This is the third and final post in a series, ARE YOU PRO-ABORTION? Here are links to the previous two.
How Do Our Votes Make Difference?
Every time our government borrows money, our elected officials borrow money in our name, and they mortgage our future and our children’s future, even those yet to be born. So we should be wary of such borrowing.
- Is it needed?
- How will we pay off the debt?
Every time — EVERY TIME — scheming politicians spend “other people’s money” just to buy our votes and campaign donations, they divert funds that would have been better spent elsewhere. Thus, they abort what might have been, both the production of goods and services that people needed more and the growth and development that might have occurred. Instead, some special interests get what they want. Instead, we saddle future generations with more debt.
Because excessive government spending weakens our economy and invites foreigners to trade our increasingly worthless currency for American real estate and businesses, we risk leaving our children and grand children poor and at the mercy of foreign nations. When we borrow money we don’t even need just because want what we have not earned, we steal — often for the most frivolous reasons — from each other and our own children.
Consider the etymology of the word “abortion”. It is quite revealing. The etymology reflects both our horror and indifference to abortion. The definition of the word “abortion” has been an ongoing struggle between recognizing that the problem of abortion does exist and pretending the problem of abortion does not exist.
1540s, “the expulsion of the fetus before it is viable,” originally of deliberate as well as unintended miscarriages; from Latin abortionem (nominative abortio) “miscarriage; abortion, procuring of an untimely birth,” noun of action from past participle stem of aboriri “to miscarry, be aborted, fail, disappear, pass away,” a compound word used in Latin for deaths, miscarriages, sunsets, etc., which according to OED is from ab, here as “amiss” (see ab-), + stem of oriri “appear, be born, arise” (see origin).
Meaning “product of an untimely birth” is from 1630s; earlier in this sense was abortive (early 14c.). Another earlier noun in English for “miscarriage” was abort (early 15c.). In the Middle English translation of Guy de Chauliac’s “Grande Chirurgie” (early 15c.) Latin aborsum is used for “stillbirth, forced abortion.” Abortment is attested from c. 1600; aborsement from 1530s, both archaic. Aborticide (1875) is illogical. Compare miscarriage.
In 19c. some effort was made to distinguish abortion “expulsion of the fetus between 6 weeks and 6 months” from miscarriage (the same within 6 weeks of conception) and premature labor (delivery after 6 months but before due time). The deliberate miscarriage was criminal abortion. This broke down late 19c. as abortion came to be used principally for intentional miscarriages, probably via phrases such as procure an abortion.
Criminal abortion is premeditated or intentional abortion procured, at any of pregnancy, by artificial means, and solely for the purpose of preventing the birth of a living child : feticide. At common law the criminality depended on the abortion being caused after quickening. [Century Dictionary, 1899]
Foeticide (n.) appears 1823 as a forensic medical term for deliberate premature fatal expulsion of the fetus; also compare prolicide. Another 19c. medical term for it was embryoctony, with second element from a Latinized form of Greek kteinein “to destroy.” Abortion was a taboo word for much of early 20c., disguised in print as criminal operation (U.S.) or illegal operation (U.K.), and replaced by miscarriage in film versions of novels. Abortium “hospital specializing in abortions,” is from 1934, in a Soviet Union context.
When we vote for politicians who promise to give “other people’s things”, what we seem to desire most is to pretend the problems we are creating don’t exist. Consider the questions we refuse to pose to our consciences.
- Are we voting because we care about our countrymen and the future of our children, or are we voting just because we care about our pocketbook? How many times have we been told Americans vote their wallets?
- When we vote for politicians who promise to give “other people’s things”, are we voting for politicians who care about our countrymen and the future of our children or for politicians who just want to be “somebody”? If we vote for a politician who just wants to be “somebody”, doesn’t that make us pro-abortion?
- What do we think about the character of the people we elect? What do we think about the character of the people in Congress? Don’t we almost universally despise them? Yet we put them there. Because we don’t care enough about our neighbors, these are the leaders we deserve.
- If we don’t care enough about the future of our children and grandchildren to demand a balanced budget, how are we any better than a decadent couple that decides to abort their pregnancy just because they do not want to deal with the inconvenience? After all, if we can abort what might of been for generations to come, spending the inheritance of our children and grandchildren instead of bequeathing them a bright future, how are we that much different from those who choose to abort a baby before it is born?
We can elect people who will balance our nation’s budget. However, before our politicians can properly set our nation’s priorities, we must first determine our own.
Are you pro-abortion? Or are you pro-life? What does your vote say?
We have an election this year. If your congressman or senator, Democrat or Republican, just thinks his job is to spend and spend and spend, please vote him or her out.
And don’t ignore the nomination process, especially if you are Republican. Unless we nominate good candidates, we will be stuck with those who ain’t.