Livin' it up, American style

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Enough already with the 'rights for the unborn' thing, let's see some rights for the living.

When the Military Commissions Act of 2006 came before the Congress, the vote for and against it split along party lines. Almost all the Democrats voted against the bill (with a few notable exceptions. why, Sherrod Brown, why?), and almost all the Republicans voted for the bill. I have a difficult time understanding the contradictions within the Republican party. How can the party that proudly labels itself pro-life vote to continue a program that tortures and sometimes kills other people?

The Republican party is the champion of the unborn, wanting to restrict abortions as much as possible in order to protect the sanctity of life. They also are against embryonic stem cell research, saying that those frozen embryos are living humans, even though research done with the cells could save the lives of living and breathing humans. But yet they are also the party that supports the death penalty, and condones torture. I don't get it. I see much less contradiction in the Democrat's platform, which supports stem cell research to save the lives of currently post-birth humans and condemns the death penalty and torture. Most Democrats are just as anti-abortion as Republicans. They don't want to see pregnant women get abortions, they want to prevent the unwanted pregnancy in the first place.

But I don't want to go down the dead end road of the abortion discussion. I just wanted to point out the contradictions in the Republican party's stance of being pro-life only sometimes. Maybe they are just pro-life when it comes to certain people. If you are a convicted killer, or a suspected terrorist, your life is less important. But then we are getting into the dangerous area of thinking that we have the right to make value judgements on whose life is more important. It is even worse that we have given a group like the CIA the power to make that judgement. We are on a slippery, slippery slope, and I think this new torture law (and the death penalty) should worry anyone, Republican or Democrat.


  • dem politisians do not need to worry.

    all dem terrists need worry.

    torture is good, keeps the exalted country safe.

    i and i supports the new law.

    god bless dem poor souls of the cIa and the citigens of the exalted country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

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