Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has next to zero chance of securing the Democratic nomination for president. She is currently polling around nil as her campaign failed to register well with women. Or men.
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t even consider writing about her, but something she said in Iowa this week points to a dangerous trend among Democrats that’s a much bigger problem than she is. She compared pro-life thoughts to racism. It wasn’t that she said it but how she said it that struck me. She was casually passionate about it, demonstrating a real sincerity in her stance. That’s concerning because if she so easily believes people with pro-life beliefs are similar to people with racist beliefs, what does that say about her fellow Democrats?
Does she represent them generally? Actually, yes. Even though she’s not among the leaders in the presidential race, she has been an influential voice in the Democratic Party ever since her seat was handed to her by the previous occupant, Hillary Clinton. Her stunts on social media have brought her much ridicule as she tries to make herself seem human, but this particular minute-and-a-half talking about “reproductive rights” tells a story about how the Democratic Party has shifted in their perspectives towards pro-lifers. It’s no wonder pro-life Democrats are essentially anathema today.
Here’s the clip:
“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America – I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand said.
And therein lies the problem. If it’s not a political issue, then she’s making it a cultural and religious issue. In the video, she decries the notion of pro-lifers forcing their religious views on the rest of the nation.
As I’ve said many times, the real battles that can win the war against abortion will not happen in courtrooms or in legislation. We must fight this as a cultural battle. The reason the pro-abortion side is making strides despite science increasingly backing the pro-life perspective is because they’re doing a better job at winning the cultural debate. Many pro-lifers fail in that regard and it shows.
Kirsten Gillibrand is insignificant in the race for the nomination, but her perspectives on abortion are an important glimpse into the direction of the Democratic Party. We must fight smarter to overcome their ignorance.
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