This post is about all the political thoughts that have been bubbling over in my head! Just as a warning! Feel free to ignore this one if you're on political overload or if your sick of my rightward leanings! I just had to get it out of my system for the week:
The speaker has basically just admitted that they believe abortion is wrong. The reason that most of us innately realize this is because we know that a life is being taken. So what they're actually saying is: "I know it's wrong to murder someone, but I can't impose my belief in the wrongness of murder on someone else."
When they throw in the "I believe what the Church teaches" they're adding to the outrageousness of the logic used in the initial statement by saying that they believe that a life is a life at conception... but that the taking of that life is okay because we should all be allowed to do whatever we want. Right?
So we should just throw open the prison doors and let all the prisoners out shouldn't we? We wouldn't want to "impose our moral beliefs" on them, would we? I mean, sure, I believe murder is wrong, but I wouldn't want to impose my beliefs on others. And stealing? Well, yeah, I don't think I should take something that doesn't belong to me, but other people obviously don't believe that... and how can I encroach on their right to believe what they want to believe?
By this particular way of thinking, I really can't.
And yet despite the ridiculousness of the argument I'm sure I'll hear it over and over again with utter sincerity.
After a very short amount of time I found myself analyzing the possible effect of Biden's smirks, snickers and uncontrollable facial expressions on the general public. Here was my guess at electorate reactions:
If you like and agree with him, than there's a good chance his behavior didn't bother you at all. After all, debates get ugly and it can be kind of fun to see your guy rolling his eyes and behaving like an obnoxious 13 year old, especially if you really don't like the other guy. I'm sure there were also people on the left that were horrified by the VP's complete lack of manners... but the press seemed pretty pleased with him in the aftermath... even if his behavior resembled something that would get any child I raised sent to their room for an extended period of time.
Now if you're on the right, there's a good chance that you were pretty disgusted by the VPs inability to comport himself in a manner fitting his office. If you're Catholic you may have felt like you wanted to throw yourself off a cliff following his final answer.
But it's neither the far left or the far right that I was really thinking about as I watched Biden's seemingly endless stream of facial expressions. It was how it would effect people in the middle that interests me... and honestly I can't imagine his behavior appealing to many undecided voters. I'll admit I'm biased and could be totally wrong, but I have a hard time thinking that people who are honestly trying to figure out who they'll be supporting would find the mocking and eye-rolling and constant interruptions appealing.
Then again, I am strangely attached to the idea of "good manners" even when making important points...
So I'll take a deep breath and give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he at least had the good sense not to scoff at that particular moment.
The thing is, it's not all or nothing. Reforming something doesn't mean setting out to destroy it... in fact, in many cases it's an attempt to save programs that are bloated and unsustainable... programs that cannot exist without changes.
Our future doesn't lie in an all or nothing approach... and when I see political ads these days, I don't think that our President understands that fact.
I've spent years trying to wrap my head around it... but I still just don't get it.
Sure there are other issues to be voted on and decided. But when one issue is so overwhelmingly crucial... when one issue means the loss of thousands and thousands and thousands of lives, over and over again, I just don't see how you can put that aside in the name of "conscience."
History has shown us what happens when we decide that it's better for the majority of the people to ignore the murder of one section of society, because we think the economy (or in this case, social programs) will be better off for the rest of us with a certain leader.
It always ends with the subsequent horror of future generations as they realize what we've ignored, allowed and supported in our quest for other goals which we thought were "good."
And so we slog on through election season... knowing that it's likely to get worse before it gets better... but at least November is right around the corner!
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