After the media declared John McCain the Republican nominee, two very revealing things happened. First, Mike Huckabee gave a concession speech that was not only gracious but inspiring. About midway through, he began to talk about the issues he considered to be the most important ones facing our country. The first one he mentioned was protecting the right to life of the unborn. Later in the evening, Senator McCain took to the air to acknowledge his victory. Like Huckabee, he also gave a laundry list of what he considers the important issues of the day. But unlike Huckabee, he never once mentioned the plight of the unborn.
McCain’s cold indifference should serve as a reminder to the pro-life movement of why it is so abysmally foolish for us to put any faith in the Republican Party. To begin with, the gated-community, limousine liberals who control the GOP have no interest in the abortion issue. These people are motivated by money and self-interest, and there is simply no money or self-interest in saving babies. Over the years, their attitude toward the pro-life movement is roughly the same as it would be toward a cockroach they might step on during a 3am trip to the bathroom.
Additionally, even if they were interested in the abortion battle, they are totally unsuited for it. Since the day this struggle began, it has never been an ivory-tower debate by people in plaid smoking jackets with elbow patches. And it never will be. Instead, it is the political equivalent of a brawl in a waterfront bar. The problem is, while McCain is indeed a war hero, the Republican Party as a whole is made up of a bunch of guys whose mammas used to dress them for college. On a fraternity dare, they might go into a waterfront bar, but when the first punch is thrown the only thing you can be certain of is that you’re about to hear the unmistakable pitter-patter of fine leather wingtips stampeding toward the door.
On the other hand, this is exactly the kind of fight their opponents relish. It is hardly a secret that, since the 1960s, the Democrat Party has devolved into a political sanctuary for every brand of godless pervert, social misfit and moral degenerate in America. Naturally, this is reflected in the kind of candidates they run for office. In a political bar fight, they are completely amoral people who will lie, cheat, steal, or wallow in the filthiest cesspool if that’s what it takes to win. In a nutshell, they are the kind of scorched-earth activists who scare the Republicans to death.
The point is, the Democrats are almost always wrong on social issues and will fight to the death for them, while the Republicans are generally right on the issues but don’t care enough to fight. Of course, in both cases, the results for the unborn are the same.
If my fellow pro-lifers want to support McCain as some sort of lesser-of-evils salvage operation, so be it. But right now, the pro-life movement needs to be real clear about one thing. Whoever wins in November, it won’t be us. We’ve already lost. My suggestion is that we not wait around until after the election to acknowledge that fact. This is not the time to put the pro-life effort on hold; it is the time to decide how we are going to proceed. Over 3000 babies are dying every day and they can’t afford for us to be patient. At this moment, our job is to figure out how to stop the killing without any help from the Republican Party. The good news is, for the last 35 years we’ve been proving that we can do just that. We just didn’t realize it.