Saturday, August 30, 2008

Let's Define the Meaning of Life, Shall We?

The Old Gray Mare's Seelye today begins a fairly meaningless piece on Ye Olde Mavericke with this charming dissonance in the GOP platform:
"ST. PAUL — The Republican Party platform this year will reassert the party’s opposition to abortion. And again it will not allow for exceptions in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, even though Senator John McCain, the presumptive presidential nominee, has long called for such exceptions."

I will say that, to her credit, she avoids using the loathesome Orwellism "pro-life", and leaves it to one of the Ministry of Truthiness harpies to trot it out:
"Connie Mackey, a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, said: “It is out of the platform. We were told early on that the platform is going to be pro-life and that any differences the senator has with it are his own.”"

Tell me, Connie, how does killing the mother AND the fetus just to keep the woman from having an abortion add up to being on the side of life? Or is it that "life", as utilized by social reactionaries, references some sort of carbon-based creature the rest of us can't see?

And speaking of the Ministry of Truth, I wonder how things are going over there.

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