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Trivial and extreme define LA Democrats' agenda

It rather shows the depths that Louisiana’s Democrats currently plumb when their talking points consist of over-the-top complaints about Republican gubernatorial news releases and asking GOP legislators whether these opponents consider them murderers.

In the latter instance, discretion was the better part of valor when last week state Rep. Lenar Whitney demurred giving any provocative answer when, from the Senate’s Judiciary B Committee, state Sen. Karen Peterson, also state Democrats’ party chairwoman, asked her “Do I look like a murderer?” This was in response to Whitney’s assertion that to vote against her HB 701, which would prevent sex-selective abortions, meant one was “willing to kill baby girls.” It presaged Peterson’s vote against the bill that helped deadlock a vote that sidelined it.

If Whitney had been willing to speak truth to power, she could have said in response something like “If the shoe fits ….” Because, yes, if you participate in the abortion a human being as a result of it being a certain sex, you are a murderer. In fact, with the exception of when the birth of the human being would cause its mother to die so only one can be saved, any other rationale for abortion is murder, plain and simple. It may not be recognized legally as murder, depending upon the circumstances, but in the universals of human existence it is, and no amount of sublimation, deflection, projection, rationalization, or any other kind of psychological defense to avoid that truth changes this fact. It may discomfit and agitate and lead to concocting all sorts of sophistic mental gymnastics to avoid facing this truth, and it may be impolite and foment resentment against those remind of it, but it simply is.

Now, “willing to” and actually doing so are different matters, making the issue a likely non sequitur in Peterson’s case, regardless of how she “looks.” Still, her comment – which changes the subject from postulation of truth to a means of attempted redefinition of that truth, i.e. one cannot kill baby girls if one does not “look like a murderer” – indicates this desire to scramble away from the truth. She had stayed on subject with a petulant “I am not in favor of killing baby girls,” even though her past recorded votes and statements show support for abortion for any reason. Saying that may help avoid feelings of shame, but that does not make the statement true, as simple human decency and empathy for others informs us.

And while this may induce pathos over the disregard of human life articulated by Louisiana Democrats, they gave us plenty of bathos in the party’s official reaction to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s critique of presidential candidate Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s statement that U.S. foreign policy spawned terrorism, when Jindal declared by a news release from his office that such a statement demonstrated Paul “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.” That led to a state party functionary to demand action by the state’s Inspector General Stephen Street to take action on the supposition that Jindal violated the Constitution, in that Art. XI Sec. 4 states “no public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition.”

Never mind that the statement did not argue to vote against Paul and was in the same vein as past comments of his about Pres. Barack Obama when he called him “disqualified” and “incapable” of serving as commander-in-chief. Nor is Paul officially entered as a candidate in Louisiana’s presidential preference primary, qualifying for which is months away. (And, given a related section in statute, it was unclear whether the prohibition would apply to candidates for the presidency in any case.) Thus, Street was forced to conclude in his opinion that no violation had occurred, although he noted the phrase’s appearance in an official communication was none too flattering for Jindal, who has formed an exploratory committee for seeking the presidency.

Although the goofiness exhibited from this complaint extended beyond Democrat boundaries (visceral anitpathy against Jindal has a habit of provoking some generally sober and sensible observers into unhinged incoherence), that the party offers up this Pablum as a serious issue of the day indicates the abject poverty of its current agenda for Louisiana. After all, it can’t very well go out and trumpet its desire to increase taxes rather than to restructure state spending, to expand that spending and the size of government, to advocate useless regulation as solutions for problems that don’t exist, and to prevent curtailing the privileges of special interests – or that it opposes sensible restrictions to abortion. So we get this publicized instead.

Which explains why the party has to date only two candidates for statewide office this election year that only as much as have a realistic chance of making a runoff, even as they have little chance of winning. As long as it fails to understand that its agenda and ideology puts it in that place, there it will remain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's nothing at all over-the-top about asking GOP legislators if they consider pro-choice people murderers -- conservatives and pro-lifers routinely label pro-choice citizens and legislators murderers. "Abortion is murder" is written on a large number of pro-life picket signs, especially when pro-lifers invade Unitarian churches in New Orleans to call all the congregants murderers as well.
The "murder" question exposes to most fundamental hypocrisy and idiocy of the reasoning used by anti-abortion activists. Ask any pro-lifer if they think abortion is murder, and they will immediately answer "yes." Then ask them if they then believe that all women who have abortions and all doctors who perform them should be charged with murder, and you'll get absolute silence in reply.

You, as well, have stated in this post that "abortion is murder." But I'm betting everything that don't believe all women who have abortions and all doctors who perform them should be charged with murder. So you can't really say that having an abortion or performing an abortion is murder.
An embryo is not an "innocent baby," no matter how you try to twist the truth. If you held an embryo in your hand, would you feel it was "precious" and "special"? I doubt it. An embryo has no consciousness.

In effect, pro-life people are trying to change the meaning and usage of of words; you're trying to turn an unformed zygote into a "person" with feelings and intelligence. No one ever called an embryo an "unborn child" until it was started by religious zealots.

You, Mr. Sadow, are about a million miles from what I would consider to be "pro-life," when you factor in your appalling, obnoxious contempt for the poor, and your support of policy that protects only the wealthy few while you continually vilify the "idiocy" and "lack of personal responsibility" of the less fortunate among us. I wouldn't consider you or anyone pro-life until you begin to combat homelessness, support equal rights, and take action against poverty, homelessness and hunger. And I know you never will.

You are not pro-life by any definition; you are anti-woman. You're tongue is so far up Bobby Jindal's ass that it's coming out of his mouth. You want the government out of your life but you rely on it for a paycheck. You're obsessed with protecting unborn fetuses, but after nine months, you don't want to know about it - as far as you're concerned they're "on their own." Life is precious in your world, but only until it's actually born.