While checking-in on Twitter tonight (something I’m not very good at), I saw a few tweets by Patricia Heaton. Below is one of her tweets.
The link that she posted directs you to an op-ed in the Washington Post that was written by George Will about his 40-year-old son Jon who has Down’s Syndrome. The title of the op-ed is “Jon Will’s gift.” I encourage you to read it…but, that’s not what I’m writing about.
I’m also not writing about George Will. He’s done more to hurt my cause of real Conservatism than I’m willing to go into here in this post…just suffice it to say that I don’t agree with very much of his “Republicanism.” He’s an elite. He’s a baby of the GOP. I am not.
I don’t need my political views to fall 100% in-line with someone in order for me to stand up for them. I believe we are all people and we should all treat each other as such. For the record, liberals, I’m a Tea Party-type Conservative. George should probably take note of that fact, too.
What I am writing about is the inanimate, heartless baboons that have felt the need to post their comments in the comment section under George’s story about his son. (No offense to baboons.) George’s story was posted on May 1st and right now has 1,335 comments underneath it. Several of which will shock you to your core. You Palin supporters who think you’ve seen these kind of comments before about Trig Palin, keep reading…
If you are unaware, or know others who are unaware, that we are living in a fallen world – in a society on the brink of collapse – the following comments left by our “fellow citizens” should make it evident to you.
As I said, there are 1,335 comments so far under this article. These are only a few of the most recent comments under the story. I’m only going to quote a few. I’ll leave it to you to wade through more of the sickness.
(All of the emphasis in the following comments is mine. Also, please note the number of “recommendations” under each comment by others who agree with the comment posted. This first comment had no recommendations – it hasn’t been online long enough and this op-ed by George Will was originally posted on May 1st.)
Posted by “s0mecommonsense” 5/5/2012 at 1:56 AM CDT
Mr. Will, I’m glad your son has been blessed with a loving family and dignifying job. It is also truly unfortunate that not all of the other 400,000 Americans with Trisomy 21 are able to possess the same circumstances. And I’m glad that, at least inferring from your column, your son is a very happy and fulfilled person.
That being said, it is disheartening to see you extrapolate and exploit this personal narrative for the gain of an op-ed column. The other 399,999 people born with Down Syndrome are likely not collectively all as fortunate as your son. It costs significantly more to raise a child with a congenital birth defect. You said it yourself that improving outcome requires receiving “early and continuing interventions.” That costs a lot of money. You can decry the callousness of this argument, but there are countless families pitted in this very real dilemma. I can think of no crueler punishment to a family than to force them to bear a child they know they will not be able to ever adequately provide for. Having already financially strained families be forced to make even harder decisions to preserve the health and quality of life of their child doesn’t produce any winners. All I see are cash-strapped, heartbroken parents and a child not receiving the extra attention and intervention he so sorely needs. The only winner here is Mr. Will’s moral superiority… if you can call that a win.
Posted by “njglea” on 5/4/2012 at 9:44 AM CDT
Mr. Will, I salute you and the Kennedy family for their dedication to their Down’s Syndrome children. However, you are very obviously one of the most entitled people in our country with access to the best American life has to offer. Some people are not as fortunate and cannot afford to care for someone with special needs, yet you judge them. I’m sure Democrats are the ones who funded projects to find reasons and treatments for Down’s Syndrome and other health issues. Did your son benefit from any of that funding? Yes, he and you did. So get off your almighty high horse and pay your fair share of taxes so some of the rest of us can benefit from improvements OUR taxpayer dollars made possible.
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Posted by “mljr” on 5/3/2012 at 3:32 PM CDT
A brief George Will dictionary:
political donations = “free speech”
corporations = “people”
abortion of fetuses with major deformities = “killing children”
Life must be so easy when you can only see things in black and white.
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Because I can not stand to read anymore of this tripe, this is the last comment…and the first reply to it, that I’m going to post.
Posted by “j3hess” on 5/3/2012 at 3:03 PM CDT
Wow – can we get a little more self-righteous and dismissive? Does the fact that I was born a few years after Will mean that I have a sense of entitlement of which he is innocent? Will is casual about making broad accusations and denigrating those with different opinions; is it this character flaw that leads him to insist that the usually hard decision to terminate a pregnancy is nothing more than a casual destruction of a baby?
This piece would be admirable if Will didn’t mirror his love of John with his hate of different beliefs.
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Posted by “GeorgePTyrebyter” in response to “J3hess” on 5/3/2012 at 3:09 PM CDT
He has apparently decided that 40 years of taking care of this child allows him to be morally superior to all of those who made the equally valid and far less expensive decision to abort.
Abortion of fetuses who have Downs is perfectly valid and clearly the best idea for most.
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The comments above are indicative of the state of our nation. We are in dire straits. The people that don’t recognize this are the enemy of all that is good.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.
God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak, is to speak.
Not to act, is to act.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
With people like George Will actively pursuing the agenda of the GOPe (GOPestablishment), I don’t think we can include him as a warrior in our cause. I do know that we have to include him, and his son, in our overall mission.
I don’t have THE answer to fix this problem. I just know that I’m not like the cretins depicted above. They make me physically ill. If you don’t have a similar reaction to their sickness, you may be one of them. And, if you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an anarchist, I’m on your side if you stand against this kind of behavior.
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