Saturday, January 09, 2010

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.


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At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"do not want to return to the days of back alley abortions and dead and maimed girls"- but it's OK to kill an innocent life in a "legal" setting. No, it's not, and anyone who is pro abortion knows it.

I am only one, but there are many others, who could never vote for ANY candidate (conservative, moderate, looney liberal, Republican, Democrat, Independent) that has no respect for the sanctity of life. If you do not respect that, what else really matters?

At 6:28 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Having read my piece carefully, does your comment mean you would or would not vote for me and what would be your reasoning?

At 6:43 AM, Anonymous mason said...

I aree with you wholeheartedly. The Republican party still does not understand the Tea party movement and the conservative Republicans dissatifaction with what is going on. I hope that they wake up before the primaries, otherwise thier vote will be split with a third party. Evidently most of the leaders in the Republican party are too arrogant to look into the real reasons for the revolution that is occuring. No!!They do not know what's best..if they did, why the disatisfaction?

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Charlie Earl said...

As a former Republican officeholder in Ohio, I invite you to join the Libertarian Party. Your observation about abortion policy is right on the mark for Libertarians. I am an adamant pro-lifer, by the way, who believes that the feds are now protecting and encouraging the abortion industry. I would rather get the heavy hand of gov't out of the picture and deal with life issues on a "hearts and minds" basis. So, join us. The Republican Party has become D-lite. They promise smaller gov't and fiscal responsibility, but once infected with Potomac Fever, they play ball with the lefties. I'm tired of the lies and the biennial betrayal.

Charlie Earl

At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, Libertarian Party?? Are you serious? Apparently not. Why don't you join the Flat Earth Society? You'll have about as much influence as being Libertarian. Talk about a waste of time, effort, and maybe money, if you happen to contribute any to that wacky group.

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly Russ. The first Anon is an example of "one issue, my way or the highway" voter who poisons the well and keeps democrats in power.

I hate abortion and I think it is murder, but right now it is what it is in this country. I do differ with you in that I would work at the state level to outlaw it. But that would not keep me from voting for you.

Unfortunately, the last Anon is right. I have big time libertarian tendencies, but as a party they are nowhere, serving only to leach votes away from Republicans, again, guaranteeing continued liberal dominance.

I would much prefer a libertarian, traditional conservative takeover of the GOP.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The protection of innocent life is a FOUNDATIONAL principle of healthy society. Without that, other principles are on shaky ground.

I believe the Republican platform states this in essence when it reminds us that this was the FIRST guarantee of the Declaration of Independence. It was also an acknowledgment that basic human rights do not come from government....but from God.

If someone wishes to run as a Republican, he/she should uphold the platform...and the sanctity and guarantee of life.

Logical sequencing....

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At 8:15 AM, Blogger Fredd said...

I have a slightly different take: Republicans are generally social and fiscally conservative, and even though on occasion a GOP politician lands on the wrong side of any issue, there is not really a litmus test that they must pass or fail to still be included in the GOP ranks.

By far, the most prevalent GOP issue is abortion, and far and away most GOP politicians are on the side of life. Eventually this view will prevail in the long run and Roe v Wade will be tossed out.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Fredd said...

Charlie Earl:

Libertarians (or more accurately 'Loser-tarians as Michael Medved would say) have never come anywhere near a political victory on a national basis. Not even close.

Your party has no standing as a viable political party. And never will. Join the GOP and embrace our principals as laid down by the Founding Fathers within a system that can achieve political power. Yes, lots of charlatans have poisoned the GOP from within, we need to smoke them out via the primary system, rather than leave the party in their wicked hands. You are wasting your time trying to dilute the GOP ranks by picking off some of the more wobbly knee'ed members of an ascending GOP movement.

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Charlie Earl said...

Was a loyal Republican voter for 42 years. Served as a Republican State Rep in the 80's. I have decided that the issues of smaller government, lower taxes and more personal freedom trump party affiliation for me. I recall 2004 when Pres. Bush and Sen. Santorum campaigned for Arlen Spector in the PRIMARY against Pat Toomey. That worked out well, didn't it?

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