Paul Ryan: Values Voter Summit

Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke at the Values Voter Summit. A couple of quick comments are quoted as follows:

“We’re all in this together” – it has a nice ring. For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.

Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party.

“In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion – at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.

When you get past all of the President’s straw men, what we believe is plain to state: These vital questions should be decided, not by the caprice of unelected judges, but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives. And in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike.

We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice. Every child has a place and purpose in this world. Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life.”

Ideally Mr. Ryan is right, but reality is far off the mark. Do you want a vision of what compassion for mother and child alike? Rebecca Onie, founder of Health Leads, has a viewpoint. Here’s a summary of her thoughts.

“We’ve had a clients about to be evicted because they haven’t paid rent. But they can’t pay rent because they’re paying for HIV, cancer, diabetes or some other medication. They simply can’t afford both.  One mother brought her in daughter. The daughter has asthma but wakes up covered in cockroaches. But since she is uneducated, has little access to resources paying better than minimum wage, she paid 60% of her income in a rancid housing unit, in one of the worst blocks of the city. Every day mothers bring children with an ear infections. The doctors prescribe antibiotics. But the real issue is there’s no food at home. The real issue is that child is living with 12 other people in a two-bedroom apartment. And we don’t even ask about those issues because there’s nothing we can do.

Each doctor has 13 minutes with each patient. And because the need is so great, patients pile up in the clinic waiting room. And for these people, help is rare. In one clinic in Boston, there are two social workers for 24,000 pediatric patients. That’s better than the rural poor.”

So, do you really think we, as in America, truly shows compassion for mother and child alike? And do you really believe either the Republican or Democrat Party will?



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