Prepping the Masses

While I’m a bit nervous about posting (as this is my first), I was just unfortunate enough to land on Thomas Friedman’s latest. It appears to me that he’s using the abortion issue to explain why citizens should trust the elite (like him) to dictate how to live right and proper lives. He eventually winds up here:

Respect for life has to include respect for how…

  1. Crow

    Pro-life my foot. Over at NRO, Wesley Smith destroys this article.

    In addition to the points he raises there, we note that evidently gun control in American outweighs the cruelty of the entire Chinese regime–which we regularly find hagiographic accounts of in Friedman’s writings. Human rights violations, one child policy, sex-selective abortion practice, the massacre of minority populations–nothing to see there. You see, they have high speed rail, which outweighs all of these concerns. How silly of us to forget! 

    I have never understood why people take Friedman seriously.

  2. Joan of Ark La Tex

    we know we are winning if they have to use us as a means to their end. 

  3. donald todd

    If the removal of Friedman meant less hot air in the world, would that be good?

  4. katievs

    He’s gone totally off the rails.

  5. Susan in Seattle

    What Katie said.

  6. Todd Prouty

    By that logic we should all be wearing helmets and sumo suits just to check the mail. Bubble Boy, here we come…

  7. danys

    Seriously, is Thomas Friedman well?

  8. No Caesar

    No surprise hearing this from Friedman.  He’s the one who wanted a PRC-like “dictatorship for a day” so that all the “for our own good” reforms could be shoved down our throats by “wise men” like him. 

  9. Wylee Coyote

    Respect for life has to include respect for how that life is lived, enhanced and protected — not only at the moment of conception but afterward, in the course of that life. That’s why, for me, the most “pro-life” politician in America is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Wait wait wait.  Isn’t the rap on pro-lifers that they want to “control women’s bodies”, which is viewed as beyond the moral pale?

    How is that different in principle from what Mayor Bloomberg does?

  10. Mollie Hemingway

    My favorite line:

    “And there is no way that respect for the sanctity of life can mean we are obligated to protect every fertilized egg in a woman’s ovary, no matter how that egg got fertilized, but we are not obligated to protect every living person from being shot with a concealed automatic weapon.”

    Hey Tom, ovulation means the egg isn’t in the ovary when it’s fertilized. But, hey, I like to take all my pro-life advice from dudes who don’t know how babies are made.

  11. Sweet and Low

    If Freidman and his ilk are so smart….why is The New York Times slowly assuming room temperature? 

  12. iDad

    Is anyone surprised that a totalitarian such as Friedman would make such an argmuent?

  13. Devereaux
    Donald Todd: If the removal of Friedman meant less hot air in the world, would that be good? · 9 hours ago

    Absolutely! Less Global Warming!

  14. Keith Preston
    Crow’s Nest:  

    I have never understood why people take Friedman seriously. · 12 hours ago

    Edited 10 hours ago

    Oh, that’s easy.  It’s typical left-wing award-winning worship.  You win a Nobel, and you can do no wrong…even if your Nobel has NOTHING to do with any knowledge about every other subject except the one you received the award for.  This is the man who fretted over how much better America would be if only we had a Chinese style dictatorship that could FORCE us to “authorize the right solutions” by government fiat.

    He’s a delusional tool.  The Caligula of Pravda on the Hudson.

  15. KC Mulville

    Friedman’s description of “pro-life” sounds as slippery and empty as doing something “for the children.” 

  16. Fake John Galt
    Pig Man: ernment is expanding their control on her freedom of choice. · 7 hours ago

    I know you are new to the member feed.  The abortion issue has been hashed out many times here with well thought out arguments on both sides of the discussion.  I suggest you look them up, or if you feel up to the challenge and have the  time to discuss, then I suggest starting a thread stating your own views on the topic, I think you will find the experience interesting.

  17. Skip London

    So Tom thinks people who are pro-life should oppose automatic guns.  Is he okay with regular guns?  Does it matter to him whether someone was killed by a revolver or a “assault style weapon”.  It is really very difficult to follow his argument.  He likes the fact that Bloomberg supports “a woman’s right to choose” but then endorses all the other ways Bloomberg takes away people’s rights to choose say soda, fat etc.  Really Tom likes people who force people to choose the choices he endorses.

  18. Give Me Liberty

    The scarey thing is the number of people wh0 think this guy is brilliant, agree with him, therefore, believe they are also brilliant and worthy of controlling strangers lives.

  19. david foster

    Bloombert likes making rules for other people, but he apparently isn’t too big on following rules himself. It seems he has been frequently landing his helicopter on weekends at a heliport which is CLOSED weekends (for noise reasons), despite the fact that this information is clearly shown in the FAA Airport & Facility Guide.

  20. Frederick Key

    “You know, Jack Kevorkian really was an excellent pathologist…”

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