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Villecco: Doomsday Narrative May Have Been Exaggeration

August 28, 2018

I am a senior citizen enjoying my golden years in Colorado, perfectly aware of the saying that “we grow old too soon and smart too late.” So to get a little smarter, I read a “Guest opinion” in the Aug. 26 Enterprise .

I was taken aback by the seriousness of this article which predicted that the “rights of Coloradans would be impacted for generations.” I had to read it because this was serious stuff. Was I shocked or relieved? Well, here is my opinion, that of an old fellow who is closer to ninety than to eighty and who loves Colorado, the USA and the world God created.

The article in question begins with five paragraphs warning us that we should reject the nomination of the judge recently picked to replace Judge Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

I wondered at this because I had “no dog in the race.” Wasn’t it the senator’s job? Or did the article mean to influence the senator? It mentioned some “hypocrisy” when referring to choosing before an election. But it didn’t differentiate between congressional elections and presidential elections. Then the article betrayed its latent intent. Abortion! Abortion! Abortion! It spoke of abortion being a punishment. Of course it is! Even if it were spontaneous! But, when it is a willful extraction of a living being ... Wow! The punishment is two-fold. One for the life of what is extracted and the other for the one who willingly permits the extraction.

How can this be condoned by the unscientific and duplicitous rationalization, “It’s my body!” If you want any proof, go to a little cemetery in Boulder. It’s on the grounds of a little church and it contains the burial grounds for thousands of unborn human beings. Read the plaques of the heartfelt lamenting of the women who had “parts of their bodies (?)” extracted.

Then the article refers to the possibility of what this supreme court nominee could inflict on us if he were to be the deciding vote in overturning the Affordable Care Act. Nearly half of all Colorado (2.4 million) would possibly be stripped of their health care and die along with 300,000 children! Is this a joke?(“Too late old and too soon smart”).

This was an obvious exaggeration meant for affect. At this time I looked at the author of the article and I noticed it was an elected official. Who would vote for such a person? And yet, I wondered about our president. Who would have voted for him, unless the alternative was worse. I noted that the person who wrote this article had done many good things in community service and for workers.

So be it. If that be the case, she should not confuse and complicate her argument by injecting an irrational fear into all Coloradans like the concluding doomsday narrative “that the future of consumer rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and free and fair elections are at stake!”

Wow! That’s a mouthful. Heavens preserve us!

David Villecco is a resident of Broomfield

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