Now, you might read that headline ans ask “Who the Hell is Kevin Drum, and why should I care if he hates science?” Smitty explains why
He ends his Mother Jones piece on abortion with:
So don’t tell me that all the conservative Christians in DesJarlais’ district believe that abortion is murder. They may say they believe it. They may even sincerely think they believe it. But they don’t.
I wouldn’t want to get all arrogant and presume to know what people in Tennessee think. Nor would I care to sound so certain about Drum himself: this is the internet, and people make all kinds of strong assertions due to sincere belief, to stir the pot, to vent, to laugh, to drive traffic.
For me, abortion is murder because there is no logically consistent point (as opposed to legally consistent) after a human’s DNA is complete at which to declare them “life”. The motives for allowing some legal fiction to creep in seem kinda fishy.
Oh, Drum writes for Mother Jones, which is to say he writes Leftist propaganda, and spin, but let us assume that he is honest when he writes this
I’ve never really believed that much of anyone really, truly thinks that abortion is murder. If you look at actions, rather than words, it just doesn’t add up. Lots of people oppose abortion, but with very few exceptions, they very plainly don’t react to it the same way they react to a genuine murder. Their emotional response gives the game away, even if they’ve convinced themselves otherwise intellectually.
Well, in truth people react to deaths in different ways. I have shed tears over news stories about kids dying, stories about soldiers sacrificing their lives for their country, and hardly blinked over other stories of murder.In those cases where the demise of an Islamic terrorist is reported, I break out into the Happy Dance The fact is some stories hit us harder emotionally, and draw different reactions, that is simply reality
DesJarlais is a good example. If he had encouraged the murder of two children—real murder, of kids who were a year or two old—he wouldn’t merely be having a tough primary. Regardless of whether he had managed to avoid conviction for his acts, he wouldn’t even be able to run for office, let alone be even odds to win. He’d be a pariah. That’s how people react to actual killing. But it’s not how they react to encouraging abortion. As long as DesJarlais is otherwise on the right side of the culture wars, it’ll be shrugged off as unfortunate but not disqualifying.
As far as DesJarlais goes, let us assume he is a lying scumbag who said things to get elected, yes, that would be a stunner, I know. Let us assume he played on people’s emotions to get votes. let us assume he said one thing and did another. Let us assume he was just another political hack that thought he was above silly things like integrity. In that case, he would not be unique, or different, he would simply be a politician, and, in most cases, a Democrat, but, I digress. Whether or not DesJarlais is a phony has zip to do with whether or not pro-life Americans believe abortion is murder. The real question is, given all the medical evidence that an unborn baby is, well, a baby, why does Kevin Drum hate science?