Michael Steele has it right about abortion. His party doesn’t.

March 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

The Republican Party claims to stand for small government, but that only seems to apply to things like business, tax cuts and the free market. When it comes to more personal issues, such as the right to decide whether or not to continue with an unexpected pregnancy, the GOP demands omnipotence.

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Michael Steele, the besieged head of the RNC, made the unforgivable mistake of saying abortion is an “individual choice” and that the issue should be left up to the states to decide. After being bombarded with complaints by fellow Republicans, Steele issued a “clarification” saying he has always been pro-life. An utterly clueless Ken Blackwell, who ran against Steele in his bid for the head of the RNC, advised Steele yesterday to read his Bible and the Constitution, presumably to get his mind right about the evils of abortion. In my opinion, anybody who uses the words “Bible” and “Constitution” in the same sentence is a danger to the republic. Blackwell belongs behind a pulpit, not at the top of a political party.

During the presidential campaign, Obama’s Pro-Choice stand earned him the “baby killer” tag. It didn’t matter that Obama said he was personally opposed to abortion. The problem that Republicans had with him, other than being liberal and black, was that he didn’t want the federal government telling people how to live their lives, especially in regard to this highly personal choice. Steele seems to be in lock-step with President Obama on this issue, even though he is the titular head of the Republican Party.

The fact is, you can be both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, just like Steele and Obama. However, if you’re a Republican, this is unacceptable because you can’t have this important decision left in the hands of unworthy, immoral people, i.e. citizens. Only the federal government is sufficiently righteous to make this choice for us all, because only a few hundred senators and representatives have the spiritual enlightenment and scriptural omniscience to guide us in the direction that is without sin. Makes me want to vomit.

Some Republicans will grudgingly admit that abortion should be lawful in cases of rape and incest, or if it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that a pregnancy would endanger of the life of the woman. But even these lukewarm believers are attacked by members of their own party for being this “liberal”.

There is no verifiable evidence in science, much less in the Holy Bible, which states unambiguously when a cluster of cells should be considered an “individual”. From my own perspective, the fundamental test for life is self-awareness. Basically, if a group of cells have had no experiences because they lack any ability to remember them, then they have not yet experienced life. And life is 100% experiential. An individual is a person who is continually acquiring experiences and building his or her self-awareness with memory. A newborn is acquiring experience and memories at an incredible rate from the moment he or she comes into THIS world. Even though that’s just my personal opinion, no one can prove me wrong. They can state an opposing view, but that does not amount to proof of anything. That’s the core issue and the primary reason why it doesn’t belong in the political or judicial arena.

With today’s technology, a cell taken from the lining of the intestines has the potential to become a human being. Does this mean that the Republican Party wants to outlaw or insist on government monitoring of the intestinal resections that are routinely done as treatment for colon cancer? The government, and especially the Republican Party, is not sufficiently omniscient to make this decision for every citizen in this country.

If the GOP truly does stand for smaller government, then it could start proving that right now by stepping back from this issue and getting off Michael Steele’s back. He’s got enough trouble already dealing with Rush Limbaugh.


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What’s eating the GOP? Rush Limbaugh.

March 5, 2009 at 5:19 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

While it’s become politically incorrect, most of us remember the old story about the natives and missionaries. The missionaries invariably end up cooking in a Jacuzzi-sized stew pot atop a blazing fire as the natives set the table for dinner. Today, we have the leadership of the Republican Party sitting in a similar pot, only this time it isn’t hungry natives stirring up the stew. It’s Rush Limbaugh. Whether the base of the Republican Party realizes it or not, the well-fed Limbaugh is gleefully devouring his own kind. Because, as long as respected, influential Republicans cower in the corpulent talkshow host’s sizable shadow, the party is going to remain in disarray and no Republican is going to win another national election. In case they hadn’t noticed, voters in the last two elections have roundly rejected the strident ideology of the GOP, and Mr. Limbaugh is the archetypal right-wing ideologue. Belligerent, verbose, vitriolic and astonishingly arrogant, he is the de facto Chief of the conservative movement in this country and the epitome of everything that a growing majority of voters have reviled.

How bad are things for the Republican Party? The Wall Street Journal, not exactly an enemy of the RNC, printed the results of a recent and devastating survey of voters. Apparently, 26% of voters have a mildly positive opinion of the GOP, and only 7% are significantly positive about it. Now, add the porcine pariah of airwaves and you have a perfect storm of loathing.

If you’re a Democrat, the most ill-advised thing you could do is jump into that pot. But that’s what has been happening. Too many Democratic officials, including members of the Obama administration, have already put one leg into the boiling stew by making statements about Limbaugh, thereby enhancing his appeal to the Republican Party and validating his popularity with its base. In the process of doing this, they are creating even more friction in Congress, assuring increased obstructionism by a desperate political party with no responsible leadership. The latest example of Democrats jumping into the pot is this “I’m sorry, Rush” website, which is one of the most juvenile political gags in recent memory. The people who came up with that one are no better than the Republicans they’ve been criticizing. And every time Rush gets one of those e-apologies, he lights up another $100 cigar and swallows another jelly donut.

It’s time for politicians on both sides of the aisle to realize that this corpulent, strutting demagogue is exploiting them all for his own self-aggrandizement. Limbaugh has been at this for the last 35 years. He wants to be a celebrity. He desperately covets admiration and power– almost as much as he hankers for those jelly donuts. Why anybody, especially the DCCC, keeps focusing a big spotlight on this human caricature is short-sighted at best. Why do key Republicans allow this radio personality to keep his pudgy-fingered grip on their party and their platform, knowing that he is one of the most unpopular people in the country? Why do Democratic officials and pundits keep giving him free air-time, when they know that will only result in boosting his already bloated ratings?

Leave Rush Limbaugh alone. He can stir that big pot just fine all by himself and, by the time he’s finished, all that will be left of the Republican Party is a few sun-bleached elephant tusks. (From the look of him the other night at CPAC, he’s already swallowed a few congressmen). In the end, he will be like the character in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”. He will nibble at that last “wafer-thin mint”, then explode, sending out lethal shrapnel of Big Macs, Whoppers, milkshakes and buffalo wings. Stand close to that pot at your own risk.

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