I’m Pro-Life, And I’m Tired of Being Taken For Granted

Much has been made of Rick Santorum’s off-the-cuff comment today that we might be better off with Obama than with Mitt Romney:

You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the etch a sketch candidate of the future.

Bless his heart. Some people, such as Romney, need a focus group to choose their own socks, and produce a lawyerly statement absolving themselves of all future claims when trying to say “I love you”. Rick, on the other hand, can’t filter his words–or keep his mouth shut–to save his own life.

My wife would say that he reminds her of someone she knows well, but I digress.

Just as Romney’s communication manager was speaking a central truth of politics as we have come to know and loathe it when he said that Romney was nothing more than an Etch A Sketch, and had no intention of keeping any of his promises once the primaries were over, Santorum, in his own clumsy way, was also speaking a central truth: Unless Romney can convince strong conservatives and pro-lifers to support him, many will sit out this election, and he may fail to become president.

And it is getting late in the day, and Romney is going backwards, not forwards, in trying to get our support.

Pro-lifers, in particular, are the abused step-children of the GOP. When not being told to shut up by the likes of “pro-life champions” such as Newt Gingrich, they are maligned, double-crossed, and thrown under the bus at nearly every occasion. Always, in the name of partisan victory, we are being told to support this or that non-pro-life alternative for the good of the team, and because, after all, Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and their ilk are better than the other guys, and will give the GOP votes in the Senate, except when we need them most.

Here is the problem: A lot of us joined the GOP and the conservative movement because of this one issue, abortion. For years, it has been our energy, our money, our support, and our votes which have enabled “conservative” candidates to get into office and stay there. Yet, once they get to Washington, they seem to forget what they are there for, and simply do what they want.

Now we have a candidate in Romney who no longer even pretends that he cares what we think. The only reason he has given people to vote for him is that he is not as bad as the other guy.

Enough.

The central issue facing America today is not the economy, not jobs, and not gas prices. The central issue is its soul. I am not saying that these other issues are not important: I am saying only that they are not central.

As an expatriate I have spent years living in countries where the only thing the people care about are economic issues, and where people have surrendered their souls to them. (Japan is a textbook example of this, but there are many others.) When this occurs, people give up their rights and freedom in return for the promise of prosperity. As a consequence, their own government becomes completely unresponsive to them. Unpopular policies are pursued, the public be damned. In the name of economic prosperity, the government plays favorites with industry, allowing some companies to succeed, and dooming others to failure. Absent checks and balances, the government and then industry becomes completely bureaucratized and tied up in red tape. Since the whole country becomes one big bureaucracy where advancement is based upon connections rather than merit, mediocrity becomes the norm, and the most brutal and stupidest members of society end up running the show. Concurrent with this, society and government calcifies to the point where it becomes impossible to change things, ever. At the same time, the economy stalls and goes into a tailspin, and there is nothing either business or government can do to get it restarted. The only hope is to leave and go somewhere else. And millions do exactly that.

I have seen this happen with my own eyes, and am watching it develop in at least two countries right now–one being the US. And I can tell you where it starts: It starts when people put economic prosperity before all else, even before the most basic of moral values, such as the sanctity of life.

Japan aborted itself into oblivion. This has to be said. The country has no hope because a whole generation of young people were killed in the womb even before they were born. This was the country’s future–and they killed it.

In America, we have been engaged in a fight about values since the 1960s. This fight culminated in the election of a government completely devoid of any values at all, and the country has quickly gone down the toilet as a result.

Now we are faced with the prospect of a GOP nominee who sought and got the endorsement of pro-abortion groups when he ran for governor in 2002. Indeed, for most of his public life, stretching back to 1994, Romney has been a pro-abortion politician. Romney did not reveal a change of heart towards this issue until 2005. For all practical purposes, this coincided with his plans to run for president in 2008. Now his longtime associate and communications director is telling liberals, “Don’t worry about Mitt–he’s just saying all this conservative stuff to get the nomination. He really doesn’t believe it.”

How cynical and completely devoid of values is that?

Just the other day, William Kristol made this comment about Mitt Romney’s speech after his win in Illinois:

Watching Mitt Romney’s victory speech in Illinois didn’t reassure me about his chances against President Obama. (Watch it yourself to see if I’m being unfair.) Romney’s remarks consisted basically of the claim that the business of America is business, that he’s a businessman who understands business, and that we need “economic freedom” not for the sake of freedom but to allow business to fuel the economy. It’s true that Romney will have plenty of time to improve for the general election, if, as seems likely (but still not inevitable!), he wins the nomination. But if he sticks with this core message, we’d better hope Republicans and independents are really determined to get rid of Barack Obama.

That pretty much sums it up. Romney believes in business. He believes in decency (which is not at all, by the way, a moral value; see here), he believes that he is good and would make a good president, and he believes in his family. But that is about it. Yet, apart from the bit about business, we have just described Obama. If this is all Romney’s candidacy comes down to, then it is not really worth the trouble voting for him. Seriously.

I believe that the most important issues facing America today all come down to moral values. Since I believe that, I just have to say that I cannot be bought. And, essentially, by promising that he can heal the economy, but being uninterested in anything else, Romney is wanting to buy my vote. This is the same deal being peddled in Asia. This is the same deal the Japanese bought into. Buy the votes of the people by promising them economic prosperity, and then ignore them after the election. And this deal leads to nothing but the economic and spiritual death of a country.

I would rather die fighting than sell my vote in such a cheap and tawdry deal.

So, no, unless Romney is able to convince me, for example, that he will–at a bare minimum–appoint pro-life judges, I will not vote for him, even if it means Obama is reelected.

I refuse to sell my soul–or my vote–merely for low gas prices or economic prosperity. America means too much to me.

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10 Responses to I’m Pro-Life, And I’m Tired of Being Taken For Granted

  1. Sharon Kuhn says:

    We as pro-life conservatives can’t ignore the BEST and STRONGEST pro-life candidate in the race..Ron Paul. He is a TRUE Christian, known on BOTH sides as being a man of principle. He does NOT change what he believes to get votes. Ron Paul is a OB/GYN that has personally delivered over 4000 babies!! He talks graphically of the horror that abortion is. Coming directly from a doctor, that stance has weight and gets respect. He is changing the minds of the college crowd!!! How vital is that to the pro-life cause?

    I watched him online at a pro-life conference. Ron Paul wants to expend the protection of the constitution to clearly included the unborn not just let it be decided by who’s in power on the federal level. However he does NOT favor a federal ban on abortion. Why? 1) Because it is much easier and FASTER to win on a state level. Babies are being murdered now!! This must be stopped by the fastest means at our disposal. 2) Even if we win on a federal level now, the next administration could overturn the win and the states could not override it. A constitutional protection of the unborn is the only one that would insure their safety.

    HOPE this get approved. You may disagree, but please hear me out.

    I am dismayed that so many people are letting the liberal and conservative news media (and the Republican status quo) define Ron Paul. At first, the conservative media and talk shows making fun of him or ignoring him, made me dismiss him. I watched the debates in full. Crazy Uncle Ron… being booed for purposing using the golden rule in be used in regard to foreign policy…”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    Media blackouts, lies, marginalization, and voter fraud have marred Ron Paul’s candidacy. I truly can accept if Ron Paul does not win the election in a fair fight. My biggest disappointment is conservative people buying into this. He is the ONLY one I truly trust to do what he says. He is a TRUE constitutionalist. Don’t believe Ron Paul is cutting secret deals with Romney. That is another ploy to try to hurt his support. He has frequently exposed all 3 men as flip-floppers and untrustworthy.

    IOWA announced IN ADVANCE that there was NO WAY Ron Paul would ever win the caucus. He was HEAVILY favored. He rallies had thousands. He was clearly ahead. Then came the SECRET counting of the ballots. 8 counties who clearly favored Ron Paul had their votes magically disappear… never to be seen again. Voter fraud was also rampant in MAINE and NEVADA . Big question marks remain in many other States as well. He has NEVER won a state because he has not been allowed to win!!

    You only have to see the big number of people that show up when Ron Paul speaks to KNOW he is not as unpopular as we are being led to believe. He wants to stop America’s involvement is all these wars we can’t win and bring our troops home to protect America. He wants to bring the USA OUT of bankruptcy. (According to key economists, Ron Paul’s plan is the ONLY one that will.)

    ALL of Ron Paul’s support comes from real people NOT super pacs, banks and special interest groups. Democrats and independents who have turned against Obama will get his vote. None say they would vote for the other 3. Ron Paul is the CLEAR CONTRAST to Obama that we pro-lifers need to win. If Obama gets in 4 more years he will continue the federal power grab and pro-lifers will have no chance to save babies. Any state regulations against abortion will be blocked and overturned,

    So alas, I am with you, I refuse to sell my soul–or my vote. Ron Paul is the ONLY true pro-life candidate that I trust. I refuse to let the Republican party force me to vote for their candidate just to keep Obama from getting elected. I would rather have a true liberal in, than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Besides, if the country goes bankrupt because of the plans furthered by the other 3, survival will be only agenda. Pro-life will truly be a seen as a side issue.

    Maybe loss of the voters would force the republican party to see we can’t be held hostage. I am done voting for the lesser of two evils.

    • John Scotus says:

      Two quick points:
      1) Ron Paul is not even as pro-life as Romney. He would let states decide the issue, and he is in favor of the morning after pill.
      2) Ron Paul is not now and has never been seriously running for president. He is interested in building his mailing list, gaining influence for himself, and furthering his son’s political career, and that is it. You’ve been conned.

      • Sharon Kuhn says:

        To John Scotus:
        1) Ron Paul IS pro-life but is also a constitutionalist and believes that abortion is best dealt with on a state level. (See my explanation above.) As for the Morning After Pill it is NOT an abortion pill but rather a contraception pill. It prevents ovulation and/or the attaching of the egg to the uterus wall… hence no pregnancy. Would MUCH rather see a pregnancy prevented rather than a woman use abortion for birth control.
        2) Ron Paul IS very serious about running for president. He and Mitt Romney are acknowledged to have the BEST ground game of all the candidates. He is in it to win it because he loves this country, not for his own glory. Furthermore, he has stood firm in the face of media blackout, lies, voter fraud, name calling, and exhaustion. If he wasn’t serious he would have quit like many of the other candidates. If you believe he is not serious you have been conned.

    • Even if you think abortion *should* be handled at the state level, Roe v. Wade shut that door for good. The Supreme Court (wrongly) found a right to abortion in the Constitution, and states cannot override the US Constitution. The only way to defeat abortion is by overturning Roe v. Wade.

        • Sharon Kuhn says:

          Ron Paul has pledged to help overturn Roe Vs Wade. He also will appoint pro-life judges.

          • John Scotus says:

            I am simply not interested in him, and never will be. And the more you push, the less interested I become.

            • Sharon Kuhn says:

              John I am not trying to push you or anyone into anything. I am just answering the misconceptions about Ron Paul’s positions. Knowing the truth and rejecting someone is far different than rejecting someone based on lies.

              I myself had firmly dismissed Ron Paul as a candidate until I did my own research on YouTube and watched him speak at the pro-life convention .

              No matter who you support, I do agree that I resent pro-life voters being taken for granted and held hostage.

  2. Romney’s real problem is that it’s not just the pro-life movement that’s revolting against him. My main concern is the economy, and I’ve said similar things myself. I’ve seen others concerned about civil liberties, or health care, or entitlements also say they might sit it out or go third party. Whether or not we actually do, I guess we’ll find out in November, but Romney’s going to have to work very hard to win back the people he’s chasing away now.

    • John Scotus says:

      Thanks for the comment. It is true that many others are disenchanted with him, but for their own reasons. I just gave mine. He’s being presented as some kind of great hope for the GOP, but day by day he just looks more and more like a dog with fleas.

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