I don’t have to respect your beliefs; I have to respect your right to hold those beliefs. The beliefs themselves command no inherent respect. –Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Abortion & Missouri
- Representative Justin Amash
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Abortion & Missouri:
I was born in Missouri and graduated from high school there, but I have not lived there for over 30 years. I still have relatives and friends who live there. I follow the politics there pretty closely.
Most of the counties in Missouri fall on the conservative side. There are areas in and around Kansas City and St Louis where progressives/liberals have a stronghold. It’s hard for Democrats to win statewide races in Missouri.
It was disappointing for me to see the Missouri State Legislature enacted a ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. According to the Associated Press (AP), the legislature did not provide for any exceptions except for “medical emergencies.”
There are no exceptions if the pregnancy is caused by incest or rape. That sentence shows just how backward some states are when it comes to abortion.
Of course, these new laws will be challenged in court. The AP reports:
As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet.
There’s good news from the AP report:
None of the laws has actually taken effect, and all will almost definitely be blocked while legal challenges play out.
Abortion remains legal nationwide according to the AP.
I said on Friday that I hope we have fewer abortions in the world. That does not mean that I am a pro-life advocate. I believe that abortion is a deeply personal manner that should be between a woman and her healthcare provider.
Representative Justin Amash:
Remember this person!
Republican U.S. Representative Justin Amash, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, on Saturday became the first Republican lawmaker to say the president has engaged in impeachable behavior. (Reuters)
Amash said on Twitter (@justinamash) that the Mueller report “identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.”
I’m not saying that impeachment is coming, nor should it at this time, but it’s good to see that at least one Republican sees the truth.
As for Trump, on Twitter, he called Amash “a total lightweight” and “a loser.” (Reuters)
I guess he got under Donald’s skin a little. Hehe…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
The Hill reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Sunday night received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her efforts in expanding American’s access to healthcare, among other things.
I wonder if the “among other things” includes owning Trump?
Pelosi being honored might send President Trump and conservatives over the edge…