Functionally Pro Abortion
November 14, 2008 § 11 Comments
We define as “functionally pro abortion” any person who willingly voted for Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history. Persons who voted for Obama may or may not be pro-abortion in their private sentiments, and may profess to be pro-life; but as political actors they are indistinguishable from the most committed of pro-abortion voters.
There seems to be something about being functionally pro-abortion but confessionally pro-life that badly distorts the capacity to reason. For example, one functionally pro-abortion blogger, who has himself endorsed and made common cause with the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history, recently suggested that the pro-life movement should stop making common cause with such bad actors as … wait for it … big business and the National Rifle Association.
Mind you, I myself have said in no uncertain terms that pro-lifers should not vote for presidential candidates who actively pursue policies of mass murdering the innocent as part of their agenda; and included in that category this cycle were both John McCain and Barack Obama. On the other hand, John McCain voters were not functionally pro-ESCR: that is, they could not be counted on to vote for the most pro-ESCR candidate. A great many of them clearly would have voted for an anti-ESCR major party candidate, if one had been on the ballot.
I should point out that, in addition, I have myself been critical of big business and gun libertarianism.
But I would not for a moment suggest what is ludicrously being suggested here: that, simultaneously, a coalition with the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history makes prudential sense for pro-lifers, and a coalition with businesses and gun rights supporters does not. Physician, heal thyself.