Are you an Elton John fan? If so: Rocket Man opens today. I met him just once — the briefest of handshakes (disappointing, because there was so much I would have wanted to tell him) — but boy, is the movie ever unmissable for someone like me. Almost as gripping and thrilling as Bohemian Rhapsody, another must see.
Okay, I’m persuaded. It’s time to start the impeachment inquiry — but with one big caveat: At the same time, we must constantly call on the Senate to pass the numerous bills the House has already passed, and a few more it should soon pass, that would make normal Americans better off.
All our talking heads should demand it; all our presidential candidates should demand it; there should be massive marches on Washington to demand it.
If Senate Republicans finally do their job, great. A big win for the American people. It will still be fair to say they had to be dragged kicking and screaming to do it . . . and fair to ask voters to give Democrats a chance at running the Senate.
In the more likely event they continue to block everything — and find Trump innocent of clear wrongdoing — voters will have even more incentive to sweep them out of office.
Carl dutifully responded to yesterday’s post challenging him to name ANY liberal Democrat eager to abort little babies with this chilling quote from Margaret Sanger: “Consequences of breeding from stock lacking human vitality always will give us social problems and perpetuate institutions of charity and crime.”
It’s the sort of thing you might expect from a Hitlerian eugenics text. But it’s worth noting that Ms. Sanger has not spoken out on these issues in more than half a century (having been dead since 1966) — and that if any political figure in American politics today has a whiff to him or her of “master race” thinking, it’s the one whose dad marched in a KKK rally, who found “some very fine people” among the torch-carrying white supremacists in Charlottesville, and who kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside.
So I think it’s fair to ask Carl again: can you point to any living liberal — someone you know, someone you’ve read or whose speech you’ve heard — eager to abort babies?
If you CAN find one, I would share your outrage with respect to that ONE; but ask that you not extrapolate his or her noxious view to the tens of millions of us who believe abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.
And by the way? It turns out Margaret Sanger, even while alive, was not a liberal Democrat. She would have been much more aligned with Trump and McConnell than with any Democrat. [OOPS! Update coming Monday — and before being too horrified by what follows, check out Opposition Claims About Margaret Sanger.]
Abortion – A Liberal Cause?
by Jefferis Kent Peterson
Abortion has been numbered among the liberal causes of modern politics. . . . But is abortion really a liberal cause? A careful examination of the history of the abortion rights movement would shock even the most ardent defender of a woman’s right to choose. The founders of the movement were in fact racists who despised the poor and who were searching for a way to prevent colored races from reproducing. Rather than defending the rights of the poorest of the poor, which is the tradition of liberalism, the founders advocated abortion as a means of eliminating the poor; especially Blacks, Jews, Slavs, and Italians. And rather than desiring to help the poor through welfare programs, they wanted to eliminate all charities and government aid. Today, most liberals would be shocked to know of this racist heritage. Not only is the founding of the abortion rights movement anti-liberal, but it may have been an attempt to promote racial genocide.
The modern day abortion rights movement began as the American Birth Control League in 1921. Among its founding board members were Margaret Sanger, Lothrup Stoddard, and C. C. Little. The latter two people were known for their racist views, but Margaret Sanger continually shows up in the company of other racists. In fact, she was the guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, N. J. in 1926. [The one Fred Trump attended was the following year.] Not only did she not disassociate herself from these racist views, her own writings leave little doubt as to her sympathies. In implementing a plan called the “Negro Project,” that was designed to sterilize Blacks and reduce the number of Black children being born in the south, Sanger wrote:
“[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Sanger also viewed welfare as a detriment to society because it increased the number of poor blacks and foreigners. “Organized charity (modern welfare) is the symptom of a malignant social disease, increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents, and dependents. My criticism, therefore, is not directed at the ‘failure’ of philanthropy, but rather at its success.” The urban poor, and their increasing numbers, she called, “an ever widening margin of biological waste.” Welfare, she believed, encouraged the breeding of the poor, or “human waste,” as she called them. She feared that welfare would encourage the urban poor by having them give birth to those “stocks that are the most detrimental to the future of the race” Therefore, she believed that the government should actively encourage the sterilization of those who are unfit to propagate the race, using as her motto: “More [children] from the fit, less from the unfit.”
No modern day liberal would dare question the need for some form of government aid to the poor. But Margaret Sanger wanted more for the privileged and less for the poor. [This, I would note, is exactly what the Republican Party has long been striving for — and achieving.]
The article goes on from there, but you get the gist. [Prior to reading the above-linked fact sheet, I took this at face value. My bad.]
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