Two More Faux Lifers Sell Out

In early June, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels called for a "truce" on the part of social conservatives saying that issues like abortion have to take a back seat to the country's economic problems. He went on to suggest that all other concerns are insignificant by comparison and that social conservatives are, "going to just have to agree to get along" until these fiscal issues are resolved.

So let's see if I've got this straight. Currently, the American abortion industry is slicing open and bleeding out somewhere between 3000 and 3500 helpless babies per day. Meanwhile, those of us in the pro-life movement are battling for these children on as many fronts and in as many ways as our resources will allow. But Daniels, who actually claims to be pro-life, wants us to suspend our efforts even though this slicing and bleeding business will continue unabated.

I realize that I am not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm pretty sure that a "truce" is when both sides of a conflict agree to suspend hostilities. In this case, since we are the only ones being told to stand down, it seems to me that what Daniels is calling for is more of a "unilateral surrender" than a truce.

In any event, now comes Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour, who also claims to be pro-life. Wednesday morning, he told reporters in Washington that he agreed with Daniel's assessment. He then went on to characterize social issues like abortion as merely "rabbit trails" that drain resources away from more important economic concerns.

Naturally, political supporters of these two have been quick to defend them by claiming that their pro-life bona fides are above reproach. These people are either lying, stupid or drowning in a sea of denial. No one who is sincerely pro-life would ever suggest that financial issues trump the wholesale slaughter of innocent children. Daniels and Barbour, and others like them, may be willing to fatten their bank accounts by tossing the unborn to the sharks but, make no mistake, legitimate pro-lifers are not.

Of course, these people will counter with the point that if we don't solve these financial problems the country may not survive and I have no doubt that this is true. But I am going to say something that is equally true but no one wants to hear. Simply put, if our nation continues to butcher the innocent children that God sends to us, then we have no right to survive and no long-term prospects of surviving. We can make America into the most financially prosperous place on earth with a military that guarantees no aggression against us from anyone else on the planet. But if we think that will insulate us from the holocaust in which we are currently engaged, we are living in a fool's paradise.

Returning to Daniels and Barbour, as news headlines go, the fact that a couple of high-level politicians are exposed as phonies does not rank up there with "Japan Surrenders!" In fact, it may not even be the real story here.

Both of these guys have been mentioned as potential presidential candidates in 2012 and both of them are savvy campaigners. Barbour was even the Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997. So why would such seasoned politicians say these things when there is no need to do so and the elections are still over two years in the future? My suspicion is that these statements might be "trial balloons" designed to test whether the pro-life community would be willing to accept a pro-abortion Republican next time around. In effect, it may be that we are being conditioned to believe that, as loyal Americans, we should be willing to sell-out our principles for the "greater good" of the country.

Now I realize that what I'm saying here has a kind of "grassy knoll" feel to it. But believe me, in the world of American politics, stranger things than this happen every single day.

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You have much more wisdom than these two bozos combined as well as many who mark an "R" behind their names! The battle is All about the Life (versus death) issue. I get so incensed that people think they can compartmentalize their lives. Either one has a total worldview that encompasses all that he/she believes and does or he is just being hypocritical. I think it is the latter.

Thank you so much for your blogs.
# Posted By Patricia | 9/13/10 3:10 PM
I have a hard time taking a lot of pro-life politicians seriously. We've all talked about holding the politicians "feet to the fire" but doesn't it beg the question...WHY??? Politicians go into office to serve the people and if they say they are pro-life (and work to get our vote) and believe that the unborn should have equal protection under the law, why would we have to hold their feet to the fire? Shouldn't they be motivated to do something, anything? How much support should we offer to politicians whose feet we need to hold to the fire when time and time again we have seen many of these same politicians turn their back on the unborn and us when push comes to shove.

If Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour have big political ambitions it may be that they somehow want to appear a "moderate" on abortion however since we are talking about life and death, there is no wiggling room to be a moderate. Abandoning the unborn now is abandoning the future of our nation and if they sell out now, don't you wonder what else they would sell out on?
# Posted By Mary | 9/14/10 9:32 PM
We've known the wives of our last three Republican, pro-life presidents were pro-choice. Somehow they could turn their backs on their experiences as mothers so they could blend in with all the other "ladies who lunch".

Worse, I'm afraid that well over half of our "party of life" have never thought this through, and are only nominally pro-life.
# Posted By Hans | 9/16/10 7:20 PM
I think the American public is so desensitized and apathetic that they actually don't believe politicians can ever be trusted to keep their campaign promises. Americans need a "breath of fresh air" in candidates that actually live out their principles and gives their constituents someone to believe in again. This election cycle has prompted me to get off my butt and get involved in the process locally, though I am still skeptical that all the conservative candidates running for office will prove their pro-life beliefs. For my own part, I will continue to submit letters to the editor that lift the veil covering the facts about Planned Parenthood and contraception fallacies.
# Posted By Linda | 9/17/10 10:44 AM

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