The Banality Of Evil


I know we’re not supposed to make Nazi comparisons but Hannah Arendt nailed it with that phrase.

Katha Pollitt:

Abortion opponents say women seek abortions in haste and confusion. Pro-choicers reply: Abortion is the most difficult, agonizing decision a woman ever makes. Opponents say: Women have abortions because they have irresponsible sex. We say: rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormalities, life-risking pregnancies.

These responses aren’t false exactly. Some women are genuinely ambivalent; some pregnancies are particularly dangerous. But they leave out a large majority of women seeking abortions, who had sex willingly, made a decision to end the pregnancy and faced no special threatening medical conditions.

We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives. We need to say that is their right, and, moreover, it’s good for everyone that they have this right: The whole society benefits when motherhood is voluntary. When we gloss over these truths we unintentionally promote the very stigma we’re trying to combat. What, you didn’t agonize? You forgot your pill? You just didn’t want to have a baby now? You should be ashamed of yourself.

The second reason we’re stuck in a defensive mode is that too many pro-choice people are way too quiet. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly one in three women will have had at least one abortion by the time she reaches menopause. I suspect most of those women had someone who helped them, too — a husband or boyfriend, a friend, a parent. Where are those people? The couple who decided two kids were enough, the grad student who didn’t want to be tied for life to an ex-boyfriend, the woman barely getting by on a fast-food job? Why don’t we hear more from them?

Only someone with a seriously fucked up moral compass could say that shit.

Pregnancy would have made me miss Spring Break in Cancun! How dare you try to make me feel guilty! Hands off my body!

At least she was honest about one thing – most abortions are for convenience. They aren’t all the result of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. Most of those discarded kids are just unwanted.

But wait! There’s more!

Women aren’t the only ones who need to speak up. Where are the men grateful not to be forced into fatherhood?

Well here’s Touré Neblett:

This week brought us the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and made me reflect on a moment from 15 years when I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out and then she got pregnant, and I was terrified. I have always known the importance of family and building kids into strong adults and I know I would not be who I am if not for growing up under the watchful eye of two people who loved me and loved each other. I knew that pregnant woman and I were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did, we did, and in some ways that choice saved my life. I was not then smart enough or man enough to build a family or raise a child, and I only would have contributed to making a mess of three lives.

Touré goes on to explain how he later had a child with a different woman and he really loves that child so that makes it all okay. He also said that there’s “something undeniably misogynist about the impulse to deny a woman’s dominion over her own body and limit her ability to shape her life – and impose another sense of morality on her.”

See? Touré has high moral principles!

One problem that the Left keeps running into is when they are completely honest about what they think people turn away in revulsion. They spend so much time in a leftwing echo chamber that they forget that most people don’t agree with them. Bill Clinton was successful because he understood that. That’s why he emphasized that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.”

Kermit Gosnell and the recent Planned Parenthood videos have exposed the ugly truth – a lot of what takes place in abortion mills is not safe, legal or rare.

Seriously, these people make me sick:

Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.

It’s just a short step of logic and morality from abortion on demand to euthanasia for anyone who is a burden, like the disabled and the elderly. Or as the Nazi’s called them, “Useless mouths.”


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91 Responses to The Banality Of Evil

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    These fuckers are the same people who mock Bristol Palin.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Ask any leftist to defend the monstrosities that are contained on the Center for Medical Progress videos about Planned Parenthood, and they will immediately retort that the videos are “heavily edited.” Go on, I dare you to try it and find a liberal who doesn’t immediately leap to that canard. It cannot be done, for they know nothing else to even say about the damning things that have unfolded for all the world to see on film.

      The worst part is that the media lapdogs parrot this talking point as though it’s actually germane, in the context of an organization that has willingly and immediately released the full videos with each and every release. Definitely, this would be a fair attack if the liberals/media in question could point to some area in which the alleged “heavy editing” has resulted in an unfair characterization of what the Planned Parenthood official in question said, but that has never happened.

      If you challenge a liberal who relies on the “heavily edited” defense to tell you what, specifically, the full video shows that reveals that the edited version is unfair in some way, you will get a blank stare in response. I promise – try it for yourself.

      • Lulu says:

        These are also the same people who see nothing wrong with sexualizing twelve year olds and insist that sexual activity beginning in early adolescence (or even childhood) is normal and harmless. It isn’t. It is damaging both physically and mentally for girls and boys. This is why we have non-consent laws for minors because they don’t have the judgement or social/economic power to resist. Sex is an important part of biology and social development as well as mental well being for humans. Abortion is a by product of this attitude that sex is the same as taking a shit. Abortion as toilet paper. It most emphatically is not. Sometimes I think of media, fashion, politics, pop culture as one big fat grooming operation for the exploitation of young people. Abortion is just part of the management of said grooming.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Ross Douthat:

    IN an essay in his 1976 collection, “Mortal Lessons,” the physician Richard Selzer describes a strange suburban scene. People go outside in the morning in his neighborhood, after the garbage trucks have passed, and find “a foreignness upon the pavement,” a softness underfoot.

    Looking down, Selzer first thinks he sees oversize baby birds, then rubber baby dolls, until the realization comes that the street is littered with the tiny, naked, all-too-human bodies of aborted fetuses.

    Later, the local hospital director speaks to Selzer, trying to impose order on the grisly scene. It was an accident, of course: The tiny corpses were accidentally “mixed up with the other debris” instead of being incinerated or interred. “It is not an everyday occurrence. Once in a lifetime, he says.”

    And Selzer tries to nod along: “Now you see. It is orderly. It is sensible. The world is not mad. This is still a civilized society…

    “But just this once, you know it isn’t. You saw, and you know.”

    Resolute abortion rights supporters would dismiss that claim of knowledge. Death and viscera are never pretty, they would say, but something can be disgusting without being barbaric. Just because it’s awful to discover fetuses underfoot doesn’t mean the unborn have a right to life.

    And it’s precisely this argument that’s been marshaled lately in response to a new reminder of the fleshly realities of abortion: The conversations, videotaped covertly by pro-life activists posing as fetal organ buyers, in which officials from Planned Parenthood cheerfully discuss the procedures for extracting those organs intact during an abortion and the prices they command.

    It may be disturbing to hear those procedures described: “… we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

    It may be unseemly to hear a Planned Parenthood official haggle over pricing for those organs: “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”

    But in the end, Planned Parenthood’s defenders insist, listening to an abortionist discuss manipulating the “calvarium” (that is, the dying fetus’s skull) so that it emerges research-ready from the womb is fundamentally no different than listening to a doctor discuss heart surgery or organ transplants. It’s unsettling, yes, but just because it’s gross doesn’t prove it’s wrong.

    Which is true, but in this case not really true enough. Because real knowledge isn’t purely theoretical; it’s the fruit of experience, recognition, imagination, life itself.

    And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

    It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.

    That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.

    Because dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to Selzer’s tipping point — that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.

    That’s a hard thing to accept. It’s part of why so many people hover in the conflicted borderlands of the pro-choice side. They don’t like abortion, they think its critics have a point … but to actively join our side would require passing too comprehensive a judgment on their coalition, their country, their friends, their very selves.

    This reluctance is a human universal. It’s why white Southerners long preferred Lost Cause mythology to slaveholding realities. It’s why patriotic Americans rarely want to dwell too long on My Lai or Manzanar or Nagasaki. It’s why, like many conservatives, I was loath to engage with the reality of torture in Bush-era interrogation programs.

    But the reluctance to look closely doesn’t change the truth of what there is to see. Those were dead human beings on Richard Selzer’s street 40 years ago, and these are dead human beings being discussed on video today: Human beings that the nice, idealistic medical personnel at Planned Parenthood have spent their careers crushing, evacuating, and carving up for parts.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    More Douthat:

    So let’s be clear about what’s really going on here. It is not the pro-life movement that’s forced Planned Parenthood to unite actual family planning and mass feticide under one institutional umbrella. It is not the Catholic Church or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the Southern Baptist Convention or the Republican Party that have bundled pap smears and pregnancy tests and HPV vaccines with the kind of grisly business being conducted on those videos. This is Planned Parenthood’s choice; it is liberalism’s choice; it is the respectable center-left of Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus and Will Saletan that’s telling pro-life and pro-choice Americans alike that contraceptive access and fetal dismemberment are just a package deal, that if you want to fund an institution that makes contraception widely available then you just have to live with those “it’s another boy!” fetal corpses in said institution’s freezer, that’s just the price of women’s health care and contraceptive access, and who are you to complain about paying it, since after all the abortion arm of Planned Parenthood is actually pretty profitable and doesn’t need your tax dollars?

    This is a frankly terrible argument, rooted in a form of self-deception that would be recognized as such in any other context. Tell me anything but this, liberals: Tell me that you aren’t just pro-choice but pro-abortion, tell me that abortion is morally necessary and praiseworthy, tell me that it’s as morally neutral as snuffing out a rabbit, tell me that a fetus is just a clump of cells and that pro-lifers are all unhinged zealots. Those arguments, as much as I disagree with them, have a real consistency, a moral logic that actually makes sense and actually justifies the continued funding of Planned Parenthood.

    But to concede that pro-lifers might be somewhat right to be troubled by abortion, to shudder along with us just a little bit at the crushing of the unborn human body, and then turn around and still demand the funding of an institution that actually does the quease-inducing killing on the grounds that what’s being funded will help stop that organization from having to crush quite so often, kill quite so prolifically – no, spare me. Spare me. Tell the allegedly “pro-life” institution you support to set down the forceps, put away the vacuum, and then we’ll talk about what kind of family planning programs deserve funding. But don’t bring your worldview’s bloody hands to me and demand my dollars to pay for soap enough to maybe wash a few flecks off.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Well thought out. And many libs are of course pro-abortion. And saying you’re pro-abortion is at least more honest and consistent. The rare bit Clinton pushed was very smart. And if that became part of the actual ideology, Dems and PP would weather this much better. But they never really did. A few more videos are still coming, and they get worse each time. PP and Dems hope is that they’re ignored successfully. And maybe they will be.

    • Kathy says:

      wow–all you can say after that is that the argument is air tight.

      • Kathy says:

        every time I’ve heard CNN mention the video’s they preface it with heavily edited. Their token Republican commenter should call them out on it every time. That is a GOP problem I have though. A lot of these news shows bring on a commenter supposedly from each side and the right does not clean up mis information clearly and consistently. It should almost become a religion to do this, otherwise, the left brainwashing goes unchallenged.

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    • Lulu says:

      Republicans won’t give him a kick-back.

    • Anthony says:

      A statement like that isn’t going to get anyone who is on the fence to see things his way. As a matter of fact, it will do the opposite by comparing anyone who doesn’t support his latest attempt at establishing his “legacy” ( 😀 ) to the “Death to America and Israel!” crowd.

      Sounds to me like he’s pandering to a severely fractured base, which means there’s trouble among the Dems.

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  9. Dora says:

    Bakin’ Baby Syndrome
    by Mark Steyn

    “Do American liberals listen to what they’re saying: What percentage of a business model does selling baby parts have to be for it to disturb you?”

  10. piper says:

    Hypocrisy much – Toure wrote he was in a “committed” relationship with a woman who he knew was just not the one. My committed relationship lead to a long marriage.

    • Lulu says:

      That kind of “committed” means neither of them can afford to move. “I’m committed until I save up for my own apartment.” Or find something better ie better looking or better prospects in a new squeeze. What a shallow dummy he is.

  11. votermom says:

    Contrast the videos of regular Americans breaking into cars to save babies trapped in hot cars to the PP videos.

  12. Dora says:

    Ooh! It sounds like there’s a republican civil war going on.

    How Jeb and the GOP Got Trumped

    The establishment wanted a sweet ’16, not a 17-candidate pileup. Here’s what happened.

    • Lulu says:

      Yeb! was led to believe that he would be having a coronation and the fixers and big money guys had it. Now after quotes using bad language The Donald can say !Yeb is “a horrible person, a dummy, really dumb, stupid even, a horrible, horrible person” in three seconds.

    • mothy67 says:

      Rience Piebus saying the nomination will be decided before March. Fuck you asshole. If the process is to protracted shorten it.

  13. Dora says:

    Sounds good to me. I hope he talks about this during the debate.

    Trump’s Incredibly Simple Tax Plan Just Might Take Him To The White House

  14. Myiq2xu says:
    • Lulu says:

      Lerner really is an ignorant fascist. Funny that no one will hire her post-retirement. I’m sure she was looking forward to cashing in.

  15. mothy67 says:

    Russ Feingold chair the Tea Party came out of the “trailer park” in 2010 and that’s why he lost.

    What an asshole.

    • Constance says:

      I relate more to trailer park people than Ivy indoctrinated. Oh wait maybe that’s because I was born in a trailer park.

    • piper says:

      Received a phone call from his campaign – my response no donation or vote since Russ voted for abomination care. Jerks are jerks no matter where they were born, what schools they attended and or given so-called awards (Nobel Peace Prize now reduced to a joke).

  16. Dora says:

    I guess he needs the extra rest. He must be exhausted from all the work he does.

    Obama pushes up start of family’s 40th vacation — leaves Friday for Martha’s Vineyard

  17. mothy67 says:

    I bought a box of Pinot Grigio to imbibe figured the safe way to go as bourbon would be scary with two debates hours apart. 13 bucks for 5 L. A glass of house wine in an upscale casual restaurant is 11.
    I’d love to see a company market boxed wine as an adult juice box complete with an a huge straw stuck to the side. Seriously though several boxed vinos are as good if not better than some house wines(maybe different in CA)

    • 49erDweet says:

      Fortunately, I have dress rehearsal tonight so won’t be tempted to watch live TV. Can’t believe the idiocy of pre-debate polls asking who will win? America!, silly goose.

  18. Dora says:

    Geraldo sounds like he is really losing it!

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    • mothy67 says:

      I loathe Geraldo. I cannot watch the 5 if he is on the panel. It is the way he uses his voice. I viscerally cannot listen to him or obama. I just cannot hear them. Not even substance so much as the tone. My alarm goes off. I cannot listen to Hillary now because she disgusts me on what she is saying not so much how she says it.

  19. DandyTIger says:

    Oh god, the kids table debate is going on. Had to bail as I didn’t have enough alcohol to handle it.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      According to Twitter Carly is kicking ass.

      • mothy67 says:

        What would she do on first/second day she contrasted progessivism v coservatism. Will not attempt to paraphrase as I will butcher but rather bored my ears perked up and I liked what she said

      • mothy67 says:

        Thing about twitter is it so easy to manipulate. Can be used to create news that is not there. Remember Arab Spring. Yeah sure it was an organic event that took place online. Say in one breath people only earn 1 dollar per day but somehow they all have smartphones and conviently a facebook founder was there. What a load of tosh. Our representitives think we are really stupid. That aspect is what fills me with fury and why I wish I could vote for Trey Gowdy.

    • leslie says:

      I am more impressed with Sen. Graham than I ever thought I would be. Fiorina is not only impressive, I think she will really move forward from today. BUT, I am not the deep thinker that many here are. I am grateful I was home to watch it. I may not be back in time for The Show.

  20. helenk3 says:

    off topic
    Hello. id did not fall off the face of the earth. I got a new computer and had it updated to windows 10. It took from last Friday until today to get the stuff transferred from my old computer and the update to windows 10.
    I missed you people

  21. mothy67 says:

    Anyone else sick and tired of these manipulative personal storie? The whole Beau Biden asked his father to run meme makes me sick to my stomach. This may sound callous but the whole Ted Kennedy damage was facillitated by American’s compassion to the tragedies of that family.
    One of my favorite Trumpisms was his attack on Caroline Kennedy’s appointment. Ambassador? Really? I cannot imagine losing a son but using his death in every article rubs me the wrong way.

  22. Myiq2xu says:

    Is someone going to post a debate thread? I plan on being too drunk to type coherently by then.

  23. Hey Klown, I’ll post the debate open thread if it’s okay with you. Me and Anthony ate going to do the radio show and I want to post the details. Thx!

  24. mothy67 says:

    Fourth ad for Pat Tommey. He is major disappointment . All ads are pro veterans. He had Tea Party support to get rid of that creature Specter, but he has been epic fail.

    • mothy67 says:

      Didn’t Jindal already do it? WHy is noone saying if obamacare is so good and everyone is insured why do we need to substize planned parenthood. Ocare pays for abortion and medicaid covers more than standard insurance. Why is there a 500 million dollar need if obamacare cured lack of healthcare???????

  25. angienc says:

    Carly SLAYED at the mini-debate.

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  28. angienc says:

    Two more points on mini-debate:

    1. I didn’t even know Jim Gilmore or that he was running before today, but he reminds me a lot of my dearly departed paw paw, so I like him.

    2. As much as I personally dislike Jindal (LA governor, remember) and can’t understand how people like him — he had the best one liner of the night “Immigration without assimilation is invasion.”

  29. DandyTIger says:

    From the bits I saw, and yes, after some lubrication, I returned to watching, Carly was way better than the rest. She won hands down. If she can get some press, she’ll be in the top tier going forward. Good for her. Best part, she scares the crap out of the Dems, so more fun out here in the peanut gallery.

  30. Myiq2xu says:

    According to Fox poll results Carly won the debate with 83%

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    Tweety Tingles Gets Bitch-Slapped by Carly Fiorina

    • angienc says:

      A well deserved ass-kicking by Carly.

      Tweety — the man who in 2008 said the only reason Hillary won the Senate is because people felt sorry for her because her husband cheated on her now wants to be so offended on her behalf? BWAHAHAHAHA. Blow it out your asshole, Tweety.

      Go Carly! Go Carly!

  33. John Denney says:

    “The banality of evil” makes me think of this, “The frivolity of evil”:

  34. mothy67 says:

    I have to confess a part of my inclination towards Trump is that he is abrupt. I findthe talk of Bidens son and Hillary’s mom story vomit inducing. SO sad Joe lost a son but every damn article mentions his son asking him to run..Are we reading a fairy tale or electing a president. I am of Irish Catholic extraction. I am an asshole. My sister had a brain tumor. Knock wood but she is cancer free. I saw her in the hospital. My one year younger than me sister. Isaid can I see the whole in your heaf and then I always knew there was something wrong with you. My sister said you are an ass. Some do gooder social worker told us we would regret if we did n’t say I love you. Oh my God d id we laugh at the .thought. Simple woman was unable to process me saying let me see thevwhole in your head and she saying you are an ass was saying I love you. My sister is such a bitch tumor was benign and lung growth is shrunk. Just funny these intellectuals Phds think they understand life and death. I am afraid of losing someone I love so I mask it What a fucking joke i cried to God on the kitchen floor begging my god to take me instead. I fell apart on my own but I was met with people that told me it was okay to cry. Seriously there are people that get paid to say this stuff.

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