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  • feedwordpress 04:30:20 on 2016/12/08 Permalink
    Tags: , , Heartbeat Bill, , , Ohio, ,   

    Dear John Kasich: Sign the “Heartbeat Bill” 

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    How the fight against abortion will be fought for the next 2-4 years can be shaped by one man: Ohio Governor John Kasich. He has the opportunity to sign the “Heartbeat Bill” which would prohibit doctors from committing abortions once a heartbeat is detected. This happens as early as six weeks.

    The Governor has expressed some concerns. While he’s pro-life, his views lean towards the moderate end of the spectrum. There are controversial pieces to the bill, most notably the prohibition on abortions even in cases of rape or incest. Kasich has stated that he believes in exceptions for abortions.

    There’s another factor that’s being considered: court challenges. If he signs the bill, it will turn Ohio into ground zero for abortion activists. There will be more protests and legal challenges filed in the state than it’s ever seen before. Kasich, considered a pragmatic leader, will use this as the reason to veto the bill if he does. This would be a mistake. It’s time for challenges. It’s time to test the court system to see what it will take to fight this battle in other states. Pragmatic conservatives will say that we need to stack the courts first, but this would be a mistake. Because legal challenges take so long to prepare and moving up the court system is a tedious process, we must start now. If we wait, it’s possible for the courts to already be reversed if Donald Trump loses in 2020.

    Assuming that Trump keeps to his promise of nominating a staunchly pro-life Supreme Court justice, this may be the best time in modern history to make an impact in the war on abortion. By the time the Heartbeat Bill reaches the Supreme Court, Trump’s nominee should be confirmed.

    By signing the bill, Kasich will stretch the limits and encourage other states to prepare to head in the same direction. They will all be watching to see how it plays out in the courts, but being the “first on the dance floor” gives Ohio the opportunity to set the agenda. Currently, most states have various restrictions on abortion prohibition ranging from “viability” or the third trimester up to 24 weeks. By pushing the limit all the way up to heartbeat status, around 6 or 7 weeks from conception, other states will be able to get their own similar legislation ready.

    I’ve never been a big fan of John Kasich, but his stalwart opposition to Donald Trump demonstrated that he’s willing to stick to his guns. This is a time when he needs his guns pointed in the right direction. It will give him pause from a moral perspective to stretch the limits so far and to include rape or incest. It will seem like the impractical move for a practical politician to make. He must push all of those urges aside and act boldly now for the sake of the fight against abortion. Blinking now will allow the opportunity to pass. Millions of future Americans can be saved by a signature. Sign the bill, Governor.

  • feedwordpress 10:58:08 on 2016/03/09 Permalink
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    Rubio and Kasich Don’t Have to Win Their States to Stop Trump. They Just Need to Get Out of the Way. 

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    Republicans are being told by the various pundits and talking heads that there’s a complex formula for stopping Donald Trump from getting the GOP nomination. They say that the two flailing bottom candidates need to win their states, then either drop out or push forward to a contested convention. This is wrong.

    For the sake of the passion I feel against Donald Trump and his unwilling proxies, John Kasich and Marco Rubio, we’ll keep this post short. Ted Cruz can stop Trump from getting the nomination. All he needs is for the voters who support Kasich and Rubio to realize that their candidates have no path to the nomination and to coalesce behind Cruz. There’s no covert plan that can stop him without fracturing the party irreparably. Cruz is the only candidate who can flat out stop Trump – not Rubio, Kasich, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, or any of the other secret weapons they’re planning on unveiling at the Republican National Convention. That’s not to say that there are no secret plans. It’s just that they won’t work and every sensible Republican needs to accept that it’s Trump, Cruz, or destruction.

    The current thinking even among much of the electorate is that Kasich wins Ohio, Rubio wins Florida, then they drop out and pledge their support for Cruz. This is a pipe dream. They’re not going to drop out and support Cruz if they win their states. To be more specific, they won’t do it without very particular things happening, namely Kasich winning big in Ohio and then getting the VP tap. Unfortunately, Trump is the more likely choice for Kasich based upon how he’s changed his tune towards Trump in the last month, so those who believe Kasich winning Ohio will stop Trump are probably going to get a rude awakening.

    As far as Rubio winning Florida, it’s not going to happen. He came in a distant fourth in Michigan and there are still plenty of voters who simply won’t vote for someone without a chance. Even more unfortunate is that there are plenty of people who still will vote for Rubio if he’s in the race. This means another anti-Trump vote that’s split between the three candidates. It means another big win in winner-take-all Florida.

    If you’re a voter in one of those states, don’t listen to the hype or the complex secret plans being pushed by the elites. Vote for Trump or Cruz, whichever you would prefer as the nominee. A vote for Rubio or Kasich is, essentially, a vote for Trump anyway.

    The longer that Kasich and Rubio are in the race, the more likely it is that Trump will be the nominee. In fact, it’s better for them to lose Ohio and Florida and drop out than to win them and stay in. The best scenario seems unlikely: cut a deal with Cruz and endorse him before March 15.

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