Senator Joseph Paine: I know how you feel, Jeff. Thirty years ago – I had those ideals, too. I was *you*. I had to make the decision you were asked to make today. And I compromised – yes! So that all these years I could stay in that Senate – and serve the people in a thousand honest ways! You’ve got to face facts, Jeff. I’ve served our state well, haven’t I? We have the lowest unemployment and the highest federal grants. But, well, I’ve had to compromise, had to play ball. You can’t count on people voting, half the time they don’t vote, anyway. That’s how states and empires have been built since time began. Don’t you understand? Well, Jeff, you can take my word for it, that’s how things are. Now I’ve told you all this because – well, I’ve grown very fond of you – about like a son – in fact, and I don’t want to see you get hurt. Now, when that deficiency bill comes up in the Senate tomorrow, you stay away from it. Don’t say a word. Great powers are behind it, and they’ll destroy you before you can even get started. For your own sake, Jeff, and for the sake of my friendship with your father, please, don’t say a word.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939
If you want to really understand the mindset of the “Personally Opposed” argument on abortion let me illustrate this with a reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew augmented by the Holy Gospel according to Sen Tim Kaine. (The Gospel of Kaine being unitalicized and indented).
Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called (Jesus) Barabbas. So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over. While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.” The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.
And Lo in the crowd stood Tim, who had heard the words of Christ over the last three years. And he turned and spoke to the guy standing next to him in the crowd and said:
“You know I’ve heard and seen Jesus. He’s done wonderful things and teaches as no other does. He’s certainly not guilty like that horrible Barabbas”
The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!”
And Lo Tim who had seen Christ called for Barabbas even louder than the rest. And the guy standing next to him seemed confused and was about to ask him about it when Tim continued: “In fact I think Jesus is the messiah for he has done miracles from God that no one else could have.”
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”
And Lo again Tim did scream “Let him be Crucified” even louder than the rest. And again the man next to him seemed confused and prepared to ask Tim about them but before he could say a word Tim spoke: “Yes sir Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God all right!”
But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”
And again Tim shouted it louder than the rest and he turned to speak to the fellow next to him but he, not able to stand it any longer, turned to Tim and spake: “Tim I don’t understand it? You say that Jesus is the messiah, the son of God, you say nobody could do the things he has done yet you are publicly crying for him to be crucified? Why?”
When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.”
And then Tim turned to his friend and said: “Well you must understand while I’m publicly committed to supporting the chief priests in the condemnation and crucifixion of Jesus Christ I think it’s a bad idea and am personally opposed to it.”
And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
and then after Tim joined in this cry his friend looked at him incredulously and spake: “Well that makes all the difference doesn’t it?”
Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.
here endith the lesson.
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