A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

November 8, 2012

Letter to the Editor – Writen June 2010

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Children aren’t commodities

One recent Saturday as I was about to enter Overton Park for a long walk with Fritz, a young German shepherd I adopted in April, I decided to check out an unusual sign for a multifamily fundraiser for families that wished to adopt children. The people I met were friendly, white and well-off financially. I learned that a few families were pooling together some items that had been gathering dust in an attempt to raise funds to adopt children from foreign countries. I left uncomfortable about the concept of selling castaway items for that purpose.

I wondered: Was there a shortage of children in the Memphis area who would benefit from the care and guardianship of a loving and financially secure family? I found out that there was no such shortage. I contemplated how funds that might be raised to secure an international adoption might help the children of our own region who have great need, but who may not be ideal candidates for adoption due to their age or other factors.

I then investigated and found that an international adoption typically could cost up to $50,000 in travel costs and fees — legal fees, documentation fees, baby broker fees and probably other fees that are needed to grease the wheels of progress. Adoption, particularly international adoption, is big business, with youngsters as the commodity and a need to graft another person into a family tree the motivational force.

I found my skepticism growing toward the altruistic jargon used at the fundraiser. I concluded that the fundraising event wasn’t about the child’s welfare, but about possessing a child by any means. I asked myself: Why not just donate the money to the foreign orphanages to help the kids? But then the adoptive parents would not gain the child; these people who purchase a wanted commodity by selling off knicknacks are well-versed in the lingo of many websites dedicated to international adoption. Sadly, the commodities were human beings.

Decency mandates that children who have lost their family be given respect and empathy, not a yard sale. Do you suppose that one day the youngsters will ask to hear the heartwarming story of how their loving parents sold off some end tables to purchase them? I suspect they may be told how lucky they are that they have such spiritually generous parents.

Human beings, particularly defenseless and voiceless children, deserve better from society. This practice would be an outrage in a moral society, and is de facto human trafficking.


Quote of the Day…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — avoiceofreason @ 5:23 am

Said numerous times to my lovely bride the last few weeks during the political season….

“Just when I thought I was out …. They pull me back” — Michael Corleone Godfather III

The Real Reasons Why The GOP Lost in 2012 Part I

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I posted this in some forms on other sites.  I guess that was a motivator to re-open the door here.

The real reason why the GOP lost this election – and has been trending downwards since 1992 Part I

Failure to realize the demographic changes in the US and engage in meaningful policy discussion with the groups that now represent 25% to 30% of the general electorate. If the GOP (as a whole) continues to lament (and rightly so) the “bad idea” of throwing money to those in dire SES and continues to have “no ideas” that gain traction to these subgroups they will continue to lose about 85% of this group – who do vote – and will never be a consistent majority party in the most densely populated sections of the nation.

I said it back when the Immigration Reform Bill was rejected – short term bad idea – long term suicide. GOP had a chance to enact legislation to an ethnic group and taken the mantle of Lincoln – whom most Republicans and particularly hard right Conservatives would run out of the GOP on a rail – as writers of legislation nearly as significant as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act – but we couldn’t “compromise” which is the basis of any Republic.

That short-sighted decision has cost and will continue to cost the GOP the largest growing demographic group in our nation and will continually put us on the defense.

Do I like the illegal immigration situation – of course not

Do I like that social welfare issues are costly – of course not

Could a reasonable compromise been made – it should have been.

When was the last time serious POLICY initiatives have been discussed with leaders from these two groups by Conservatives where we listen as much as we speak?

Are there other reasons why the GOP and Conservatives are again on the outside looking in – as we have been for 16 of the last 25 years (if you consider the Bush years Conservative) yes – but as a movement Conservatives are deluded if they think they can ignore 1/3 of the electorate and ever be more than a regional party.

Where are the problem solvers in the Conservative movement?

Some Changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — avoiceofreason @ 5:16 am

I’ve moved twice since I last wrote on this blog.  This was due to losing my employment as a public school administrator and my wife losing her job as a manager at IBM.  I’ve been working as a college professor in Tennessee and now am in WV. 

We lost it all between 2009 and 2010 – the house – our credit – everything.  However, in it all a most kind Providence was at work.  Our marriage of many years is better than ever – I think I have realized truly what a treasure I have in my best friend, my life partner, my wonderful wife.  We’ve streamlined our life – as seen when all of your worldly goods can be moved in a 14′ U-Haul truck.  This was humbling – but was a good thing.  I think I’m a more understanding person.  I’ve also had a strong rebirth of faith – although I would classify myself more as a highly Orthodox Christian.  In any case, I believe that is the greatest change in me.  Most of my motivations are now wrapped in the context of my own understandings of the Christian ethos.  I am content.

I am more moderate in politics than I was in some ways – certainly more Libertarian and hopefully more thoughtful. 

More to follow.

What is it about Presidential Elections that Make me Write?

Filed under: Uncategorized — avoiceofreason @ 5:03 am

Well the election is over and again my preferred choice lost.  I’ll be posting some thoughts about the process and how for some reason I got pulled back into all of this. 

Many life changes have occurred and I’ll share them with you. 

With regards to some of the changes there are some that are real with my employment (thank you economy) and my views – still reasonable – but the avatar may have moved a bit.

Anyhow if you happen to stumble here I wish you well and invite your reasonable comments – even if they are not shared by myself – if they are done in a manner that is respectful.  Disagreement in an agreeable tone needs to be more common in our society.


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