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You know, if the Democrats had been more willing to compromise on abortion, there might not have been a Dobbs ruling last week. The whole thing started when Mississippi passed a law saying “No more abortions after 15 weeks” (with exceptions for medical emergencies and abnormal fetuses). Abortions rights extremists (let’s face it, abortion up until the day of birth is an extreme position) sued. Had they left it alone, there would have been no case to overturn Roe v. Wade.
For that matter, Democrats have had numerous chances to back down from their extreme “anytime, any point in pregnancy, for any reason” position on abortion. There have been bills in Congress to restrict late-term abortions to medical necessity — a perfectly reasonable position. Democrats refused to back down, even as they denied that late-term abortions ever took place for reasons other than medical necessity. It’s become a typical frame of argument for Democrats. “This thing isn’t happening, but it must continue.” They use the same argument to defend teaching racialist ideologies (CRT) in public schools.
As far as gay marriage goes, there was an implied contract that once it was the law of the land, gay couples would more willingly assimilate into the mainstream of society. If that’s what had happened, their acceptance in the long run was highly probable. But professional activists could not leave things alone. “You have to let men who identify as women into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. You have to let men who claim to be women compete in women’s sports. Teachers should be allowed to talk about same-sex relationships and queer ideology. You have to allow porn in your school libraries. Kids should be exposed to explicit sexual activity at Pride parades.” Have you noticed it seems to be the AWFLs pushing this more than the gays and lesbians?
The January 6th Committee is also part of this constant hard push on things better left alone. Forget the amateur-hour theatrics and the “blockbuster revelations” that turn out to be nothing. Leave aside, for the moment, that our political class is obsessed with this show trial and ignoring the plight of citizens dealing with runaway inflation, skyrocketing fuel prices, shortages, and a massive uncontrolled flow of drugs, violence, and illegal immigration across the southwest border. The January 6th Committee feels like the political class picking at a wound; determined to never allow it to heal.
Much as I disagree with the Republican-passed gun control legislation, it represents something Democrats have never, ever been willing to do … compromise. Maybe if they had been willing to take a step back and not push to the extreme on every issue, there would not be so much pushback.Published in