Some Dems: Protect kids at border, but not newborns

You might say the inverse about some Republicans: Protect newborns but not kids at the border.

I thought of that when watching President Trump's state of the union speech last night. He announced that he would ask "Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life."

The sea of white dresses that female lawmakers wore in symbolic opposition to Trump and in recognition of suffragette, for the most part sat in stunned silence as the rest of the chamber rose in loud applause. The seated obviously didn't want to offend their maximalist pro-choice campaign benefactors, such as Planned Parenthood. That they wouldn't cheer legislation that would protect innocent life moments before birth revealed the kind of a cruel streak that they insist infects Republicans.

But some Republicans have their own cruel streak as demonstrated by their jarring insensitivity about the separation of illegal immigrant families at the border and their willingness to deport children who were brought here by illegal immigrant parents. Dreamers are here out of no fault of their own and they should not be punished by deportation to a nation they barely know, if at all.

Both sides call for unity, compromise and compassion. But too many egos on both sides have no room for any of it. As frustration grows among a few lawmakers and the public, perhaps a common sense middle ground will blossom and prevail.

After all, it's only innocent children who are suffering at the hands of both sides.

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