I'll own up to being unnecessarily pedantic, at least in this case.
I just thought it strange that you spent time arguing with me over the legitimacy of honoring the confederacy and it's leaders in city parks, only to say you have no opinion on the matter.
I just read through our conversation the other day and I saw no such statement, did you write that on another story?
This is the one I was referring to:
And I didn't make a charge, I asked a question. Why did you defend keeping the statue if you don't care about keeping it? Doesn't make much sense.
It seemed to me that you took a position on the parks issue, just the other day actually. Were you arguing in bad faith?
Look, AP, I know what political theatre is. Are you trying to argue that what has been going on across the country is nothing more than theatre? Because, off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few bills that have been passed and actions that have been taken to reduce access to abortion and to close clinics. Mississippi is on the brink of shuttering it's lone clinic; I'd say it's more than just theatre.
Romney tried his best not to mention abortion, since it is still controversial, but if I recall he was pestered by that issue regularly. Anyway, his efforts to avoid the subject means nothing when republicans are putting plenty of demonstrable effort into restricting abortion, an egregious example being the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement in Texas. That isn't theatre. And these efforts show that even though roe v. wade may be settled for the moment, abortion is not. Furthermore, it is the stated goal of many right-to-life organizations, which are exclusively republican, to chip away at roe v. wade in this manner.
Also, who are serious republicans?
The republican position on abortion as been part of the platform for 30 some odd years, by the way. It's not new.
See the section entitled "The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life":
This amendment would ban abortion. "...the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." That's pretty clear to me.
I might consider your claim that it's hot air if republicans we making no efforts to curb/outlaw abortion, but considering the "person hood" bills, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, successful efforts to de-fund planned parenthood, ad infinitum, I have to say you're way way off base. I'm shocked you're trying to say that republicans have no real interest in this issue. Usually republicans are proud to support bans on abortions.
I only point out the birth-control thing to illustrate how backward republicans are when it comes to reproductive issues. It's different in that it's generally much much less controversial than abortion, among voters.
For the record I have been very disappointed in democrats for a long while and rarely vote for them; not for the same reasons as you, of course, but still.
"Thus, it is not an issue in national politics anymore..."
is flat out wrong.
The GOP convention just last year called for a constitutional ban on abortion. Not to even get started on all the garbage that has been going on in Texas, Mississippi, and North Dakota recently. Proposals to limit abortions in all cases except rape an incest. Oh, and Todd Akin. And the planned parenthood stuff. Not an issue in national politics my ass! Hell, birth control has been getting attention in national politics recently. In 2013. Boggles the mind.
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