Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Attention Illinois Social Conservatives

via Stupak’s Painful Lesson for Abortion Foes by Adam Graham,

Democrats had to choose between their pro-life principles and their desire to pass comprehensive health care. They opted for the expansion of big government, and this is just the latest in a series of sell-outs of the pro-life community that go back decades.

Before Stupak, Senators Ben Nelson (D-Ne.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) sold out the pro-life movement by pushing through the Senate health care bill.

Some other disappointments include:

Democrats for Life of America had to dismiss Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), a former board member elected with endorsements from National Right to Life, after Ryan introduced an abortion reduction bill that included funds for the world’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) switched from pro-life to pro-choice before the 2004 presidential election so he could run a credible campaign.

Al Gore has morphed from a pro-life congressman from Tennessee who voted for legislation that would define the unborn as persons under the Fourteenth Amendment to a keynote speaker for NARAL.

This is hardly an exhaustive list. The number of Democrats who at one time were “pro-life” is staggering, and includes Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), and Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

Pro-life voters often take the view that a pro-life candidate is always better than a pro-choice candidate. In reality, a moderately pro-choice Republican is probably a better pick for the abortion issue than a pro-life Democrat.

My emphasis on that last sentences. Keep that thought in mind please Social Conservatives next time you label a GOP candidate RINO.

1 comment:

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I believe it's exceptionally rare to have a choice between a pro-life Democrat and a pro-choice Republican. More often the choice is between a pro-life Republican and an allegedly pro-life Democrat, as in Pennsylvania and Casey vs. Santorum. More often still is the case of a pro-abortion Republican vs. a pro-abortion Democrat, such as in our own senate match-up this year.

The fact is, politicians of either party who claim to be pro-life have often betrayed social conservatives, especially -- but not exclusively -- Democrats. Whereas it's exceptionally rare for a avowedly pro-choice politician to surprise anyone on the issue.

For those of us who think that abortion is an important issue, this is a depressing state of affairs, to be addressed in primaries more effectively than in general elections. But address it we must.

As for general elections, Republicans would be wise not to behave as though they are entitled to the votes of social conservatives, even when GOP nominees hold social conservatives and their values in contempt.