Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Personal Aside: The Partial Birth Abortion Decision by the Supreme Court.
Pardon me, but I dont know if you noticed. President Bush has just won a significant victory for pro-life in the Supreme Court and the silence from some social conservatives is deafening. For some time now, conservatives of many stripes have been critical of the president. There are the traditionalists, those wedded to the old Robert A. Taft isolationist-nationalist tradition from which I sprang (and from which I changed)but they are quite vehement as anti-Bush people. I refer to my old friend Pat Buchanan who ran for president twice and who stands for a resurgent nationalism, a turning back from what he believes to be too energetic a foreign policy of commitment to the global peace of the world. He also is a tireless critic of free trade, hearkening back to the days of protectionism as typified by Alexander Hamilton (which was okay for the 18th century but in my estimation not okay for here and now). Pat is also a vociferous critic of illegal immigration and if truth be served legal immigrationbelieving that for at least a decade we should take time out from assimilating even legal immigrants to our country.
These issues are very important to Patbut I also remember that he was an early pro-lifer, a spirited critic of the abortion culture. I may have missed it but I havent heard any compliment whatsoever on the pro-life victory in the Supreme Court which was attributable to Bushs naming of two strong justicesSam Alito and John Roberts. Is it possible just barely possible that the issues that work Pat up so strongly the Iraq War which he seems to be cheerleader for our hoped-for loss immigration a return to protectionism transcend in importance the paramount issue of life? Gee, I hope not.
The same with Joe Sobran, once the best commentator social conservatism has had, who now is all atwitter on the Iraq War and who seems almost fanatically disposed to cataloging every step that may certify that we have lost the war. I havent heard anything from Joeleast of all praise for the man who named these conservative justices. Then there is the Rockford Institute on whose board I once served. Vehement anti-Bush people to a man embodied with snarling rhetoric and doom centering on the war but also on immigration. I havent seen a line.
It may be tough to congratulate a president when your hatred rivals that of the Leftbut it would be interesting to see what importance the upholding of the congressional partial birth abortion ban has on their agenda. I wonder if it doesnt play second fiddle.