Democrats are Now Officially the Party of Death

Campaign button for Ellen McCormack, a Christian housewife who ran for president on a pro-life ticket in the Democratic primaries in 1976.

By Jason Jones & John Zmirak Published on May 3, 2017

There is no more room in the Democratic party for pro-life Americans. The chairman of the Democratic National Committee has made that clear. As clear as the water Pontius Pilate used to wash his hands. Townhall reports:

Top Democrats recently told their party to get in line with their radical abortion agenda or step aside. As a way to bury the controversy over the Democrat National Committee campaigning with a Democratic mayoral candidate, Heath Mello, who once voted for pro-life legislation, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) insisted that it was a mistake and that Roe v. Wade is non-negotiable. 

The magazine America, whose liberal Jesuit editors are at least pro-life, pointed out what this really means:

Abortion is now the single issue defining the Democrats, and Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, is the de facto head of the party. … NARAL is at least as powerful within the Democratic Party as the National Rifle Association is within the Republican Party.

Bad News? Or Just Reality Emerging?

It’s hard to know precisely how to feel about this development.

We are Christians, pro-lifers and conservatives — in that order. There’s no conflict among those things. In fact they go together. But each is a different angle from which to view political questions.

We live in a democracy. We bear a solemn responsibility under God: making just laws for ourselves. So abortion is a political question. It isn’t in China, Cuba or other totalitarian states. There the people’s masters simply impose the practice on them. (You know, the way liberals want the Supreme Court to keep on doing.)

Strategically, it’s a bad thing for a cause to be trapped in just one party.

It’s key to keep our priorities in order. So let’s scrutinize this news about the Democrats under each of those three categories.

As Christians, We’re Saddened

From a spiritual perspective, this is tragic. One of our nation’s two political parties is now completely dedicated to a fundamental evil. Abortion is even worse than segregation. (Democrats defended that for 100 years). It’s on the level of slavery. To be an active Democrat, going forward, is now to participate in evil. If you raise money for Democratic candidates, give to Democratic causes, or in any way participate in that party’s bid for power. … You are implicated.

Our hearts go out to lifelong Democrats who care about unborn life. And to candidates like Heath Mello who tried to save their party from plunging over the cliff. But it has taken the plunge. 

And that is something to mourn. It should lead us to prayer. It should lead pro-lifers who’ve belonged to the Democratic party to take a good hard look at leaving. Maybe they should start a third party that’s clearly pro-life, which also represents their views on other issues, where morality is not so black and white: such as poverty programs, immigration policy and other liberal priorities.

But they can’t go on cooperating with the party of NARAL — any more than pro-life Republicans could stay in that party if it endorsed euthanasia to cut back on Medicare costs.

As Pro-Lifers, We’re Conflicted

As citizens committed to protecting the vulnerable from violence, we’re deeply saddened. We honor pro-life Democrats of the past, like the great Ellen McCormack and Robert Casey. They championed the human rights of unborn children in a party that was being hijacked by hedonism and feminism. They fought the good fight. And failed.

Of course the Democratic party is monolithically pro-abortion. It’s the logical consequence of the secular leftist view of man.

Strategically, it’s a bad thing for a cause to be trapped in just one party. Defenders of Israel are glad that pro-Israel candidates exist in both political parties. The National Rifle Association cultivates pro-Second Amendment Democrats. So have pro-lifers, as long as that party made room for differences of conviction. The danger is that Republicans will take our votes for granted, and continue to shove the life issue to the back burner.

But the two-party strategy might be falling apart for other causes too. The anger and intolerance of leftist activists is driving the Democratic party away from a true defense of Israel. Ever more liberal organizations are backing the bigoted “Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions” movement that targets Israel and even American Jews for open discrimination.

On the gun issue, Democratic leadership still prudently allows candidates in selected regions to dissent from the overwhelming party consensus against private handgun ownership. But how long that will last, in our current atmosphere of a rush to extremes? Of hooded leftist demonstrators silencing campus speakers with impunity? Ten years, max, we predict. Sooner rather than later, there will be no more room for Jim Webbs in the Democratic party.

Now the Stakes Are Obvious

On the positive side, the Democrats’ decision to side as a party with baby-parts merchants like Planned Parenthood does … clarify matters. It shreds for once and all the phony “Seamless Garment” that leftists within the churches have used to bury the unborn under a pile of other, more popular priorities.

As we wrote here last summer, members of Democrats for Life were essentially giving political cover to rabid pro-choicers like Hillary Clinton. How? By pretending that issues where people of good will can differ over the wisest policy for enhancing human life were somehow comparable to abortion. No, health insurance, welfare, wages or even gun violence cannot be classed with abortion. Like genocide or unjust wars of conquest, it’s a practice that’s purely evil which no just government should enable. Period.

As Conservatives, We’re Hopeful

Of course, as citizens with strong, clear convictions about the sanctity of human life, we don’t like to see the party that represents half the country oppose us. It pushes the common good a little further out of reach. We wish that Democrats would come around on a whole range of issues. In an ideal world, both parties would accept core conservative principles — as both parties did on many issues, back in 1960 or so. Then elections could be about competency, honesty and character.

Just as slavery and segregation denied the founding principles of our country, so does abortion. It is profoundly toxic to have one of our two major political parties aligned against the nation’s very founding. The Democratic party at first clung to slavery, then to segregation. Now it clings to abortion. How long will it take political reality to peel its white knuckles off its latest fetish of evil? Only time will tell.

That said, from the point of view of accomplishing things: The Democrats’ move is wicked, vicious and helpful. To us. It demonstrates in flesh and blood the left’s commitment to an ideology of suicide.

The left in America has increasingly embraced a whole set of convictions that fit together like a puzzle. What holds the pieces in place is a dark, insidious view of human beings.

We Represent Different Species

Conservatives (especially Christians) believe that human beings are free, responsible creatures — the image of God. We only enjoy our freedoms as part of a compact; each one comes paired with a solemn responsibility. We don’t expect to “get away” with enjoying our rights while abandoning our duties. We don’t want to be paid for work we didn’t do. Nor to fund other people’s willful idleness. We don’t expect to enjoy all the pleasures of life and evade the consequences.

What better example could we find of a reckless abuse of freedom and disregard of duty than the practice of legal abortion? Everyone knows that sex is connected to having children, as eating is to nutrition. But the Sexual Revolution came along and offered us all the “benefits” of bulimia. Contemporary hedonism wants to totally sever that connection — to change the very nature of sex itself. God made it to be the glue that holds two people together in love for life, and generates new lives. Modern man wants it to be a low-investment, low-commitment  (but much more enjoyable) game of Twister.

No real conservative can support that. Few liberals today have the stomach to oppose it. So of course the Democratic party is monolithically pro-abortion. It’s the logical consequence of the secular leftist view of man: a lumpy featherless biped who seeks out pleasure. We can win his votes, the Democrats reckon, by offering him a bigger pile of bananas.

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  • Gary

    Those poor children. Faced with the alternatives of either being murdered before they are born by their mothers, or being born and then raised by mothers who wanted to kill them, but were somehow prevented from doing so. Sad situation. I thank God I was born to a mother and father who wanted me.

    • Dagnabbit_42

      Yes.

      But don’t despair: The grace of God does amazing things when you’re not looking. Out of all the mothers who contemplated abortion, I bet a lot of them found, to their own surprise, that they wanted their babies, very much, once the baby was born.

      Remember that those mothers didn’t think of their babies as persons prior to the birth. They mostly didn’t see themselves as contemplating the murder of someone they didn’t like.

      But after the birth, they saw a person. (Often, a cute one who aroused their instincts of compassion and caretaking.) And that shifted all the categories in their thinking, and all the reflexive reactions in their emotions.

      If humans were always perfectly rational beings we’d expect the mothers to think of their babies as persons both before and after birth (and any associated emotions would make no difference as to how they treated them in any case). But that’s not what humans are like.

      God, no doubt, would prefer for the mothers to acknowledge the true personhood of their children prior to seeing their faces. That’s the reality, after all, and any God who calls Himself “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is a God who cares about reality. But He is not above using our instincts and feelings to overcome our failures-of-rationality. (He invented those instincts and feelings, after all: They were His idea.)

      How many mothers has He won over to the care of their children by the sight of their babies’ faces?

      Not all of them, sadly. But a lot of them.

      • ukelelelady

        I am one of those. Read my story on my Facebook page: Cecilia Joyner Baker.

      • ukelelelady

        I am one of those. Read my story on my Facebook page: Cecilia Joyner Baker.

  • Charles Burge

    Sad, but with a silver lining. I’m happy to see the Democratic party continually shoot itself in the foot. They’ll be winning fewer and fewer elections, and that’s a good thing.

    • wsteinbr

      The country most likely is headed to having elections be between Republican and Libertarian. Bernie Sanders is too far left and trying to drag the Democrat Party that direction. He is not Independent, he is socialist. Hopefully he doesn’t join the Socialist Party and make it the second party of the United States (doubtful). I agree with your prognosis about their future.

  • Dean Bruckner

    “Where orthodoxy is optional, it will sooner or later be proscribed.” – Neuhaus’s Law, from Richard John Neuhaus.

    The awful force of a violated conscience will propel the violator to try to wrench the whole moral universe to his–or her–crazy moral tilt. It will not stop until every last reminder of their sin is eradicated.

    Death chambers for babies, death camps for pro lifers. The culture of death, championed by the Party of Death.

    God help us!

  • Guys,

    They won’t win my vote. Ever. Don’t vote Democrat!

  • Jim Walker

    When you have no holds bar progressiveness mixed into the fabric of the Dems, you drift away until you lost all sense of directions and will never find the point of moral origin.
    Look at those who support Hillary ? They are people who are so closed minded they are in hypnotic trance and constantly chant meaningless phrases in their street protests. They drift so far and cast away their morality to embrace pro-choice and abort babies like a pimple. Their Churches preach the false gospel, their college kids need safe places and chant safety but rejects the safety of the Border wall which is the real threat (Conservatives are truly the ones that need safety as these bums are vicious and violent).
    Dems are the modern day Natasists…

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Well, it’s about time the party of duplicity has become the party of obstructionism. Seems like they’ve taken yet one more of Jesus’ precepts – “…whoever is not against us is for us ” .. & have rewritten it. Could be they’re saying – “whoever is not against God is NOT for us ” They have boasted of being the party of resistance. They best be careful, for in their cause for commonality among the troops of the deceived, they have officially declared their opposition to the One who would rather see them delivered from these delusions. Forsaking that escape, it would appear that their days our numbered. Their legacy
    at this rate is all but certain …

  • American Conservative is an oxymoron. It is too bad that you don’t live in a country with a true Conservative party.

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