As part of a school project our daughter, a senior in high school, had to take part in an online political questionnaire. The point of the survey was to ask a range of questions that would, with every answer, help to sort and categorize where an individual fits on the political spectrum. You then get a statement at the end that is supposed to identify which, “party” you best affiliate with.
In addition, she was also supposed to have two other people take the questionnaire. So my wife and I sat down for about 15 minutes clicking through and answering the same questions. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t entertaining. Come on . . . Who doesn’t love taking those character quizzes in Cosmo?
Ahem . . . Wait . . . I’ve never read Cosmo before . . .
I was, of course, speaking metaphorically.
Anyways . . .
It was no surprise to me that the results of the survey placed me right smack in the middle of traditional conservatism. My wife, slightly left of that (she’s a little bit slower to catch on but that’s alright).
After getting up from the computer with a nerdy political, “buzz,” I went to leave the room and then stopped myself. I had forgotten to ask my daughter what her results were. Here is the actual quote from the conclusion:
“Generally young, well-educated and financially comfortable, the Next Generation Left have very liberal attitudes on many issues, including homosexuality, abortion, the environment and foreign policy. While overall supportive of an activist government, most are wary of expanding the social safety net. Most also have relatively positive views of Wall Street’s impact on the economy. While most affiliate with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, few consider themselves strong Democrats.”
Most of that made sense. Unlike many of my Right Winger counterparts, I do not think Democrats or Liberals are, “evil.” In fact, I think most have the best of intentions.
What did strike me as rather odd, was the part about abortion.
The reason why this stood out to me was because of all the questions asked in the quiz (and there were many), abortion never came up. It covered everything from immigration to gay rights. But nothing, anywhere, that even hinted at abortion. Innocent enough, right?
So . . . Why was it mentioned in the conclusion?
I’d like to consider myself a pretty objective guy. Hence, the name of the blog. But the more I think about it, the more trouble this whole thing is giving me. I can’t help but think someone, at a certain point in the development of this survey, realized that while most young adults are in favor of progressive ideals, they are opposed to abortion. So if it were me, and I had an unpopular agenda I was trying to push, what is one underhanded way of accomplishing my goal? I’d sneak it in. I’d present it like its a packaged deal and wouldn’t even ask you about it. It would just be assigned to you. And hopefully, if you were dumb enough, you’d just accept it without question.
. . . Other than the obvious brainwashing overtones this type of approach uses, it brings to the surface an idea that I think has more or less stayed elusive for quite sometime. And that is the fact that abortion really just doesn’t fit with any of the other values of the Left.
Bear with me here for a moment:
You want to get people back on their feet after a job loss—Sure.
You want those who come to this country seeking refuge to be helped instead of being turned away—Makes sense.
You want to eradicate racism—Absolutely.
You want homosexuals to have the same rights as anyone else—Understandable.
You want to protect the environment and the killing of animals . . . O . . . . . kay ?
And you want women to be able to kill their unborn babies anytime, anywhere, for any reason . . .
Everything about the Left jives until you get to this one issue. Sure, there are some extremes in this camp, (as there are on the Right) but Pro Choice isn’t an extreme . It’s a universal fundamental of the Left. And I’m seriously at a loss as to why. Why would a group that stands for helping the helpless, and defending the defenseless treat killing children like a sacred religion?
Why Would Anyone Support This?
I’ve heard the reasons given to justify it. Like how a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body—-Never mind the gargantuan assumption that a baby should be included as part of a woman’s body. Even though it has a beating heart, separate DNA and . . . Ahem—-It’s own body.
Then you have the rape, incest, or health risk argument . . . You know, the one that takes rare scenarios and uses them to justify any and all abortion.
Like I said, none of it makes sense. Abortion really has no place in either camp.
My only advice for those on the Left is if you believe in democratic values, fine. Stand for what you believe in. Register as a Democrat. Vote your convictions. But don’t be a mindless drone that thinks that buying into part or even most means you have to accept the insanity of, “Pro Choice.” If you do, you’ll not only be undermining all that you claim to represent, but also perpetuating one of the most bizarre oxymorons in this Nation’s history.