Among democratic peoples, . . . the thread of time is broken at every moment, and the trace of the generations fades. You easily forget those who preceded you, and you have no idea about those who will follow you. Only those closest to you are of interest.
—Alexis de Tocqueville,
Democracy in America
During the polar vortex of 2019 the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act had its day in the United States Senate but, thanks to the opposition of Democrats, failed to meet the required number of votes necessary to end debate and call the question. This was both predictable and shocking.
It was predictable because Republicans brought the bill to the Senate floor knowing that it would not pass. And it was shocking because, regardless of the circumstances, the legislative body that purports to represent the interests of our states could not agree to say publicly that the murder of a freshly born baby is a crime worth acknowledging and punishing.
Was this whole episode a political charade? Yes, by design.
Let us acknowledge the absurdity of members of the national legislature making laws that pertain to the crime of infanticide. The idea that so many thousands of communities in a continent-sized country of 326 million people would submit the question of infant execution, pro or con, to the...