"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Romney Lost According to Ace

From Ace at Ace of Spades, an excellent analysis of the reasons Romney lost.    Here's a taste:

It was one thing for One Lone Nut to say he'd pass a law forbidding a raped woman from taking Plan B immediately after an attack (which is a standard current treatment). It was another thing when Richard Mourdock turned this from One Guy Popping Off to a Widely Held Republican Position.

On the radio, 80% of the Obama/Democrat ads I heard were about this. 80%. I'm not lying. Every fifteen minutes while driving I'd hear one of these.   Obama had already prepared a War on Women narrative, and now we've got Senate candidates saying that God planned for women to get raped?   Let me offer this observation: If there's something you believe, but have no chance whatsoever of passing into actual law, then it's really not a political belief. Politics is not philosophy. It's about passing (or repealing) actual laws with actual real-world coercive effect.   Since not even babies which are one hour from birth are currently protected from the abortionist -- the easiest case of all to make with the public -- why the focus on the toughest of all cases? One that horrifies women -- and men, to boot?   The hardest case for pro-choicers to defend is a baby just hours away from natural birth.   The hardest case for pro-lifers to defend is the administration of Plan B to a woman who was just raped hours ago, who, if pregnant at all, is pregnant with a single-celled embryo.   Since we have not prevailed on the easy case yet, why this suicidal determination to talk about the hardest case?   Not only is unlikely abortion will be outlawed at all (especially now, with the President and Senate in Democratic hands, and new liberal justices coming in the next four years to add to the 5-vote Roe majority), but it almost unfathomable that if it gets banned 15 years from now that there will not be an exception for emergency contraception immediately following a rape.   Since there is practically no chance whatsoever of this particular policy prevailing -- probably ever -- what is the point of injecting it into politics?

Food for thought.   I don't think we've made any headway in 40 years on this as a political issue, but I think that the emergence of ultrasound has allowed good headway on abortion as a cultural issue.   It may be that we should focus on the cultural arena, the arena of moral and religious suasion, and get abortion out of our politics.    I don't know.    It's a hard question, particularly when the truth of Life and the horror of procured abortion is so evident.  

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