OPINION: My Wish for 2013: Stop the Killing of Children

From an article by Jill Pyeatt:

I’ll always remember the morning I heard the terrible news of children being killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.  Twenty children!  How could this happen?  They were at school–a place that should be safe and happy for small kids.  And it happened so close to Christmas!  I’d say this is one of the worst news reports I’d heard in a long time.

I can’t even begin to understand how their parents will cope with their loss.  If they have other children, they’ll have to.  How can a parent ever get over the loss of a child?  They  probably will, after some time, but the potential from those kids will forever be lost. The families  and the community will never be the same.  We’ll never know if one of them would have become the next Stephen Hawking or Mozart.

There was another terrible news report in July 2012; another mass loss of children:  Seven children were killed by a bomb while they were getting water in Afghanistan.  Somehow, the bomb was accidently triggered, and the children were tragically lost. It certainly wasn’t intentional, but the kids are dead.   Murdered, in my view. The families and their communities will  forever  be scarred by their loss. Again, their potential is lost to the world.

There was a report from August of 2011 that at least 178 children have been killed so far in Pakistan and Yemen,  from the drone attacks ordered by Obama. What are attacks by drone? It’s essentially an assassination program accomplished through remote control. George W. Bush started the program with one strike in 2004, but Obama has continued it, accelerating exponentially and seemingly with gusto.  There is now one drone attack roughly every four days. We don’t know exactly how it works, because the program operates in secret.  We don’t know why someone is chosen to be killed or by what criteria. There doesn’t appear to be any review board to  okay or nix whomever Obama puts on the hit list.

I’ve  been told that this unfortunate type of death is an unavoidable part of war, called  “collateral damage”.   (Huh?  We’re at war with Pakistan and Yemen now?) I say NO!   I don’t accept the “collateral damage” argument.  Those kids are just as dead as the kids in Sandy Hook.  Their lives were also precious, and their families are just as destroyed  as the Connecticut families.  As far as taking out the “terrorist” who was targeted in the drone attack, now there are the parents who hate us.  Should we call them terrorists now?  Certainly retaliation would be on the mind of many grieving parents.

I’m told that drones are a good thing because they minimize the risk to our soldiers.  That argument doesn’t work for me, either.  Harsh as it sounds, the soldiers have willingly enlisted.  They knew the risks.  The children in those countries who are terrorized, murdered or maimed didn’t make any such choice.

You can read a couple articles discussing drones and their impact here and here .

There is also an excellent compilation of essays discussing peace versus war in a book called Why Peace by Marc Guttman.

As  far as accidental deaths of civilians and children while on the ground: Why are we still in Afghanistan?  I know all the usual arguments: we need to stabilize the country, teach them how to run it themselves, and so on.  I say:  how about we BRING THE TROOPS HOME now?  We’ve won the war!  Osama bin Laden is dead! Hey, we also got Saddam Hussein and Ghaddafi out of power in the Middle East. Isn’t that what we went there for?

There’s simply got to be a better way to conduct our business in this country. How about we stop building military bases everywhere, whether the host country wants us or not?  How about we remember the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which reads:   ” No person shall be …deprived of life…without due process of law”?  How about we simply tend to our own problems in our own country?  It’s not like we don’t have any.

Any loss  of any life is tragic, especially when it is a child.  I believe that all children’s lives are precious, even those who live in other countries.  My wish for 2013 is that others will realize that, and work to stop the deaths of children everywhere.

 

The above article originally appeared in the Monrovia Patch.

Jill Pyeatt is a volunteer editor at IPR.

28 thoughts on “OPINION: My Wish for 2013: Stop the Killing of Children

  1. FLAMETHROWING LIBERTARIAN !

    Oh that others would realize it ! Very good article Jill !!

    A Libertarian’s New Year’s Resolutions

    Written in 1998 by Harry Browne, 1996 & 2000 Libertarian Party Nominee for President

    I resolve to sell liberty by appealing to the self-interest of each prospect, rather than preaching to people and expecting them to suddenly adopt my ideas of right and wrong.

    I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates. My purpose is to inspire people to want liberty — not to prove that they’re wrong.

    I resolve to listen when people tell me of their wants and needs, so I can help them see how a free society will satisfy those needs.

    I resolve to identify myself, when appropriate, with the social goals someone may seek — a cleaner environment, more help for the poor, a less divisive society — and try to show him that those goals can never be achieved by government, but will be well served in a free society.

    I resolve to be compassionate and respectful of the beliefs and needs that lead people to seek government help. I don’t have to approve of their subsidies or policies — but if I don’t acknowledge their needs, I have no hope of helping them find a better way to solve their problems.

    No matter what the issue, I resolve to keep returning to the central point: how much better off the individual will be in a free society.

    I resolve to acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American. Any plan for improvement must begin with a recognition of the good things we have. To speak only of America’s defects will make me a tiresome crank.

    I resolve to focus on the ways America could be so much better with a very small government — not to dwell on all the wrongs that exist today.

    I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things steal time and attention from the work that must be done.

    I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the first Libertarian someone has encountered, and it’s important that he get a good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is unattractive.

    I resolve to remind myself that someone’s “stupid” opinion may be an opinion I once held. If I can grow, why can’t I help him grow?

    I resolve not to raise my voice in any discussion. In a shouting match, no one wins, no one changes his mind, and no one will be inspired to join our quest for a free society.

    I resolve not to adopt the tactics of Republicans and Democrats. They use character assassination, evasions, and intimidation because they have no real benefits to offer Americans. We, on the other hand, are offering to set people free — and so we can win simply by focusing on the better life our proposals will bring.

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  2. marzak

    We know the sandy shooter was a nut, and that a suicide bomber is some kind of nut.Is Obama some kind of nut also?

  3. Oranje Mike

    #3, Obama is a sociopath. Tears up for the cameras to put on a show and then bombs children in far away places.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    I keep hearing that the alleged Sandy Hook killer, Adam Lanza, was mentally ill, but all I’ve read is that he was on the “autism spectrum”. That’s not a mental illness.

    I agree with OM that Obama is a sociopath, which is technically a personality disorder I think.

  5. JQ2inTX

    Yes Obama is a person who has mental problems, but then our country seems to have some serious problems mentally as well. We accept things today that were unthinkable just 50 years ago. Drones, are also in use now in this country, supposedly not for use against US citizenry, but, you never know when that will change.

    I find it horrendous that our children are targets, that killers, rapists and other bad guys and girls are ready and willing to abuse and kill those kids that are in places that are unprotected except by a sign that says gun free zone. Laws don’t stop criminals, they only stop law abiding citizens. Big government will soon have many more laws on the books, including the implementation of the Obamacare disaster, which will raise taxes and costs for every person living in this country, rich and poor alike. We the people must find our way to sanity and soon, or this country will become a Dictatorship and we will no longer be a free people.

  6. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    I saw the headline and I thought – They’re going to address abortion??? But them I realized – no such luck. Yes, Sandy Hook was a monstrous event but it was nothing that is not routinely ” accomplished ” in ( as just several examples ) Oakland/Chicago by being spread over 20-25 days. And abortion clinics routinely shread/mutilate more children than that in one day. Since abortion in just the U.S. has already killed well over 50 ( 70?, 80? ) million many Hawkings and Mozarts have already been killed.

    Sandy Hook was simply a more extreme example of the killing that is routinely accepted by a Socially Engineered populace that has been trained to accept the removal of the inherent value of human life from our culture and society by the anti-Christian forces which despise such values. See here Margaret Sanger, who declared that blacks are ” human weeds;” an icon of worship – their version of Mother Theresa – for feminists and all political parties ( except the Constitution Party ).

    Drones of course are a ” logical ” extension of the base problem – the arbitrary declaration that any random human being can be designated as less-than-human and therefore be justified/made as automatically killable for the benefit of their attacker(s). It is the religious philosophy that we know as ” pro-choice.” So, horrific though the events may be, why can we claim surprise when the fruits of our religious beliefs ( which we teach children every day via school, media, politics, ” women’s rights ” ) – Aurora, Sandy Hook, fill-in-the-blank – come home to roost?

    We even have a President ( Planned Parenthood lackey ) who voted for a bill to kill children who survived an abortion. So what do you expect from such a socio/psychopath/monster? Drones are to him simply a slow technological form of abortion. And he, by magnitudes more than any other President, is a product of, supporter of, and lackey to the Eugenicist Plantation Masters of the nation. Simply reference blackgenocide.org and learn of ” The Negro Project ” for confirmation of this reality. Our President is the pinnacle of achievement for the Eugenicists as he is their slave and greatest masterpiece. They created him, they rule him, and he is their more than willing to betray both his race and humanity as a whole Uncle Tom.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    Don, I usually disagree with you, but there’s not much in your comment that I disagree with. I stand by my statement that all children’s lives are precious, as it appears you also believe.

    There are many ways children are killed which I could have addressed in this article, but I was trying to focus on the timeliness of the Sandy Hook tragedy and the hypocrisy I saw because of it.

  8. Jed Siple

    Great article Jill, I gave it a shout on my Twitter. And yes, I actually agree with what most of Don Grundmann wrote, too. While I don’t believe in a federal ban on abortion, it is an evil that must be addressed by the states, and I encourage them to please do so!

    @2

    I will try to live up to those resolutions in 2013, thank you for posting. However “I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the first Libertarian someone has encountered, and it’s important that he get a good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is unattractive.” I can’t say I’ll do that one! I’ve got a big dirty mouth and my own style, that ain’t changing any time soon!

    Have a happy New Year everybody! Keep fighting the duopoly! LOVE

  9. Dave Terry

    Following is my LTE to my local paper here in Oregon; On gun control:

    Editor;

    It seems that Doomsday Scenarios are a dime a dozen. As I write this on Dec 21, 2012, the LAST day on the Mayan Calendar, I am reminded of how many “doomsdays” have come and gone and the world still revolves around the sun, dragging the moon along with it.

    It is sad to see a responsible leader in our community succumb to the hysteria and emotion of the moment. Kent Harrop’s plaintive
    plea for more restrictions on law abiding citizens owning “military-type” rifles and “high??” capacity magazines is just another of the viseral
    reactions some folks have to emotional trauma.

    Next to the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the masscre of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook, than the groups of anti-gun fanatics, such as; ceasefireoregon, The Brady Campaign, League of Woman Voters, etc.

    The answer to just ONE simple question is ALL one needs to assign blame; Why were there no teachers or school personnel armed and
    prepared to stop the violence initiated by Adam Lanza? (Hint; they were disarmed by the State of
    Connecticut.)

    As firearms become harder and harder for law abiding citizens to obtain and possess, it becomes clearer that as guns are outlawed
    only the lawless will have them. THIS IS NOT A CLICHE’. It is HISTORY, past present, and heaven help us, the future!

  10. Dave Terry

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. (7)

    > “And abortion clinics routinely shread (or)mutilate more children than that in one day. Since abortion in just the U.S. has already killed well over 50 ( 70?, 80? ) million many Hawkings and Mozarts have already been killed””Sandy Hook was simply a more extreme example of the killing that is routinely accepted by a Socially Engineered populace that has been trained to accept the removal of the inherent value of human life from our culture and society by the anti-Christian forces which despise such
    values.” “Drones are to him (Obama) merely a slow technological form of abortion.” <

    AND I suppose the nuclear blasts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were to Southern Baptist Harry Truman only a quicker technological form for
    aborting thousand of heathen Japs! (weren't they going to Hell, anyway?)

    People like you make me puke!

  11. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    Dave Terry – It’s a New Year. Just come ” out of the closet ” as the Socially Engineered lover of abortion ( the shredding mutilation of a child ) that you are. If you are in favor of randomly declaring that people are less than human; i.e; whoever your own chosen enemy of the moment may be; then just step right out and say so. Be PROUD of your ( so-called but actually non-existent ) ” pro-choice ” religious belief.

    The religious beliefs of Lord Obama support both drones and shredding/mutilation of children via abortion. At least he is consistent.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

  12. Slam In A Y-Trap

    So how does Harry Truman fit into your world view Grundmann? How about all the warlords and tyrants of history before 1973?

  13. Dave Terry

    Grunt Man (13)

    What Closet? I “came out” (of the closet) when I came back from Vietnam. I don’t love death of
    ANY kind, including so-called abortion. I DO,
    however, LOVE freedom.

    I will even defend YOUR right to your ante-
    deluvian moral beliefs and to express them, but I will not allow you to interfere with the same freedom of women to make THEIR choices and
    to (alas) live with the consequences.

    Your equation of living, breathing children to zygotes and embryos is disgusting and expose you as the moral maggot that you are.

  14. William the Conqueror

    I applaud Dave Terry for coming out as a gay man 40 years ago and hopefully Gruntboy will finally come out of the closet this year as well.

  15. Dave Terry

    I don’t recall that the REAL King William I hid out either in a closet OR behind the mask of a pseudo-
    nym.

    This list DOES seem to have MORE than it’s share of sneak thieves and assassins hiding in the dark.

    If this is the ONLY way you can get off……Enjoy it while you can.

  16. paulie

    Actually as far as I can tell it’s just one person. There maybe a small handful, but it’s not a large number of people to the best of my knowledge. One or two people using multiple pseudonyms and IP anonymizers…that’s about it.

    Doesn’t seem like a very productive hobby, but I guess some people have weird fetishes.

  17. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    Dave Terry #15 – A) ALL human beings have been ” zygotes and embryos ” – including you. You say that you don’t love death of ANY kind and then immediately reverse course by adopting the pro-death argument that ” zygotes and embryos ” are less than human. Your screed hence shows that you are still afraid to come out of the closet as being pro-death since you believe in death when it suits your fancy as with pretending to defend woman. Of course pro-death people will ALWAYS beat their chests about how much they defend woman and call those who fight for life ” moral maggots ” while following the same religious belief which was behind Sandy Hook – the ( pro-choice ) belief of randomly declaring people as less than human as the justification for killing them.

    So – bottom line – you are STILL afraid to ” come out of the closet ” ( the one that counts and not the pervert closet ).

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

    P.S. – Sperm and egg combine to form a new LIVING human being inclusive of being a zygote and embryo on the way to breathing. This is Biology 101; i.e.; REAL science that pro-death people ALWAYS ignore.

  18. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    #16 – There is no such thing as a ” gay man.”

    A) ” Gay ” is a marketing/Social Engineering/public relations replacement term for homosexual. It is used to sanitize the pathology.

    B) The term ” gay ” in pervert; i.e.; homosexual; culture stands for “G”oing “A”fter “Y”outh.

    C) There is no such thing as a homosexual man. There are only homosexual males; i.e; defective men. A REAL man can never be a homosexual; i.e.; would never degrade themselves down to such a condition.

    Homosexuals can only be males; i.e; a defective/pathological/less than substitute for the real thing.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chaorman Constitution Party of California

  19. Dave Terry

    Backcracker (19)

    ALL human beings have been ” zygotes and embryos ” – including you.

    All human beings have been ova and sperm too.
    That doesn’t make ova and sperm people either.

    There are some interesting facts about ova and
    sperm; ova are passive and sperm are active. When sperm are introduced into a woman’s body they immediately go about their seek and destroy mission. When they find an ovum they instantly attack it.

    The don’t ask permission of the ovum, they don’t bring flowers or candy. The ovum simply has no say in the matter. The ONLY courtesy extended in this process is that subsequent sperm actually “honor” the first sperm’s ‘right of exclusivity.

    This is in keeping with your Old Testament view that only the paternal parent has any say in the matter.

    This also allows for TWO relevant questions; IF the ovum is a ‘semi-person’, why does SHE not have a choice in the matter of whether she is to
    be ‘fertilized’ AND by whom (I know, sperm all look alike to me too, but who knows which genes the ovum might prefer)

    AND WHAT ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO’S BODY THIS IS ALL HAPPENING WITHIN?

    Do you subscribe to the idea that, IF, a woman consents to sexual intercourse, she looses all rights to control the consequences of that choice?

    What is a woman is coerced or raped, do the rights of the zygote trump HER rights?

    > Of course pro-death people will ALWAYS
    beat their chests about how much they defend
    woman (sic) and call those who fight for life ”
    moral maggots ” while following the same
    religious belief which was behind Sandy Hook
    – the ( pro-choice ) belief of randomly
    declaring people as less than human as the
    justification for killing them.

    NON SEQUITUR!
    religious beliefs and “choice” are antithetical.

    If you reject this fact, than you are conceding
    that your “beliefs” are strictly arbitrary!

    You seem very confused about a lot of things, including what constitutes “Human” life.

  20. Dave Terry

    Backcracker (2o)

    A) ” Gay ” is a marketing/Social Engineering
    /public relations replacement term for homosexual. It is used to sanitize the pathology.

    I’d hazard a guess that the true “pathology” here is the mindless hatred that you have for people who are different than you. Are you afraid to use the term that you would normally use?
    Are you ‘sanitizing’ your own language?

    B) The term ” gay ” in pervert; i.e.; homosexual; culture stands for “G”oing “A”fter “Y”outh.

    I will concede that YOU are more of an expert on “pervert culture” than I, but a google search came up with many other suggestions, but NOT the one you suggest.

    C) There is no such thing as a homosexual man. There are only homosexual males; i.e; defective men. A REAL man can never be a homosexual; i.e.; would never degrade themselves down to such a condition.

    LOL! So you would consider folks like Oscar Wilde, Francis Bacon, Balzac, Jeremy Bentham,
    Lord Byron, TS Eliot, Jack Kerouac, Plato, Plutarch, George Santayana, Tennessee Williams less than “real” men?

    AND DON’T FORGET; Jame Baldwin and Langston Hughes! Can you imagine that a person would CHOOSE to be black AND gay?

  21. Don J. Grundmann, D.C.

    Dave Terry – A) I will be courteous and defer the cause of your inane ranting screed in #21 above as the results of your ingestion of Agent Orange in Vietnam or a New Years drinking binge. B) So-called ” choice ” is a religious belief in and of itself as is your own support of death for ” zygotes and embryos ” of whatever age. C) Biology 101 : Sperm + egg = new human. Very simple. Only pro-death people change this basic 2+2=4 meaning to fit their own pathological religious beliefs/agendas. D) The answer to your next to last paragraph in screed #22 is yes. E) People cannot choose their skin color. They can and do, as with you, choose to be homosexual. F) The best friends that homosexuals/perverts have are those, such as myself, who will tell them the truth. I could go into a bar and ” buy a round ” for everyone. I would hence make them worse but they would love me for my ” tolerance ” of their soul pathology. Or I could be called ” alcoholphobic ” and a ” mindless hater ” if I told them that real life is away from and outside the bar.

    I will hence chose the second route. Perhaps few will listen but for those who can be saved, if even only one, the effort will be well worth it.

    The greatest effect of the whole effort, in this case to challenge the soul pathology of homosexuality, will be to stop the monstrous plans of the entire Homosexual/Sodomy Movement which I have documented at CandleCrusade.org

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman Constitution Party of California

  22. Jill Pyeatt

    Don-we’ve been through this. If someone has a choice as to get with someone of the opposite sex or someone of their same sex, and they choose the same sex…that means they’re homosexual. Duh.

  23. Dave Terry

    Jill (24)

    Backcracker isn’t saying that homosexuals aren’t
    gay men. He IS saying that gay men AREN’T real men. Obviously men who shave regularly, use cologne and don’t open beer bottles with their teeth and have sex with other men are NOT real
    men.

  24. Dave Terry

    Backcracker (23)

    Ahhhhh! CandleCrusade.org.

    NOW I get it! But do you prefer your Candles
    orally or anally or do you go both ways?

    Explains WHY you went into the Chiropractic Arts?

  25. Dave Terry

    Backcracker (23)
    > B) So-called ” choice ” is a religious belief in and of itself as is your own support of death for ” zygotes and embryos ” of whatever age.

    As a philosopher, you make a good mechanic.
    Good thing you chose cracking bones, rather than theoretical medicine.
    Clearly, you have no concept of the difference between “objective reality” and subjective whim

    The ONLY choice one has in religious belief is to either accept or reject the dogma. Merely choosing to “believe” or “not to believe” doesn’t determine the facts of reality.

    Your arbitrary “choice” to “believe” that an zygote or embryo is human person is an article of “faith”, not a scientifically provable FACT!

    >E) People cannot choose their skin color. They can and do, as with you, choose to be homosexual.

    Wrong AGAIN! People can no more CHOOSE to be homosexual any more than they can choose their skin color. BTW, simply because I CHOOSE to defend homosexuality, does NOT mean that I am homosexual.

    Sorry to disappoint you, but I HAD NO CHOICE
    I was BORN HETEROSEXUAL and CANNOT be otherwise. The ONLY choice I have (the same
    choice homosexuals have is whether to be active
    sexually or celibate.

    It is cruel and unusual to expect EITHER to be without physical and emotional love in their lives.

  26. Jill Pyeatt

    Thanks, Dave, for pointing out to Don Grundman what many of us are thinking. I get so angry at him for his hate-mongering that I don’t even try anymore. His obsession with homosexuality is quite telling, I think.

    I don’t understand why people think anyone would “choose” to be gay. Who would choose to subject themselves to constant scorn and ridicule? Plus, most of the gay people I know very much would like to have a family.

    I prefer to believe I’m a bit more evolved than Don. Hopefully in a generation or two, this whole argument will be forgotten and everyone will coexist in harmony (okay, a girl can dream–)

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