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BushCo’s ‘Pro-Life’ Hypocrisy

By Allen Snyder

March 26, 2005


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There are few areas where BushCo’s (this term now includes both the Administration and its stockholders/supporters /enablers) blatant, dangerous, and ever-increasing hypocrisy is more prominently on display than in their robotic expressions and ubiquitous political lobbying for what has (to the ultimate detriment of all living things) come to be called the ‘pro-life’ position.

That this ill-named position and its feel-good rhetoric have been almost completely co-opted by the GOP and the loony Right Wing is bad enough.  The Administration’s ultra-pious Party sycophants, the corporate-owned propagandist conservative media, and the Christian Right obediently bleat out whatever ‘pro-life’ platitudes that either get them re-elected or have those of dubious intelligence (see some large pockets of The South and The Midwest) disproportionately caring for frozen embryos, Terri Schiavo type patients with no hope, or lining up little crosses to mourn those ‘murdered’ by legal abortion.

In the wake of all this blather, they hoist each other up on moralistic wings of rapture, condemn the rest of us to the eternal fires of Hell as damned heathens, and rest content that only they and their like-minded zygote-lovers have had their ‘Heaven’ tickets properly punched and their ‘Cloud 9’ parking places duly reserved (on the extreme Right side of Heaven, no doubt).

If today’s reality resembled anything like that of yore (oh, reality, I can hardly remember ye!), then being ‘pro-life’ would mean something like ‘having enough respect, concern and compassion for all living things as to care for them and minimize their pain and suffering’.  This not only implies caring and acting for the welfare of people, but also the large and complex ecosystem of which we humans are but a small and by no means integral part; including both non-human animals and the natural environment

Why, if caring about actual living things and their habitats is even slightly related to maintaining a coherent, consistent, and recognizable ‘pro-life’ position, are the Radical Right and Republican regressives allowed to posture as though they give a shit about life in any of its forms, when their actions routinely and totally belie that notion and all of their ‘pro-life’ rhetoric?

Consider the Right’s attitude toward the natural environment and non-human animals.

Bushies rush headlong to support an Administration whose apocalyptic policies assure us that the environment doesn’t matter ‘cause, if things happen the way they’re supposed to (and Bush knows, what with his direct pipeline to the Divine Intellect), we won’t be around to enjoy it anyway.  Even BushCo’s copious and non-stop use of Orwellian Newspeak can’t obscure the fact that their policies aim directly at destroying damn near everything in the name of corporate interests, the bottom line, and the deep pockets of their financial puppeteers.

So the sky, trees, oceans, fresh waterways, and big and little critters can all be damned – there’s money to be made in the here-and-now for exploiting, poisoning, polluting, cutting down, mutilating, defacing, and destroying you!  Sorry!

That leaves human lives – people like me and you.  Surely, even phony ‘compassionate conservatives’ (read:  corporation-loving regressives) care about us, right?  Wrong again!

In fact, the more actualized, the more biologically developed, indeed, the more human genetic material resembles a full-grown, full-fledged person, the less interested the Right is in it.  But, if you’re a microscopic globule of cells incapable of rational thought, moral agency, even the simplest of stimulus/response, then you’re A#1 in the Right’s eyes and your life needs to be saved no matter what.  Judging by their schizoid response to the ongoing tragedy that is the Terri Schiavo case in Florida (where executions are popular and life is so not sacred), your life really matters when you’re irreversibly brain damaged, too.

But therein lies the rub.

With the same breath the Right orders the dropping of tons of illegal cluster bombs and napalm, liberating tens of thousands of Iraqis (at least half of them children) from their Earthly Bodies, silently pumping however-many milliliters of toxins into the arms of death row criminals, or slashing the medical and retirement benefits of both older Americans from the Greatest Generation and veterans serving in the current Iraqi disaster, or leaving 300,000 children behind on food and health care here at home, they issue forth righteously indignant gasps, guttural growls of moral disapproval and positively froth at the mouth over beginning and end-of-life issues like abortion, stem cell research, and euthanasia – all things they seem to know painfully little about.

And yet somehow, they’re allowed to do all this off-the-charts hypocrisizing (yeah, well, it oughta be a word) in the name of being ‘pro-life’ or what has become the new BushCo buzz-phrase, while promoting a so-called ‘culture of life’.

Have these moral degenerates, war criminals, and mendacious scumbags become so adept at the art of mass manipulation and political skullduggery that this pro-life façade continues to hold up despite all their action to the contrary?  For the moment, it seems so, but moral and political overreaching tends to exact quite the negative price no matter how fast you’re spinning.

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Allen Snyder can be reached at [email protected]   This article is copyright by Allen Snyder and originally published by opednews.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media so long as this credit is attached.

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