Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A Window Into Their Capacity to Listen

The Candidates Clash on Abortion Law:A Window Into Their Capacity to Listen

Excellent piece from FindLaw today - the author of this piece is Sherry F. Colb, is Professor and Judge Frederick B. Lacey Scholar at Rutgers Law School-Newark.

A couple of quotes from the article:
When Kerry made a point of demonstrating respect for the pro-life
position that he does not happen to share, he included pro-life people
within the community that he intends to lead and represent as President of
the United States. Rather than being President only of those who share his
views and concerns, in other words, he aims to be President of

There is reason to believe that Bush does not share this aim of
representing all of the people. Unable to hear the dreams and fears of those
with whose values he disagrees, Bush seems to consider himself President of
only those who fall into his ideological camp.

I thought this was a really good commentary on the abortion debate and the article addresses the nuances of the issue involved. The Right is unwilling to accept rational debate of the arguments because they simply want to 'use' abortion as a 'wedge issue' to instill fear and win votes. (For a good comment on wedge issues, see Greg Taylor's blog entry from Monday, Oct. 18, 2004.) For the Right, it's not about leading America forward - it's about scaring up votes.

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