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A Moment In Time

June 2, 2009

Dick Cheney was right all along. Sure, he could have chanted, “Nah, nah, I told you so!”, but he’s too classy a guy for that. When Scott Roeder executed Dr. George Tiller on Sunday, as “Tiller the baby-killer” was worshipping at Wichita’s Reformation Lutheran Church, America suffered it’s first terrorist attack in nearly eight years.

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano warned that an attack by a right-wing lone-wolf would happen, but that’s little solace to Tiller’s friends, family and loved ones. I have to wonder, what would Dick have done differently? In a situation where everyone that had any contact with Roeder knew he was a hairs-breath away from doing something terrible, America’s intelligence community failed us. And no, I don’t think waterboarding Randall Terry would have been the answer.

Now, Fox News did not put the gun in Roeder’s hand, but they’re not innocent babes, either. They ratcheted up the rhetoric, targeting Dr. Tiller on no less than twenty eight separate occasions, coming dangerously close to inciting murder. I have to say this: Bill O’Reilly needs to publicly apologize for his part in this tragedy.

Not long ago, President Obama made his plea for an honest, reasonable discussion on the hottest of all hot-button issues;  abortion. I pray this tragedy gives us a moment in time to have that discussion. Then maybe, just maybe, Dr. George Tiller’s death might not be in vain…

Back in the ’60s, poor young women were dying from botched back-alley abortions while girls of means were able to erase their indiscretions with relative ease. Liberals saw the injustice and tried to right the wrong, extremists on both sides have been at war ever since. Because Dr. Tiller was one of the few willing to perform “late term” abortions, he was a prime target for the Operation Rescue folks. Please remember, some of Tiller’s patients discovered late in pregnancy that their fetuses had severe or fatal birth defects; and he also aborted healthy late-term fetuses in cases where this would prevent “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” for the mother. That’s the law.

So, as we mourn this tragedy, I have to ask, where do we go from here? Are conservatives willing to shell out tax dollars to pay for the health-care, welfare, housing and education subsidies poor girls desperately need if they’re even going to consider bringing a new life into the world? While home-schooled churchgoing teens are just as sexually active as inner-city kids, their future prospects are quite different.

Are we going to get serious about sex education? How about contraception? Would you allow a gay couple to rescue a fetus otherwise doomed to be aborted? Or do we just ignore the hard questions and rev up the vitriol while we wait for the next terrorist attack…

14 Comments leave one →
  1. randyedye permalink
    June 2, 2009 10:12 am

    great thread, rock on!!!

  2. calvinfreiburger permalink
    June 2, 2009 11:30 am

    You just said Bill O’Reilly is partially culpable for the actions of a single man. Don’t you DARE tell us you give a damn about having an “honest, reasonable discussion about abortion.”

  3. June 2, 2009 1:57 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Keep up the great work. I am going to check out some more of your blog entries. I really thought your last paragraph was spot on as well.

  4. June 2, 2009 2:49 pm

    Thank you, Randy, Sandy.
    Calvin, O’Reilly has been after this man for four years. I made it clear no one put the gun in Roeder’s hand, but Fox is absolutely guilty of incitement. I’m trying to be honest and reasonable here.

  5. American Heartland Bar and Grill permalink
    June 2, 2009 9:20 pm

    p of v: thanks for your comment on the Heartland blog.

    I disagree. O’Reilly is no more responsible for inciting Roeder than Keith Olbermann is for inciting a myriad of frivolous legal actions taken against Sarah Palin. If O’Reilly owes an apology doesn’t Olbermann need to apologize to?

    Let’s get to the real issue here- the fact that idiots like O’Reilly and Olbermann lead the debate when we need the adults in this country to send them both to their rooms so we can try to have a rationale discussion about abortion.

    • June 3, 2009 12:08 am

      I would say yes, they both do. And I agree, a real debate can only begin when folks like them, on both sides, either leave the room, or at least shut up for five minutes.

    • June 3, 2009 11:40 am

      I wouldn’t compare “legal actions” to be the same as “murder”. In a legal action, the defendant has an opportunity to walk away free. With murder, there is no walking away for the victim.

  6. June 3, 2009 11:45 am

    These anti-choice activists only care about an unborn fetus. They don’t care about helping to provide social services to the born baby.

    Excellent post.

    And btw, the anti-choice activists that call themselves “christians” would not approve of a gay adoption. The strange part about these “christians” is that Jesus Christ never condemned abortion or gay marriage. If they really knew their bible then they would know that in the old testament, there are passages where the Israelites called upon god to abort the fetuses of their enemies. I guess aborting one’s enemies fetuses is considered acceptable by these “christians”.

    Thanks for visiting.

  7. sauerkraut permalink
    June 3, 2009 12:38 pm

    Billo needs to step up to the plate and admit that his words incite stupid people to do violence. Calvin can cry about how that’s not part of an “honest debate” but I don’t really care what the apologists say or write. A man was murdered for political reasons. And Billo needs to be brought to task for his part in how that killing unfolded.

  8. sauerkraut permalink
    June 3, 2009 12:40 pm

    btw – as a frequent reader of mudflats, I can state that KO has played no part in the filing of “frivolous legal actions” against Sarah Palin. Indeed, Palin filed one of those critters herself. … pretty sure KO played no part in that.

  9. June 3, 2009 3:45 pm

    O’Reilly doesn’t think beyond ratings — accountability and responsibility aren’t considerations. As already pointed out, Olbermann is often equally guilty. What we should all see as reprehensible is that hateful rhetoric drives those ratings UP!

    PoV — very well written piece with a great deal of insight! Thank you.

  10. June 3, 2009 5:01 pm

    Cats, love your blog, now that I’ve found it. Thanks for your comments.
    Sauerkraut, I have to admit, I don’t know a lot about the frivolous lawsuits /Palin/Olbermann angle. But in the interest of open debate, I have to lump MSNBC and Fox News together as being more part of the problem than the solution. Even though I guess I’m closer to Olbermann’s perspective than O’Reilly’s.
    Fnord (What’s that stand for?), thanks for your continued, and much valued, support.

  11. June 3, 2009 5:21 pm

    fnord is a word used in Robert Anton Wilson’s trilogy, The Illuminati Papers. In Wilson’s trilogy, truth is revealed to those who know where to look. The enlightened can see fnord in the empty spaces between unjustified columns of text in newspapers and magazines. Called sticky spots, these spaces are not really blank, but contain fnord. If you google the word, you’ll find many who never read the book but have no trouble discovering where fnord must clearly exist. 😉

    Someday I’m going to find peace, and I’ll never stop looking for truth.


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