This declared indifference, but, as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world,—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites; causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty,—criticising the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.
Abraham Lincoln, 1854
David Griffey at his blog Daffey Thoughts, shines a light on one of the more disgusting developments this election year: the attempt by some Catholic and conservative bloggers to gin up support for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, a 100% pro-abort:
I read this opinion piece at The Imaginative Conservative, I had to ask myself: When did abortion go from being the only sin that matters to a sin that doesn’t seem to matter at all? I mean, we’re not talking about a pro-choice politician who has been sort of pro-choice. We’re talking about someone who has tried to open the gates for any and all abortions, up to and including partial birth abortion even without the mother’s life on the line. Something so heinous, that it has been called one of the worst murderous crimes in our country today. And yet, so what if Sanders supports it? Big deal, right?
I understand – and have always maintained – that there are more than one or two issues to think about in an election. But I also understood that there were certain issues that were off the table. They certainly were when it came to Romney or McCain. Certain sins that were non-negotiable. Not because they were all that mattered. But because there was no way to support them and do so in a sinless way. There was no ‘right interpretation of abortion.’ There might be different opinions on how to limit it or eliminate it. But at no point could you say ‘I support unrestricted abortion rights’ and be in the running.
Now it doesn’t just look like abortion isn’t the only big deal. As more and more Conservatives and Catholics flock to Bernie, it looks like abortion is now no big deal at all. And by my lights, that is something that will swim around and bite Conservatives, Christians and Catholics in the ass when all is said and done. Especially if all of the things that have been said about the horrors and evils of abortion through the years are still, you know, true.
Go here to read the comments. While you are there read some of the other posts. Daffey Thoughts is a gem of a blog and I visit it every day.
Leave aside for the moment that socialism in all its manifestations is just as Sir Winston Churchill said: Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. However, let us wave that away for a moment. Let us imagine that Bernie Sanders were, instead of a socialist, a conservative of my stripe. Assume that I agreed with him on every issue except for his ardent embrace of abortion. I would no more, for an instant, think of supporting him than I would think of engaging in cannibalism or incest. Legal abortion has taken the lives of 58 million innocents in this country since Roe. To make the head of this nation a man who looks upon abortion not as a monstrous evil but a constitutional right is an utter abandonment of the pro-life cause. Pro-lifers who promote this tripe are either delusional or are not really pro-life.