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Friday, June 17, 2011

When Liberals Incorrectly Shout "Hypocrite"

This article is a reaction to a recent post I read on liberal blog, The Daily Kos which chides former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) for his honest response to a question posed to him by NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press last Sunday.

Gregory: Do you believe there should be any rape or incest exception when it comes to abortion?

Santorum: I believe life begins at conception, and that that life should be guaranteed under the Constitution. That is a person, in my opinion. 

Gregory: So even in the case of rape or incest, that would be taking a life? 

Santorum: That would be taking a life. And I believe that any doctor performing an abortion...that I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion, should be criminally charged for doing so. 

Santorum also goes on to cite the Declaration of Independence as a guide using the "Life" portion of its preamble to essentially cement his argument. 

The blogger then suggests that Santorum, as he goes onto describe any other excuse to abort "phony" with the exception of a situation he and his wife found themselves in. 

His wife had an infected baby, who at 20 weeks (a month before "viability") was extracted (or birthed) with only the slimmest hope of surviving. 

The blogger, grossly goes on to equate Santorum's wife pregnancy and their willingness to try and give birth to give that child the slim hopes of survival, to partial birth abortion in hopes to expose Santorum as some sort of hypocrite on the abortion matter. 

Never mind how disgusting the accusation, the entire premise of their "gotcha" argument is completely flawed, because it simply doesn't line up with any medical facts. 

An actual partial birth abortion goes something like this: The baby is moved into "breech" position, extracted by the legs with forceps, just so only the head remains inside the mother, and doctors then proceed to cut a hole at the base of the skull and vacuum the child's brain matter out. 

This is NOT the procedure Santorum's wife had to endure. But by equating Santorum's child's probability of survival with the partial-birth abortion procedure, liberals have sunk to a new low. 

The Daily Kos blog post is about as harsh and bad as it gets when it comes to liberal commentators incorrectly applying the term hypocrite to Republicans, and indeed conservatives do the same things to liberals, just not nearly at the same rate. 

Think about it this way. The next time a liberal MSNBC commentator lambastes a Republican who is plagued by some sort of sex scandal as inherently hypocritical, ask yourself this. So, does this mean the Democrats have no values, and thus can't violate any?

A Republican that is known for preaching "family values" and morality, who makes the mistake of infidelity or something to its effect, is not a hypocrite. 

People make mistakes, and according to liberals, especially those with a prominent outlet to voice their opinion, means that Republicans who make those mistakes have to essentially renounce their values. It's complete hogwash. 

Indeed, though, they have outdone themselves in the mislabeling of hypocrisy to an absolutely disgusting end with this Daily Kos Santorum post. 

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