Open thread for night owls: Rightwingers trumpet concern for unborn, but nix policies promoting life

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at The Nation writes—Exposing the Lie of ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians:

On Tuesday of this week, I joined women’s-rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the most restrictive abortion law in the country, which was signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on May 15. Extremist legislators in Alabama have one-upped Republican colleagues in Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, and Mississippi, all of whom also passed unconstitutional anti-abortion measures in recent weeks. While the Supreme Court signaled again this week that it is not willing to take a case that would overturn Roe v. Wade, these bills are designed to rally a “pro-life” movement that has organized for the past 40 years toward this single goal. The apparent political success of this movement under the Trump administration, however, has exposed its fundamental hypocrisy: While trumpeting concern for the unborn, the “pro-life” coalition has consistently opposed policies that promote life and well-being for most of us.

Alabama is a case in point. There are 1.1 million poor white people in Alabama to just under a million poor people of color. Forty-five percent of the state’s residents are poor or low-income. That’s 60 percent of people of color, and 37 percent of white people—but 53 percent of all children, 47 percent of all women. Yet the “pro-life” politicians in Montgomery voted to override municipalities that tried to raise the minimum wage for working people in Alabama.

The political leadership in Alabama has spent the past 40 years telling Christian conservatives that they are standing up for the dignity of life. Yet 420,800 people remain uninsured as the legislature here refuses federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In fact, if you make 320 dollars a month in Alabama, they refuse to allow you to apply for Medicaid. […]

How do we make sense of the hypocrisy of the governor and legislators pushing attacks on women’s rights in name of protecting life and morality? When the white power structure of Alabama and the South could no longer give poor white folks Jim Crow to eat, they partnered with Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum and Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and gave them white values as “family values.” This so-called pro-life/pro-family movement has never been about caring for unborn children. It’s been a way of keeping white Christians in coalitions that don’t benefit most of them, but make them feel righteous and self-assured in their values.

The religious right has wanted to talk about the rights of unborn children for 40 years because unborn children can never talk back. But we can’t let them talk about their concern for life without asking why that concern is so lacking for people after they are born.


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On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Yes, Let’s All Talk More About Iraq: 


Despite his constant assertions of his military expertise, when speaking this week McCain once again proved ignorant of the most basic facts of the war he so avidly supports. He said that we have “drawn down to pre-surge levels”: we most pointedly have not, causing the McCain campaign to angrily talk about “nitpicking” the difference between “verb tenses” — like, say, past, present, future, and imaginary pluperfect. Because McCain wasn’t badly misinformed, they assert, he was just talking about the future as if it were the present, or something.

He also claimed places like Mosul are “quiet” — wrong. The latest suicide bombing was a mere day beforehand.

So when McCain said, in the same breath as those two fabrications that the Iraq War is “succeeding,” it only called more attention to the bizarre and misinformed assertions he was using to justify that claim.


On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Mueller heats things up. Trump confesses to having Russian help, and Netanyahu wants a piece of that. What Gop, Dems do with their state trifectas. Shouldn’t migrant assistance be protected by “religious freedom? How our Saudi “allies” get arms.

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