Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Last month, I blogged that even if Sarah Palin should lose in her bid to be the next Vice President, society wins because Palin will have raised awareness about the blessing a Down syndrome baby can mean and the joy it can bring to a family. Studies show the overwhelming majority of Down syndrome babies are aborted.
Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press this past week wrote a lengthy piece about the impact families of Down syndrome babies are hoping Palin will have on this issue. McCaffrey writes that it all started when Palin had just finished her rousing speech at the Republican National Convention and she took her Down syndrome infant into her arms onstage.
“It was an electrifying moment for those parents and their advocates.
Parents of children with Down syndrome say they often feel misunderstood by those who question their decision to have a child with a disability. They said many people fail to realize that medical, educational and legislative advances have dramatically improved life for those born with Down syndrome.
And they hope Palin's example will convince more parents that they, too, can handle the challenge of a Down syndrome child. Up to 90 percent of women who learn their fetus has Down syndrome terminate their pregnancy, studies suggest.”
“If we claim to be Catholic, then American Catholics, including public officials who describe themselves as Catholic, need to act accordingly.”
What a concept. This is the view of Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver and James Conley, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver written in an open letter to Denver Catholics. The bishops call out high level Catholic Democrat politicians.
It’s been my experience that when members of the cloth talk politics at the pulpit, I cringe. They make me uncomfortable for several reasons:
1) They’re wishy-washy.
2) They’re too strong, pontificating arrogantly. (This is when I’ve noticed people walk out and never come back).
3) Even when they’re right on the money, their presentation lacks persuasiveness or the presentation is so bad the message is lost.
Chaput and Conely nail it, not in a homily, but in print by lasering in on the hypocrisy of Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. How refreshing to see, in this case, bishops enter the political fray who actually know what they’re talking about.
Here is their letter.
JOHN McCAIN IN HIS OWN WORDS
I love the outdoors.
I am a Republican reformer.
I have several children.
I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than two years in the governor's office.
Who am I?
I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900.
HT: K. Reeves