Another view: Mishka Gora on the ethical politician

There are many great bloggers out there who offer logical, thought-provoking and interesting views on today’s battles – like abortion and the importance of the upcoming election.

Unfortunately, most are hidden from the mainstream. It is hard to find them but it’s always worth the effort to look.

One such blogger is Mishka Gora. She writes convincingly about the importance of protecting life. And she points out clearly the pitfalls that face politicians who put popularity over principle – even when they are ‘ethical’. Yes, pro-life politicians can be too clever by half.

In her piece The Ethical Politician, Mishka writes:

There is a growing trend of politicians defending a political stance based on what they think will most appeal to others rather than being honest about their motives.  Sadly, Christian pro-life politicians are no less guilty on this front.  I have seen Christian politicians across the board evade questions about abortion or same-sex marriage.  Many defend voting against abortion with claims they are protecting the interests of women, that the basis for their stance is that abortion harms women.  As true as this may be, it is transparent and pointless dishonesty.  Voters of varying opinions sense the lack of conviction or courage, and most will also consider it fatuous.  A politician who is willing to hide their core principles behind trendy arguments lacks credibility.

Furthermore, dodging the central issue can also discredit valid factual arguments.  It is a fact that a very small proportion of women using RU-486 experience life-threatening side-effects.  However, the persistent focus of pro-life politicians on this fact, when it is obvious to anyone (except the most dim-witted) that their real issue is with the extermination of nascent human life, has led to many doubting the veracity of this fact, simply because those spouting it cannot be trusted to be candid.

This abortion-harms-women approach is particularly illuminating.  Ostensibly, it suggests that if abortion were found to be highly beneficial to the health of the mother it would no longer be objectionable.  Of course, it would remain an issue, because ultimately abortion is about the unborn child.

To read the entire piece, click here.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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