As the shrinking but critical band of undecided voters make their decisions in the 2004 presidential race—and make no mistake, no decision is ultimately a decision, too—it is worth taking time to examine some of the thoughts that are crossing their minds.
I hope you know how I feel about Terri Schiavo, but this quote from Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia (CURE) is particularly satisfying to me:
As for CURE, lest there be any confusion in a matter in which clarity is critical, we simply reaffirm that starving a man to death was murder long before Moses received the Ten Commandments and it will remain so until the last human dies.
I'm so sad sometimes these days. Terri's situation is clear to me, but I can at least wrap some part of my brain around the arguments that many make in defense of her husband, I really can.
But with an election on the horizon, abortion is not ever far from my active consciousness, and I can honestly say that I am dumbfounded that supposedly rational people actually think that killing a fetus is okay. I don't get it. Surely no one is persisting in an argument that this is not a life, so it simply comes down to this; the value of an adult female is greater than the value of a fetus. Is that it? I know there are some pro-choice readers out there. Help me understand.
I despise capital punishment, and current events in Texas make it obvious that it should be stopped. And if I actually believed John Kerry was opposed to capital punishment that might tickle my vote meter.
I hate that lives are still being lost in Iraq (although I am nearly positive that already and even more so over the long run, the balance will be far outweighed by lives saved), and if I actually believed John Kerry had a clue as to how to make things better, that might register on my voting consciousness a bit as well.
But all of that pales in comparison to the fact that we've slaughtered 45 million Americans in the last three decades for no reason other than that we want absolute freedom of sexual whateverness.
How could anyone possibly even consider putting someone in office who will do everything in his power to continue that slaughter? Help me understand. [Emphasis added.]
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.