The Human Life Foundation's Defender of Life annual award dinner this month was an eye opener. The award recipient was Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, and in the brochure noting his accomplishments I learned that the congressman is co-chairman of the bipartisan pro-life caucus. Bipartisan? In amazement, I asked him if there really are pro-life Democrats in Congress. "Oh yes," he assured me, "about 30." He went on to name one, but I'm not going to repeat the name because he and the others probably get enough grief from other congressional Democrats.
A senior editor for National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru, introduced Mr. Smith. In his book, "The Party of Death" Mr. Ponnuru makes no bones about which political party deserves that description. I'm not sure whether it's wise to use such hyperbolic language about the nation's majority political group, and yet maybe strong words are overdue in describing the culture that's being promoted today. Abortion on demand, embryonic destruction, euthanasia, and animal rights now displace human rights. It wasn't the GOP pulling the plug on the disabled Terry Schiavo.
My sisters are Democrats, and one refuses to vote for any Republican. They are also Catholics, and Catholics have traditionally voted Democrat. I'm still amazed by how loyal Catholics are to a political machine that champions causes directly opposed to church teaching. Although I have never been a registered Democrat, I've voted for and campaigned for that party because it once fought for basic human rights. That is no longer the case. Senator Miller, who formerly represented Georgia in the upper chamber, had it exactly right when he wrote his book, "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat." He frequently says that he did not leave the Democratic Party. It left him. The Human Life Foundation, based in Manhattan, publishes a review of essays and reprints of articles exploring all aspects of respecting life. A self-described Jewish atheist, Nat Hentoff, was honored by the foundation a few years ago, and he declared that respect for life is not a religious issue: It is a fundamental human rights issue that has been clouded and deliberately distorted for a left-wing political agenda. The real horror of the Terry Schiavo case, Mr. Hentoff insists, is the danger it unleashed to the rights of the disabled................
Now what does this all mean about the anointed candidates? The mantra of the far left purports that most Americans wanted innocent Terri to suffer the death she received and that those were bad who thought an innocent should be helped. We have seen this mantra applied time and again in thinly veiled phrases so we don't make this stuff up.
Now how does this comport with elite candidates saying the very same thing? Say it ain't so, candidates! Tell Bobby Schindler you were mistaken and didn't really want his sister killed!
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., joined other GOP front-runners this week in saying Congress should have stayed out of the case of Terri Schiavo.
Thompson had already left the Senate in 2005 when many Republicans voted to get the case into federal courts. Florida courts had ruled that Schiavo's husband had the right to have her feeding tube removed, 15 years after she lapsed into an apparent vegetative state.
While a number of Republican politicians and pundits embraced the cause of Schiavo's parents and siblings at the time, most have moved away from the case, The Boston Globe reported. Few office-seekers or attendees at the "Values Voters" Summit in Washington last weekend mentioned Schiavo, even though her brother, Bobby Schindler, was there.
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, who backed the Schindlers in 2005 and continues to support their position, ended his presidential campaign last week.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted with other Republicans on the case in 2005 but started backing away from that position quickly and now says it should have been a state matter. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani say they agree.
Great column by Colon. Thanks for posting the link.
Thanks for the ping!