Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Reply From and To Representative Schweikert of Arizona

I originally posted an article about the 20 week abortion ban and included a copy of my email to my Congressional Representative Schweikert from Arizona. It was posted at and you can refer back to that post to see what I actually said. The reply I got sounded to me like we were having a different conversation. He tried to side step my whole position and intoned a talking point instead of referring to and answering with a real reply to what I said, below his email you can read my reply to his effort to dodge me.

My reply FROM Representative Schweikert:

10603 North Hayden Road
Suite 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 946-2411
Fax: (480) 946-2446
Congress of the United States // House of Representatives

January 28, 2015
Dear Mr. Walker:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your support for pro-life legislation.  I appreciate your advocacy on this issue and am pleased to take this moment to address your concerns.

This is a subject that is very close to my heart. My birth mother chose to give me up for adoption rather than have an abortion; I was given the chance to be here today.  If you have the time, please read the article that I wrote for the Daily Caller, which I have attached.

Since arriving in Washington I have supported and co-sponsored a number of pro-life bills, including Congressman Chris Smith's bill H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015, Congressman Trent Franks' bill H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and Congresswoman Diane Black's bill H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.

I am proud to have supported these measures and can assure you that I will continue to advocate for policies that defends the lives of unborn children and prohibits federal funding for abortion.

I am greatly honored to serve you in Congress and look forward to future correspondence with you.  Please contact me if you have a future questions or concerns that I may assist you with.

David Schweikert
Member of Congress

My reply TO Representative Schweiker (As you can tell, I didn't say his name, who it was to, or address it, I just replied without even a regular signature.) :

I am hoping this was an auto response and not an answer to my message because then you would have completely ignored what I was talking about and what this legislation was about and went right on expressing your agenda instead of addressing my concern. The fact is that some defects, including the likelihood of being stillborn or born in the state we consider medically to be a "vegetable state" or basically braindead, is what this issue is about, not regular births. 
If you were trying to disarm me with your talk about you being born to a mother who might not have been married or was in a rough circumstance, which included my birth parents, and you were put up for adoption, you picked the wrong guy. 
So was I, and I am grateful, but obviously, as you can tell by my reply, I wasn't born braindead or a vegetable. Some of those symptoms can't be diagnosed in a fetus (which according to scripture, isn't alive until it starts breathing) 
Yes, I also was born as an illegitimate birth back when that mattered and was put on the birth certificates, legislated into being by hypocritical conservative religious people. .My birth parents were chastised by the same type of people in their own families and were Catholic, one British and one Italian, and without the pressure of bronze age dogma, might have felt good about keeping me until they got married (or not) later on. I wouldn't have had to grow up with that social stigma. But then, that is about me, who isn't brain dead or a vegetable. 
I am going to send this reply to you who I assume isn't a vegetable either, though if you reply again without addressing the actual topic I mentioned, I might wonder, maybe if at least partially, you don't comprehend reality and logic. This 20 week abortion ban is unfair to mothers because it is none of anyone's business, since the time limit is up the the woman's doctor and herself. It isn't up to bunch of men, especially, to decide for women what their options are supposed to be since we don't life in the Middle East or other patriarchal societies since the suffragette movement. 
Although, I am not a fan of abortion, or death imposed for any reason, as a Buddhist, there are exceptions and logical avenues that can't be avoided, but the main problem with bans and restrictions of this kind are that NO ONE has the right to tell a pregnant female what her future should be besides her and her parents, until she is over the age of 18, and then it's up to her. I find it ironic that the same people who seem so concerned about a fetus are the same ones who want to take food stamps away from poor children. So they care about you until you are born and then you are left on your own, if opportunities don't arise for your life and your parents are struggling. That might be hard for you to conceive but I see it every day. 
I am a senior now, so, I am old enough to remember when abortions were illegal and I realized, like the rest of society did at that time, that women, and young women especially, are going to get abortions, legal or not. I watched the news and saw local girls using clothes hangers to self abort and dying. The bans or restrictions are the first step in trying to go back in that direction and should be stopped, as I said in my first email. The right wing zealots and the bought and paid for corrupted people will stand on the side of the Healthcare Insurance Lobbies that don't want to pay for a woman's needs at all, if they could get away with it, and the religious zealots, although some have been brainwashed into believing it's a "biblical thing" although, as I said before, it isn't in the bible or any other religious text, and the guys at the pulpits are just mouthing what the people who pay the congressmen to keep them from having to pay income tax, tell them to say. 
And from the party that always talks about smaller, less intrusive government being the answer, this intrusion into women's healthcare is ludicrous. I will close with my last thought. 
We already had this argument for centuries before it was decided by a much more spiritually fit and morally correct society of Americans 50 years ago, arguing about it now is just a bothersome anecdote to what will be eventually archaic mythology. Someday, perhaps 50 years from now, society will look back and wonder what the hell we were thinking arguing about it continually. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The New 20 Week Abortion Ban

I would hope that all US citizens contact their representative in congress and tell them the same thing. You have my permission to copy and paste parts of this blog post. You can find your representative here:

My letter to my congressional representative, David Schweikert said:

Representative Schweikert,
Radical anti-choice leaders in Congress have scheduled the first big vote on their bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks for THIS THURSDAY.
That means to me that it is important to stop this radical attack on the right to choose. I am writing to ask you to stop this bill from ever getting to the president’s desk, so we’re counting on you to pitch in.
Please stop the 20-week abortion ban and defend the right to choose. Opponents of abortion rights think they can score political points by focusing on women who need abortion care later in pregnancy. But here’s what this bill is really about: Politicians standing between women and their doctors in some of the most tragic situations imaginable. This is a direct link in the chain to ban all abortions altogether. Those of us who have been alive before Roe v Wade remember the coathanger abortions and backstreet clinics that caused us to insist that abortion be legal to begin with, but in this instance (the 20 week ban) , this is the type of backward thinking involved. Like it was decided during prohibition, people are going to drink and women are going to get abortions. Looking for wiggle room for some politicians to use abortion as a vote gaining tool is ludicrous 50 years after we already had this debate and decided. Her doctors and her are to make those decisions, not a bunch of radical bought and paid for, lobbyist pandering extremists. In this case, it doesn't even make any sense.
I will give you the example of Christy Zink. At 21 weeks, her doctors discovered that her fetus had no brain function—a condition that could not have been detected earlier. And when she testified before Congress, one of the lead sponsors of the 20-week ban told her to her face that she should have been forced to carry the fetus to term. That would have been 16 weeks of suffering and being reminded everyday that her baby would be born without a brain. That is ignorant and regardless for the feelings of the mother.
That’s the mindset that we’re up against—and if we don’t fight back and win, women like Christy may be forced to do just that. We all know this is actually about the lobbyists from the medical insurance companies, not a "biblical commandment", as the supposed right to life (but not to right to a good life after birth) opponents of over 20 week abortions claim. They don't want this same mother to get specialized healthcare covered in this extreme circumstance or pay for a disabled child until they die. The alternative is what they do in India and China, euthanasia at birth. This legislation is wrong, hurtful for the parents, and in my opinion, stupid.
Thank you for helping to make choice real for all women,"
A concerned citizen of Phoenix, AZ "

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Story of Jose

(I will preface this today with saying that this isn't my original idea, I heard this from a man I know in the 12 step program, who, for traditions' sake will remain anonymous, but I thought it was a good idea to share this.)
The Story of Jose
The story goes that there was a man named Jose, who was an immigrant and janitorial worker in Los Angeles, who worked as a janitor at the only place that would pay him enough to make it worth it, a brothel. All the women who worked there loved him, he was just this nice man who was polite and seemed to genuinely enjoy cleaning up after everyone there and keeping busy. At a time when the majority of customers were being harassed by certain police sweeps and sting operations, the business for the whore house was at a minimal level and didn't see any chance of a return to the kind of business that they had done previously. Jose realized that his job was in danger, so he started making plans to do something else or seek janitorial work somewhere else, though he was having a hard time. 
One day the boss did finally say, "Joe, when you get a chance after you finish today, I would like you to come to my office." Jose knew what this meant and was mentally prepared for the event of his being fired. Something he didn't expect happened. 
The boss told him, "Joe, you are a good worker and we would hate to lose you, but we are having money problems right now and everyone has to double up on jobs if we plan to stay in business at all. We would like you to be the book keeper here, and clean up with your other job in your spare time from that."
Jose smiled but looked apologetic and he knew that he had to explain what he hadn't had to admit since he arrived there to anyone. "The problem with that is that I can't read or write. I never got an education in my homeland and this is not something I can learn or even want to, learn right away." The boss explained about some educational ideas, but Jose rejected them, and eventually he heard the words he had been dreading, "I am sorry, Joe. We will have to find someone else to do your job, so as of now, you are fired."
He smiled, thanked them for their help in employing him for so long and said, "Thanks, I can find something else, I enjoyed working with all of you, Goodbye." And he shook the boss's hand and walked out. The girls there had anticipated his leaving and had a small going away party waiting for him with a gift.
They gave him a basket, beautifully wrapped with cellophane and ribbons, full of fruit and flowers. He admired it a second and then, thanked them all, and tearfully walked out into the street. 
As he was walking to the bus stop. someone stopped him and asked where he got his going away present. He said he didn't really know, it was a gift - and the man started offering him money for it until he said, "I will give you thirty dollars."  Out of a job and needing money, Jose reluctantly gave the man the basket and took his money. 
As he stood there, an idea came to him. He rushed back into the brothel and asked one of the girls where they got the basket. She explained that they made the basket out of things they bought at several different places and put together, reciting the list of what was purchased and where. Joe ran out with his thirty dollars and went to the various stores, knowing he could create 3 more baskets with the that amount. When he sold those three, he made nine more and kept the profit. He kept buying and selling baskets on the corner for a long time.
Fast forwards to 25 years later, he is sitting in his corporate office in
San Francisco, looking out at his fleet of ships from his office window . He had baskets woven from Manila, fruit from Dole and other large growers, ribbon and cellophane from The United Kingdom, and flowers from Japanese garden farms in California. Everything collected and put lovingly together at his factory by hundreds of workers, then sold at stationery and gift stores around the world. He had become a wealthy man from a simple set of accidental circumstances long ago and some determination and hard work. 
One of his administrative assistants was somewhat new and the man brought him a contract, that Jose normally shied away from to protect his secret. The guy kept pushing him to sign some things because he was convinced no one else had the authority. "Joe, this needs YOUR signature, Please?"
Finally Jose smiled and said, "Okay, you have backed me into a corner on this. I have a problem with those, the reason I need people like you to read them over for me and help make decisions based on this is because I can't read or write. So just handle it, OKAY?"
His assistant stood there with his mouth hanging open for a long time, then exclaimed, "Damn, Joe, you are one of the most successful people I know personally. Just think- WHAT IF you could read and write, and had a decent education." 
Joe laughed out loud and then yelled, "YEAH, I would be a janitor and book keeper in a whore house."