Choose Life, Not Clinton (Vote Trump).


Along with many others, I am morally repulsed by Donald Trump’s behavior: Among other things, how can we forget images of him ridiculing a handicapped person? How can we forget– in his own words—a vivid description of how he sexually mistreats women? It is his sexual abuse of women that in particular has caused many women—and men–to change their allegiance.

An equivalent or even greater moral repulsion seems to be absent regarding the Democratic choice.

Granted, some people are upset with Hillary Clinton for, among other things, what they perceive as her lies. Some are upset about her judgment regarding the use of a private email server.

But Clinton has never made fun of the disabled or sexually mistreated anyone.

Clinton is the more polished politician, the smooth, controlled speaker who knows what to say and when to say it. She is so polished many people seem to overlook what she says.

Many fail to be repulsed by what she says.

What she has said and what has become the new credo of the Democratic Party is the withdrawal of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment has prevented taxpayer funding from financing abortions en masse. If Clinton has her way—and she is very adamant about doing it—the Hyde Amendment will disappear and poor women on Medicaid will no longer have a financial obstacle to having an abortion. Taxpayers will pay for those abortions.

It already is the case that about three-quarters of abortions are committed because the girls and women say they cannot afford to have the child. Minorities, especially blacks, disproportionately carry out abortion. In some recent years in New York City,  black deaths through abortion outnumbered black live births.  It’s been said that if the Hyde Amendment falls, abortions overall will increase by about 25%. Since black woman carry out abortion at five times the rate of white women, the increase in abortion for blacks would be even higher if the Hyde Amendment disappears.  The Federalist states the following:

“…the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher Institute, estimated in a 2007 report that a Hyde Amendment ban on federal funding for abortion has prevented between 18 to 35 percent of women from having an abortion. In other words, removing the Hyde Amendment would increase abortion by roughly 25 percent.”

In any other context, we would be hearing cries of genocide—or at least of racism or classism.  But there is a strange silence. Many people have bowed down at the altar of “choice” and believe Clinton’s interpretation of the line, “women’s rights are human rights.”

Clinton has said that “[a]ny right that requires you to take extraordinary measures to access it, is no right at all.”

This is an extraordinary statement: she is saying that, not only do women’s rights include the right to kill their unborn children; if it is too expense for them to do so, then their rights are being violated. Therefore, in order for human rights to be respected, taxpayers must provide funds for the mass killings.

It also follows—if Clinton is elected and her agenda is carried out—that anyone disagreeing with the funding of abortion by taxpayers will judged to be violating human rights.

Not very long ago in a tenement hallway in Brooklyn, a police officer, who accidentally shot a man in the dark, did not give him first aid because he was more worried about the implications for his job than he was about the victim, who ended up dying. It was a shocking and horrifying incident. How can it be that a person is more worried about job security than someone’s life?

Roe vs. Wade has made it legitimate–made it legal– to worry more about ourselves than another’s life, and it is a lesson that has taken hold in this country. In committing abortions, most of the women are more worried about finances than someone’s life. Or more worried about the ability to continue one’s education than someone’s life. Or more worried about one’s personal feelings than someone’s life.

When one person’s life is snuffed out for the convenience of another, we should all be horrified. We should all find the killing of the unborn children for our convenience a repulsive act.

Yes, Trump used women’s bodies for his convenience. But at least they survived. We as a nation are allowing the actual destruction of the body of an unborn child for the convenience of another person. That is very repulsive. Now Clinton wants us to pay for the killing. That is even more repulsive.

Up till now abortion was more or less the choice of the individual woman pregnant with child.

Now Clinton wants to make us all cooperators in these mass killings by having us pay for them.  Thoreau spent time in jail protesting the fact that his taxes were going to finance the Mexican-American War.

What protest will we make if Clinton gets elected and our taxes go toward the killing of the poor? What sensitive part of our souls would we have to shut down to make our lives bearable then? If we become numb and callous toward such killing, how will we treat each other then?

Marianne  Bovée


Jesse Jackson: do not hide, please say “no” to genocide

abortion is genocide

Jesse Jackson, please change your mind.
Pray to God to save your kind:
save babies, black babies,
beautiful black babies.

Black babies are killed
at five times the rate of white babies.
We don’t have enough blacks
to replace those who die.
It’s outright genocide.

Jesse Jackson, please change your mind.
Pray to God to save your kind.

Margaret Sanger saw birth control
and abortion as the final solution
to rid the earth of those she did not like.
She preached to wives of the Ku Klux Klan
and wanted to cut short the black life span.

Jesse Jackson, please change your mind.
Pray to God to save your kind.

A eugenicist, it’s understood,
started Planned Parenthood
and said blacks were “human weeds” who shouldn’t live long.
But no one is a weed–Sanger was wrong.

Jesse Jackson, please change your mind.
Pray to God to save your kind:
save babies, black babies,
beautiful black babies.

You were once pro-life
and you had five children with your wife.
Don’t you now see hell on earth?
We are rejecting our own birth.
We value life less and less.
You must be feeling the distress.

Jesse Jackson,
I beg of you,
please change your mind.
Pray to God to save your kind:
save babies, black babies,
beautiful black babies.


Marianne  Bovée


As a Catholic, I want Kasich

Charlie Neibergal AP Anti-Abortion Sign Melissa Brandes Shutterstock

Babies are dying
and I’m not lying;
they’re killed before they are born.

Pro-choicers bring you money,
jobs, and justice plenty–
which leaves pro-lifers torn.

But I won’t vote pro-choice
though they give me a Rolls Royce:
I won’t ignore the unborn.

Trump really wants to win,
puts logic in a tailspin,
and leaves my patience worn.

If you want Trump to lose,
in some districts vote for Cruz,

so that Kasich gets the votes at the contested Convention:
he’s most likely to beat Clinton in the general election.


David and Marianne  Bovée
(Photo Charlie Neibergall/AP; Anti-Abortion Sign: Melissa Brandes/Shutterstock)

March Madness, Trump Madness

basketball NCAA final four edition photo by M. Bovee

Villanova is beating Oklahoma.

The Sooners have got to win, win, win,
but it’s 76 to 31
and tears are setting in.

If we had to choose,
we would never lose:

we hate losers,
but we love the Sooners.

The Sooners have got to win,
they’ve got to win.

It’s been so long since they’ve won,
I don’t even know
if it’s ever been done.

In the end it was 95 to 51,
and the Sooners were
quite stunned.

Villanova’s magnificent feat
lifted you from your seat

Some fans were very glad
and others were very sad

And arena owners raked it
in, in, in
They’re the ones that really
win, win, win

They don’t want us to think, think, think,
just to keep us on the brink, brink, brink
while they take it to the bank, bank, bank

America doesn’t win anymore.
We’ve fallen to the floor.
We’re fouled out of trade deals:
losers know how it feels.

We’ve got to win,
we’ve got to win again,
we’re under hypnosis
in a kind of psychosis

We’ve got to win, we’ve got to win again
We’ve got to beat Mexico and China and Japan
even if we go nuclear again

We’ve got to have borders
where others take our orders,
to make a wall  that’s very tall
to make others feel very small

We’ve got to make more money,
we’re so poor it isn’t funny

a billionaire will show us what to do
he’ll make deals too hard for me or you.

we want to win
to make the ball go in
we want to win
to make the ball go in

ours is not to reason why
ours is but to win or cry

we can’t think we can’t think

we’re on the brink we’re on the brink


Marianne  Bovée
(photo by M. Bovée)

Stone Ode on the Easter Vigil


By some small
I sang in a choir
during the Easter Vigil.

I can’t sing well
at all
but the choir was very small
and I wanted it
to swell with glorious sound
to join the throng of angels in song.

So there I was singing
at a Mass so beautiful
it felt as if
I were on the edge of heaven.

Jesus said if the people
stay silent
the very stones would cry out in praise.

There is such painful silence, these days.

My voice is weak,
It cracks
like a stone.
But I will sing
even if I sing

In these muted days,
I can’t hold back my praise.

My soul operates as if under some law
to which I gladly assent
–in awe–
and sing Alleluia, Alleluia

to God’s mercy, love and majesty,
now, in time, and through eternity.


Marianne  Bovée
(photo by M. Bovée)

On Good Friday


Pieta in Cathedral 3 in white

I slowly
spoon liquid from a cup
into my mother’s mouth,
into her frail frame,
which I’ll never see healthy

In the Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus lay
on the ground
in prayer
to His Father.

He asked –if possible–
to let death pass him by.

 I do not want my mother to die.

But the hour has come.

Thy will be done.

And the Father’s  good grace
is welcome.


Marianne  Bovée

(Photo by M. Bovée,  from Pieta in Lisbon Cathedral, Portugal.)