Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why should pro-lifers not trust the Republican Party?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it helps put off some of your more puzzling personal questions, at any rate. Seriously? For all we know, “The Bronco” is just a mascot for Denver’s football team, mmmkay?)
Many folks think the Republican Party is run by a mighty, socially-conservative cabal. So why should pro-lifers not trust the Republican Party?
Our guest speaker for today, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, contributor to The Week and pro-lifer, had some thoughts on this politically-charged ponderance. He says this “imagineered GOP” is far from a “raging conservative machine enacting a radical agenda dictated by America’s most ardent abortion foes.”
He says pro-lifers shouldn’t trust the Republican Party because “the GOP doesn’t even really like us. Many parts of the GOP, particularly the secular establishment powerbrokers, despise us.”
(Don’t y’all vote Republican?) Gobry responds: “Pro-lifers have delivered electoral majorities to the GOP over and over again; the GOP has not kept up its end of the bargain. Five Republican-appointed justices sit on the Supreme Court, and yet Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land. The GOP . . . does not fight for the policies we care about most.”
He adds: “Early this year, the GOP failed at what should have been a simple task: Pass an enormously popular late-term abortion ban. Passing a bill that polls well, and is symbolically very important to your biggest constituency, ought to be the no-brainer to end all no-brainers. But Republican politicians couldn’t even do that.”
Gobry continues: “After the devastating revelations that Planned Parenthood routinely engages in the sale of baby organs for profit — something that is illegal, unethical, and disgusting on at least 12 different levels — GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t bring himself to allow to the Senate floor a bill to defund that activity by Planned Parenthood. “
While he still agrees that “the majority of the GOP’s base is pro-life” he maintains “the GOP’s elite (particularly its donor class and its consultant class) tend to be overwhelmingly pro-choice and socially liberal. Those groups not only disagree with pro-lifers, but a great number of them tend to view the pro-life cause with outright contempt.”
Gobry notes that “the structural realities of democratic politics means that the GOP has a built-in interest in taking pro-lifers for granted. Because pro-lifers overwhelmingly vote GOP, the GOP can take us for granted.”
His final word to pro-lifers: “The GOP doesn’t like you, it doesn’t need you, it laughs at you, and it will take any opportunity to screw you if it thinks it can get away with it.”
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