Cowering on the Social Issues

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President of Planned Parenthood Leana Wen speaks during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. A coalition of dozens of groups held a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events planned throughout the week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


The Republican Party owes a debt of gratitude to ordinary pro-life Americans.  They provide not only votes, but also campaign contributions, volunteer hours, grassroots mobilization and rhetorical advocacy and have done so for the past five decades.  One would think that by now one would see significant movement on the issue of abortion.  Overall, according to recent Marist poll, 55% of Americans consider themselves pro-choice while 42% say they are pro-life.

At first glance, this would seem troublesome.  Once you get to specific policy proposals, things gets trickier.  For example, 46% of all Americans believe that the Supreme Court should reconsider Roe vs. Wade to give states more leeway in abortion regulations.  Close to 70% believe elective abortion should be limited to the first trimester while only 20% say it should available up to the moment of birth (the Democrat Party preference).  Oddly, half of those pro-choice people also believe that regulations should be put in place and a majority on both sides of the divide oppose abortion in the case of Down’s Syndrome.

Despite these cold hard facts abortion remains not only legal but is becoming even more monstrous in its reach and application.  The liberal abortion law in New York was greeted with hoots and hollers and the Empire State Building adorned in pink lights.  One has to ask why.

And one need look no further than the troika of so-called “conservative” politicians, strategists, and think tanks- collectively called, Conservative, Inc.  Imagine if abortion were a thing of the past.  Would these people and organizations even exist?  Instead, they intend to milk the issue for all it is worth.  If the Supreme Court were to suddenly overturn Roe vs. Wade tomorrow, these so-called pro-life conservatives would actually have to work for a living.  How would they then fund their hollow campaigns?  How would the think tanks exist without an inflow of money?  The answer is they wouldn’t because they are hucksters living off the pro-life movement.

They do not have the stomach for the fight.  They lack the necessary spine to push hard on the issue of abortion which is the subject that most closely defines conservatism.  Although they dust off the pro-life rhetoric and credentials every two, four or six years, there are precious few political victories along the way.  Why- almost 50 years after Roe v. Wade- are legislatures now pushing fetal heartbeat bills?  Some of it may be science, but you do not need science to prove that it is a human inside that uterus.

These conservative charlatans are literally trapped in the liberal ecosystem in which they mingle.  It is an ecosystem that is becoming more radical when it comes to abortion.  Along the way, their “conservative” co-conspirators have lost sight of what is not only possible, but what is objectively right.  The people in their orbit who occupy the wealthiest zip codes in America believe that unfettered access to abortion defines freedom and economic life and opportunity.  All those prestigious universities they attended and whose graduates occupy the newsrooms of the legacy media hold bodily autonomy sacrosanct.  The people with whom they sip cocktails at those fancy DC and New York get-togethers believe that abortion on demand and without apology is the morally correct and enlightened view.

This cloistered environment has negated their ability to see what many of their countrymen see: that abortion is reaching horrendous levels that exceed the horrors of the Holocaust by several magnitudes.  They have been beaten down by the “my body, my choice” mantra that the best they can now do is act as if they truly believe.

They- and their liberal friends- can pull “rights” out of thin air and their collective asses on a whim.  But there is one indisputable fact: the most basic of rights is the right to live.  Liberty and the pursuit of happiness are meaningless without the prerequisite right.  It is the singular right from which all other rights- be they civil, natural or political- flow.

Conservatives, if they are true to the moniker, need to get over having professionals gaslight them through urging them into unacceptable positions, and need to get back wholeheartedly “fighting for those who have no voice,” to paraphrase the greatest pro-life President before President Trump- Ronald Reagan.  They need to get over their reluctance to steer clear of social issues like abortion.  In fact, this writer will go out on a limb here and say the Left is more principled on this issue than most members of Conservative, Inc. are.  While those fakes on the Right offer up compromise and invoke the notion of “bipartisanship,” the Left cares about neither.  And at the end of the day, the Left- as they have proven time and again- will oppose them and seek more.  Hence, conservatives might as well go all-in.

Conservatives claim to “protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.”  To too many, those are just words when they should be an ultimate guiding principle- one above all else.

After all, what good is a booming economy, liberty, freedom, security, and posterity when it is erected on top of a mound of baby corpses disguised as medical waste?