My Body My Choice, Drill Baby Drill, Hmm… Not So Much
The “My body, my choice!” crowd simply ignores the truth claim that there is another body in the mix that isn’t being accounted for- that’s why the abortion procedure is not viewed like a normal medicinal/surgical treatment. Yes, that “other body” happens to be temporarily residing inside their mother’s body- but that does not change the facts of life for the unborn human life in the first phases of natural development. A parallel mantra could be introduced at Democratic Party functions- whereupon a budding candidate could shout out “My house, my choice!” and go on to explain that he means that any child living in his home is his property and if he wants to invite some hunters over to kill one or all of his kids- that’s his business- keep the government out of it! And keep your rosaries off his home mortgage- what happens in one’s home stay’s in one’s home- that’s what the right to privacy means. Now, I cannot yet imagine a crowd of Democrats cheering that line- but if it got framed somehow as a woman’s right or as a right of privacy- then it would be on par with abortion on-demand logic.
Now “Drill baby Drill!” always made me cringe even before the BP fiasco- back when I was a candidate for Florida State House I promised to lead the protests against off shore drilling here in Florida. It seemed to me that in the “Sunshine State” this would be the perfect place to begin bold and broad experiments in net-metering solar energy- turning every home and business with a roof into an energy producing unit- start with one county and see how it goes. The very idea of just mindlessly supporting more drilling in the Ocean to get at more oil without exhausting other less polluting options- seemed like the type of thinking that leads to the groupthink of machismo- macho men who like drilling holes and blowing up stuff, drilling random women ( if they could), and parading their toughness in public to perhaps offset their own deeper masculine insecurities. These are the images I have when I hear some politician shouting “Drill baby! Drill!”- and when Sarah Palin does it I feel even more repulsion- what is this she-male macho thing that seems so big in America these days?
It isn’t that drilling for oil offshore is to be completely and always off-limits- but like with nuclear energy anywhere- there had better be a very, very, very good system of regulation, safety precautions, step-by-step plans for the mitigation of any possible scenario of ecological mishap/disaster. My concern when I was running for office was first off to be rational/ecological/economical in pushing for governmental leadership in beginning the transfer in energy production over to state-of-the-art solar opportunities- not waiting for the “market forces” because let’s face it America is a mixed economy of government/corporate/labor union power blocs- the free market exists in a laboratory somewhere perhaps- I am not an ideologue so I look at the real world as she stands. Government can stand on the side with the energy corporations that wish to keep Florida and America dependent on fossil fuels, or the Government powers can attempt to direct the economic forces a bit to give some new kids on the block, with new energy ideas,a chance to take root and prosper- the common good is the whole purpose of government according to Catholic social doctrine- corporations hardly hold the common good as their first priority- that priority belongs to satisfying the major investors of said corporate entity. So, for example BP is first and foremost concerned with their stock and profit position before they are concerned over the human lives and environment- this drives them to try at all turns to withhold information that may be helpful to the cause of stopping the oil leak but damaging in terms of their public relations position.
Now that my concerns over drilling offshore have been confirmed in a way I couldn’t have anticipated because even I assumed that before the government gave permits to oil rigs, the companies would have some very elaborate tried and true means of keeping huge spills like the one in our Gulf on the books and ready to go should a disaster take place. I was opposed to the oil drilling because I felt that even the normative spillage would be too much given the fragile state of affairs in all of our waterways. Now I am just beyond myself in outrage over the incompetence of government- who would appear to be a subsidiary of the major corporations rather than an impartial protector of the common good, and the greed of the corporate entities- which I know is always a major factor for bad decisions that work against the common good on a regular basis.
So- now we have the American Left cheering the killing of babies, and the American Right cheering for the macho drilling for oil right off of our shorelines- perhaps some are re-thinking that one or are just trying to find excuses to explain that the whole problem is because of government regulations rather than having better regulators on the job. But I think “The Leak” is so obvious that many people are going to want to discuss this more openly and honestly than in the past. But the American Left is clearly not facing such an existential crisis of “faith”- the killing of the unborn continues going on quietly and effectively- the damages are well concealed in incinerators and in human hearts broken by the choice to kill their own children. So, maybe it will take more pressing demands from pro-lifers to get the facts straight about what abortion means, what it looks like, why it is so completely evil as to beg for our society to be judged as criminally collectively insane. So take a look at the “Silent Scream” type documentaries that show abortions caught in the act of killing actual developing children- and take a good, long look at the photos of aborted children, and then look at documentaries like “In the Womb” which show the normal pregnancy and normal situation of a child that is nurtured by parents and society- how good that is, and how bad it makes the “My body, my choice!” advocates appear- they begin to look like the crowd scene in “Horton Hears a Who” when the masses are whipped up to destroy the lives that only Horton can hear- but finally the Who-villers are heard- by Horton, then by a child, then slowly and surely, everyone can hear the tiny lives. Right now, as a pro-lifer, I am in the shoes of Horton, and I’m not giving up until every Who-ville destroyer can hear the voice of the unborn- maybe through the ultrasound documentaries, maybe just in the stillness of their own quiet hearts- away from the howling mobs at political rallies.