Meanwhile, On The Issues

Okay, temporarily putting Sarah Palin, and thus McCain’s cataclysmically bad decision making processes to rest, I wanted to highlight Jeff Fecke’s reaction to the new pro-choice Obama ad hitting the radio waves in battleground states.

I share Jeff’s enthusiasm even if it’s for a slightly different reason.  Don’t get me wrong, I agree with Fecke whole-heartedly, a majority of Americans are pro-choice to some extent, and the newly minted McCain/Palin ticket has pushed hard to the right to make it clear that they are not pro-choice in any extent.  Isn’t that part of the point of Palin’s selection after all?  To prove just how conservative McCain really is?

Again, with Jeff, I agree, being pro-choice doesn’t mean that you have to be pro-abortion or that you can’t be conflicted about the process of abortion.  I myself lack a t-shirt that says, “Abortions Rock.”  My wife and I have never opted for an abortion and we never will.  I, on a personal level, don’t think they are the greatest thing in the world.

But that doesn’t mean that I think that it is my right to deny someone else the right to have one.  That is why I loved Obama’s line on abortion in his acceptance speech:

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.

This is the very heart of compromise; understanding where opposing sides may possibly be able to meet in the middle, and then at least beginning a dialogue to progress us both further on the same side.  After all, the unwanted pregnancies that ultimately result in abortions don’t just materialize in thin air, and in many cases are preventable, from the pregnancy that occurs due to a lack of proper sexual education, to the pregnancy in a household that isn’t financially equipped to handle another child.

Even pregnancies from rape can be reduced with more effective (though one should never take effective to be synonymous with infringing on one’s rights) law enforcement.

The point is, and Bill Clinton proved this effectively, we can reduce abortions without infringing upon a woman’s right to choose to have one.

But as I said, my excitement is in tone a little different than Jeff’s, but not by a whole heck of a lot.  I applaud the radio ad because Obama has learned one of the biggest lessons from Democratic failures in recent years; we lose when we run away from issues we’re afraid of.

I’ve discussed this before, but I’ll say it again; when we run away from issues, we let the Republicans win the debate unchallenged.  They don’t have to put any particular effort into winning the debate, they simply need to stake out a stance, offer up some poor excuse for a rationale, and declare themselves the winner.

That Obama isn’t running away from abortion is yet another example of the fact that he is willing to take the fight straight to McCain.  This means that McCain and Palin will have to defend their stances, and in the case of abortion specifically, reveal to the public that they are far more to the right than the public will be comfortable with.

It is because of this that I maintain that Obama is running perhaps the best possible campaign anyone could run.  It doesn’t guarantee a win in November, but win or lose I think it’s still a campaign to be proud of.

2 Responses to “Meanwhile, On The Issues”

  1. Jamie Holts says:

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  2. Dynamic says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I consider myself pro-life, but I’m uncomfortable with the uncompromising stance of McCain and Palin – not to mention the terribly misinformed lack of knowledge behind it.

    Obama’s highlighting this can only benefit his campaign, and I trust Obama to begin a real dialogue between pro-lifers and pro-choicers about abortion – and reach towards real solutions – rather than shouting at each other across picket lines.


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