Since I publicly announced that I would vote for Joe Biden in November, I have received a few communications from puzzled readers. “How can you, a supposedly pro-life woman, support someone who believes in the killing of babies?” ”
I’ll try to answer for the sake of those like me who find themselves alienated from the Republican Party despite some political deals with the Trump administration.
I have been pro-life all of my adult life. I did not change. I continue to find the practice of abortion abhorrent and will persist in trying to persuade others. Although I would prefer to vote for someone who defends the right to life, I never thought that electing presidents who would agree with me would result in dramatic changes in abortion law, and law itself is not the only way to discourage abortion. The number of abortions has been steadily declining since 1981. It fell during the Republican and Democratic presidencies, and is now below the rate of 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided and when abortion was illegal in 44 states.
It is wrong to take the life of an innocent person. But other things are also immoral. It’s also wrong to defraud people, to degrade and demonize, to incite violence, to intimidate, and while we’re at it, to steal, to bear false witness, to commit adultery. and covet.
Donald Trump is a daily, if not hourly, assault on the very idea of morality, even as he erases the truth. Its influence is like sulfuric acid on our civic ties. Its cruelty is contagious. Remember how he made fun of a disabled journalist in 2016? His supporters have either denied the obvious facts or insisted that while Trump himself may be “politically incorrect,” his supporters would not be swayed by this aspect of his character.
Alas, they are. Consider the incredibly moving moment at the Democratic National Convention when young anti-stuttering Braydon Harrington introduced Joe Biden. That night, an Atlantic editor with the same affliction tweeted, “This is what stutterers face every day. I am in awe of Braydon’s courage and determination. This prompted Austin Ruse, author of “The Catholic Case for Trump,” to tweet in response, “Wwwwww-what?
It’s not just a question of style. By order of Donald Trump, thousands of children, including hundreds under the age of 4, have been forcibly separated from their parents at the border. Pro-lifers are kind to the most vulnerable members of society. So images like this must stir something. To separate children from their parents is a barbaric act. In the crush of outrages over the past three and a half years it has been swallowed up, but the horror of what has been done on our behalf must never be forgotten.
This is all familiar to Trump supporters, but they will vote for him because they think the left is much worse.
Typically subtle Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida told the RNC that Biden and the Democrats are going to “disarm you, empty the jails, lock you up in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door.” And the funded police are not on their way.
Funny, but I could have sworn the Democratic Party nominated Joe Biden last week, not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Look, there are extremists on the left, and the Democratic Party has a weakness for not calling them out. Democrats are doing the truth and doing a disservice by trying to cover up the looting, arson and vandalism that has persisted in Portland, Chicago and other cities throughout the summer.
But it’s dishonest, and frankly, a little hysterical, to attempt to hang every sin of the left around Joe Biden’s neck. He is not radical and the party that appointed him has shown that its centrist core is stronger than its extremist wing.
In the wake of renewed violence following another gruesome police shootout, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Biden issued a humane statement expressing his deep sympathy for Jacob Blake and his family, the indignation at what happened and also condemnation of violence, stating: communities is not a protest, it is unnecessary violence. … That’s wrong. ”Biden hit exactly the right note.
The argument that the left is worse does not persuade me. As strange as it is to write these words after more than 30 years as a Conservative columnist, I have to say that when you compare the state of the two major parties today, Republicans are scarier.
It is the Republican Party that has officially become a personality cult, declaring that he will not adopt a platform but will simply follow whatever Trump dictates. And it is the Republican Party that is now opening its arms to the followers of a new deranged and dangerous cult called QAnon. The FBI has designated QAnon as a national terrorist threat, but Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has pledged to provide committee assignments to Marjorie Taylor Greene, if she is elected in November.
There is putrefaction where the essence of the Republican Party should be, and the appointment of pro-life judges cannot mask the stench. So this conservative votes for the Democrats. Will the GOP reform? I hope. But my priority is not to try to cure the Republican Party. He’s trying to heal the country.
Mona Charen is a senior fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Policy.
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