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
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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
2 : 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. LorrigI work in
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