Thursday, June 17, 2010

American Exceptionalism--A History of Defending Choice

"In politics, the names of things are more important than what they are."
Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon was a French social psychologist whose speciality was the study of crowd psychology. So powerful were his theories that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini studied his work. These political leaders understood that controlling the psychology of the masses was critical to their acquisition and maintenance of power.

Le Bon articulated what most politicians understand instinctively. It's all about the messaging. If we call a horrendous $787 billion dollar spending bill a Stimulus bill, people will be, if not happy, mollified. If we set out to Reform health care, the task moves out of the political and into the noble. Reform implies there is a problem and it will be fixed.

Which brings me to Choice. Choice represents everything great about America. We have heretofore lived in a land where liberty is honored and cherished. We can choose where we live, what we study, what occupation or business venture we want to pursue, who we vote for, what car we drive, in short, Americans are given the freedom to choose.

So why is it then that the pro-Choice movement with all their empathy for a women's right to choose, demonstrates absolutely no regard for the human life under discussion. Where else in our society do we argue for one person's rights without even the slightest consideration for an other's? Animals have rights. Criminals have rights. Terrorists now have rights. Why is it that the human life conceived by and carried by a woman has no rights?

The only way this argument has become palatable is because the destruction of an innocent life is not called Murder, it is called Choice.

But words mean something and I have become increasingly troubled by the willingness of many to ignore the true meaning of the word Choice while repeating the politicized meaning, the mantra if you will: "Choice? Yes, I am for Choice, absolutely. Choice is good."

Good for whom I wonder?

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