One way that Michael Turner criticized the Tea Party for caring about social issues at the National Review’s website was to single out Tea Party opinion on abortion (see my earlier post). Turner seemed confused on this. I especially noticed that he seemed to contrast opposing abortion to collaborating with Libertarians. But many Libertarians, because they oppose aggression or the initiating of force, are opposed to abortion. Ron Paul was once the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president and he opposed abortion.
Also, Turner wrote, “The public is largely split on abortion, but 60 percent of tea partiers believe it should be illegal in all or most cases.”
By odd coincidence, the same day I read Turner I also read this headline: “CNN Poll: 58% of Americans Want All or Most Abortions Made Illegal.”
A new CNN poll released today confirms what prior CNN polls and others have consistently shown in recent years — that a majority of Americans want all or most all abortions made illegal.
The CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that a majority opposes taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions.
According to the CNN survey, 20% say abortion should always be illegal and 38% say most abortions should be illegal — making it so 58 percent of Americans oppose all or virtually all abortions. Just 27% of Americans side with Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama in saying abortions should always be legal. Another 13 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases, making it so only 40 percent of Americans generally favor legalized abortion in most instances.
So, on the face of it, Turner is criticizing the Tea Party for a two percent difference? That variance is turning people off and causing the Tea Party to wane in power?
Perhaps we should look at this another way: Consider how much power and influence that Planned Parenthood has with only 27 percent agreement. How do they have so much prominence? I think the answer has to be that they have powerful friends who are wealthy, in government office, and/or in the media.
So what about the Tea Party? Why don’t they have more influence? Because, for the most part, among the wealthy they only have “frenemies.” People claim to care about the Constitution and the rule of law and free markets but they really make too much money from the corruption of Big Government and the Federal Reserve. They’re happy to use the Tea Party to win but ready to attack when the Tea Party actually takes a stand.
But the good news is that sometime people aren’t bought. We have had legal abortion since 1973. And despite the unremitting propaganda and pressure the population refuses to agree to it. Obviously many or even most Americans are compromised with the issue but, at the same time, they can’t get rid of their reservations.
What this indicates to me is that we should always keep fighting. You don’t know when God might turn things around and give you victory. The only way to know you have lost is by giving up.