A tragic anniversary: 48 years of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the terrible Roe v. Wade decision. With that in mind, let’s address whether a common apology for abortion rights is actually logically consistent: If you truly believe the government should not interfere in the relationship between a woman and her doctor, you should oppose government prosecuting “candyman” doctors who knowingly over-prescribe painkillers and cause patients to become addicted to opioids. But you do not believe that, do you?

Our government at both the state and federal level regulates the practice of medicine all the time, on things such as distributing vaccines, controlling prescription drugs, setting malpractice law and regulating hospitals. Aside from the most hard-line libertarians, no one believes in the absolute statement that “government has no standing in the doctor-patient professional relationship.”

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Limiting the authority of county health officers

Here is a very quick civics lesson: We do not live in a technocracy. We live in a constitutional republic, where elected officials that make decisions are accountable to the public and can be replaced by voters in the next election. We are not ruled by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

This, of course, leads to a much-needed effort in the Indiana General Assembly to limit the authority if local health officers, placing the final say with elected officials directly accountable to the voters. This effort has led to an anti-democratic backlash by people who do not trust their neighbors to make the right decisions about who to place in authority:

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A good President, marred by his own whining and grievance

As parents, we often tell our children – especially our sons – not to whine. It is a bad characteristic for a child, and is often repulsive in adult men. But for the last four years, we have had a President who was defined by how whining and grievances, and that has ultimately resulted in Donald Trump being the only President in American history to be impeached twice. Worse yet, the Republican Party has been infected with this whining and grievance politics. That needs to stop.

Trump is the only President in American history to be impeached twice, and both impeachments grew out of his victim mentality. After the Mueller investigation concluded, Trump could have been the bigger man and moved on. But if you read the transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader, it is dripping with victimhood and grievance. Trump whined about the “Russia hoax” and how Joe Biden’s misdeeds were not properly looked into. Even if Trump had never mentioned Biden, it is unseemly for the leader of the free world to be venting his grievances to other world leaders.

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False gods are a cruel master

As our politics become ever more bitter and divisive, it is clear that politics itself has become a religion. That has very bad consequences for our nation, and for the political parties themselves. It is better for us to be grounded in something much more important than politics.

Politics should be grounded in principle, not partisanship. Yes, it does matter which party is in power, but our ultimate loyalty should not be to a party and our loyalty most certainly should not be to a particular politician. Our party loyalty needs to be subservient to deeper principles. A commitment to principle will also reduce “negative partisanship” – a commitment not to our own political party but to keeping “the bad guys” out of power. I cannot tell you how many times people have told me online and face-to-face that even if a Republican candidate for office is of bad personal character and/or opposes us on policy, he is “better than any Democrat.” Politics should not be about war and enmity.

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Parler, free speech, hypocrisy, collusion and anti-trust

I want to address two things here: Big Tech deplatforming the Parler social network and also deplatforming conservative users including President Donald Trump.

Regarding Parler, we need to make something very clear: Parler has always banned threats of violence and incitement to violence. The excuse for de-platforming Parler is that the social media platform has not effectively moderated objectionable content, but no social media site of any size can screen for everything. There is a ton of objectionable and outright criminal content on Facebook. In fact, Facebook’s content moderators have been psychologically traumatized by the horrific content they screen as part of their jobs. (See here and here and here.) The same thing happens at Twitter and YouTube.

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