Thursday, January 23, 2020

Letter: All Traitors' Day

I originally wrote the following letter-to-the-editor for All Traitors’ Day a year ago. I have a good relationship with the local paper, which publishes nearly all of what I write, though this one seems to have gone too far even for them. But one of the benefits of having a blog is that you don't have to worry about offending anyone, so I will go right ahead and post it in its entirety.

Most of the pro-life movement makes a big deal out of observing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22. I think that it’s a mistake to do so. The decision by a small group of men to spill some blood isn’t that big of a deal: it happens all the time among America’s drug cartels and inner city gangs.

But the collective choice, on the part of practically every American citizen, to not resist such a decision is a big deal: hence my designation of January 23, the day after Roe v. Wade, as All Traitors’ Day, a national day of shame for the American people.


Recent events in New York and Virginia have put this country into another weeklong round of talking about abortion. I admit reluctance to join in the flurry of outraged Facebook memes, though not for lack of belief that abortion is evil. Rather, all the rhetoric about coastal Democrats crossing a line or showing their true colors seemed a bit hypocritical when the vast majority of abortions are already tolerated in every state.

Around the time this media frenzy began, I observed All Traitors’ Day by donating money to Abolish Abortion Texas. I should probably explain what those two things are.

All Traitors’ Day, January 23, marks the acquiescence, by Americans, to legal abortion after Roe v. Wade. It is not so much that seven men ordered a program of mass-murder, as that 200 million complied, that leaves an ineffaceable stain on this country.

When the Supreme Court tried to settle the slavery question by a 7 to 2 vote, Americans fought a war rather than let the Justices have their way. But our ancestors’ attitude no longer prevails. And the current national sin is not restricted to one party; the fifty state governments all turned Quisling, without exception.

Abolish Abortion Texas is an advocacy group promoting statewide resistance to legal abortion in Texas, just as the northern states once successfully resisted the judicial expansion of slavery. This is one of the few pro-life groups willing to recognize that the conventional position – “It’s murder, but we have a duty to tolerate it if we’re ordered to” – is morally bankrupt.

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