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I want to interrupt my incessant prattling about Beltane to solicit some opinions. Have you noticed how prevalent is the notion that only centrists are reasoned and sane? How often do you hear someone say "I think both parties are nuts. The only reasonable position is the middle one."

I'm gonna call bullshit on that. I think it's intellectually lazy. What people really mean by this is that the only good opinion is one that has been carefully considered, and that's certainly true, but simply adopting a "moderate" or "middle of the road" position isn't the same thing. It's a cheat, and it's no substitute for actually thinking.

I'll also point out (and you knew this was coming) that I think this is a device used more often by the Right these days. "Fair and Balanced," right? The GOP is the voice of the infallible "center" and those crazies on the Left are insufficiently moderate. This is the single most boldly marketed message coming from the Right these days. The pronouncement of their supreme even-handedness.

I've seen a lot of ads on the Metro lately listing the most extreme circumstances under which abortions occur, and asking if abortion rights have "gone to far." That's just the most disingenuous load of crap. Those people aren't concerned that we've "gone to far". They are simply trying a slight of hand to distract the public from their extreme (yes, extreme) agenda in which no woman has the right to an abortion.

OK, I could go on, but I'm beginning to sort of ramble around the issue here.

Anyone wanna argue with me? I'm truly very interested in contradictory opinions (how moderate of me!) because I am still trying to solidify this concept in my mind. And hearing other peoples' thoughts is one way we liberals inform ourselves, ya see.


May. 10th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yes - I agree that this conversation should end because its been taken to a personal, defensive state rather then a discussion of the issues. I was responding to the idea that having an abortion should be a well thought out decision that shouldn't be as easy as someone getting up one morning, strolling to the corner clinic and having an abortion on first visit. Most people would not do that with any other medical decision.

And yes I am informed of the procedure - I have worked in at least two hospitals and the Jones Institute for reproductive health. I've been there for births, and I've been with people after abortions.

And saying that a decision should take some care and concern in making is not saying that you should feel guilty about it.

Just like you should take come care, consideration, concern, research and thought into having a liver transplant - but you would never have accused me of saying someone should feel guilty for having a liver transplant. Please do read what I have wrote.

And on the responsibility point - as I was saying the people pushing "free abortions for all" without a side-by-side message of personal responsibility and education are wrong.



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