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Earlier this week, Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio wrote an opinion piece in the Akron Beacon Journal announcing that, after much soul-searching, he no longer considered himself pro-life. Ryan wrote that listening to constituents who have had abortions convinced him “that we must trust women and their families—not politicians—to make the best decision for their lives.” Ryan made no mention, of course, of the “best decision” for the lives of the unborn children who perish by abortion. Ryan also offered his support for “contraception and age-appropriate sex education” as the best means for reducing the unplanned pregnancies that Ryan claims lead to abortions, overlooking the fact that the number of abortions performed in America increased even as contraception and sex education became more prevalent. It is true that, in recent years, there has been a drop in the number of abortions, but there are still many more abortions being performed today than there were before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in all 50 states.
Perhaps Ryan really did have a change of heart. Or perhaps he is merely following the trail blazed by Teddy Kennedy, Joe Biden, Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson, and Dennis Kucinich, all of whom went from wanting to restrict abortion to championing it as they sought to move up the ranks in the Democratic Party. Ryan is widely expected to mount a campaign for the Senate seat now held by Republican Rob Portman, and Ryan surely knows, as Kennedy, Biden, and all the others knew, that the Democratic Party brooks no dissent on abortion at its upper levels. In fact, there increasingly is little room for pro-life Democrats even in the House of Representatives. There now are only two Democratic members of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Rep. Daniel Lipinksi of Illinois and Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island.
This virtual disappearance of pro-life Democrats is a great setback for the cause of providing legal protection to the unborn. If Democrats were willing to compete for pro-life voters, Republicans would not be able to treat them so cynically, as Aaron Wolf so ably described at this website in his discussion of the GOP’s retreat from the already flawed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
This is sad, but true. Both national parties are an enemy of life and work in concert with the devil to destroy,loot and spread the odor of death. Whether we live in a state with crony capitalism or socialism it frankly does not matter at thsi point. Both national parties hate us and after confiscating our possessions would very much like to put our necks in a noose or to have us fire at each "other" while standing in a circle.
President Piatak: Where does the abortion issue rank in your constellation of conservative concerns? Is it the most important issue, the least important, etc? While here you are referring to a Democrat, in other posts this site has castigated similar alleged GOP "abandonment". So, the question ought to be asked and answered: what IS our hierarchy of concerns, and how is that hierarchy constructed? I know what it was for Sam Francis.He wanted to preserve this unique ethnoculture, this great NATION, called Middle America. So do I (though I also seek to preserve Western Civ more broadly). How does wasting precious and limited political capital on the highly contentious (among said Middle Americans) issue of abortion actually advance that goal? The point is not about advocating abortion, but rather about the most efficacious expenditure of conservative political capital. Should we invest our energies in trying to secure the borders, or ban abortions? Halt the Fed's monetary manipulation and asset bubble creation, or ban abortions? Protect what's left of the limited government of the Framers, or ban abortions? I do not see any benefit accruing to Middle America and the maintenance of its way of life from obsessing over abortion. OTOH, abolishing immigration or the Fed would have a hugely positive effect on Middle American survival. If we lose America, who cares about abortions in the country no longer ours? (Note: I may be denounced as some sort of 'paleo-apostate', but with only 2 exceptions, EVERY LAST CONSERVATIVE I know personally feels EXACTLY the same way I do. We are fed up with pro-liferism, even though most of us are in fact also pro-life. We vote pro-life as we can, but we want the conservative movement focused on ending immigration, and restoring private property and free markets.)
I am very much in agreement with Mr. Heller. At the same time, I will always welcome and cheer my friend Aaron Wolf's exposure of the prolife dilettantism of politicians. Abortion is always evil, and we shouldn't pretend there are exceptions. But can we, perhaps, recognize that not all evils, even very great ones, are governable, let alone expungeable (which evil will not be while we remain human), by means of criminal law? Like other murders, abortions will continue maugre the law, and what precisely should the law do with those guilty of it? I suppose we could build yet more prisons to accommodate the women who choose to be aborted and their abortion-providers for the life-without-parole sentences they would draw as well as more "facilities" for the children many of those women would be obliged to abandon. Prayer and persuasion are preferable to law as "weapons" against abortion.
In the realist philosophy existence precedes essence. Even amidst all their hopelessness in discovering meaning or imposing their own where it had been lost,the poor modern despiring existentialist were right about this. A knife is to cut. We can argue its origins from sharp rocks to the bronze age but there is never a thing cut without first having a cutter. Before a man can be anything else, white, black,oriental, carpenter, bricklayer, banker, teacher,wise or rube, he is first a man. This is not a wish but a promise.
Shotgun murders happen even though we have laws against murder. Only persuasion and prayer should be used against shotgun killers. We can't ban all evil, so let's ease up on shotgun killers. It's still very, very bad, though. I am very anti-shotgun murder.
We must concentrate on the most important issues, such as lining pocketbooks.
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