Thursday, January 28, 2010

Black and White and Brown: Beltway Beat

I almost named this article “Blue and Red and Brown” because it deals with looking past the letter at the end of a candidate’s name. It deals with something that has been making the rounds of the conservative blogosphere. In fact, I was reading an Indiana blog and the author was talking about the recent election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. One thing he said was:

"I am glad I do not live in Massachusetts, because this would be a tough choice for me to make today. On the one hand, it is critical that we stop Barack Obama’s socialist health care “reform” plan. The prospect of denying the Democrats the 60th vote they need to overcome a filibuster on health care “reform” is what has conservatives excited nationwide. On the other hand, when you strip away all the rhetoric about reducing the number of abortions and popular measures like parental consent, Scott Brown thinks it should be legal to murder unborn babies."

The question this election forces me to face is would I have voted for the Republican, even though he supports abortion? The answer seems to find itself buried in a morass. I figured it would help me to think about the issue that does not have the politically charged language that surrounds abortion. So to step back I asked myself if I could ever support someone who is a Republican who is also racist.

The definition of "Racism" is:

1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
: racial prejudice or discrimination

What does this definition tell us about a racist person? It tells me that they have no regard for humanity. They place themselves in judgment of those unlike them and have closed their minds to the value inherent to the individual. If such a person were to ask for my vote, the sound that I’d hear would be, “I am running for office to represent some people at the cost of others’ dignity.”

You can see how this is not attractive. We should never settle for leaders who show favoritism to one race over the other. Instead we should remember that everyone deserves to be valued because of their humanity.

Returning to the question of supporting someone who is pro-abortion, could I ever vote for him? Well, look at the stakes. In a racist candidate I see a devaluing of humanity. In the pro-abortion candidate I see the destruction of humanity. If I cannot vote for a racist, how can I vote for someone who advocates something more destructive? This person has rejected life itself for a political agenda.

I am glad that Brown has said he wants to kill the pro-abortion healthcare bill. But the problem is even though the results are good, should I ever vote for someone who is in favor of killing babies? Should I ignore this fact and vote for him because he has an “R” after his name?

- J. Lorrig

I work in Washington DC advocating for homeschoolers across the U.S. The Beltway Beat is a semi-regular series of posts on the latest happenings in our nation’s capital.

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  1. Excellent points. I personally do not believe I would ever vote for someone who is pro-abortion. To me, it is too fundamental an issue to overlook or come in second.

    Would I have voted for Brown? I hope not. I do not believe I would have. But it can be dangerously easy to compromise. So thank you for this reminder of Truth. We need such reminders, so that when we are faced with seemingly difficult decision, we may stand strong for what is right.

  2. Very good comments. When I have two candidates and I don't agree with ether I look at both and think which one do I agree with more and which ones beliefs and Ideas will put our country at stake more. I put my answers together and make my decision.