Alaska Republican Argues Child Abuse Deaths Can Be a ‘Benefit to Society’

An example of how illogical an ideology becomes when no longer grounded in natural law and Christian morality.

A Republican state lawmaker in Alaska stunned his colleagues this week by making the case for the potential economic benefits of fatal cases of child abuse. State Rep. David Eastman’s comments went viral after he spoke at a hearing concerning traumatic childhood experiences and how they affect the child over the course of their lives. “In the case where child abuse is fatal, obviously it’s not good for the child, but it’s actually a benefit to society because there aren’t needs for government services and whatnot over the whole course of that child’s life,” Eastman said. When asked if he just said child abuse deaths could “benefit” society, Eastman replied: “I’m talking dollars.” He said that instead of the child’s death being a net cost to society, “It gets argued periodically that it’s actually a cost savings because that child is not going to need any of those government services that they might otherwise be entitled to receive and need based on growing up in this type of environment.”

This sounds like something out of The Onion (American satirical newspaper), or more to the point, like Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

Someone tell me that he wasn’t being serious, that he was, like Swift, being deliberately outrageous, possibly to make some sort of rhetorical point.

By all reports, he is dead serious. This is a proper Republican as in anti abortion (not technically prolife), pro Trump again, turned up to Jan 6, proud Oath Keeper. It’s the inevitable trajectory of logic not grounded in real Christian morality or natural law. Newsweek has a video of the representative expressing his logic…

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