So You Say You’d Never Have an Abortion?

Roe vs Wade isn’t simply about protecting a woman’s right to have an abortion. That’s a side effect of the law, but the point of the law is to protect the rights of all women

One of the sadder things I’ve heard a lot ever since the Women’s March on Washington is a lot of women who seem to think that all these women who are protesting for abortion rights are somehow disturbed murderers for even considering the possibility of killing an innocent child. They claim that if a woman doesn’t want to get pregnant then she should have thoughgty-womens-march-washington-4-jt-170121_12x5_1600t about it before she had sex in the first place. They claim that the difficulties of pregnancy are a small price to pay to save the life of a child. They say that they themselves would never think of doing such a horrible thing, and that’s not a right they would ever even want.

Well I have some bad news for those women. That doesn’t matter, and that’s not what Roe vs Wade is all about. Roe vs Wade isn’t simply about protecting a woman’s right to have an abortion. That’s a side effect of the law, but the point of the law is to protect the rights of all women from unwarranted searches and seizures, as well as to protect the basic privacy of any woman during one of the most important times in her life.

One third of all pregnancies in the United States of America end in a miscarriage. Often times this happens before the mother even realizes she is pregnant. It can be a horribly tragic and traumatic feeling to look down into the toilet to see a bloody shape of the fetus you didn’t even realize was there. This is particularly tragic for those who fully believe that life begins at conception. The realization that this potential life form was growing inside of you and you hadn’t even realized it can be heartbreaking. The thought of all the things you might have done recently that could have caused this. What did you eat?  What did you drink? This event can be traumatic enough as it is, but without Roe vs Wade it’s just getting started. Without Roe vs Wade you can’t simply flush the toilet and go to bed crying. Without Roe vs Wade you now have to call the police.

You don’t have time to mourn the death of your child, because you are now the prime suspect in a murder investigation, and your vagina is the crime scene. I can see the CBS procedural drama now. They can call it “CSI: Uterus.” Maybe you aren’t worried about Trump grabbing your pussy all that much, but if you have a miscarriage the police are going to have to. The horrible tragedy that just happened to you now gives authorities probably cause to search your body for clues to this potential crime.  Your body is now a literal body of evidence, and if they find something they don’t like you’re going to be telling them the same story they’ve heard a thousand times from other women who claimed they didn’t know they were pregnant.

The truth is that women generally know they are pregnant before anybody else does, and if you’re the type of woman that would want to have an abortion there’s about a thousand ways to do it discreetly without going to a doctor or an abortion clinic. Chug a bunch of liquor, “fall down some stairs,” take a normally innocuous drug with just the right side effects. If anybody finds out the claim that “they didn’t know they were pregnant” will be the first words out of their mouth.

So what do we do?  If authorities believe this statement all the time then what good did banning abortion accomplish? Any woman who wants one can still have one and get away with it scot-free. Either we run the risk of convicting innocent women of murder because we don’t believe them, or we run the risk of letting actual murderers go free because we do believe them. Do you trust Trump to make the right decision about your pussy?

But wait…there’s more. Let’s say you’re a young woman who isn’t sure if she wants to keep the child or not. Or let’s say you’re a woman who’s had a miscarriage before and wants to keep your pregnancy on the downlow hoping that if it happens again you can avoid any police entanglements. The first thing a woman should do upon realizing she might be pregnant is go to the doctor and confirm it. Without Roe vs Wade however this becomes a problem. Once the doctor knows you’re pregnant they are now required to notify authorities of your situation so that if a baby never materializes they can start asking you “why?”

Not only does this have the effect of delaying many women’s trip to their doctors, but once the word is out the pressure is now on. You now have to spend the next eight months or so with the stress of the police breathing down your neck on top of all the other stresses that come along with carrying a child. You now know that if you fail to produce a child not only will you suffer the tragedy of losing your baby, but there’s a chance you may end up in prison. Any complications in your pregnancy and it is no longer a private tragedy, it’s can become a part of the public record for all to see.

Now some might try and say that a ban on abortion wouldn’t result in punishment for the woman.  Even though Trump literally said that it should and numerous pro-life extremists fully agreed with him he later attempted to walk it back after someone who realized how unpopular that idea was explained it to him.  But if that’s all true, then what exactly is the point? How exactly do you expect to have any measurable effect on reducing abortion if there are no consequences for women who have them? Republicans say the laws will only affect abortion providers, but all that accomplishes is to make women who want an abortion to look for less safe alternatives; the black market, unsafe drugs, letting your boyfriend hit you in the stomach with a baseball bat(yes that happens)…

We have accomplished nothing in terms of actually restricting or reducing abortion in any way shape or form.  All that we have done is radically invade upon the rights of millions of women most of whom are completely innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever.

All of this is a reality that faces a world without Roe vs Wade and we still haven’t gotten into thinking about what happens when Republicans start to claim women are lying about rape in order to get abortions.

So please. Even if you truly believe that life begins at conception, and that abortion is murder take the time to realize what these women are truly fighting for. Most of the women who marched on Washington either already are or some day hope to be loving mothers who have absolutely no intention of ever getting pregnant before marriage or having an abortion even if they do.

These women are not simply fighting for the right to have an abortion. These women simply know their history. They understand that a world without Roe vs Wade is not a world we ever want to go back to. America was not great in those days and if it is repealed it certainly won’t be great in the future.

Gas Prices To Rise, Thanks Trump!

OPEC a group of the world’s largest oil producing nations has officially announced that it will be cutting oil production starting in January. The drastic cuts in production will inevitably cause the prices at your local pump to start rising. The news of these cuts alone caused the price at my local pump to jump 15 cents in the span of just one day. The full impact of these cuts aren’t expected to hit until January, but already oil speculators are getting ready.

Now normally I would laugh at almost anybody who blamed oil prices on a president. Generally people who do so know little or nothing about how and why oil prices are actually set, but in this particular case the timing of these cuts are no coincidence.  This is the first time OPEC has agreed to cut oil production in eight years(how long President Obama was office), and they’re doing it perfectly to coincide with Trump’s inauguration.

So the question is why?  The answer is pretty simple. President Obama made the move toward renewable resources a chief plank of his administration. He wasn’t as successful as he would have liked to have been, but the pure and simple fact that he made the threat mattered.

If you’re an OPEC country who’s primary source of income is oil production the threat of the United States moving away from oil entirely and coming up with new technologies that require no oil whatsoever should terrify you.  If and when that happens your entire country will be ruined.  The value of your biggest natural resource would plummet to nothing.

What then is a major oil producing company to do?  Simple, you kill two birds with one stone. You radically increase your oil output. This has two effects. One, it radically lowers the price of oil, and makes it less likely that the United States will move away from it. Why would anybody buy an electric car when the price of gas is dirt cheap. Second, it makes sure you get something for your oil while you still can. Inevitably the world will begin to move away from oil so if you don’t use it up then you lose it. They figured they might as well pump as much of it out of the ground as they can. Even if they can’t get as much as they want for it that’s still better than nothing.

But now that America has elected Donald the Dumpster Dumbface into the White House there is no more reason to fear. Oil companies are now firmly back in control of the United States which means that demand for fossil fuels aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Without fear that renewable resource will come along and make their oil worthless there’s no reason to blow threw it quickly, and there’s no reason to motivate Americans not to buy electric when their own dumb president will likely make that impossible anyway.

The result is a return to higher oil prices.  They can now pump out fewer barrels of oil making it last longer, and charge significantly more money for each barrel.  Thanks Trump!

In fact the fear that President Obama and Democrats would get us off fossil fuels was so high that some OPEC nations like Russia were driving themselves into recessions by keeping their prices so low in desperation to not lose their cash cow. Still don’t believe Russia influenced the election?

So in a few months after Trump gets inaugurated and gas prices start heading north again make sure all your Obama hating friends that tried to blame him for oil prices at the beginning of his presidency, and then didn’t give him credit for them falling towards the end know exactly what is Making Gas Expensive Again.

Something Worse Than Trump

51% leads to another Civil War, and unlike Iron Man vs Captain America it won’t be an entertaining one.

To many people the rise of Donald Trump is scary.  It’s understandable.  Conflict can be scary.  The thought of losing a battle like this can shock the conscience.  It seems like lincolnAmerica has never been so divided.  Republicans are claiming that it’s President Obama’s fault.  They say he’s the most divisive president in history.  Obviously they are wrong.  The most divisive president in history was Abraham Lincoln.  He took the country into a literal civil war.  Over a hundred years after Lincoln’s death he is widely considered to be the greatest ever U.S. President.  At the very least he’s the most popular president in history.

Kind of amazing when you think about it, but I’m sure towards the beginning of the Civil War he felt a lot like Democrats do today.  Asking themselves the scary question…What if we lose?  But while the Civil War was a tragedy the reality is it was almost certainly necessary.  The south was living in a delusion.  They miscalculated.  They believed that more people in this country supported their horrible ideas than what actually did in reality. They believed that a war would get those who shared their values to rise up and reveal their Silent Majority. Losing the war forced them back to reality.  At least for a while.

Go to a Donald Trump rally and one of the most prominent signs you’ll see being waived around by his supporters is that “The Silent Majority Supports Trump!” This notion of a “silent majority” has been around in the Republican Party since all the way back to Richard Nixon. It was part of his Southern Strategy. It’s a code word for closet racists to identify themselves to others.  It’s kind of like the rainbow for gay people.  It’s a way for them to identify like minded bigots without running the risk of saying something openly racist that could get them in trouble.

The people who support Trump believe they are part of a secret society that actually significantly outnumbers the rest of society. They believe that Ivory Tower Liberals use Political Correctness, the Race card, and the left wing media(which in their minds is all media) to keep them quiet when in reality there are far more people in this country that think the way they do than anybody realizes. They point to the ratings at Fox News and conservative talk radio to back their delusion. They think these people simply stay quiet because they fear being called a racist, a bigot, or a misogynist.

The racist south is making the same mistake today that it made during the Civil War. They are deluding themselves into believing that their ideas are far more popular than they truly are.  They believe that the only reason they lost the last two elections to a black man named Barack Hussein Obama is because they sent a “nice guy” that tried to be too politically correct. In their delusional minds McCain and Romney turned off too many of their secret society by pandering to the middle. They believe that if they just send up a candidate who truly and unabashedly articulates their virtues that millions of Americans who think like them will magically get up off the sidelines and vote to take “their” country back.

Trump’s rise is certainly scary, but I believe it is also necessary. I see it is an opportunity. It’s a chance to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt to these people that everything they believe about America is wrong.  To show them once and for all that they are not a Silent Majority.  To demonstrate to them unequivocally that they are in fact a very loud and obnoxious Minority whose time has passed.

I believe it is actually reasonable people who bite their tongue all too often in passing conversation. As a white man I’ve experienced first hand too many white men who think they can make statements around me because I’m a white man like them, and so I won’t judge them. They look around to make sure there are no black people or women in ear shot before they tell me the disturbing joke they think I’ll appreciate.

Donald Trump needs to be crushed this November. Beating him by 51% isn’t good enough.  51% tells white men that they are outnumbered a bit, but they know they have all the guns, and they know all the feminists women that supported Hillary can’t dig a decent fox hole.  51% leads to another Civil War, and unlike Iron Man vs Captain America it won’t be an entertaining one.

To anybody who is Bernie or Bust…To anybody who thinks Hillary is just as bad…to anybody who has suddenly decided they are a libertarian… most importantly to Republicans considering sitting this one out. It’s time to wake up and realize the moment in history we are in.  The 2016 Election is not about policy.  No matter how much you hate Clinton there is nothing she will do in four years or even eight years that could make this country un-salvageable. Donald Trump needs to be obliterated. He needs to be beaten in a way that will make it absolutely unmistakable how weak the position of bigotry is.

In four years when Trump’s former followers are licking their wounds and crying into their confederate flags there will be time for a discussion about tax policy and jobs.  There will be time to discuss socialized medicine, and breaking up the banks. I don’t fear Donald Trump, I fear what a less than united front against him could lead to.  Lincoln won 59% of the vote in 1860, but it still didn’t clue the south into the weakness of their position. Trump’s supporters live in an alternate reality, and if you don’t think they’re capable of starting a full scale war then you do too.  Trump’s supporters must be forced into reality and destroying them in November may be the last chance we have at doing it without violence.

 

Trump/Manning 2016

…letting a businessman fix the economy because he’s done well in it would be like letting a rat fix a maze just because he found his way out of it.

trumpmanningSo you think the Economy sucks, and we need someone who knows a thing or two about business to get it back in the right direction huh?  Well I have some bad news for you.  You are actually the single biggest problem that we have with the economy.  I’m sorry.  I really do hate to burst your bubble(no pun intended), but it’s voters just like yourself that continue to screw over your own economy time and time again.

The belief that Businessmen know anything special about the economy is the single most successful lie that has ever been purported onto the voters of this planet. It’s understandable why people believe it.  Successful business men have managed to navigate the economy quite well.  Clearly they’ve done better than you so you assume they know something you don’t about it.  Well they might, but it’s not what you think, and it’s not going to help the economy.

In reality letting a businessman fix the economy because he’s done well in it would be like letting a rat fix a maze just because he found his way out of it.  All you’re doing is giving him the ability to construct a hidden route only he knows to insure him and his friends can get through it easily.  The rat has no motivation to help any other random rats get to the end of the maze, particularly not rats that he’s competing with for cheese.

Or maybe a more relatable analogy…what would happen if you let Peyton Manning modify the rules of football?  You may think to yourself, “he’s one of the greatest football players of all time right?  So then he must know something about the game, and how to make it better.”  The problem of course is that Peyton Manning is a quarterback, and the things he tends to find “wrong” with the game are not things that are necessarily problems with the game.  They are simply things that as a quarterback made him frustrated. Things that made his job harder. Things like having all those ridiculously tall defenders in the way of him completing a pass, or having defensive linemen trying to tackle him while he’s trying to throw the football.

These are not problems with the game, they are problems for quarterbacks and fixing them does not improve the game it just makes it easier on quarterbacks.  But quarterbacks like businessmen are just one player on their respective fields, and while you might think that quarterbacks like businessmen are also the most important players on the field you’d again be mostly wrong.  Quarterbacks like businessmen are important, but the reason they have become so important is because the rules of the game have been changed to benefit them.

Rules preventing defensive players from making any contact with receivers at all have turned the game into a pass heavy league. This intern creates the necessity of having a really good quarterback, and paying that quarterback a lot of money.  What is worse is that because the value of quarterbacks has gone up, we now feel the need to add even more rules to protect them. It started with simple things like ruffing the passer, then allowing quarterbacks to intentionally ground the ball outside the tackles.

Over time these additional rules have made Quarterbacks like Peyton Manning so essential to their teams success that they are now “too big to fail.” We now feel the need to put rules in place making it practically illegal to hit them at all.  There’s no reason the game has to be this way it’s just the way that the game has evolved as more rules have been put in place to primarily benefit one position on the field.

The same is true about businesses.  They are just one piece of the economy, and in a well designed economy they’re not actually a very important piece at all.  The problem is that over time we’ve put more and more rules in place to try and help out businesses allowing individual businesses to grow so massive that they now control enormous sections of the economy.  This intern makes them more important as a failure of any one massive business like GM, Citibank, Walmart or McDonald’s causes thousands of people to lose their jobs.  It also gives them so much bargaining power that they can force the workers they do have to accept wages that border on slavery.

This does not benefit the economy any more than removing defensive players would benefit the game of football.  It just makes the game so easy on players like Manning and Trump that they’re barely even required to try any more.  The competition is removed not improved.

Does this mean that a businessman can’t make a good president?  No, not necessarily. Just like Peyton Manning could conceivably make a good NFL commissioner if he can forgo his personal bias towards his old position a businessman could conceivably build a strong economy if he can check his ego at the door and realize that businessman like himself are not the most important part of it.  But when you’re talking about someone like Donald Trump expecting him to check his ego would be like expecting Manning to play running back.  It’s not going to happen.