Abortion Should Not be an Issue
The other day a Republican leader was talking about the divide between conservatives and moderates that threatens the viability of the Republican Party and threatens our ability to win absolutely necessary elections in 2010 and 2012. If they pass Obamacare and/or Cap & Trade, we must have a Republican majority in Congress in place in January, 2013, and a Republican president as well in order to kill these terrible ideas.
In speaking of a so-called, “litmus test” for Republican contenders who will be acceptable to conservatives and Tea Party supporters, he went on to say that abortion is the issue that divides conservative Republicans from moderate Republicans. I strongly disagree. Although I am personally opposed to abortion, I would never reject a person who demonstrates traditional, conservative views on the role of government because he differs from me on this one issue, abortion.
There can be many, nuanced differences on the abortion issue. For example, I favor overturning Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, because they are federal intrusions into the role of states that cannot be found anywhere in the Constitution, and the decisions were driven by ideology, and not by the rule of law. At the state level, however, I would work against any government restrictions in the first trimester – not because I favor abortion, but because I never want us to return to the days of back-alley abortions and dead and maimed young girls. You young people do not know of or remember the horror of this.
Our nation faces many threats: the Iranian bomb, the Al Qaida, hyperinflation and possible bankruptcy, but the greatest danger we face is the systematic destruction of our Constitution and the republic form of government by some of our own citizens who do not understand and value the freedoms and protections they have offered – or who are ignorant of their importance and meaning.
Other democracies have fallen once the barriers to the public treasury came down. Our Founding Fathers carefully constructed a republic form of government to protect us from this, but what has been happening and growing is a practice called, “bringing home the bacon” - a systematic looting of the treasury by elected Congressmen who try to ensure their re-election by bringing federal dollars to their home constituencies. Two great examples of this were the buying of the votes on Obamacare of Senator Landrieu of Louisiana and Senator Nelson of Nebraska.
Liberals have been very successful in watering down our Constitution and in tearing down the reputations of our Founding Fathers. Their purpose is a huge expansion of the federal government and of their power and control over all of us. Let’s unite behind any declared Republican who is for smaller and less-intrusive government, no matter what their positions are on social issues.