December 23, 2004
THE DEMOCRATS DEBATE A SELL-OUT ON ABORTION
This morning's Los Angeles Times reports -- under the headline "Democratic Leadership Rethinking Abortion"-- that the national Democrats are seriously debating a shift in their all-out commitment to a woman's right to choose to have an abortion. Both of the Democrats' Congressional leaders--Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate--are backing a candidate for Democratic National Committee chair, Tim Roemer, "an abortion foe who argues that the party cannot rebound from its losses in the November election unless it shows more tolerance on one of society's most emotional conflicts." And Roemer "said he would encourage the party to eliminate its 'moral blind spot' when it comes to late-term abortions."
"Tolerance"? For returning to the era of coat-hanger abortions? For recreating a new criminal class of unlicensed abortionists? That ain't tolerance, bro', that's a cave-in to the theocrats. Moreover, since people with money can always go abroad to get perfectly legal abortions performed in safe medical conditions, a retreat on abortion by the Dems would be aimed solely at the economically disadvantaged: the poor, as usual, would be hardest hit. Yeah, that's a great Democratic program, alright--let's torture poor women!
Oh, and guess who's also encouraging the watering-down of the Democrats' full-throated defense of a woman's right to control her own body? Why, that noble Democrat of principle John Kerry--the L.A. Times tells us that, "after his election loss, the Massachusetts senator concluded that the party needed to rethink its stance. Addressing supporters at a meeting held by the AFL-CIO, Kerry said he discovered during trips through Pennsylvania that many union members were also abortion opponents and that the party needed to rethink how it could appeal to those voters, Kerry spokesman David Wade said." (Another flip-flop--a sure sign that he's thinking of running again.)
Having blamed their election loss on uppity gays and planned to shun the movement for their rights, now the Democratic elite is scurrying toward positions that will reaffirm the right of religion to legislate morality and throw women overboard in the process. Some, like Nancy Pelosi, have already suggested that the privatization of Social Security is a negotiable issue--there go the seniors...At this rate, if the Democrats keep mowing down their base constituent groups in this cross-fire of post-defeat recriminations, you'll have to have a paid-up membership in the Southern Baptists to be a Democrat (indeed, right-wing Dems like Chris Matthews have already suggested that the party's next nominee for president must be a Southern Baptist).
One of the "softenings" of the party's abortion position its cretinous honchos are suggesting is requiring parental consent to have one. That means subjecting, BY LAW, teenage girls of 17, 18, 19, and 20 (depending on where they live) to the dictatorship of parents who are religious primitives--just like, say, those beacons of liberty Pakistan and Morocco.
Is there no limit to the poll-driven cowardice of the Democratic Party's elite? The Chinese have a saying: "Half the sky is women." If the Democrats forget that, their continuing lurch to the center-right will be a suicidal one.
YULE YUKS: If you missed that hilarious and irreverent Robert Smigel puppet video on Santa from Saturday Night Live--the one that shows Rush Limbaugh passed out in a pool of vomit from a drug overdose, sends up Al Franken for his unfunny brand of dumb epithet-throwing, and even mentions Tom Frank's must-read new book--you'll find a link to the video at Crooks and Liars. Pounce!
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If you think only religious zealots have issues with abortion, you're not speaking to women or any couple that has children. Abortion is the killing of an unborn child - facts is facts, and while I don't give a shit if a women kills her baby so she can go to law school or work at walmart or due to deformity - or whatver, many folks feel that Demos (or feminists) treat abortion like one takes a dump - the mere jettisoning of waste material. This is why the right wins when it argues against abortion...
Posted by: Jeffrey | Dec 28, 2004 1:48:01 PM
How come the righties get a free ride on spontaneous abortions caused by lead, PCBs, auto exhaust, etc. (Google on spontaneous abortion and pollution to get a list.) And this week Bush proposes laws to protect the pesticide industry from litigation.
These Bush abortions are okay? Then if a women wants to abort, all she has to do is incorporate herself. Then it's okay.
Posted by: Dave Daulton | Dec 27, 2004 12:31:06 PM
The cartoon seems to be saying that the Franks book has been a bit overrated given the stereotyped libs are so gung ho over it. The suggested the gang thinks those who believe in God are morons is just stupid ... I'm unclear where the Air America crowd etc. said this. Likewise, Al Franken also let emotional appeals cloud his judgment.
Tired lame bits, including the each drug joke. Rush as Santa Claus was funny though.
Posted by: Joe | Dec 26, 2004 12:11:08 PM
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