Thom: It looks to me like Trump’s “blunder” on abortion has actually stumbled into a truth that has evaded the country and our national political discourse until now: What is the meaning of an enacted positive civil law that has no sanction, no consequence, no penalty? Doesn’t such a “law” just become mere advice? And, if so, can it be enacted ? Should it? Penalize the abortionist and we’re back to pre-Rowe-vs-Wade situations with women dying from botched practices. Catholic doctrine has long held that abortion as a serious sin requires three conditions: serious matter, awareness of that seriousness , and full freedom in carrying out the act. Playing politics with moral matters can never take such moral conditions into consideration, and the Republican use of the abortion issue for its politically devisive purposes has corruptedall of our politics which, with ironic justice, has now backfiredon them: hoist on their own petard! Clearly the country, right and left, secular and religious, refuses to penalize the woman for an abortion, as evidentin the reaction to Trump’s stupid comments that could openthis discussion to a genuine solution. God willing, may we soon reach a middle ground prompting all sides into balanced debate and end this political chicanery. Any lawyers around? Not to mention a rational reasonable politician or two……… John F. FosterSeattle

Time To Expel Rep Steve King From the House?

Thom plus logo Congressman Steve King, in a new Internet meme, says that red state America has 8 trillion bullets and blue state America is still debating who can use which bathroom.