"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?
This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking "persons" in the strictly legal sense. But that would be unlikely to happen with whales, dolphins, or even great apes.
Many times throughout my life I began to write about the subject of inter-racial marriage. My birth being the result of an American interracial marriage, I found that the perspective was rarely spoken about from the point of view of the child of these unions.
If Prop. 8 goes to the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy won't vote in favor of gay marriage because it is morally correct. In fact, he doesn't think the Constitution is designed to determine morality. "Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code," Kennedy wrote.
As the denouement approaches, and a resolution to the debt crisis appears to be at hand, one has to ask how many of the participants continue to believe that a default on U.S. Treasury obligations was ever at risk.
President Obama made every sincere effort to negotiate and at every turn was rejected. Principled leadership is risky, no doubt, but there may be no other moral alternative that saves the nation from economic chaos.
A Better Life show that the dreams of immigrant parents for their children, and the struggles of such children to forge their own identities, are not just Latino, Asian, European, or African immigrant stories. These are American stories.