Alan Simpson used to be a Republican Senator from Wyoming. He’s not anymore. But that doesn’t mean that Mr. Simpson isn’t still interested in getting some positive press. And from his time in Washington, the former Senator obviously knows how you go about doing that: criticize conservatives for being too ideological and not willing to compromise.
I still laugh at this whenever I see it. You simply don’t ever see the media interviewing people like Joe Lieberman or Zell Miller and praising them for their willingness to “work across party lines.” You only see Lieberman-like interviews when the media wants to criticize those individuals or grill them on what “some say” is being a traitor to your party. It’s pathetic. And I’m honestly not sure if the media thinks we don’t see that distinction and double standard or not. But it’s actually quite funny to me to watch.
Nonetheless, Mr. Simpson came on Fareed Zakaria’s program on CNN to do a little conservative bashing. But what I thought was interesting was the first issue to which he decided to speak of his differences with Republicans: abortion. For all the talk on the left about how Republicans are obsessed with the issue, they are the ones adamant about protecting the right to kill children – they are the ones who drag it out every time they are trying to show how “extreme” conservatives are. Which is interesting when you think about it. I’ve often said, if someone wants to accuse me of being “extreme” in my desire to fulfill the words of the Declaration of Independence – securing the right to life as unalienable by men – so be it. In fact, who in their right mind is comfortable with a law maker who can see room to compromise on which human beings are worthy of their right to live and which ones aren’t?
But here was Simpson showing how the thought of actually being a man, and defending the defenseless, scares him terribly:
Well, I think my party and I have different views on a lot of things. I guess I’m known as a RINO now which means Republican In Name Only because for social views perhaps, or common sense would be another one which seems to escape members of our party. Abortion is a horrible thing, but for heaven sakes, it’s deeply intimate and personal decision, and men legislators shouldn’t even vote on it.
Ah yes, stunning logic, Al. Among Alan’s lesser known opinions: northern legislators shouldn’t even vote on slavery because they’ve obviously never had the burden of harvesting a plantation full of crops. Do you see how unwaveringly stupid this line of argument is? Men can’t vote about the unalienable right to life? They can’t participate in a discussion or issue about whether women should be allowed to have their children killed? What kind of logic is that? Good grief.
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Actually, it’s the voice of a coward. Which shouldn’t be surprising. The one hallmark of RINOs is an unwillingness to stand for any form of convictions – choosing instead a pursuit of political power and positioning whether it’s right or not. It is reflective of a core belief system totally void of any real standards or truth. That’s the legacy Simpson has carved out for himself. And the only reason he gets positive press for it is because the folks controlling the press are liberals who love to see Republicans who won’t stand up for any convictions. It means an easier path for them.
It’s actually kind of sad to watch Simpson so desperate for attention that he will play the fool for the liberal media, serving as their useful idiot in carrying forward an absolutely asinine template: that extremism only exists on the right.
For those who are interested, here is the testimony of Gianna Jessen – a woman who survived an abortion hit ordered by her mother years ago. Gianna has overcome some remarkable challenges in her life to speak out against men like Simpson and to call real men to stand up and defend women and children when they know they are in danger, rather than cowering in the corner like Simpson chooses to do.