The hypocrisy of politics in the battle over human life
This past April, I visited Washington DC to meet with some powerful conservative lobbying groups. The goal was to determine if they would become involved in congressional races, namely the one my dad chose to pursue. While there, I met with the NRA, NFIB, RNCC, NRCC, ATR, FRC, Eagle Forum, ACU, CWFA and a few more. If you don’t know what these groups are or what they support, assume they are very conservative and likely fall very closely in line with my father’s values (and mine in many instances).
Another group I met with was the “National Right to Life,” a group dedicated to “right-to-life” issues. I sat in the meeting and listened to the representative explain the NRLC’s position on abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide. After about an hour, the others in the meeting had asked all of the questions they had and the representative asked if there were any others.
I remember raising my hand and asking something like this; “So, as outspoken defenders of life, how active are you in the battle to eliminate capital punishment from our legal system?” A few heads turned toward the representative, and she meekly responded, “Our aim is to protect innocent life.” That was it. No further discussion. No further questions.
As I left the meeting, I asked another person connected with the agency why they took that position. Their response was simple; protecting the lives of innocents is where they planted their flag. I commented on how completely hypocritical it was for an organization to be called National Right to Life and remain painfully silent on capital punishment. A shoulder shrug later and I realized that NRLC wasn’t defending life, they were simply defending the lives they wanted to defend.
The more I think about it, here is how I see it: you either support life, or you don’t. You either support both abortion, euthanasia, infanticide and capital punishment, or you denounce all of them.
Many of my liberal friends despise capital punishment, but they “understand” a woman’s right to choose to end the life of a baby, known as a fetus to the “progressive” left. On the opposite side, many of my conservative friends despise abortion, but gladly accept taking a human life related to a guilty verdict.
This hypocrisy is so blatant that few people in either political party consider the issues related in any form. I cannot recall having heard a discussion on abortion and capital punishment where a politician agreed that the issue was life. Rather, it is often a women’s rights issue versus a crime and safety issue. Rarely a life issue, and certainly not for both.
So, here is how I believe it should work:
- To my liberal friends: pick a side. If you accept abortion as a means of ending a human life, then you must accept capital punishment. You cannot support ending life in one instance and then oppose it in another. It’s hypocrisy, pure and simple. Abortion = Capital Punishment, no matter what NARAL says.
- To my conservative friends: pick a side. If you oppose abortion in EVERY circumstance, you must oppose capital punishment in ANY circumstance. Human life is human life, criminal or innocent. Again, it is clearly hypocritical. Capital Punishment = Abortion, no matter what the NRLC says.
- To my libertarian friends, pick a side. You cannot have it both ways. You can’t support abortion and euthanasia but oppose capital punishment. Life is life, no matter the situation.