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Cal Thomas found in his recent column the latest example of the left's embarrassing inconsistency on matters of "choice." It's been one of my longest standing beefs with liberals that they claim to be champions of choice when it comes to killing kids, but on virtually every other issue, they war against the freedom to choose: from schools to healthcare to food.
Rarely does this reality become quite as glaring as it did in Washington, D.C. recently. Thomas describes it:
The Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray, distinguished himself last week by getting arrested in an act of "civil disobedience" reminiscent of the '60s. The mayor, six council members and more than 40 other protesters were detained by Capitol police for blocking the street to oppose the congressional budget deal that deprived D.C. of federal funds for abortions.
They were also protesting a mandate under the same agreement that revives a popular school choice program, the "Opportunity Scholarship Program," which allows poor children in failing schools an opportunity to attend schools they and their parents believe will give them the best possible education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had pulled the plug on the Bush-era program after pressure from the teacher's union which, in a reversal of Bush's "No Child Left Behind," behaves as if no child in a failing school should be let out.
You got that, right? A protest that encompassed demands for "choice" when it comes to human sacrifice, but simultaneously demands no "choice" when it comes to escaping failing schools. I guess I have to ask the obvious: what do liberals have against children?
And D.C. is actually a very instructive example. On the one hand, it has an incredibly high abortion rate - as do many inner cities. In fact, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, there are 265 abortions for every 100 live births in D.C. That number is astounding.
Concurrently, D.C. public schools are among the worst. As Thomas points out, locking kids into these disaster zones, D.C. liberals sentence their own youth to lives of poverty, illiteracy, and welfare dependence.
So again I ask rational minds: what compassion is there to be found in an ideology that cares so little about children it will rally in the streets to facilitate their slaughter. And for those few that survive the holocaust, they will lock them in deplorable conditions with no hope of escape? That's the glory of liberalism.