May 28, 2005

Worms in the Apple

Not to put too fine a point on it, pro-abortion and pro-choice people in the GOP and Libertarian parties are the pro-slavery and pro-popular sovereignty elements gumming up the works for a dramatic cause of historic moral importance.

Reading articles and hearing stories about abortion tends to stir up the issue for me, since it almost invariably misses the real socio-political conflict. The press coverage is obviously slanted on the issue. I mean, there was a while when we couldn't go days without some media outlet or other telling us the divorce rate is high but I don't know that I've ever heard a newspaper or tv news show cite the annual abortion rate or the total number of abortions under Roe. It oughtn't, by itself, be a damning statistic, but it's a striking admission of bias and perceived self-weakness that the statistic isn't tossed around like the divorce rate used to be.

It seems to me that the GOP needs to go to its proto-libertarian roots - Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men. It was founded as a broad coalition to fight back a major political lobby, represent the interests of middle-class commerce, and primarily to stop the continued spread of a great moral evil. The lack of vision to compare abortion and slavery in direct terms tends to alienate from people whom I otherwise respect - after all, could you respect somebody who thought slavery was no big deal?

I don't think there should be expulsions or something, but the political and economic right ought to make itself as committed to stopping abortion in 2005 as it was to stopping slavery in 1865.

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