I linked to it on the right and Tweeted it as well, but in case you missed it, this piece by George Neumayr is a must-read. A bit:
This culture of hectoring explains why Mitt Romney rushed to the cameras upon hearing Akin's remark to pronounce abortion in those cases "appropriate." In a rotten culture, proof of one's "civilized" bona fides comes from such shameless pandering.Emphasis above is mine. During the debates, Rick Santorum was asked about his no-exceptions position, too, and gave a vastly better explanation:
An authentically conservative party would find Romney's unprincipled position far more chilling than Akin's gaffe. If unborn children gain or lose their right to life depending upon the circumstances of their conception, then the party has already conceded that that right doesn't exist. Ronald Reagan understood the implications of that concession and never wavered in his defense of the right to life of all unborn children, not just some of them.
Instead of rejecting this media-determined culture of empty and opportunistic outrage, which rests on nothing more than poisonous Planned Parenthood-style propaganda, panicky GOP officials reinforced it this week by treating Akin as a monstrous leper. His stupid remark was thereby turned into a supposedly wicked one and treated as a great crisis for the party.
A party less cowed by political correctness and less in thrall to conventional wisdom wouldn't have cannibalized its own so quickly.
You know the Supreme Court of the United States in a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty. Yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn't have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception and is a human life and we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion, I think, is too much to ask. So I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.And then I wrote:
The exception-for-rape-and-incest has never been a defensible stance. It's nice to hear someone articulate that. (Though whether giving birth or having the child suctioned-and-scraped away is more subjectively traumatic for the woman is beside the point if the child, objectively speaking, is a child, no?)I don't know Todd Akin from a hole in the ground. But, weird "legitimate rape" remark aside, his no-exceptions stand is perfectly sound. And relatively rare, which is a sad commentary on our culture and our politics.
Meanwhile, the Party of Abortion confirms the aptness of that title. I asked earlier whether they really wanted to make this election about abortion, especially given Obama's chilling, ghoulish history on the born-alive issue, which is receiving renewed publicity:
I still find his cold-bloodedness shocking in the extreme. His second child, born in 2001, was still a baby when he said those words -- "limp and dead," "temporarily alive" -- which left no doubt that what he was talking about was infanticide.
But to get back to the question, yes, it seems they do want to open this hideous can of worms. Paul Bedard reports on the DNC's plans to go full culture-of-death at their convention:
Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire--and a subsequent apology--from Rush Limbaugh.I think they're going to need to add a few more actresses if they expect anyone to watch their gruesome spectacle.
What's more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women's issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Q: Can Sen. Mikulski and Miss Longoria exist at the same venue at the same time without canceling each other out, like matter and anti-matter? Stay tuned!
Many thanks to MichelleMalkin.com for the link.
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