A Republican Senator Perfectly Illustrates the GOP's Screwed up Moral Compass

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Amidst all the arguments about tax rates, foreign policy, border enforcement, and judicial appointments, the fact that the United States still exterminates hundreds of thousands of babies a year via abortions often goes unnoticed by Republican politicians. After all, some left-wing corporate overlord paying too high of a tax rate is clearly the issue of our time, right?

Even still, you’d expect high-level Republicans to not actively undercut the case for life. Call it the “if you aren’t helping, at least shut up” principle. Yet, Susan Collins can’t even manage that.

The Maine senator lashed out at the Texas abortion law yesterday, calling it “inhumane” and insisting that the federal government needs to “codify” Roe vs. Wade legislatively. How’s that for limited government?

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Saturday that she believes the Texas law banning most abortions in the state, which took effect last month, is “extreme, inhumane and unconstitutional,” according to the Associated Press.

In addition, Collins voiced support for Roe v. Wade as the “law of the land.” Roe v. Wade is a landmark decision that legalized abortion across the country in 1973. It’s not the first time Collins, a moderate, has voice support for what many conservatives have opposed for decades.

“I support codifying Roe,” Collins said in September, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Unfortunately the bill … goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law.”

Calling a law that seeks to stop the death and dismemberment of children “inhumane” is truly a statement that would make Orwell blush. Abortion is such a blight on society that even many of the most progressive European nations have far stricter controls on it than the United States does. Yet, Collins has the audacity to actively attack Texas for attempting to do something about the carnage? Further, what business is it of hers? Would she take kindly to Ted Cruz going after a law in Maine? Somehow, I doubt it.

As to this ridiculous argument that Roe is the “law of the land,” that assertion collapses under the slightest examination. Slavery was once the law of the land. Segregation was once the law of the land. Prohibition was once the law of the land. The mere existence of a highly flawed Supreme Court decision, one in which a “right” was invented out of whole cloth, does not make abortion proper, just, nor permanent.

Would Collins have argued that slavery must remain in place because laws and court decisions codified it in 1850? Something tells me her “law of the land” argument wouldn’t apply to that, gay marriage, or any number of other things she finds morally objectionable.

And really, that’s the issue, isn’t it? The Republican establishment constantly feigns care for morality and decorum to impress their beltway friends. During Donald Trump’s presidency, you could set your watch by the gnashing of teeth in response to everything he said, and those were just words. But the same people who lost their minds about mean tweets have nothing to say when Collins runs her mouth to the press about it being “inhumane” to scramble kids in the womb. If you aren’t going to speak up against that level of moral degeneracy, then you’ve got no standing to whine about immorality in any other area.

I understand that Collins is the best the GOP can do in a state like Maine. I’m not suggesting otherwise. What I am suggesting is that she’s not immune from criticism for her positions, especially when they cross into the realm of abject evil. That it’s likely not a single Republican politician in Washington will even condemn her comments perfectly illustrates the GOP’s screwed-up moral compass.