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Charlie Gard: U.S. Congress acts in compassion, British hospital asserts power

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The issue with Charlie Gard, a poor, blind and deaf 11-month old boy sentenced to a cold death by a government satraps, is relatively simple. As Ross Douthat tweeted, it’s not complicated at all.

It, in fact, can be summed up in two documents. One is Great Ormond Street hospital’s statement:

https://twitter.com/PetriOP/status/887612687643004929

“Charlie’s parents fundamentally believe that they alone have the right to decide what treatment Charlie has and does not have.”

They followed that statement of belief with their own, “different principles.”

“A world where only parents speak and decide for children and where children have no separate identity or rights and no court to hear and protect them is far from the world in which GOSH treats its child patients.”

The bombast and hypocrisy of this statement is so thick I can barely unpack it.

Of course, when children can express their own desires, or when parents harm children, it is the state’s job to step in to correct anti-social or criminal behavior. But Charlie Gard’s case has neither of those elements. Charlie doesn’t need to be protected from his parents because they are trying to treat him, not kill him.

The state has decided that Charlie’s life has no value, and the hospital is defending its right to make that decision as the state’s moral agent, overriding the moral agency of parents.

This is the essential conflict here. Parents do have control over their children as moral actors, or they are simply agents of the state, acting in accordance with the government’s wishes, within very established lanes. Making them agents of the state places the state above God as the ultimate moral lawgiver and transcendent conscience.

That is the world in which GOSH operates, and it’s dysfunctional as hell.

The world where the U.S. Congress operates is a more compassionate one.

The House Appropriations Committee voted to add an amendment giving permanent legal U.S. residence to Charlie, so that he can seek treatment here. Treatment his parents desire for him, and can pay for out of their own pockets.

It’s a small step, and it likely won’t change anything. But nevertheless, it’s meaningful in what it articulates about America versus Britain.

This isn’t a matter like, say, Chelsea née Bradley Manning, who had the U.S. government pay for his sex change surgery. Charlie’s parents don’t want the British National Health Service to pay for anything. They just want the hospital to get its mitts off their son.

Charlie’s case is also different from Justina Pelletier, a teenager whose parents disagreed with a few Boston doctors, leading to a 16-month ordeal that has been called “medical kidnapping,” and them being accused of child neglect. It led one engineer “Marty G” Gottesfeld to organize an online attack against the hospital, earning him a cell in a maximum security federal prison awaiting a Jan. 2018 trial.

This isn’t medical kidnapping, since the British government believes they own Charlie, and that his parents have no right to determine his care. The government makes a terrible parent, and a worse pastor.

I think most people understand at an instinctual level that when the government becomes god, the tyranny we will all experience, from cradle to grave, is worse than the harshest trials of free people living with their own right to fail. People are not serfs, and parents are not peons.

It’s not very complicated at all.

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Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox tell Planned Parenthood to remove their names from donor list

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Coca-Cola Ford and Xerox tell Planned Parenthood to remove their names from donor list

Supporting Planned Parenthood has been a badge of honor for many companies over the years, but recent revelations about selling murdered preborn baby parts and other bad press have made the abortion giant no longer a good association for many American companies. Notable large corporations including Coca-Cola, Ford, and Xerox have asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names from their published list of donors.

Planned Parenthood responded by removing the list of 41 corporations altogether.

But it isn’t just embarrassment that prompted the desire for removal. As it turns out, many of the companies on the list stopped donating to Planned Parenthood long ago.

“We checked our files for the last 20 years and have no record of Xerox Corp. contributing to Planned Parenthood,” a representative from Xerox told The Daily Signal.

Opinion

As I’ve said many times, fighting abortion cannot be one-sided. We can’t just focus on the political side of the battle and expect to win if we don’t first win the cultural battle. By highlighting the hideous activities of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, we weaken their ability to spread their heinous message of death.

This is a huge win that won’t get much coverage. The left doesn’t want anyone to know there’s a large amount of disgust being sent towards Planned Parenthood and not just from ardent pro-life activists. The American people are finally becoming enlightened about the reality of life at conception, the pain felt by preborn babies, and the awful tactics used by Planned Parenthood and their allies.

We need to keep up the pressure. We have truth on our side.

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“Republicans are trying to ban women who receive Medicaid from getting care at Planned Parenthood. I’m sick & tired of these relentless attacks on Americans’ access to health care. My colleagues & I have joined a legal brief to support women’s access to Planned Parenthood.” – Kamala Harris

Final Thoughts

It’s telling that companies who were once proud to be supporters of Planned Parenthood are now hiding their contributions. This is a victory for the cultural side of the battle against abortion.

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Sign the petition demanding an investigation of the investigators

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Sign the petition demanding an investigation of the investigators

Now that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election has been completed and the investigation’s report has been released, we have more questions than we have answers.

Why was it started in the first place? It seems circular reasoning and opposition research were the only pieces of “evidence” used to justify extensive spying on the Trump campaign and the subsequent investigation. This does not clear the threshold of viable suspicion necessary for FISA warrants and clearly was not an appropriate starting point upon which to launch an investigation.

Why was it allowed to continue for so long? The report indicates early on, the investigation saw it was extremely unlikely they would find evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. Moreover, the report demonstrates the Russians were acting of their own accord to “hack” the elections, but were unsuccessful in generating enough manipulative propaganda to sway a significant chunk of voters.

Were political motivations at play? At this point, the answer seems obvious. From President Obama’s administration to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to left-leaning elements within the FBI itself, it’s conspicuous that attempts to not only manufacture wrongdoing by candidate Trump but also to hide wrongdoing by candidate Clinton were in full effect.

Two years and $30 million in taxpayer dollars should have yielded answers. It did not. The reason isn’t that there were no answers to be found. It’s that they were looking in the wrong places. It’s time to look in the right places. Sign this petition.

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Immigration

Illegal alien continued assaulting border patrol agent even as they tumbled down a hill

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Illegal alien continued assaulting border patrol agent even as they tumbled down a hill

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 37-year-old Ecuadorian national after he assaulted an agent atop a mountain south of Tucson Wednesday evening. The man continued punching and kicking the agent even as they slid down the hillside.

He was subdued only after additional agents came to restrain him.

Two Mexican nationals traveling with him were also arrested during the incident.

Opinion

We’ve all seen the sad images and videos on mainstream media of helpless mothers with three children trying desperately to get to the United States where they will certainly become productive and patriotic members of society. That’s the image the left wants embedded in our brains, but it’s not the reality at the border.

Yes, there are large groups of migrants coming over nonstop with hopes of taking their piece of the taxpayer-funded pie. But there are also criminals coming over who will do anything, including harm or kill border patrol agents, if that’s what it takes for them to stake their claim to what they want from America and Americans.

There are dangers at the border that rarely get reported. These brave border patrol agents need a wall, more men, better technology, and more facilities to house those coming over. They need these things now, but Democrats continue to demand they try to secure our borders with both hands tied behind their backs. If one were conspiracy-minded, one might think the Democrats are doing it on purpose so more illegal immigrants will come into our country.

Hmm.

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“Assaults highlight safety concerns for agents who often encounter and arrest multiple subjects in remote and isolated locations in rugged terrain.” – CBP Statement

Final Thoughts

The image of helpless migrants carrying little babies and peacefully surrendering to border patrol is only part of the picture. Border patrol agents are put in harms way daily, yet Democrats will not give them the resources they need.

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