President Trump has overridden his own Education secretary, Betsy DeVos, in a bid to stop her defunding the Special Olympics. DeVos caused a widespread uproar when, earlier this week, she announced that the popular sporting event, which caters for those with special needs, would be stripped of federal funding.
“The Special Olympics is not a federal program,” DeVos said in a statement Wednesday, clarifying the government’s position that it would not be providing financial backing to the event. “It’s a private organization. I love its work, and I have personally supported its mission. Because of its important work, it is able to raise more than $100 million every year.”
DeVos added: “There are dozens of worthy nonprofits that support students and adults with disabilities that don’t get a dime of federal grant money. But given our current budget realities, the federal government cannot fund every worthy program, particularly ones that enjoy robust support from private donations.”
However, when questioned on the federal funding issue, President Trump himself countered DeVos’s assertion, confirming that the important event would, in fact, be funded.
“The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people I want to fund the Special Olympics,” Trump said he left the White House en route to a political rally in Grand Rapids. “I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.”
After days of controversy and criticism from both Democrats and Republicans about proposed budget cuts, the president announced an about-face: "I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics." https://t.co/6BfwPIGOSI pic.twitter.com/POWsI9tASu
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 29, 2019
Many pro-life campaigners have highlighted the terrible irony in the fact that Democrats appear to be so outraged by DeVos’ decision — remember, this is a party that also champions the right to terminate the lives of children it deems “undesirable,” such as those with disabilities.
I do find it ironic that Dems and the media are upset about the Special Olympics funding cuts but are perfectly fine murdering future Special Olympians in the womb because they're deemed inconvenient and undesirable (see Iceland + Down Syndrome)
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 28, 2019
The deputy director of communications for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, Matt Wolking, noted this dreadful hypocrisy, arguing that the Democrats see “abortion as the cure for Down syndrome and other disabilities.”
I'm sure Democrats who see abortion as the cure for Down syndrome and other disabilities are sincerely concerned about kids having the chance to be in the Special Olympics
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) March 28, 2019
The eradication of Down Syndrome
Many fear that the Democrats’ radical moves towards more lenient laws on late-term and selective abortion will result in a system similar to that seen in country’s like Iceland. In this wildly liberal Nordic nation, Down Syndrome has been all but eradicated through an expert regime of screening and selective abortion.
Just three Down Syndrome babies were born in Iceland during the year 2009. By most estimates, it won’t be long before the country is completely rid of these precious humans, but for a few brave parents who choose either not to be screened or who knowingly keep their Down Syndrome baby — something that, tragically, is becoming distinctly countercultural in Iceland.
One thing is for sure — Iceland does not hold a very well-represented special Olympics event. According to the country’s fact-sheet released by Special Olympics.org, some 1,701 registered athletes and partners took part int he 2015 event. Unfortunately, it is unlikely you’d have seen any Down Syndrome participants.
“The children now really are dead,” wrote Father Raymond J. De Souza at the National Post. “Pre-natal testing and eugenic abortion have made Iceland a place where the Special Olympics will not be needed.”
Joe Kennedy III’s unbearable double-standard
Believe it or not, the Special Olympics itself was founded by arguably the most influential Democratic family in American history – the Kennedy’s. As is commonly known, President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Rosemary, suffered from severe intellectual disabilities for her entire life. Noticing the lack of programs available to her sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver set up Camp Shriver, later known as the “Special Olympics,” as a way of supporting and celebrating the disabled community.
Indeed, during a recent appearance on “The View,” Joe Kennedy III talked about his great aunt’s wonderful work. However, crucially, Kennedy missed the point entirely and engaged in an absolutely staggering demonstration of hypocrisy.
“It started literally out of her back yard and then the first games were held about fifty years ago,” Kennedy said of the event. “It’s based on a really simple premise: everyone counts, everyone has dignity and everyone should be celebrated.”
What should disturb us, however, is that Joe Kennedy III is a prominent advocate for abortion who boasts a 100 percent Planned Parenthood Action Fund rating. Simply put: Joe Kennedy III is absolutely fine with innocent, disabled babies being screened for their conditions and selectively murdered.
Does that really sound like someone who is committed to everyone being celebrated and championed?
“[Special Olympics] is based on a really simple premise: Everyone counts, everyone has dignity, and everyone can and will be celebrated,” Rep. Joe Kennedy says of the organization his family founded over 50 years ago amid the proposed federal funding cuts. https://t.co/SIVmGqnVNE pic.twitter.com/ZBaaZAeeBT
— The View (@TheView) March 28, 2019
There is no doubt that Kennedy’s family did a whole lot of good work in the area of disability inclusion, but this double-standard must be highlighted in order to ensure the protection of the innocent and the true celebration of the disabled. The first and foremost way that commitment, value and love can be demonstrated to those with disabilities is this: by letting them live.
“The bravery of the Special Olympians earns our praise. So too does the indomitable bravery of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband, Sargent Shriver,” De Souza concluded in his column. “Fifty years on, another sort of bravery is required. Those with intellectual disabilities depend for their existence on the bravery of those parents who allow them to live. That bravery too should be saluted.”
May we all hold true to the declaration that “every life matters,” and do everything in our power to ensure that disabled babies are given a chance at life.