I just want to make a simple statement tonight; it's been a long time since I commented here with a diary but this is important, so I'll keep it brief.
There seems to be some confusion about why Republicans are identified with the pro-life point of view, and what that means. It's very simple: people shouldn't be allowed to kill their children with taxpayer funds, or with any funds at all. As in, they shouldn't be able to kill their children under any circumstances, except possibly the most frightfully hyperbolic and revolting. However, that is not what we have. We have the murder of children as mundane.
Somehow in America we've reached a point where parents just go ahead and kill their children whenever they want, regardless of what the moral consequences are, and funded by groups that make their livelihoods doing it. If anyone doesn't believe that abortion allows parents to kill children whenever they want, they should really visit a clinic some time and talk to the women who are walking in the door, more often than not with their boyfriends, who want to see the child killed as much as the woman does, or more.
Now this is kind of coarse, but it seems to me that in the past 30 years or so, we've had millions of children killed in this country, basically on the whim and wish of a law that allows it to happen, for a huge variety of very complicated and indefensible rationales. All those justifications must have seemed brilliant to the people who wrote passionately about them when the law was designed, and many of them still feel that way. They don't like to see the pictures of the dead children, and publish articles in Time magazine about how very, very seldom little they'd like to see all those dead babies.
But isn't that what they are? Can someone tell me that they really aren't dead babies? Why does America allow itself to produce so many dead babies, killed at the hand of their parents, with the full cooperation of many of the brightest legal minds in the country? What happened there?
I don't know about you, but I think one of the most important things the Republican Party can do is not to countenance wrongdoing, and expose it whenever it occurs. Surely the most destructive and evil thing we do in this society is to kill millions of children every year under the guise of a "medical procedure."
I used to think this was some subtle matter of medical ethics that I simply couldn't comprehend: it was like a far-off realm of ethical mathematics, an abstruse set of conditions where the impossible made sense, and that's why I had to support it.
But it isn't. It's just killing babies. With a knife. And a doctor. Whenever anyone wants to, and with no questions asked. I don't know, it seems indefensible to me, but our President wants a "dialogue" about it. It's very strange.