Abortion is the third pillar of the three great American evils that the democratic party has supported. The first was Slavery, the second was Jim Crow and the third is Abortion (Ironically all three target blacks and/or minorities). The day will come when people shake their heads wondering what folks were thinking for abortion in the same way they do on the others.
DaTechGuy We’re Fighting the Bloody Lot 1/20/2011
On this day of the annual Right to life march I hit a nerve with one of my liberal friends on twitter.
I was hitting Wendy Davis on her false narrative and pointed out that her claim to fame is supporting late-term abortion. Once I tweeted that the entire thread became about abortion where I was fighting a lone pro-life battle (perhaps all my friends are in DC marching).
During the debate a woman scoffed at my dismissal of “choice” saying I would never have to make that “choice” when I answered
That struck a nerve and brought an instant reaction from a regular liberal member of my Magnificent Panel Maxine Baptise:
Maxine’s offense not withstanding I’ve been equating Abortion & Slavery for a long time. So for the sake of those who do not understand the argument let me make it as plain as possible. In order to morally justify slavery it is necessary to do one or more of the following:
1. Deny the Humanity of the slave:
Marshal: They’re mutants! Mutts! They’re diseased! To be wiped off the face of the planet!
Doctor Who The Mutants 1972
If a Slave is not human then you are not enslaving a human being so it doesn’t matter if you own a slave or how you treat one.
1a. Admit the humanity of the slave but maintain it is inferior.
Col Montgomery: Look around. You really think anybody’s gonna put these boys into real combat? Do you? They’re little children, for God’s sake. They’re little monkey children.
If you can’t deny the actual humanity of a slave you can instead insist that the slave is a lower form of life, Alexander Stephens (D-GA) famously made that case in the what has been called the cornerstone speech:
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.
Hey slavery is OK these people are an inferior race.
2. Emphasize the slave as property not as a person.
Calvin Candie:Seeing as you won’t pay a penny for this pickaninny here, you won’t mind me handling this nigger here any way I see fit? Django:He’s your nigger.
Django unchained 2012
If you can’t manage to deny the humanity of the slave the next step is to emphasize the slave as property. After all the slave is owned by someone else and you have no business telling someone what to do with their own property.
3. Insist that the alternative is worse:
Captain Kirk: If we win, the Enterprise and its crew leaves here in safety. Further more, all the thralls on the planet must be freed.
Provider Two: Anarchy. They would starve.
Star Trek The Gamesters of Triskelion 1968
Haggis: I hear they’re deserting ten at a time.
Col Shaw: Oh, you’re misinformed. We haven’t had a single incident.
Kendrick: I figure the nigs never had it so good. Three square a day, a root over their heads.
If you can’t make the humanity or the property argument then you can make the “they’re better off” under slavery after all how do you expect these people to feed themselves or clothe themselves, in fact you’re doing a public service by providing for those poor innocent soles. Much better to leave them where they were. And if all else fails and you can’t find a moral justification for slavery you can find one to ignore it…
4. Maintain it’s none of our business:
Cetshayo: Do I go to the country of the white man and tell him to change his laws and customs?
Zulu Dawn 1979
I remember (although I can’t for the life of me find the quote) reading of a contemporary Englishman during the time of the civil war not understanding why Americans would bother to fight a war because one side wants to hire their servants by the other while the other chooses to hire them for life. What business is it if the Barbary Pirates, or the Romans, or the British or the Spanish or the Americans or anyone else choose to hold slaves? Live and let live you mind your business and I’ll mind mine if we do that we’ll all get along better. It’s not out business.
5. Insist It’s settled law
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person. US Constitution Article 1 Section 9 No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.
US Constitution Article 4 Section 2 (cancelled by 13 Amendment)
The US constitution specifically allowed slavery and the importation of slaves until 1808. State Constitutions allowed it and it’s been the law of the land since those states were colonies. It’s one thing to forbid slavery in areas where it didn’t exist before but this is settled law and we’ve better off letting it be.
6. And finally maintain we can’t really do anything about it anyways
Stephen: You can’t destroy Candieland! we’ve been here. There’s always going to be a Candieland!
Django Unchained 2012
Even if you don’t like slavery w hat do you expect us to do? Raise millions of troops and fight a war costing hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars of property to end it? Even people who had no interest in slavery would fight against us?
Early in the conflict, he used to say, a squad of Union soldiers closed in on a ragged Johnny Reb. Figuring that he did not own slaves, nor had much interest in the constitutional question of secession, they asked him: “What are you fighting for, anyhow?” The Confederate replied: “I’m fighting because you’re down here.”
The Guardian June 5th 2005 Obit for Shelby Foote
Fight a way to end slavery, that’s just crazy religious extremist talk!
If those arguments seems familiar that’s because you have been hearing then for 40+ years on the subject of Abortion.
1. Abortion doesn’t kill a person
“The fetus is biologically human only in the sense that any part of a human body is human: every cell carries the full genetic code. A severed hand is genetically human as well but we don’t call it a person.” Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
1a. The Unborn are humans but not “people”
2. My Body my choice
3. Do you want more poor children in the world?
4. Don’t want an abortion? Don’t have one.
5 & 6 Roe v wade is settled law and it’s a waste of time and resources to fight abortion.
I want to close with one more tweet from today…
I suspect this tweet from the Pope will not get a whole lot of play today from the media that has lionized him.
…and a thought from 2009
slavery was accepted as a fact of life for ten thousand years until a British Christian Named William Wilberforce pushed a government tirelessly. And this was in a society that harbored contempt and ridicule and stigmatization for religious enthusiasm. The elites or “polite society” considered it a transgression to believe and practice
Slavery has existed as long as human history. I suspect no person alive today can fail to find a slave in their ancestry if they go back far enough. It took the might of the Royal Navy to end the slave trade in the 1800’s and while slavery still exists in the world, particularly and ironically in Africa the reason why it is a hidden trade rather than an open one was due to the efforts of Christians like Wilberforce who withstood the same barbs that Christians who oppose abortion do today.
Update: Just heard on EWTN Everyone who was for Slavery was free, everyone who is for abortion is alive.