country that’s broke. What could possibly go wrong?

Yes, as Christians we should be exercising charity, caring for the sick and the poor.  But institutionalized theft is not the way to do it.  Our healthcare system is a mess, but government intervention and so-called funding (straight from our own pockets) are not the solution; they are largely the problem.  Medicare created much of this mess in the ’60′s, and now the problem is going to get far worse.

On the other hand, as liberal civil rights leader Al Sharpton pointed out in an interview with Bill O’Reilly:

I think that [the passing of the healthcare bill] began to transform the country the way the president had promised.  This is what he ran on….the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama…

watch the youtube video here

As a nation we got what we asked for, whether or not we want it now in its present form.  May God have mercy on us.

I’m thankful to be a member of a Christian medical sharing group that is, under the bill’s current wording, exempt from the requirements.  However, exempt or not we will all suffer from the far-reaching consequences of this new law.

Be sure to watch The Common Room for helpful summaries and link roundups on this topic, for those of us who are incompetent to digest all the garbage being tossed about by the media.  Start here and here.

The Real Lincoln

Just in time for the birthday of the great usurper, Jasime Baucham who blogs @ joyfullyathomeblog.com has given us a look at the facts surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency. Just a quote from the article:

Abraham Lincoln’s heroism is great exaggerated in modern circles. His own words prove that he was not a proponent of emancipation, he did not believe in racial equality, and his Emancipation Proclamation did not emancipate a single slave…
read the rest of the article here

A brief history of the income tax in America

Feb. 3 was hardly a day for celebration, but it’s a date we should be familiar with nonetheless.

All of my school-age children will be reading this, and then we will discuss it.  The discussion part is for my sake, not theirs.  It’s the only way I’ll remember a bit of it, and it’s important stuff.

Emily Bear

If you haven’t heard this amazing little pianist, then you’re really missing out.

Emily Bear is 7 now, and has released 3 CDs in the past years.  You can also find Emily Bear on Amazon, where you can download individual songs for $.99.  Below are some of her own original compositions.  I find her music to be very soothing, yet interesting.  I imagine it would be very good background music for difficult work.

Maybe if I had music like this playing in the background at my house, I could remember…well…stuff that I forgot…I’m not sure what stuff.

ht to Natalie Wickam