As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

How To Be A Uniter

Take the most divisive social issue of the last 30 years. Then, appear (via phone) at a rally for one side of the issue. And if you could, call in from Camp David, the retreat known as a haven for international diplomacy like the Sadat-Begin peace talks.

Also, be sure you tell the crowd that "This movement will not fail."

"I want to thank you, especially, for the civil way that you have engaged one of America's most contentious issues," Bush told the demonstrators in a telephone hook-up from Camp David, Md.

Isn't the President the President of the whole country, not just the 51% that voted for him?

And, by the way, does the "civil way" anti-abortion activists have conducted themselves include the clinic-bombers at Operation Rescue?

Here's another contribution to the civil discourse:

(Sen.) Coburn is traditional conservative, opposing abortion except in rare cases to save the life of the mother and advocating tax cuts and limited government.

On the death penalty, he said: "I favor the death penalty for abortionists and other people who take life."

I can't remember Bill "safe, legal and rare" Clinton speaking at a pro-choice rally while he was President. I'm quite sure he would have been pilloried for it by the Ring Wing Noise Machine as a divisive Amurka-hater.

But on that note, under what President did abortion rates decline by 15%? And under what President did abortion rates reach their highest level ever (hint: it was in 1990)? And under what President who was sworn in after Bill Clinton did abortion rates reverse their downward trend and return back up (at least for those states that have so far reported, as the official CDC statistics were withheld until after the election)?

Culture of life, indeed.