Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Price of Utopia

 

“This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s done nothing but give (back) to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia,” announced defense attorney Jack McMahon in his opening salvo before reaching his anti-climactic climax, “It’s a prosecutorial lynching of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.” The prescription of racism having thus been written, most of the media took their meds and went dutifully to sleep. The only thing missing were a few New Black Panthers to stand guard at the courthouse and Eric Holder could have short-circuited the legal process altogether. But something’s gone amiss here as the dark side of utopia slowly comes into the light.

We weren’t supposed to see the milk jugs, juice cartons, and pet food containers that held the remains of 45 human beings, nor the jars of severed babies’ limbs. In our supposedly enlightened age, when even the language is sanitized so as to avoid offending the advanced sensitivities of people who expect us to pay for their contraceptives, we weren’t supposed to gaze into a decidedly unsanitary and blood-stained doctor’s office, where broken and unwashed medical instruments were used amidst the stench of urine and scattered cat feces. In an age when received wisdom instructs us that government knows best and is therefore entitled to regulate everything from mud puddles in our back yards to the air we breathe, it really wasn’t intended that we learn of the studied regulatory neglect that resulted in semi-literate high school dropouts posing as medical professionals, administering anesthesia to young women and performing “snippings,” (the act of jamming scissors into the base of a child’s skull and killing him/her by “snipping” the spinal cord). No, realities of this order were suppose to be subsumed into the hazy euphemism of “choice,” and “reproductive rights,” thereby denying us entrance to Dr. Gosnell’s office, where according to one former employee: 

If… a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet and I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes.

In an age in which the mere mention of the word “Chicago,” sends the tender racial sensitivities of Chris Matthews into apoplectic fits, an abortion clinic in which white women were kept in the cleanest rooms and seen promptly by the doctor, while black and Asian patients waited for hours in filthy rooms evidently sends no alerts, nor anything else, down the “journalist’s” famous leg. Then again, perhaps he can be excused on the basis that he’s been busy peering over the heads of Allen West, Herman Cain, Condoleeza Rice, Mia Love, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, J.C. Watts, Tim Scott, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Michael Steele, Thomas Sowell, et. al., in his never-ending quest to locate Republican Racism. 

“Margaret Sanger,” according to pbs.org, “devoted her life to legalizing birth control and making it universally available for women.” The benign biography covers the approved highlights of Sanger’s life, such as the fact that, “In 1914 she coined the term ‘birth control’ and soon began to provide women with information and contraceptives,” and concludes happily ever after by observing that, “…after more than half a century of fighting for the right of women to control their own fertility, she died knowing she had won the battle.” A battle against who? Well, PBS would rather not say, because to do so would again expose progressivism’s dark side, which includes a quote from Ms. Sanger herself when she wrote Dr. Clarence Gamble in 1939 that, “We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten the idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” One supposes that Chris Matthews would pass out cold if he heard that sentence, but one wonders if it would be from the savage inhumanity of the idea or because it undermines the progressive agenda?

“More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control,” wrote the woman whose work led to the birth of Planned Parenthood, though I rather doubt the quote will make its way onto the organization’s website. Instead, you’ll learn that: 

For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. 

In fact, the closest we get to Sanger’s admonishment that, “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” is the comparatively straightforward analysis of writer Heather McNamara. “Dr. Gosnell ended the lives of some fetuses, which, left alone, would have become cute little bouncing pink babies in adorable outfits,” she writes. (Question: Do they become human only after the purchase of “adorable outfits,” or after they begin bouncing?) With brutal candor, Ms. McNamara continues:

Now is the time when we, as feminists, can show we’re not afraid to confront the difficult and unpleasant realities of abortion — the disturbing bloody images, the fact that sometimes women don’t actually have a Very Good Reason to be seeking one, and even the unfortunate physical and emotional consequences that sometimes follow. Once we acknowledge that these things are there and real and unpleasant, we can continue to assert our right to do it anyway, and in doing this, remove their power over us.

Why, Joseph Goebbels himself couldn’t have said it any better! Ms. McNamara at least does us the honor of her honesty, showing vastly more fortitude than Barack Obama, who voted against laws banning infanticide while in the Illinois Senate while explaining:

That if that fetus, or child, however you want to describe it, is now outside of the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to think it’s non-viable but there’s lets say a movement or some indication that they’re not just coming out limp and dead that in fact they would have then have to call in a second physician to monitor and then check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved?

How’s that for courage? How’s that for decisiveness? How’s that for meandering pablum designed to obfuscate and mask the issue of infanticide with a layer of rhetorical fog thick enough to blot out the sun and everything under it, including the gore and butchery of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic?

Of the Gosnell story, Ricochet member Matthew Gilley writes, “So are the social conservatives still supposed to sit down and shut up?” To which one answers, no sir, it is the duty of anyone with even a semi-developed conscience to not only speak up, but to tear down the curtain of double-speak and amorphous dissimulation behind which the ghastly costs of leftism speaks for itself. As soon as the President is through carrying survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre on Air Force One, in his effort to disarm the American citizenry, perhaps he can haul the survivors (few though they may be) of Dr. Gosnell’s tender care (including relatives of the women who died following botched abortions) to Capitol Hill and deploy them on a mission to make infanticide as unacceptable to the ruling class as a Big Gulp is to Michael Bloomberg. For that matter, why not take the families of the victims of Fast and Furious on a similar flight, or the survivors of the Benghazi attack?

And as long as they were in the neighborhood, couldn’t the President at least ask Jay Z and Beyonce to take the surviving family members of the 166 Cubans who, according to the InterAmerican Human Rights Commission, “…were executed and submitted to medical procedures of blood extraction of an average of seven pints per person,” by Fidel Castro’s government and fly them the hell off the island? Well, of course not! The reason, of course, is that initiatives of that order would not advance the agenda of the left, an agenda that seeks always to minimize the individual, depriving him of life and liberty in pursuit of a future that is fictional, while employing tactics whose horrific and deadly price must be shielded at all costs. We, on the side of liberty and humanity, must remain relentless.

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  1. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Its a good thing we don’t have a prominent black neurosurgeon on our side who’s been kicked to the curb by the media and can expound at length about fetal brain tissue development.

    #tinybrainwaves

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  2. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    Pseudodionysius: Its a good thing we don’t have a prominent black neurosurgeon on our side who’s been kicked to the curb by the media and can expound at length about fetal brain tissue development.

    #tinybrainwaves· 2 minutes ago

    So very true!

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    • April 14, 2013, at 2:38 AM PDT
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  3. Ontheleftcoast Member

    To give Margaret Sanger her due, she was a vehement opponent of abortion; from the following, Gosnell would have seemed all to familiar to her:

    She turned women seeking abortions away from her clinics: “I do not approve of abortion.” She called it “sordid,” “abhorrent,” “terrible,” “barbaric,” a “horror.” She called abortionists “blood-sucking men with MD after their names who perform operations for the price of so-and-so.” She called the results of abortion “an outrageous slaughter,” “infanticide,” “foeticide,” and “the killing of babies.” And Margaret Sanger, who knew a thing or two about contraception, said that birth control “has nothing to do with abortion, it has nothing to do with interfering with or disturbing life after conception has taken place.” Birth control stands alone: “It is the first, last, and final step we all are to take to have real human emancipation.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/139rdqpe.asp?page=3

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    • April 14, 2013, at 2:39 AM PDT
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  4. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    In the left-liberal fantasy world, they could have stopped Wermacht Germany via more government regulation and TSA crotch fondlers.

    #dream_on

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    • April 14, 2013, at 2:51 AM PDT
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  5. The Mugwump Inactive

    Okay, let me get this straight, so prosecution in a court of law, under the rule of law, based the on evidence is now a “lynching.” And “reproductive choice” can be applied retroactively with no trial and no appeals by the victim for justice. Tell me again which one is a lynching?

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  6. Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    Bless you, Dave Carter, and bless Mollie and Connor as well.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 3:28 AM PDT
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  7. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Well said Dave.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 3:35 AM PDT
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  8. MJBubba Inactive

    The defense does not have either the law or the facts, so he is pounding the table.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 3:37 AM PDT
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  9. Trink Coolidge
    Trink Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    There is no adequate response to this howling, wrenching indictment of the progressive left.

    No voice could ring more powerfully than Dave Carter’s – in damning the evil laid before us.

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  10. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    The horror of this story is staggering.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 4:09 AM PDT
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  11. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Will Law and Order SVU feature a Kermit Gosnell like episode where the conservative blogosphere are the bad guys?

    #justcurious

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  12. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: The horror of this story is staggering. · 5 minutes ago

    Howard Kurtz seems strangely unfazed. I mean more unfazed than usual.

    Fazers on stunned.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 4:15 AM PDT
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  13. Ultron Will Inject You Now Coolidge
    Ultron Will Inject You Now Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I see Trayvon Martin is still very active on the news sites.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 4:19 AM PDT
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  14. AUMom Member
    AUMom Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    With the silence of this, I begin to see how the Germans could remain insulated from what happened there in the 30s and 40s. They could have known, they should have known but they could work to not know. 

    We cannot follow in their footsteps.

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  15. Gina Inactive

    Gosnell was killing the children of crack addicts who didn’t know they were pregnant until it was about to happen. They had to get back to buying crack and didn’t care about anything else. He was providing a service. It is a horror. Suffused with evil.

    But the evil was also in the waves of crack into the black areas of the big cities in the early nineties. The black community is mostly matriarchal and the matriarch didn’t do heroin. But crack destroyed the black communities because it addicted the women.

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  16. Sandy Member

    I suspect that this trial, together with the dereliction of duty by the press, is a turning point marking either a change for the good or a further sinking into evil. Bless you for your powerful words, Dave, and may they swiftly spread.

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    • April 14, 2013, at 4:35 AM PDT
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  17. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    Trink: There is no adequate response to this howling, wrenching indictment of the progressive left.

    No voice could ring more powerfully than Dave Carter’s – in damning the evil laid before us. · 32 minutes ago

    With the greatest of respect, Trink, and appreciation, the most powerful voices are those of the women whose lives were permanently scarred.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7YmrsY4KSY

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  18. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    AUMom: With the silence of this, I begin to see how the Germans could remain insulated from what happened there in the 30s and 40s. They could have known, they should have known but they could work to not know. 

    We cannot follow in their footsteps. · 16 minutes ago

    Agreed.

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  19. Sandy Member
    Dave Carter
    AUMom: With the silence of this, I begin to see how the Germans could remain insulated from what happened there in the 30s and 40s. They could have known, they should have known but they could work to not know. 

    We cannot follow in their footsteps. · 16 minutes ago

    Agreed. · 6 minutes ago

    As this shocking article published March 1st in the New York Times demonstrates, it turns out that the Germans couldn’t not know, and the truth is that we are in the same state. 

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  20. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    Sandy

    As this shocking article published March 1st in the New York Times demonstrates, it turns out that the Germans couldn’t not know, and the truth is that we are in the same state. · 28 minutes ago

    From the article: 

    “When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500. 

    In Berlin alone, researchers have documented some 3,000 camps and so-called Jew houses, while Hamburg held 1,300 sites.

    Dr. Dean, a co-researcher, said the findings left no doubt in his mind that many German citizens, despite the frequent claims of ignorance after the war, must have known about the widespread existence of the Nazi camps at the time.

    “You literally could not go anywhere in Germany without running into forced labor camps, P.O.W. camps, concentration camps,” he said. “They were everywhere.”

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  21. Larry3435 Member

    Goebbels, Dave? Seriously? You are familiar with the “First to mention Hitler …” axiom?

    This so-called doctor is obviously a monster. But to cite him as proof of a larger political point is a tactic typical of the left, and not worthy of our side.

    And please be aware, and I say this with the utmost respect, there are some of us who consider ourselves to be on the side of liberty and humanity and yet, and yet, somehow we don’t believe that every fertilized egg is morally indistinguishable from a sentient human being.

    I am neither a So-Con nor a person of faith, but I am pleased to make common cause with So-Cons against the real enemy. But please, my So-Con bretheren, remember that a goodly portion of your fellow supporters of liberty and humanity count on our big tent as the sanctuary against the storm, and we expect your respect as well. Disagree with me if you wish, by all means. And speak your mind — I would expect no less. But with moderation. Too many of my family died in the holocaust. Don’t come at me with Goebbels.

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  22. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Larry3435:… But please, my So-Con bretheren, remember that a goodly portion of your fellow supporters of liberty and humanity count on our big tent as the sanctuary against the storm, and we expect your respect as well. Disagree with me if you wish, by all means. And speak your mind — I would expect no less. But with moderation. Too many of my family died in the holocaust. Don’t come at me with Goebbels.

    I never understand this line of reasoning. Didn’t the Nazi’s essentially de-humanize people first in order to rationalize the ovens? Isn’t that what abortion does?

    What is sentience, Larry? When does it begin? Can you lose it once you have it through, for example, dementia or brain damage?

    I would think the families of Holocaust victims would be the first to recognize the same underlying assumptions. 

    There’s a principle of reason called the Principle of Objective Evidence: Nonarbitrary opinions or theories are based upon publicly verifiable evidence. The quote from Ms. McNamara is basically an admission to_the_humanity_of_abortion_victims, but_that although killing babies is an unpleasant business, we have the right to do it anyway.

    Go look at the pictures, Larry.

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  23. Twofistedreader Inactive

    NARAL President Ilyse Hogue’s quotes are priceless. She’s trying to pin blame on the right, meanwhile, abortion facilities are racking up health violations at a rate normally reserved for a White Castle during Mardi Gras.

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  24. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    AUMom: With the silence of this, I begin to see how the Germans could remain insulated from what happened there in the 30s and 40s. They could have known, they should have known but they could work to not know. 

    We cannot follow in their footsteps. · 2 hours ago

    They had even better excuse than we do. They lived under a tyrant.

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  25. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter

    Larry3435, with respect, I’m aware of the “First to mention Hitler,” axiom and I don’t subscribe to it. The slaughter by Soviet communists, the forced starvation of the Ukraine, the killing fields of Cambodia all strike me as worthy comparisons. Please bear in mind, however, that the comparison to Goebbels was in response not to Gosnell, but to a feminist that looked unflinchingly at the butchery and said, “…we can continue to assert our right to do it anyway…”

    Disagree on the difference between a fertilized egg and a sentient human if you wish, but does moderation require us to ignore the connection between a dehumanizing ideology and its culmination in the slaughter of viable babies, some of whom were born alive? As evidence of that connection, I submit the prolonged silence of that ideology’s most vocal cheerleaders in the media and elsewhere, and respectfully ask your help in calling them out.

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  26. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Dave Carter: As evidence of that connection, I submit the prolonged silence of that ideology’s most vocal cheerleaders in the media and elsewhere, and respectfully ask your help in calling them out. · in 0 minutes

    The fact that Pravda-on-the-Hudson and Pravda-on-the-Potomac are suppressing this story (along with CBS, NBC, CNN, and ABC) is testimony to its significance. The editors and reporters at these news outlets know that, if the truth were rubbed in our faces with regard to what abortion involves, we would recoil in horror — and so they suppress the truth. We no longer have a free press — not because we are no longer free — but because there is no press.

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  27. Twofistedreader Inactive
    They had even better excuse than we do. They lived under a tyrant. · 6 minutes ago

    How is that different than us?

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  28. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Twofistedreader
    They had even better excuse than we do. They lived under a tyrant. · 6 minutes ago

    How is that different than us? · in 0 minutes

    If you raise your voice, the Gestapo will not come for you. We still have free elections, and we can still put up a fight.

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  29. philo Member

    One thing that keeps nagging me about the coverage of this story is the apparent presumption that…while maybe the most out-of-control and gruesome…this is an isolated case. Why?

    Our society has long since set the proper conditions. Given all of our mega-city incubators for such mischief, do you really think only one such case has evolved?

    As to the “they couldn’t not know” angle, it seems to me that if the MSM coverage blockage ever gave in to real investigative journalism it might just find former patients, former employees, and/or a caring, well connected community organizer or two in many American cities who might have quite a lot to say.

    I strongly suspect we’ll never know.

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  30. KC Mulville Inactive

    I find it hard to understand how people think there’s a relevant distinction between

    • full-term babies who are born and then killed’
    • nearly full-term babies who are born and then killed
    • killing these babies at any time in their development

    What is it that’s so different? They look different? Even if biologically there’s no difference? 

    Refusal to believe that a fetus is a human being is simply a refusal to believe. 

    Thanks, Dave. Well done, as usual.

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