I’m seeing comments all over the web like this:
“We pro-life people now need to work to create the conditions where life can flourish, which means certain social guarantees, including healthcare, decent employment, education (through graduate school), housing, nutrition, freedom from war, and a safe and pollution-free environment.”
The fatal word in this is “now”. For the truth is, the “prolife” movement should have been doing all that all along. But instead, they gave themselves over body and soul to a political cult that taught them to pit the unborn against all that. If they believe for one second that they will now be able to turn on a dime and switch from battling all those things to supporting them they are delusional. Their political cult will compel them to keep fighting all these other goods and they will go along with it as they always have. The GOP has absolutely no intention of permitting prolife people to embrace a consistent life ethic. Sharp learning curve ahead for those who try.
When MAGA cultists feign a sudden zeal for the common good by saying, “Now we have to get to work making a world these children can grow up and prosper in!” they only confess their guilt in creating a forty year hostage situation in which they refused to do that (because it was what all those horrid libs were begging them to do and they were ordered by your GOP Masters to spite them at all costs and use the unborn as human shields to do it). For forty years, they responded to Dem requests for health care, decent employment, education (through graduate school), housing, nutrition, freedom from war, and a safe and pollution-free environment with “We can’t bother with that! We have to focus on abortion!” Catholic Vote actively spat on all suggestions of supporting any decent and humane initiative by the cursed libs on the ground that paying attention to any other aspect of Catholic social teaching would “dilute and fracture the brand” and urged rejection of the term “prolife” altogether lest the focus be taken off being “anti-abortion”. And yet, as ever, the actual net result of this whole line of thinking was and is, not to to defend the unborn, but to defend every GOP policy of greed, cruelty, racism, lies, treason, and death.
And nothing has changed. That’s why the entire evil MAGA cult is upset because Dems (who overcame enormous resistance from the cult) to pass a pathetically inadequate gun bill in response to the latest massacre of children. The GOP “prolife” Cult has fought hard for forty years to create a monstrous dystopia for children to grow up in, especially poor and brown ones, and they expect anybody to believe they now suddenly care about the common good?
If you think the people who spent forty years laboring to defeat getting everyone healthcare, just wages, mandatory paid leave, and affordable childcare because they had to “focus on getting Roe overturned” are suddenly going to passionately work for those things now, I have a bridge to sell you. They always had a ton of time for gun rights, persecution of immigrants, racist marches in Charlottesville, Trump rallies, and violent insurrections. They could always spare time from “focusing on abortion” for that. But they could never spare a second for “lib” stuff, no matter obviously good it was, because the whole point of “focusing on the unborn” was to *actually* focus on furthering GOP cruelty, greed, racism and violent authoritarianism. And that will not change anytime soon apart from a miracle of grace. Because as they are already making clear, they have far different priorities.
By your fruits you are known. The fruit of the MAGA cult is a forty year harvest of lies, greed, oppression, racism, torture, unjust war, and death. Talk is cheap. Let’s see action.
Of which more tomorrow.