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Monday, February 22, 2010

Just When You Thought It Was Safe

My fellow readers. Today I have read something which has turned my stomach. Let me share with you the following.

"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."

"In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."

This is not a quote from the 1300's or from the 1600's. It is not a quote from Nazi Germany of the 1940's. It is a quote from February 22, 2010.

It is not a quote from a deranged lunatic bunkered down in some commune with 40 wives. It is not a quote from Adolph Hitler or Charles Manson. It is a quote from a Republican Delegate of Virginia, Bob Marshall.

This "man" had the gall to say disabled people are a punishment from God.

He was trying to say that when people have abortions of their first born child any disabilities of future children come from God as a slap across the face.


I'm not going to get into an abortion debate here, because that is not what this is about. This about an elected official in public stating the disabled are a skid mark on God's undies. (Ok, he didn't say that, but I'm really mad.) How does a disabled person stand a chance for equality when an elected official thinks like this.

I don't live in Virginia, but I am demanding this fool step down and admit that he is a horse's ass.

When I went to learn more about this pod of human cells, his website was already backpedaling and hitting the spin cycle.

A story by Capital News Service regarding my remarks at a recent press conference opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood conveyed the impression that I believe disabled children are a punishment for prior abortions. No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families.

He doesn't deny what he said. He's just sorry he used the wrong words. I feel so much better.

Any person who looks at a sector of the world's population as a vengeance of nature, in my opinion, is not fit to represent any people. If an elected official were to say African-Americans were sub-human, there would be outrage. If an elected official were to suggest that woman are property of men and should remain subservient, there would be outrage. If an elected official were to say homosexuals were spawns of Satan, there would be outrage. Well, this elected official has said something that demands outrage.

I would ask that if comments such as these bother and offend you, please contact the source and ask him to step down

Robert G. Marshall
Delegate of 13th District
P.O. Box 421
Manassas, VA 20108

703 – 361 – 5416 (office and fax)
703 – 853 – 4213 (cell)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just Because

Sorry if I have not been blogging as much as usual. Recent events in my life have taken me away from my blog. But, today recent events have brought me back.

I have always said that writing this blog is tricky. I have opinions, just like everybody else. I know I have friends and family who don't share my opinions. I try not to offend anyone while, hopefully, entertaining and respecting all.

I had to remind myself recently that just because somebody says something doesn't make it true.

You can call me a jerk, but is it true?
You can say you think I think I'm better than you, but is it true?
I can say Sarah Palin is sham, but is it true?
A man can say the government is a shame, but is it true?
A group can say America is evil, but is it true?
Barbara Streisand can think her fans will lick her feet, but is it true?

Let's start with the guy who decided he had had enough of the government's laws and flew a plane into an IRS building. I read his final note in its entirety. I've heard his type of gripes before. Big Brother is keeping him down with all his rules and taxes. The little guy will always be under the thumb of big government while the fat cats get fatter. Is any of what this man said true? To him, yes. However, I fail to see how a man who can afford a pilot's license and a plane was so much under the thumb of Big Brother. Nobody enjoys paying taxes, but until society figures out a better system, we just have to get use to it and don't try cheating.

Which will bring us to Sarah Palin. I say she is a sham, but am I right? We need to get some things clear on my opinion. THE ONLY reason anybody outside of Alaska even knows who she is, is because former losing presidential candidate, John McCain, picked her to be his running mate in 2008. McCain and the GOP wanted to tap into the Hilary Clinton vibe that was so strong during the election campaign. He struck gold with Sarah Palin. She said what the anti-Obama people wanted to hear. But, is she a sham? I think if people honestly looked at what surrounds her they will see an out of control person being forced on the public despite not having an original thought of her own. I will not say she lacks experience, because I think experience is overrated. Palin is a sham in the respect that she is a serious candidate for president. The GOP will rip her to shreds come the 2012 primaries.

Ok, I gave an opinion of Palin, but is it true? Truthfully, only she knows. The same goes for me when people express their opinion about me. If you think I'm a jerk I have to assume I did something to evoke that opinion. If I know about it, I like to think I'm man enough to stop doing jerky things. Unless it's beef or turkey jerky, I can't get enough of dried salted meats.

Now, if you think I think I'm better than you, we have a problem. When you start putting thoughts into other people's minds you are looking for trouble. I was raised in a middle-class family. I was taught to respect all people. In my life I have been fortunate to meet people from just about every socio economic class that exists. In MY heart I have never felt better than or inferior to anybody. I have looked into the eyes of millionaires and have shared rides with people who were 4 months behind on their rent. I have been in the company of the highly educated and those who are grammar school drop outs. I have shaken the hand of Catholic Cardinals and have had drinks with atheists. The connective thread of all these people is that they also are people, just like me. Who am I to say I am better or worse then anybody. That is the truth that lives within my heart and soul. If anybody tries to say otherwise they are flat out wrong and I demand proof.

I truly love my friends and family. We have great respect for each other and know we can learn from one another. Our society, in my opinion, is too interested in seeing failure and assessing blame. I would like to see people more intent on recognizing problems and seeking solutions. I get tired of people pointing fingers and saying, "It's your fault." How long does it take to realize that solves nothing. When firemen arrive at a burning building they don't try to determine what caused the fire first. They save the people, put out the fire and then try to determine who or what is at fault.

This blog is about truth. Individually, we all have our own truths inside us. If we live an honest life, I believe you'll get an honest life in return. Is it true? God, I hope so.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010