24 August 2012

GOP Abandons the Unborn

A man running for sheriff in New Hampshire says if he is elected, he will arrest anyone involved in an abortion in his county.

Frank Szabo set off a firestorm with the comments. People on all sides of the political spectrum have condemned the statements, but Szabo stands by them. He says it’s the sheriff’s job to protect every citizen – even the unborn. [Hat tip.]
And cue the Republicans response:
Republicans called Szabo’s statement, “Irresponsible, outrageous, and inappropriate.”

Democrats said, “Every Republican officeholder and candidate in New Hampshire must condemn and reject this man and his beliefs.” [Emphasis added.]
Strangely, I still have some RL conservative friends who look at me like I’m crazy when I say that Republicans are nothing more than Democrat Lite.


  1. It's appropriate for Republicans to condemn a man if he sincerely believes it's appropriate for the sheriff to arrest people who have not actually broken the law, however much he might _wish_ that what they were doing was against the law. If you want to change the law, "sheriff" is the wrong office to be running for.

    Democrat office-seekers, of course, regularly get away with much worse. But that doesn't make it right.

  2. Wait, so murder isn't illegal in New Hampshire?

  3. Sure it is. But the pre-born aren't humans in America.

    I don't like it either. But sheriff is still the wrong office to be running for if you want to change it.

  4. @Do you say that because you still believe that rule of law is not yet dead? Or because you doubt the efficacy of using thugs to enforce a social vision?

  5. The former. Although in the long run, the latter is also the case.

    Ultimately, of course, everything comes down to a Hobbesian "war of all against all". Our present system simply reduces that war's mass combat to elections (battles in which two armies show up on the field, and then the smaller one surrenders) and its personal combat to trials (duels in which physical combat is stylized enough to be represented by rhetorical combat). It's a system that sometimes produces bad outcomes (such as defining the pre-born as being less than human), but on balance is still preferable to one in which all disputes ultimately come to blood in the streets.

  6. @Matt- Fair enough. I personally hold that rule of law is dead, so there is no point in acting under the pretense that rule of law still exists. As such, I would love to see this sheriff arrest abortionists and, if possible, take them to trial and let a jury of their peers decide if they are violating murder laws. But that's just me.