Or, to put it another way, whose "right to life" is more evident in their actual policies and behaviors?
Well, we have on one hand a party that eagerly votes for war, that looks for ways of turning a dispute or a grab for resources into shipping 19-year-olds into battle.
On the other we have a party that supports using fetal tissue for research to save or extend life.
That's what went through my head as I read Robert Leonard's provocative, somewhat muddled, piece on the difference between Republicans and Democrats. The first believes we are basically bad; the rest of us see basic goodness. The issue was raised by former member of the House, Oklahoma Republican J.C. Watts.
"The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good." With that philosophical premise, former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts (R) isolated the differences between members of the two political parties in the clearest manner I've ever heard, and the implications of his statement are considerable, as it explains many Republican policies for at least a generation. ...Leonard,TheHill
"With this simple logic — that all behavior not in the best interest of society is the product of "bad" actors with no influence by external social or environmental factors — this philosophy effectively calls for the end to all of the social sciences," Leonard writes.
Poverty doesn't influence crime rates, inequality isn't an issue, institutional and structural violence isn't something to take seriously, all for example. That is, if we all become good — born again — everything will be fine. Research isn't needed. Facts aren't needed. All one needs is the "right" ideology to solve all of the world's problems. ...Leonard,TheHill
There you have today's Republican party. And the notion that Republicans are mostly cynics when it comes to human nature is probably the case. But the creaky, mean ideologues of the right who currently run that spiritually impoverished political clique are nothing more than an old adolescent pimple recurring on the face of the aging party.
Honest! I'm not going on a rampage against protestantism when I point out that what's happening within the Republican party reminds me of the studies of Martin Luther. The guy was chronically constipated, for heaven's sake, and suffered from tinnitus. He was in a long term foul mood, railed against everything. Take a look at John Osborne's play about Luther. Or check out Erik Erikson's psychoanalysis of the man.