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Aborting Single-Issue Voting Habits

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Roe v. Wade is on the mind of the electorate, and political lip-servers are frothing at the mouth. We can rest assured that this election will be little different than others in that partisans will construct bogeymen of one another while their parties will employ the grossest of guilt manipulation in hope of convincing those middle-of-the-road types to dread their sensibility. Whether it is squawking about coat-hangers or babies being murdered on every street corner, one could bet their bottom buck that the rhetoric will run as thick as an Appalachian drawl.

Matters of life and death are never pretty, and history has shown us that the actions to be taken are not always as black and white as we may wish them to be. This is especially true in politics. The role of the politician has become so vast, especially for those who take an office in the District of Columbia, that the concept of voting on a single-issue has all but become an outdated concept. If I may be so daring, I would say it has already passed its utility. But don’t tell that to the partisans! They will have my head.

This can be seen most definitively in regards to abortion. My fellow pro-lifers tend to minimize other “life” issues. Consequently, a politician’s position on abortion, and abortion alone, has become the litmus test for culturally conservative voters. Republicans have capitalized on this, realizing that they have only to give the issue minimum lip-service to convince the pro-life electorate that they are the lesser or two evils in any given election. They may be neoconservative war-hawks, free-trade globalists, amnesty advocates, and sworn enemies of Trustbusters, but at least they give lip-service every four years to the cause of life.

Pathetic soundbytes and outlandishly general remarks about supporting a “culture of life” win over the single-issue voter, while those dissenters with half a wit are derailed as traitors to the cause. Considering a candidate who doesn’t wish to overturn Roe would be outrageous, especially in light of the fact that this is the very position held by the vast majority of Republican officeholders since 1973! Let us never mind history, though, for it has too much to offer in the way of rebuke for the chronically gullible. Stick with the masters of single-issue manipulation, but be prepared for the same dance to go with that song.

In hope of testing the waters let me advance the possibility of looking at the election of federal officials, particularly the president, in a more holistic fashion. Come to grips with the fact that the next president will oversee the slaughter of another six million babies in his first term. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to slow down the holocaust of the pre-born, much less outlaw it. This being as it is, it may be a worthy venture to begin looking at the candidate’s “other” positions. Expand “life issues” to those which affect every stage of life, from cradle to grave. This would include, but would not be limited to, positions on military interventionism, the arms race, immigration, international trade, taxes, health care, agriculture, the environment, energy independence, and many others. It will force us to look at elections, and life, in a manner more accurately reflecting its being a big picture within a sloppy system.

Would this, as many are sure to insist, mean that we wrongfully minimize the tragedy and terror of abortion? No, but it does mean that we recognize its proportion within a very complex order. It will allow other meaningful issues pertaining to every phase of human life to take the stage. Most importantly is that it will free the pro-life community from the partisan straightjacket given to them by the charlatans they have served for 35 years.


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