Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to Lose Friends and Influence No One

Demand everything, accept no compromises, and give up everything else if you can't get one thing you want
"This is not a matter of political compromise or a matter of finding some way of common ground," said Bishop Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio. "It's a matter of absolutes."
Over at Slate, Doug Kmiec takes a different view
Meanwhile, 54 percent of the Catholics in America saw exactly what I see in Barack Obama: a gifted man asking only to be a support for other men. He is an imperfect man, as we all are. His party commitments have not let his mind free of ill-considered measures like FOCA, but those who came to his side because the Republicans had defaulted on the issue of life hope the Congress enacts a law that will promote life and not invite its destruction. It is better to be part of that honest effort than the passive, smug Republican partisan complacency that thinks of the defense of human life as just another issue to be ranked and, worse, ranked lowly.
While I don't identify with the pro-life movement, I do find it sad to see how they've been taken for a ride by the Republican party. 35 years since Roe v. Wade and almost nothing to show for it except plenty of money raised for "pro-life" candidates and a nation embittered by three and a half decades of culture wars.

1 comment:

MB said...

Lucas sent me a link to your blog and how about this for synchronicity? I seriously just got off the phone with my dad arguing about the e-mail he sent me about the bishops taking on Obama! Thanks for providing the future rebuttal to my on going battles.