Tom at Disputations comes up with a sign for Anne Fox of Massachusetts Citizens for Life to carry at the March for Life.
Now With 10% Less Evil
All it Costs is Your Soul
I have been rather annoyed at the Republican glee over the so-called “Massachusetts Miracle” of the election of Scott Brown. If I was a voter in this state I would have been willing to support a greater good by voting for Mr. Brown over the even more pro-abortion Catholic Democrat, but I can’t see how I would be thrilled about it. Reducing damage is a good thing, but there is still a lot of damage involved with a candidate who calls Roe v. Wade the law of the land and supports torture (enhanced interrogation for those people who like terms like pro-choice).
Strangely the very commentators who gripe continuously about RINOs finally I guess found a RINO to love – for now. Now I well understand the chess game involved to stop the federalized healthcare plan and the evil it entails. If his election, block this than that is pretty good. But as a chess game it is like sacrificing one of your pieces. Unfortunately that sacrifice could entail the unborn on a different vote. Some have rejoiced over the Brown victory calling it “Baby steps” – a highly ironic term if I do say so myself.
Scott Brown was to be a Don Quixote candidate picked as fodder in what was suppose to be an unwinnable race. Sadly I guess this means the GOP could not even come up with a pro-lifer in what they thought was a throwaway candidate. I guess nobody wants to go against the prevailing idea that a pro-lifer couldn’t win in Massachusetts. Of course how would they know not ever running any. Exactly what pro-life Republican candidates are they grooming for the future? I find it ridiculous to see the whole country leaning more and more pro-life and that it is some kind of vacuum there. Or maybe they are treating this state like a nicotine patch. Just keep putting up candidates just a little less toxic each time to get the voters use to them. It is a crying shame that this state is 44% Catholic.
Politics might be the art of the possible, but it is a failure of imagination to think this is all that is possible. The little compromises repeated again and again until they are more than just a compromise but a giving away of what you stand for. Successfully electing a pro-abortion candidate should feel more like you are glad you only got one arm broke instead of two, but it is nothing to celebrate to such a degree.
Instead we should be praying for Scott Brown that he have a truly pro-life conversion (not Romneyification).
Speaking of strange bedfellows how about those Catholics in the House. I tweeted the other day wondering about why we are called single issue voters yet the Democrats are willing to let the health care plan die if we are not forced to pay for abortions. There zeal for death ironically might very well kill the bill. So I guess I have a weird indebtedness to them if this turns out to be so. I don’t want the Federal government involved in healthcare at all. Even with a Stupak-like amendment they will go after the unborn (and others) sooner or later with incrementalism. The Party of Death is so fanatical that it could not accept the House version of the Bill and instead set the much more evil Senate bill as the standard. It is rather interesting that when Clinton was President and that owned the both houses that Hillary so screwed up nationalized health care they never came close to a vote. Once again the Democrats have the Presidency and both houses and yet can’t pass what they say they want to pass so very much.
All this reminds me of Chesterton’s famous:
The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.