Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Proposition for the Democratic Party

To Howard Dean and the DNC:

There's only one way to avoid this continued foolishness between Barack and Hillary: Have them wrestle for the nomination. No, I don't relish the idea either. It certainly wouldn't be pretty. But imagine the gains: Millions of dollars saved, the party preserved from petty bickering, matching McCain step for step in the general election, and the winner and the loser able to walk on or walk away with honor. And while I'll miss the hopefulness of Senator Obama, it was silly to think that one man could inspire a nation to want to be better.

A Concerned Republican


kkollwitz said...

"As a legislator, you have opposed every effort to protect unborn human life. Shockingly, you even opposed a bill to protect the lives of babies who, having survived an attempted abortion, are born alive. Despite your party’s broad support for legal abortion and its public funding, most Democrats (including Senator Clinton) did not oppose the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. You, however, opposed it. Your vision of America seems to eliminate “hope and possibility” for a whole class of Americans: the youngest and most vulnerable. You would deny them the most basic protection of justice, the most elementary equality of opportunity: the right to be born"


Scott Lyons said...


I appreciate your taking the time to reform me, caring enough to. I have heard these reports and I find the content of them (i.e., Obama's views) reprehensible. I am not convinced, however, that he would do as much damage in the area of abortion in our country as Clinton - she has repeatedly, without being asked specifically about the issue, confirmed that she wants to advance women's rights (e.g., abortion) and repeal "anti-science" legislation such as embryonic stem cell research. Now, being the political junky that I am, I haven't once heard Obama speak on abortion. He has been quiet about the issue unless directly asked.

Even so, I do find his views reprehensible. That does not, however, take away the fact that he inspires hope in many people, including myself. Not because of his views on human life in the womb either (in my case, in spite of those views).

And that (my seeing him as a hopeful candidate) does not mean that my hope is in a presidential candidate rather than in Christ, and that also does not mean that I will be voting for him.

It does mean that he inspires me and that I think (other than the issue of abortion) he would be, among the candidates running, the best president at uniting our country. It is about the issues other than abortion that excite me about Sen. Obama.

And I do not wish to weigh the evil of abortion against, for instance, the evil of what people want done to illegal immigrants. And here's why: While I am convinced that Obama will do something more neighborly with our illegal immigrants than our Republican counterparts, that will involve less terror for all people of Mexican heritage in our country, I am not convinced that more people will be killing their babies because of him. So it's not as simple as whether I cast a vote to ban abortion or not. If I could cast that vote, then I would be the first in line.

Unfortunately, voting for McCain will not be making any gains, as far as I can see, in making abortions extremely rare, in valuing all life. Voting for McCain will not be casting that vote.

But then, I could be wrong.