[The demographics of abortion]
In his tremendous novel War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy observes
that some men “choose their opinions like their clothes — according
to fashion.” He adds that no matter how derivative their views
are, such men may hold those views with all the passion of partisans.
How true. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people
parrot clichés as if they were voicing their own hard-won, independent
convictions. In college, I had more than one professor whose political
ideas seemed to have been culled from the bumper stickers in an academic
parking lot. (They weren’t grateful when I pointed this out.)
A free mind is a rarity, really. I was reminded of this sad truth
by the news that Notre Dame University plans to award an honorary degree
to Barack Obama this spring. The ostensible meaning of this gesture
is that a Catholic university plans to honor our first black president.
Seems simple, no? But another way to look at it is this: A nominally
Catholic university is honoring America’s foremost apostle of
The devil must be cackling. As the great French poet Charles Baudelaire
put it: “Satan’s cleverest wile is to make us think he
doesn’t exist.” Most educated people nowadays assume he
doesn’t exist, which makes them easy prey for him.
Obama is a clever fellow. He realized some time ago that if he wanted
to be the first black American president, his best bet was to seek
the nomination of the Democratic Party; and in order to do that, he
would have to be pro-abortion.
Now of course most blacks don’t like abortion. They know, or
at least sense, its reality: white abortionists getting rich killing
nonwhite babies. The profits are so big because the overhead is so
low. Aborting a child requires very little medical skill, and most
doctors won’t do it. Yet this aspect is rarely discussed. To
hear liberals talk about it, you could get the impression that abortion
is just an abstract matter of individual rights, or “choice.” But
back here on earth, its net result is to depress the nonwhite population
in this country. Some of its supporters also argue that it depresses
the crime rate too, but they seldom refer to the racial angle, at least
So our first black president got where he is by taking a profoundly
antiblack position in order to gain the favor of liberals in his party.
After all, liberals don’t call the killing of the unborn “racism” or “genocide”;
they don’t even call it “killing.”
In any case, when it comes to abortion, Obama’s conscience
seems to be quite untroubled. He makes no concessions to the humanity
of the unborn, even if they survive attempts to destroy them in the
When I was young, not a single American politician would endorse
legal abortion; the subject almost never came up in public. But as
soon as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in an incoherent majority opinion,
that all laws in all 50 states restricting abortion were in violation
of the Constitution, public opinion began to conform to the new fashion.
Millions of people seemed to change their deepest convictions in a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
To be sure, politicians, especially Catholics, often professed to
be “personally opposed” to abortion while voting to promote
it, but that was a transparent fig leaf; in practice it meant nothing.
The phrase “personally opposed” must have warmed many an
Someone has suggested that Notre Dame, which is named after Our Lady,
cease calling itself a Catholic university. It is about as Catholic
as, say, Ted Kennedy.
Which reminds me: I am so old I can remember when some people feared
that the pope would control America through the Kennedy clan. They
stopped worrying about that some time ago. No pope can control even
Most people, like animals, are at home in their environment and don’t
question it; they merely conform to its pressures, including the pressure
of circumambient opinion. They accept what they suppose are the prevalent
beliefs and attitudes without question. As far as they are concerned,
fashion is virtual truth. Public opinion may be defined as what people
think other people are thinking.
Tolstoy would understand.
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