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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bob Barr Sued by McCain's GOP

McCain a two-faced Stalinist? If you listen to his words from 2000 and apply them to 2008, he certainly is.

Even Jon Stewart can make fun of Obama



And this is funny.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another Email from Bob Barr's Campaign Manager

In sum: Bob will be on Glen Beck's CNN show tonight from 7 - 8 p.m. (eastern) with repeats. And if you donate at least $100 to Bob's campaign, you get an autographed picture of Bob! Woohoo!

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Dear David,

Thanks to your support for Bob Barr, his campaign for the Presidency is on solid footing and next week we shift into high gear. Over the past few days we have received record media coverage. In fact, today Glen Beck has Bob on his CNN Headline News broadcast for an hour long special. (7:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 12:00AM all EDT) I encourage you to watch it and if you would be so kind as to forward this reminder to family, friends or others who would be interested, I would appreciate it.

Of course, Bob's combined coverage this week and next - during the Democrat and Republican Conventions - will total but a few hours compared to well more than 100 for the Obama and McCain campaigns.

As you consider that figure, ask yourself what in the way of real issues have the Democrats addressed? And what will the Republicans have to say?

For certain, there is nothing new and the majority of the rhetoric is shrill complaints and attacks on their opponents. It is clear that there will be nothing new, that's what the powerful special interests want.

To the extent that they talk about specific government programs, they are always about expanding programs, departments, agencies and offices. That means spending more money, raising taxes, and running up the national debt.

Only Bob Barr has a plan to shut down wasteful government programs, balance the federal budget, reduce the national debt and cut taxes. Only Bob Barr has a commitment to a foreign policy that emphasizes our national defense interests exclusively. Only Bob Barr will fix our economy, bring energy independence and put the American people's interest first.

That's why he is doing so well in public opinion surveys and gaining ground.

I believe that if the Barr campaign can begin a national radio and TV advertising campaign to build awareness of Bob's stands on issues, he could double or even triple his standings in the polls. Once that is accomplished, he will be included in every televised debate and every American will recognize that they have a real choice for change.

Bob needs your help now to launch this ad campaign. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or even more will equip us with the resources to elevate this campaign to the next level.

I thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

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Russell Verney
Campaign Manager

P.S. - Send at least $100 and I'll get Bob to personally autograph and inscribe a message to you on an 8"x10" color photograph of Bob with his wife Jeri.

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"This is Barack Obama's time"


The Obama coronation moves to the 75,000 seat Invesco Field tonight.

BlueCarp has no doubt that the women will swoon and the men will cry tears of joy.

The Cult of Personality will be out to worship its Idol.

BlueCarp finds it funny and sad at the same time.

But the Cult of Personality is why I predict Obama will win the election.

Does McCain make anyone swoon or cry?

Nope.

And even McCain's most die hard supporters are voting against Obama more than they are voting for McCain. Obama's Cult will get up and vote and do it early. McCain's voters will get to the ballot box when they get a chance - if they get around to it. They are not jazzed.

Obama's Cult is jazzed.

And America will suffer four years of the blues.

"Senate, House should approve energy bill"


The Post thinks the government can tweak the economy and solve its problems.

The only tweaking the government needs to do is getting its mitts out of the economy.

The Post favors a bill that would, among other things:

Invest $20 billion in the development of petroleum-free motor vehicles within 20 years.


No. No. No. The government does not need to "invest" in anything. The government is incapable of "investing." The government can only take money from one group and give it to another.

The free market provides all the incentive necessary to create alternative fuels. That incentive is called "profit."

Cato Institute: Big Government Republicrats and Demoblicans

The Republicans have adopted the doctrine of Big Government. Reject that philosophy. Reject the Republican Party. Vote Libertarian.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bob Barr on CNN's American Morning

BlueCarp is voting for Bob Barr. But I urge ALL voters to vote for ANY third party. The two-party duopoly must be destroyed.

By accepting the mediocrity the two-party system rewards, we get what we deserve.

You want change? Vote for any candidate lawfully on your state ballot that is NOT a democrat or a republican.

Another email from Nader

Nader for President 2008 -- August 27, 2008
Remember, BlueCarp supports all third parties over the current two-party duopoly that rewards mediocrity and the status quo.
Ralph Nader for President 2008

August 27, 2008
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Drop $8 on Nader/Gonzalez now.

Why?

We're celebrating again.

Because Ralph just polled 8 percent in New Mexico.

It is just remarkable.

Approaching zero media publicity.

And Nader is still polling at six, seven and eight percent in the polls.

Check out this one just in from Time/CNN.

In three battleground states, Ralph is a factor.

In New Mexico, Nader polls 8 percent.

In Pennsylvania, Nader is at 7 percent.

In Colorado, Nader is at 7 percent.

And in Nevada, Ralph is polling 6 percent.

And the poll shows that Ralph is pulling votes from across the board.

Like we said at the beginning.

Build it and they will come.

We're scheduled to be on 45 state ballots by September 12.

And we're ready to rumble.

We're flying under the radar.

But not for long.

So, help us continue to build the big mo.

We need to hit our goal of $100,000 by September 4.

So, give whatever you can.

And -- breaking news -- this just in.

Ralph Nader will be on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

Tomorrow -- Thursday August 28, 2008 at 9 a.m. EST.

You can listen and watch live on the Internet at democracynow.org.

Spread the word.

Together, we are making a difference.

Onward to November.

The Nader Team


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"Hillary releases delegates"


Hillary Clinton released her delegates this afternoon. She put the delegates in the family car, telling them they were going to get some ice cream. After driving about 45 minutes east, out onto the Colorado plains, some delegates began to ask questions, especially after Hillary drove past the second Baskin-Robbins franchise.

Hillary placated them by saying that she new a great place out near the airport.

Hillary eventually pulled off onto a dirt road, near an abandoned farm. She told the delegates that the ice cream store was inside the barn, and for them to "go on ahead." She said she had to get her purse and she would be right there.

Once the delegates got close to the barn, Hillary jumped back into the car and sped away. About half of the delegates ran after the car, but the other half continued on towards the barn.

"I figured she was coming right back," Joy Hammonds, a delegate from Iowa, said. "I was the first person inside the barn. Some of my friends were a little skeptical when I had to break a window to get in. But I had faith. Boy, was I surprised when I couldn't find any ice cream. I don't think the barn even had electricity for a freezer.

"I was looking for a cooler, you know, that maybe had some ice in it."

The delegates are still on the side of the dirt road, waiting for Hillary to return.

"If she doesn't come back soon, we might have to make a call," Hammonds said. "Hey, does anybody have coverage out here?" she yelled in the general direction of some delegates.

An invite from Ralph Nader for a "protest rally" in Denver

Nader for President 2008 -- August 27, 2008
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D-Day.

Denver tonight 6 p.m.

University of Denver Magness Arena.

Sean Penn, Tom Morello, Cindy Sheehan, Jello Biafra, Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez will be there.

Standing up to the corporate two-party controlled debate commission.

Calling for an opening up of the Presidential debates.

If you are in the area, see you at the event.

If you know people in the area, call them, text them, e-mail them -- and give them the details.

Free Speech TV will be streaming the event live on the Internet. (Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. Mountain time, 9 p.m. Eastern.)

Just click here to watch.

Also, Free Speech TV will be broadcasting the event live on Dish Network Channel 9415.

If you are home watching convention coverage on cable, watch for Ralph.

He'll be in the DNC belly of the beast at the Pepsi Center today.

He'll be on Fox TV with Neil Cavuto in this afternoon at about 4 p.m.

And MSNBC with Dan Abrams tomorrow morning at about 10 a.m.

Other mainstream media interviews are being nailed down as we speak.

Stay tuned for more details.

The bottom line is this.

The conventions are supposed to be about democracy.

But in fact, they're two big corporate parties.

Talk about corporate crime and corporate power, and you are drummed out of the building.

Talk the happy corporate talk, and they invite you in for a drink.

Thank you Ralph Nader for having the guts to stand up.

For the American people.

Against the corporate takeover of our democracy.

Stand with Ralph today.

If you are in Denver, come on down and join with us at the Magness Arena tonight at 6 p.m.

If you are not in Denver, give whatever you can afford -- $10, $20, $50, $100 -- to help defray the costs of tonight's event. (Renting the arena, sound, lights, stage hands, video crew and equipment, flying in road trippers, printing of 100,000 fliers -- you get the picture.)

By the way, great start on the fundraising drive -- we're at close to $15,000 after just two days. But we have to hit $100,000 by September 4. So, let's get 'er cranked.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With your help, tonight, we will shake it up.

Onward to November.

The Nader Team

PS: Remember, if you donate $100 or more, we'll send you three DVDs -- the Denver rally, the Minneapolis rally, and a special debate DVD. (Three DVD offer ends September 4 at 11:59 p.m.)


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"Unity the Dems can believe in"


The internet sub-head reads:

"Hillary Clinton took a major step toward helping her party heal the rift from the primary race. Will her supporters follow suit?"

If they do, it will be a pantsuit.

At least Michelle Obama has worn a dress two nights in a row at the DNC.

Hillary, during her unity speech at Pepsi Center, said:

"It is time to take back the country we love, and whether you voted for me or you voted for Barack, the time is now to unite, as a single party with a single purpose," she said. "Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our president."

I wish the unhappy Libertarians would heed the same advice about Bob Barr.



"Go ahead, punk, call Denver a 'cowtown'"


The Post takes tongue-in-cheek exception to Matt Drudge calling Denver a "cowtown."

Somehow, the Post uses the Drudge jab to trumpet the West's historical treatment of women. Since there were not very many women out west in the frontier days, men learned to appreciate 'em.

Scarcity increases the value of any commodity, whether diamonds or the far more precious qualities of women.

BlueCarp, for one, loves those precious qualities. (And they seem to be just as scarce around the BlueCarp bachelor pad as they were in the 1860's. Maybe I should vacuum.)

"The West will not be ignored"


Apparently the West, like Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction," will not be ignored.

If the West doe not get what it wants, look out for rabbit stew.

"DPS deal would be good for district and teachers"


The Post is glad the Denver teachers' union will not strike. Apparently.

"Obama's VP pick hardly inspiring"


Joe Biden does not excite the Denver Post.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Listening to the DNC

Watching the Democrats on television. Who says television isn't educational? Things I am learning:

* I'm listening to former Virginia Governor Mark Warner.

Apparently, it is possible to create jobs by passing legislation.

* Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer looks a lot like Frank Caliendo. (Well, they are both fat white guys that can't be taken seriously).

I continue to learn from these speeches. Apparently, Obama is going to declare "ENERGY INDEPENDENCE!" and it will happen.

Why didn't someone think of this before?

* It all seems so easy. All we need to do is let the government take over the economy, and all of our woes will disappear.

* Chelsea looks pretty good.

* Her mom is wearing orange. I hope that's a tribute to the Broncos, because she looks like Miles.

* When Hillary said she was "a proud supporter of Barack Obama!" the Pepsi Center erupted like the Avalanche had just won the Stanley Cup. It was as if the delegates were not quite sure she was going to endorse Obama or stage a coup.

* She's still wearing orange. Orange?

* Free health care is on the way. Next up: Free lunch!

* She made a joke about being in the "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit."

* Actual quote: "Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!" (Not an actual quote from Hillary. But it is an actual quote. From Karl Marx.)

* I can't wait for all of this free stuff!

* Her speechwriter had another good line about McCain and Bush being in the Twin Cities next week "because it is so hard to tell them apart."

* Two other things that will be hard to tell apart: Jimmy Carter's presidency and Barack Obama's presidency.

* Safe bet of the year: Not one of the delegates lists Ayn Rand as their favorite author.

An email from Bob Barr's campaign manager

Dear David,

In case you missed it, I have good news. A new Zogby poll shows that nationally we are holding steady at 6% support from likely voters, but in several of our targeted states, we have gained ground into the double digits!

This poll silences those critics who called the first poll in early July a fluke or inaccurate.

And, as more people get to know Bob Barr and his principled stands on issues, the higher his support will grow and the more difficult it will be to deny him participation in the nationally televised debates next month and in October.

As the Democrats meet this week to officially nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden it will become more and more apparent that when it comes to the hard issues facing our nation, they have no realistic plans for our future. Instead, they will offer various schemes to expand numerous existing government programs, add agencies, offices and departments and generally grow the federal bureaucracy and increase our taxes.

To the extent that they even mention our federal deficit, the national debt and foreign policy, it will only be in the context of attacking George Bush and John McCain. The biggest problems facing our nation today are being ignored in the public policy debate.

Why? Because both the Democrats and Republicans are beholden to big-government special interests. It's been that way for several decades and it isn't going to change now.

Unless . . . Millions of voters join you and me and rise up in a civil, political revolution and demand change!

While we are certainly pleased that the Bob Barr campaign is gaining momentum and attention, I would be lying if I didn't admit that it is a long shot for us to win. But I ask you, does it mean we lose if we don't get the most votes on Election Day?

No, of course not. Bob Barr is in this race to win, but that may not mean being elected the next President of the United States.

On November 5th, politicians and pundits alike won't just be looking at vote totals to see who won (Because right now it is practically guaranteed that whoever wins won't get 50% of the popular votes cast). Every observer in the media and every elected official from the State Legislature to the White House will be seeing how many votes Bob Barr got among their respective constituencies.

Every pundit and every politician knows that those courageous patriots who took the time and energy to vote for Bob Barr are a powerful force and they are the margin between victory and defeat for the future. Furthermore, they know that Bob Barr voters aren't voting against someone and they aren't swayed by some cult of personality. Bob Barr voters support the man because of what he stands for.

It isn't about fluff or spin. It is pure and simple.

Thanks to you and thousands of other activists, we have a strong foundation for the future in place. As of today, there are ten weeks until the election. Just 70 short days.

If we win 6% of the votes on Election Day, it will be historic. But if we can double or even triple that level it will be a result that will be noticed in every community in America.

The establishment - both Republicans and Democrats alike - want you to believe you are throwing away a vote when you cast a ballot for Bob Barr. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

That's the message we have to get across to our target audience - which incidentally, I believe is easily large enough to win the election outright. A strong majority of voters have already made it clear that they want a balanced budget, a reduction in our national debt, lower taxes and smaller government.

Now we just have to convince them that they are not alone in this epic campaign.

This week, Bob is already scheduled to appear on several prominent nationally-televised news programs. He will be able to get across the differences between him and Barack Obama. (Please be sure to encourage your friends and neighbors to pay attention to what Bob has to say!)

Next week, he will similarly have the opportunity to contrast his positions with that of John McCain. But after that, we are in a sprint to get to the threshold required for participation in the national debates.

To win that sprint requires us to elevate campaign activities in September to a higher level. We will need to begin broadcast advertising to build awareness of Bob's candidacy.

But to launch this campaign, we need to raise money. Thanks to your support we are in a great position, but I need you to help again as we raise money to buy radio and TV ads.

Please consider sending a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more to help at this critical stage of the race.

Click here to donate online or learn how you can mail in your generous gift.

Tomorrow, I hope to report to Bob when he calls in that we raised $10,000 today from grass-roots activists like you. Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,

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Russell Verney
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My Personal Email From Barack Obama!

An actual email from Barack!


David --

I am so lucky to be married to the woman who delivered that speech last night.

[BlueCarp editorial: I heard the speech on the radio. I will summarize it - "Barack and I are a normal family with cute daughters, and by the way, an Obama presidency will result in lots of free stuff for everybody."]

Michelle was electrifying, inspiring, and absolutely magnificent. I get a lot of credit for the speech I gave at the 2004 convention -- but I think she may have me beat.

You have to see it to believe it.

And make sure to forward this email to your friends and family -- they'll want to see it, too.

Watch Michelle's Speech

http://my.barackobama.com/michelle


You really don't want to miss this.

And I'm not just saying that because she's my wife -- I truly believe it was the best speech of the campaign so far.

Barack

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Monday, August 25, 2008

All they are saying, is give peace a chance?

This Rocky Mountain News story includes a video of the peace-loving, pro-free speech protesters shouting down a reporter.

"A sigh of relief after Day One of protests"


Promises of tens of thousands of protesters did not materialize Sunday:

... protest leaders from groups like the Re-create 68 Alliance were boasting that as many as 20,000 demonstrators would take to Denver's streets. They touted a Sunday morning march from the Capitol to the Pepsi Center as the headlining event. The actual turnout for the march? Perhaps 200 to 300 ...

Maybe, just maybe, there just isn't that much to protest about. If there is, the protest leaders have not inspired the people to do it.

Where is Che Guevara when you need him?

"Biden. Really?"


The Rocky is not impressed with Obama's selection for running-mate.

Obama's promise of "change" is contradicted by his choice. Biden has been a U.S. Senator since 1973. That is 35 years of entrenched D.C. power.

Biden's meal ticket is the status quo. He will not fight for any real change. Of course, neither will Obama.

"I went to a protest, and a festival broke out"


The Rocky's resident old hippy says they just don't protest like they used to.

[cue "Glory Days" in the background]

I have no doubt Littwin had to walk a mile up hill - both ways! - through snow and ice when he protested back in the good ol' days.

Littwin is nigh on remorseful there was no tear gas Sunday, "the story was law and order and how if you’ve got more cops than protesters, order — if you really insist on it — usually wins."

"Best of bad options: smaller FasTracks"


Denver metro area voters agreed to a tax increase to fund an expansion of light rail.

The promised cost was $4.7 billion. That money was for a specific plan of expansion.

It turns out the cost will be slightly more than that. As of now, the estimate is $7.9 billion. (A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money).

The Rocky, usually the more fiscally responsible of the two dailies, calls for the government to scale back the promised service, but to spend the money anyway.

That makes no sense.

Assume a contractor agreed to build a sunroom addition to your house for $5000. He starts the project and says that his costs have gone up. He can still do the job for $5000, but he will just build a deck instead of a sunroom.

No problem, right?

Hell yes there is a problem.

Either the contractor does what he promised for the agreed upon fee, or he doesn't get paid.

Since FasTracks can not keep its promise, the project must be stopped. Not scaled back, not delayed - but stopped.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Obama's fiscal fairy tale"


Barack Obama has made his economic thinking excruciatingly clear, so it also is clear that his running mate should be Rumpelstiltskin.

He spun straw into gold, a skill an Obama administration will need in order to fulfill its fairy-tale promises.

...

There never is a shortage of nonsensical political rhetoric, but really: Has there ever been solemn silliness comparable to today’s politicians tarting up their agendas as things designed for, and necessary to, “saving the planet,” and promising edicts to “require” entire industries to reorder themselves?

In 1996, Bob Dole, citing the Clinton campaign’s scabrous fundraising, exclaimed: “Where’s the outrage?” This year’s campaign, soggy with environmental messianism, deranged self-importance and delusional economics, the question is: Where is the derisive laughter?

"Joking aside, Gitmo it isn't "


Of course the temporary detention facility built to house DNC protesters is nothing like the real Gitmo facility in Cuba.

The Rocky declares

While the right of free speech should be protected, any protesters who decide to indulge in vandalism, block traffic or do other harm to the community should be removed from the streets.

We must keep in mind, however, that just because one has been arrested does not mean that one is guilty.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"The real William Jennings Bryan"


Ewegen praises William Jennings Bryan, three-time loser as a candidate for president.

Ewegen is one of those guys that knows just enough 'bout economics to be dangerous. He wrote:

The current Federal Reserve System wasn't created until 1913. Before then, America didn't have a mechanism to grow our money supply in tandem with the expanding output from farms and factories. A rigid reliance on a gold standard triggered repeated depressions and bouts of deflation. A farmer who borrowed $1,000 to buy land when wheat was selling for $1 a bushel would find his debt effectively quintupled if the price of wheat dropped to 20 cents. The happy banker, meanwhile, would be enriched fivefold through no effort on his part.

I asked Justin Longo of the Independence Institute (and renowned economist from the Austrian School) to reply to Ewegen's assertions in that paragraph. Longo wrote:

The article is almost half right. When you do not grow the money supply, there is a predictable, extremely mild deflation of the currency because of the growing output. This is by far the most stable monetary system one could conceive of, as the deflation that takes place is completely, 100% predictable. You measure output each year and that in turn gives you the amount of deflation. Since everyone knows the amount of deflation and will be expecting it, there is NO business cycle whatsoever. People know the economy grows at what, 3 to 5% a year? Well, it figures into the calculations just like inflation predictions do nowadays. However, unlike inflation prediction, which is an educated guess at best, due to the Fed printing whatever amount of money they desire at any point in time, deflation prediction is damn near a science because everyone knows how much the economy grows each year. In sum, the article is completely wrong about "repeated depressions and bouts of deflation." You cannot have any depression unless you continue to fool the entire market with deflation. And there is no way in hell that could happen with a fixed money supply. Remember, inflation only works if it is increasing AT AN INCREASING rate. People get used to it and the effect wears off. Same rule applies to the fixed money supply's mild deflation.

That means that an economy with a fixed money supply is far easier to predict and far more stable -and therefore to plan accordingly - than an economy with a money supply tweaked by a politically appointed bureaucrat at The Fed.

"Tolerance needed to keep the peace"


The Post calls for the police to be reasonable when confronting demonstrators during the DNC.

"RTD must find ways to pay for FasTracks"


Some gamblers, when sitting at a table and losing, make a really bad choice. Instead of walking away and accepting the losses already incurred, they figure that if they bet more, they can get out of the hole.

This is called "chasing." They are chasing after that elusive win that will make everything better. It should be called "digging," because what usually happens is that hole just keeps getting deeper. The bigger the hole, the more they chase. You can see the cycle.

Some refer to this as [cliche alert!] "throwing good money after bad."

The Post advocates doing just that.

In 2004, voters passed a bond issue granting authority to issue $4.7 billion in bonds to expand the regional light rail system.

Four years later, the cost to fund the expansion is $7.9 billion.

The Post insists that the Regional Transportation District must "figure out how to pay for it."

Of course, the only way the RTD can pay for it is by tax money. The Post ignores that. The Post just wants to keep pushing money into the hole, chasing after an elusive goal that will only cost more and more. And more.

"Presidency isn't all that"


Sirota calls out the media and the populace in general for over-emphasizing the importance of the President.

He reminds us that local politics and social movements get more done than the person in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Let's chuck the drinking age"


A group of college presidents are calling for a reduction in the legal drinking age from 21 back to 18.

Harsanyi agrees with the proposal. So does BlueCarp.
It makes little sense. And when a large number of college presidents ask, "How many times must we re-learn the lessons of Prohibition?" the answer is: We never learned the lesson the first time.
True dat.


"Colorado's stunning lands need protection"


Ms. Ditmer rails against drilling in the name of the environment.

Then, in a complete non sequitur, concludes

Another major land grab is in the southeast corner of the state, where Fort Carson wanted to increase its 235,606-acre PiƱon Canyon Maneuver Site by 418,000 acres, displacing dozens of ranchers and farmers who have worked the land for decades.

The government taking of land via imminent domain and the leasing of oil rights on property that has always belonged to the government are separate topics.

Apparently Joanne needed a few more column inches to fulfill her writing quota.

"An industry of racism"


King is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life and the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

She writes in opposition to legalized abortion for many reasons, not the least of which is its disproportionate affect on minorities.

Pastor King's commentary is a counter-point to the pro-choice opinion immediately below.

"Saving women's lives"


Edelin is an OB/GYN doctor that works on behalf of keeping abortion safe and legal.

He points out that McCain is an avowed "pro-lifer," while Obama is "pro-choice."

Since abortions will continue even if they are made illegal, Edelin wants to keep them legal.

Abortion is one of the few controversial subjects on which the Libertarian Party takes no stand. The reason is the "non-aggression principle" and how to apply it.

A fundamental tenet of libertarianism is non-aggression. We do not believe in initiating force. (But we believe like hell in returning it if someone else starts it.)

The "pro-life" libertarians apply the principle of non-aggression in favor of the unborn baby. Aborting the unborn is an act of aggression against the unborn.

The "pro-choice" libertarians apply the principle in favor of the mother. Since it is her body, any law restricting her ability to control it is an act of aggression against her.

BlueCarp will play devil's advocate, because he does not have any way to solve this conundrum.

When and to whom one applies the non-aggression principle is a value judgment.

The "pro-life" faction, in general, wants to give the same rights to the unborn as we give to the born. Since we can not intentionally stop an infant from breathing, we should not be able to terminate life while it is still in the womb.

If we really believe that the unborn, at the moment of conception, have the same rights as the born, why do we not list miscarriages in the obituaries? Why do we not have funerals for miscarried fetuses? Should not the census takers count pregnant women twice? (Or more if they are carrying twins or triplets). If we truly value the unborn like we value the born, should we not give the unborn all the same accoutrements of death as we give the born?

BlueCarp does not pretend to know.

The "pro-choice" faction believes that it is the pregnant woman's absolute right to choose what to do with her body. If she wishes to abort a pregnancy, any government restriction on that choice is morally wrong.

BlueCarp asks that if we really believe in the right to chose, do we also not believe that the choser must live with the consequences of that choice? For better or worse?

If so, what about the woman's right to chose abstinence? Or birth control? (BlueCarp is specifically addressing only consensual sex. Rape is a different issue, since choice was not part of the equation.)

If a woman's right to choose what to do with her body is of paramount importance, how can we ignore her choice to have sex? The choice to have sex has consequences. One of those consequences is the chance that a future living person might be created and need a womb for nine months. That future person is not a trespasser in a woman's womb. That future person was invited in when the woman chose to have sex.

So, "pro-lifers" proclaim that all life - born or unborn - is sacred, but they do not treat it that way.

And "pro-choicers" proclaim that a woman must have absolute choice over her body, but ignore the choice - and consequences - of having sex.