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    Where did we go so wrong as a nation that laughing about and celebrating abortion became hip?

    Where did we go so wrong as a nation that laughing about and celebrating abortion became hip?

    Really.

    It has nothing to do with whether you support a woman’s “right” to choose.  One can support or not oppose that “right” and still appreciate the gravity of the decision, and understand that a child never was born.

    At what point in the development of the nation did we go so wrong that it became hip at a place like Jezebel to laugh about and celebrate abortion?

    What’s the Best Age to Have an Abortion?

    One of the perks (well, side effects) of writing publicly and frequently about how women should be able to control what happens inside their own skin is that every time a friend gets knocked up and wants to end her pregnancy, she ends up confiding in me, a person she knows will not tell her she’s going to hell for choosing abortion. “You’re going to hell for other things,” I’ll say, to make her feel better. “Like the time you peed in that litterbox at a party because the line for the bathroom was too long. Also your engagement ring is made of a conflict diamond.”

    Jezebel - Best time to abort

    Jezebel is part of Gawker Media, which as we know is more acceptable than conservative talk radio for advertisers.

    When I read an article like that at Jezebel, I wonder if we are so far gone it’s too late.

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    […] Legal Insurrection wonders when laughing about abortion became hip […]

    1. It has nothing to do with whether you support a woman’s “right” to choose. One can support or not oppose that “right” and still appreciate the gravity of the decision, and understand that a child never was born.

    Exactly.

    2. When I read an article like that at Jezebel, I wonder if we are so far gone it’s too late.

    So do I but arguably the country was even more far gone in the 1970s than we are today. Maybe someone like Cruz can revitalize the Reagan coalition assemble another coalition like Reagan’s from the ground up.

    3. Having said that:

    After the election (which the GOP should have won going away) I posted that the conservative reaction to the result was more worrisome than the result. With the exception of Ted Cruz’s performance, subsequent events are confirming my reaction.

    Complaining continues unabated. Obama is Hitler! Boehner is Satan! Interest in new conservative approaches remains minimal. Purity! Purity! Purity! Smite! Smite! Smite!

    4. If a liberal or independent were having doubts about their position and consulted LI comment threads, especially about social controversies, IMO (s)he might well decide to stick with the devil (s)he knows. As Newt said in December, today’s GOP is so out of touch with the issues facing so many Americans that it is incapable of competing at the national level.


       
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      Ragspierre in reply to gs. | February 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      “…the conservative reaction to the result was more worrisome than the result.”

      THE conservative reaction…?!?!?

      WTF…???


         
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        gs in reply to Ragspierre. | February 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        If one scans my entire comment rather than focusing on a single word, an article yet, IMO the meaning is there to be read.

        My meaning would have been even clearer had I not deleted one or few paragraphs before posting. I no longer comment actively here but, in the hope the comment section returns to what attracted me, I prefer not to burn bridges.

        By and large I stand by what I wrote the day after we lost:

        This cartoon is wrongheaded and counterproductive. It keeps us in denial about our deficiencies. We don’t even know what those deficiencies are and we won’t figure it out if we stay in denial.

        I remember the smugness before the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare.

        I remember, from just two days ago, the arrogant confidence and derision about the polls, betting odds, and prediction markets. I remember the airy predictions of a blowout victory.

        <snip>

        Look at the Presidency. Look at the Senate. Look at the string of defeats in Operation Counterweight.

        Then look at the reactions on this board, including the cartoon in this post. Outlandish denial; blaming everyone and everything except ourselves. Our reaction to the election bodes worse for the future than the election results themselves. Hopefully rationality will begin to assert itself.

        Still keeping my fingers crossed wrt the last sentence. So far Cruz is exceeding my expectations.


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