Friday, December 14, 2007

What Are Your Issues?

A few posts down I've given my top voting issues:

1.Limited Government (taxes, spending, etc.)
2. War on Terror and National Security
3. Abortion & Immigration (and everything else)

I'd like to know where you stand. What is your list of top issues? This question seems fair enough as we consider how best to spend our primary vote. Forget about candidates for a moment, and let's talk about issues. This is a discussion we ought to be having, so join in!


Stephen said...

I almost commented on your original issues list post, but I was having articulation problems.

I agree that the three issues in your list are all vitally important, but I'm not sure why abortion is only number three.

I think part of my problem is just with the ordered list approach. If I steadfastly refuse to vote for a candidate who supports abortion, then does it really matter whether it's number one, three, or fifty?

I realize that the abortion "litmus test" is widely criticized today even among conservatives. I also readily admit that the political obstacles to recriminalizing abortion may be insurmountable.

But let me ask our blog community straight out--would you ever consider voting for a candidate who supports abortion?

Philip said...

If there were two candidates who supported abortion to some degree, but one supported it less, I would vote for the lesser of two evils.

Abortion is not really an all-or-nothing policy in this country. There are various shades of support for/opposition to abortion. We should support ANY incremental reduction of abortion whenever we have the opportunity, even if that opportunity is small.

Philip said...

A question for you: Would you support a candidate who was pro-life but called for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops on foreign soil?

Or a candidate who was pro-life but promised to raise taxes across the board to finance universal healthcare?

Stephen said...

My answer to your two questions is "not necessarily". Being pro-life is not an instant qualifier, it's just that being pro-abortion is an instant disqualifier.

The two issues you raised (war policy, health care) are subjective issues where all we can offer are subjective solutions. The abortion issue on the other hand is, or at least should be, completely objective.

The institutionalized murder of over a million Americans each year is objectively wrong. Not so long ago, our government would have unequivocally recognized this fact. That abortion is now treated as only one of many subjective policy issues is irrelevant.

Over the course of the twentieth century, and due in no small part to the feminist movement, Western society's perspective on abortion became subjective. As this social change was effected, abortion laws were liberalized and eliminated. Now, what was a crime a hundred years ago our government pays to facilitate.

To debate this issue in anything other than entirely objective terms is to effectively legitimize the practice. Once the discussion is subjective, we have no moral grounds on which to oppose abortion. Similarly, to vote for any candidate who publicly supports abortion is to relinquish any principled opposition to it. At that point, abortion becomes only one more subjective issue.

Is abortion distasteful, or is it unconscionable? Is it a minor problem, or is it our nation's greatest reproach?

We denounce Islam and their fanatic terrorists, but as we casually massacre our own children in the womb, are we any better?

I'm afraid we have all been anasthetized to what's happening. Perhaps nine to 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust. Since 1973, 48 million have been killed by abortion in America. And yet these figures roll off our backs like so much trivia.

The unfortunate conclusion of this discussion is that it really doesn't matter what politicians we vote for. Abortion will never be illegal in the West again.

Regardless of what people may say in opinion polls, abortion is legal and easy in America precisely because the public wills it to be so. Liberals in media and education have already effected the social change necessary to enshrine abortion as a personal freedom, and they show no signs of loosing their stranglehold on our representative democracy.

No American politician has the power to recriminalize abortion, but we can still demand candidates who believe that what's happening in our country is wrong. Isn't this our duty?

Philip said...

I felt like this discussion is too important to be buried in the comments section, so I've let it spill out onto the front page. Feel free to respond in your own post.

To others: If you would like your comments displayed as a separate post, I would be happy to consider it. Just let me know.