Friday, March 12, 2010

Mike Thompson needs to stick to the cartoons

Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson shows us why he should focus on drawing instead of trying to write arguments for his position or defend his cartoons with editorial columns.
Stupak believes that abortion is morally wrong. OK, if that’s what he believes, then he should have the fortitude to introduce legislation that would criminalize abortion. Instead, Stupak is making headlines for another attempt by an anti-abortion lawmaker to whittle away at a woman’s right to choose until that right becomes non-existent.

First, Thompson doesn't seem to understand why Stupak opposes abortion. True, Stupak thinks that abortion is morally wrong (probably like he thinks lying or cheating on your wife is morally wrong) but the reason he thinks abortion should be illegal is because it intentionally takes the life of an innocent human being.

Second, notice how Thompson, instead arguing that Stupak's beliefs are incorrect or that his amendment is bad or that the federal government should subsidize health insurance plans which cover abortion, attempts to attack Stupak personally (as opposed to attacking Stupak's arguments).

Most people understand that not all prolifers are going to be introducing bills to make all abortion illegal because passing such a bill is not possible in the current political climate (you know the climate where Democrats have large majorities in both chambers and the presidency). As the next paragraph shows Thompson is a lot more ignorant than the average Joe.
Given the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, now is a golden moment for Stupak and the anti-abortion crowd to introduce legislation to attack Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion. So why haven’t they? The answer is simple: Stupak and the anti-abortion movement want to get their way on the most controversial issue of our time while sparing themselves any blowback.
This is so incredibly stupid and thoughtless, it's hard to know where to begin.

First, if Thompson knew anything about the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court he would know that there are only four justices (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito) who would possibly be in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Second, how on earth does Thompson think an abortion ban would pass the U.S. Senate?

Third, why would President Obama (who favor tax-funded abortion and voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion) sign such a bill into law?

But it's "a golden moment," eh?

Does Mike Thompson not understand how laws are made? Does he need to go back to elementary school for a lesson on how a bill becomes a law?

It's also interesting how Thompson thinks Stupak hasn't gotten any "blowback" from his efforts. Stupak has a primary challenger and I can't imagine how many Planned Parenthood and NARAL members in New Yorker have called his office complaining about his amendment.

Thompson motive seeking continues:
They’re doing so because a proposal to outlaw abortion would prompt people to ask: What comes next?
Yes, that's the real reason Stupak hasn't introduced an abortion ban. He's scared Mike Thompson will bring up back-alley abortions. It has nothing to do with what's politically possible or prudent.

I just don't understand how someone can such an idiot. Stupak is trying to make sure the government doesn't subsidize health insurance plans with abortion. He's trying to defend his castle with limited troops which is under attack from a massive push by roaming marauders and Thompson is trying to ascertain why Stupak hasn't tried charging out of his castle and taken over the marauder's homeland.

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