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The term “thinning the herd” comes to mind when I think about the private discussions ultra conservatives have regarding public health and ethics.  It’s messy business to mix our faith beliefs and mores with the public policy of a diverse nation and world.

In ranching, you evaluate your cattle to determine which ones will make it and you make hard decisions about the rest.  For humans, applying this concept is similar to Darwinian evolutionary theory or Survival of the Fittest.  The best America to me would be one in which everyone has a fair shot at a nice life.  Conversely, those who don’t grind hard or make poor decisions will deal with the consequences.  Of course, we could break out Jesus teachings on caring for the poor…your brethren.

In the 1980s, I had a feeling that some hardcore conservatives saw AIDS and Crack as thinning the herd.  Today, we are in the middle of a healthcare debate and Crack is replaced by opioids addiction.  When President Obama was trying to provide healthcare for as many people as possible, some thought “let the uninsured die”….thinning the herd.

Oh, they voted for Trump to Make America Great Again…more like Make America Hate Again.  With all of her issues and warts, America is now and has always been great.

But, wait.  President Trump breaks out a budget and some folks are surprise that they too have been eating at the public trough.  “Yea, lock up the crackhead and toss away the key in the 80s but this new drug has hit my family in the heartland…time for government funded treatment.”  We should pray that everyone breaks the chains of addiction.

Regarding abortion choice, the Clintons, the Obamas and I think abortions should be safe, legal and very rare.  Obviously, they are rare if fewer unwanted pregnancies occurred in the first place and I personally hope that people would explore options as early as possible.  But, it’s hard to impose your faith’s views on the nation as a whole.  If the founding fathers wanted to declare Christianity as the official religion of this nation, they would have.

The same people who are against early abortions support zero assistance to poor “born” babies and children.  They aren’t pro-life; they are just pro-birth.  If you are deep enough to conceptualize your unborn children, you should be compassionate enough toward them to have them when you can afford them.  If you never have the money or proper situation, you never have children.  I don’t know the answers.  To me, heaven sent every baby on earth down here but I also see people and think “that person needs a baby like a fish needs a bicycle.”

We need single-payer, universal coverage healthcare in America.  Look, the uninsured use the emergency room as a doctor’s office.  They wait until an easily treated issue becomes an expensive matter… $100 to $100,000 and the government still gets the bill.

I am also guilty of a little “thinning the herd” mentality.  My favorite blog post was “Fat On Food Stamps” because how did you get fat on public assistance.  Okay, I am over simplifying the situation but we need doctors to sound the alarm during annual physicals.  And if someone insist on unhealthy behavior, they dug their own grave… my goodness, I am a conservative Democrat.  I hope the progressives don’t thin the Democrat herd of me.


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I want a second Obama term and a recovered economy is a must for that to happen.  But, I am smart enough to know that other possibilities might occur.  The president could reform what he wants and walk away from the game like running back Jim Brown (President Hillary?).  There is a growing chorus in my community that want him to skip a second term if the “state of the union” hasn’t improved—it hurts to see a good guy get blamed for everything.

Applying to only one college is not wise for high school seniors and only thinking about another Obama term is equally unwise. If someone other than Obama or Hillary is to be the next American president, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is one of the most leveled-headed Republicans in the nation and therefore unlikely to emerge from a GOP primary.  AJC Columnist Cynthia Tucker wrote this week:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels- the dream presidential candidate of many centrist Republicans – has urged the GOP to “call a truce on the so-called social issues” and concentrate on righting the economy.

Daniels impressed me with reasonable T.V. news interviews that showed he was more interested in improving the country than slamming the other sides.  A century from now political historians will likely think that the GOP blew a golden opportunity to obliterate the far Left because they let the far Right’s hostile nature run the show rather than using Daniels and cooler heads to secure the moderates/centrists who are troubled by far Left spending.

Tucker’s column was primarily about abortion legislation and as a liberal she takes issue with conservatives who are strongly anti-choice yet opposed government programs design to help children living in poor conditions.  Tucker missed one clear point regarding the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition program.  The program is helpful for our farmers also because it gives them the opportunity to grow more food and make more money.  What happen to the “soft power” concept from the Obama campaign?  By this point, our agriculture industry should be exporting more farming equipment, seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides to developing nations—sowing the seeds of love while growing Georgia’s largest industry.  Give a man a fish he eats for a day…

I hate to be pessimistic but the future will have more people than available jobs.  Will those unemployed folks turn to illegal activities and cost the government billions in prison expense.  We must seriously look into population control and at the same time, abortion rates would be lower if people didn’t get pregnant in the first place.  Ms. Tucker wrote:

It’s no mystery why abortions rates are much lower in Western Europe.  Those countries have adopted public policies that make birth control pills and other contraceptives cheap and widely available.  If we did the same, abortion rates would drop sharply here, as well.  That’s one of those common-sense solutions that social conservatives should embrace.  So far, though, they’d rather keep fighting the same old battles.       



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While attending an event at my Black college, the seal of the state of Georgia struck me because the words “Justice, Wisdom, Moderation” were right there on the lectern.  My undergrad buddies often joked that we shouldn’t pay our student loans because we did not learn moderation on campus but our state would seriously be a better place if all Georgians lived my that motto.


The classic joke in my community was that the government has justice in the penal system because the prisons were filled with “just us.”  When you listen to the fellows who have done time, they are often the first to admit that prisons and jails are needed because they were doing some really bad things and those guys actually want their families protected from the type people they were.  Without opening a dictionary, justice to me is the fair execution of law.  Those to blatantly ignore law are injustice or criminal; that would include Georgians who continued to mistreat African Americans after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that we had certain “unalienable rights.”  As Chuck D rapped in the 1980s, “we can’t wait for the state to decided the fate.”  The best way to avoid wrongful treatment in the justice system is to avoid being involved with the justice system.  In a strange twist of fate, crimes perpetrated in my community are done to us by people who look like us.  If these kids think we are going to be imprisoned in our homes (fortified in private dwellings), they have another thought coming. 


For me, wisdom is knowledge that comes from years of experience.  I have always admired the deference and respect youth in Asian cultures generally give their elders.  Those elders in turn share their wisdom and cultural history to illuminate the path toward success and better living.  (See where I am going with this.)  In my southern Black community, we listened to the old school guys at the barbershops and in the church parking lots. While we were adventurous on some level, we would have been dead or locked up without the teachings of those wise men—okay, a lot of parental praying too.  Where are those wise cats today while many of our youth run around wild and aimlessly?  Oh, that would be us…we are the cool old cats but these kids today walk by while I do yard work without speaking. 

On campus yesterday, the number of students who sincerely greeted me amazed me—did they think I was a professor who would eventually grade their papers or are they the good kids we should mention more often.  We have fine young people in the military and on campus and if give the opportunity I would sharing my wisdom with them. “Beer before liquor…you will get sicker quicker…beer before wine, you will be fine.”  Seriously, American is in a global economic battle and the rest of the world is hungry for opportunities and driven toward success; China holds now much of our debt.   Wise people dance around the face that some of our worst youth were born to parents who were ill prepared to raise responsible Americans.  Yeah, I said it.  The social dilemma becomes how do we encourage people to become parents when/if they are fully prepared for that daunting tasking.  Liberals won’t say it out loud but in the backs of their minds they are hoping that a stupid couple will not bring more stupid people on this earth…to rob them. It is a matter of ethics and a quiet component in the abortion debate.  I am not wise enough to call it so I defer to others and hope they are right.


Moderation is such a beautiful word because we must take it slowly and easy in most parts of life.  Of course, my politics is based on avoiding the extremes or coming to reasonable decisions that reflect the views of all involved parties. In the South, we are the descendents of slaves and slave owners.  Whites who did not owe slaves were saving up to get some–people on layaway.  It must be difficult making public policy for diverse groups in the same geographic location.  “Too much of anything can be risky” is obviously true about food, alcohol, tobacco, sex and partying.  But, the same can be said to a lesser degree about charity, assistance, and maybe religion.  I did not say faith and love of the Lord but religion, the earthly institution.  Hear me out. 

Men administer churches and men are human.  In the zeal to have a successful church, men sometimes get caught up in competition with other churches.  Of course, they will refer to passages in the scriptures that command actions against those to seek to subjugate “our” church.  When we were kids, we could not understand if that mindset was directly from God or put there by those who translated the teachings into English.  “Why is this the King James Version…let’s find the original…there is no telling what was put in or conveniently left out like “don’t enslave folks.”  We were some inquisitive little Methodists.

How many times have you seen people get so enthusiastic about their faith or culture that they are moved to do anything to promote it or do anything to those they thought are against it.  Moderation is taught in every major religion and the teachings tell the righteous what to do when faced with the opposition and evil.  “Forgiven them father for they know not what they do..”  The horrible actions at Fort Hood last week could be the deeds of a sick mind or someone whose weak mind was overcome by his zeal for his faith.  It is hard to “lighten up” when you are convinced that you are 100% correct but people can’t just “go off” or “set it off.”  If anyone had reasons to go off it was the Blacks being enslaved in America, the Blacks who suffered de facto oppression in America until recently, the Jews who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis or the Native Americans who had two continents stolen from them. 

Take it easy, relax, and be moderate in your actions were often to words from the wise because overreacting to wrongdoings can go against the laws of the state; and the holy scriptures command respect for those laws.  That’s why I am so surprised by the revolutionary posture of the Tea Party movement.  While I understand their concerns with the size, spending and taxes of the federal government, flirting with overthrowing America is too much.  For years, other groups inside America patiently worked within the system to get rights they should have enjoyed in 1776 (women, Latinos, Blacks, Native Americans, non-landowning Whites.)  But, elected a Congress and President that some don’t like (elect with the majority of the voters mind you) and some people lose their minds.  Don’t sleep, if some people don’t get their way, they will split this nation.  Remember Fort Sumter.

Justice, Wisdom, Moderation    

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The USDA recently released new estimates on the cost of raising a child born last year and the numbers shocked me.  For a middle-income family, $221, 000 would be needed to get that child to 17 years old.  While the costs are lower in the South, low and no income people must gasp the financial magnitude of parenthood before adding to existing families or starting new ones.  Do I sound like a Chinese official who is in charged of population control or a concerned American weary of taxpayers’ dollar supporting those who drain the system?   So, single people without kids pay taxes to support of those who have them.

During the presidential campaign last year, expanded healthcare coverage was spun as a form of abortion reduction; patients with primary care providers learn about not getting pregnant and family planning.

In a cost-benefit analysis, I keep coming back to Speaker Newt Gingrich’s idea from the 1990s of giving young people $5000 for finishing high school, not getting arrested and not having a baby before a certain age.  While it sounds Orwellian, they could call it “Cash for Humper.”

I still think we should take a serious look at a 14% flat tax.  While many Democrats want to tax the wealthy, I find one standard tax rate reasonable.



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So I was talking with an intelligent African American woman—PHD and minister- the other day when she causally hit me with an ultra-conservative bombshell regarding abstinence, abortion and Planned Parenthood (P.P). 


Basically, she informed me that P.P. was against abstinence so more teens would get pregnant and need more abortions which makes millions of dollars for P.P.   Huh?


I said P.P. supports education on options that include abstinence, protected intimacy and the debatable termination of pregnancy.  But could she believe that P.P. or any reasonable group is against teens refraining from intimacy.  I spend a lot of time listening to views from across the spectrum but this wild view was too much.


So, my concern here is primarily with propaganda (from the left or right)—when groups knowingly create false information, ideas or concepts to mislead the well-intended.  I invited her to write a guest post to explain her views.   



Guest Post from B.V.

Bailout money for Planned Parenthood?

 In a recent debate, I mistakenly described Planned Parenthood as a “for profit organization.”  The reality is that Planned Parenthood is a profiting, non-profit organization that receives nearly 34% of its funding from taxpayer dollars, to the tune of more than $336 million annually. While Planned Parenthood representatives describe the organization as a civic-minded member of a progressive society, the truth is that Planned Parenthood has a capitalist agenda that undermines the interests of youth and families and uses taxpayer dollars to facilitate its lucrative cause.

While for profit and non-profit organizations share in the economic downturn of the century, Planned Parenthood boasts record earnings of $1.014 billion just for 2008. Performing 305,310 abortions on adults and underage girls in 2008, up from the 2006-2007 fiscal year when Planned Parenthood performed 289,570 abortions, the self-proclaimed advocate for women’s rights and family planning is lobbying congress for more taxpayer dollars. Planned Parenthood claimed to turn away as many as 100,000 would be contraceptive and family planning clients last year due a lack of sufficient funding.

When considering whether to include Planned Parenthood on the agenda for taxpayer bailout money, Congress should look closely at the organization’s expenditures. Last year, Planned Parenthood’s California divisions spent $5.1 million to lobby against Proposition 4, also known as Sarah’s Law. Sarah’s Law called for parental notification and a 48-hour waiting period before Planned Parenthood and other abortionists could perform an abortion on an underage girl. The defeated Sarah’s Law, named after a fifteen-year-old girl in Texas who received a botched abortion that cost her life, could have helped to ensure proper medical attention and protect young girls from adult male predators.

According to physician advocates of Proposition 4, if Sarah’s parents had known about her abortion, they could have intervened and Sarah could have received the medical attention needed to save her life instead of dying a lonely, miserable, premature death. Yet, Planned Parenthood rallied vigorously and successfully against Sarah’s law, preferring to forego parental notification and continue to perform tens of thousands of secret abortions on underage girls.

Wendy Wright, spokesperson for Concerned Women for America, asserts, “With Planned Parenthood’s record profits, it is funding a campaign to drum up opposition to abstinence programs and demand more government money. Americans should use Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report to show government officials that as tax dollars given to Planned Parenthood’s increase, so has its number of abortions.”

          Planned Parenthood has had to contend with many lawsuits, including one for $50 million by the family of a 13-year-old girl who, after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood, was left permanently injured and with parts of the torn apart fetus left inside the girl’s abdomen. At least this girl’s family knew of the abortion and could get her the medical attention needed to save her life.

Unfortunately, neither Sarah’s parents nor other uniformed parents had the chance to save their children’s or grandchildren’s lives.

Planned Parenthood thought it was worth it to turn away tens of thousands of clients for contraceptives and spend $5.1 million dollars, from an already strapped budget, to ensure that all parents in California would remain in the dark about secret abortions on children.

Irrespective of rhetoric, wherever an organization’s money is, their true agenda will be there too.



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Senator McCain took the microphone from that older lady and said, “No madam, no madam, he is a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”  At that point, I knew that we should be gracious to him during the rest of this campaign because he could be a GOP voice of civility in the Senate to the Obama White House.  (Here come the emails.)


The contributors to this blog started discussing who would be the same GOP voice in the House.  That’s when I wrote about ‘Republican Rhetoric Dialers Needed” and urged our community to consider supporting GOP candidates who would vote their party line but stand up in their conference meetings and insist that opposition stayed on policy without resorting to dirty behavior and clearly incendiary untruths.  In the short time since that posting, we have seen that talk radio muck could push zealots to try some real ugliness.


Could Georgia congressional Deborah Honeycutt be that GOP voice.


First, her opponent David Scott is a Blue Dog Democrat and a welcomed African American moderate—member of the House Agriculture Committee who worked on the bipartisan Farm Bill and a member of the Financial Services Committee who must monitor those Bailout billions.


Should we be concerned that the congress doesn’t have one GOP African American?  Senator Obama keeps saying “and some Republicans” but he has endorsed Scott.


Former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough on MSNBC said that the large number of small donors who have given to the Obama campaign must be making the K-Street lobbyists sick—if the people give the money directly, the lobbyists are pushed out of the loop and away from the leaders’ ears.


Do the tons of money Honeycutt raised make her Obama, Jr, or Baby Barrack?   For those who question how she did it, that’s easy to see: she is a African American pro-life physician.  A Black doctor saying that abortion is wrong from the medical and moral standpoint.  Those who agree with her must dream about propelling her onto the national stage in an effort to end the taking of innocent lives.  (Here come more emails)


There’s the question: would Deborah Honeycutt in congress actually help the Obama White House if she could reduced the vitriol? 


She is an Alpha Kappa Alpha who was medical director at Spelman College—the sister is starting to seem Obama-like. 


Personally, I can’t call it because my first deference is to Scott for his Farm Bill work. 

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