By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Being seen by all the very best people supporting the nation's only worthwhile woman's issue and establishing for once and all that he isn't one of those crazy "life" advocates… this is what we must surmise was the strategy of Bruce Rauner based on decisions that our Republican gubernatorial candidate made over the last week with regard to abortion advocacy.
By now we've all been dutifully reminded that Bruce Rauner never actually hid his support for a woman's right to kill her preborn child, so don't panic, conservatives. Remember the mantra. Bruce Rauner is the only Republican candidate for governor who can get Illinois back on track…Rauner's a moderate. He's not an extremist. He has no plans to make abortion an issue because the state has more pressing matters to which it must attend.
With all this practicality in mind, you obviously would never have seen Rauner at the Illinois Right to Life celebration that took place on May 8, 2014 featuring Mike Huckabee as the evening's keynote speaker. After all, any moderate will tell you that people who identify specifically as prolife come off as extreme to the average independent thinker, and it's not the message a sensible candidate would want to send to the voters of Illinois.
So the state's leading social moderate instead decided to emphasize his temperate leanings by attending the ACLUs Bill of Rights Dinner on May 10th with keynote speaker Jan Schakowsky:
"Congresswoman Schakowsky spoke with confidence that reproductive freedom will continue to be protected throughout the states," Ed Yohnka (communications director for the ACLU) said, alluding to ACLU-Illinois' success in warding off attempts to restrict abortion in Illinois."
I'll just bet she's confident. Do you know why Jan Schakowsky spoke with such affirmation about the ever expanding, unaccountable abortion rights in the United States? Because the Democrat Party isn't telling Jan Schakowsky to shut up every time she speaks on the subject of preborn baby killing. Her party staunchly supports her as she stands proudly for unrestricted abortion rights as if this is a conventional conversation to be having in very modern, very moderate Illinois politics.
Bruce Rauner attended the Bill of Rights dinner with his wife Diana Rauner who happens to be listed as one of the event's hosts. Clearly, easy-peasy-abortion-pleasey is pretty important to this potential First Family, so let's take a look at what the ACLU advocates with regard to the genocide of the unborn. Per the ACLUs website:
"Since the late 1980s, the ACLU has taken on cases in which government officials and courts attempt to control pregnant women's conduct and medical decisions. Some have attempted to force pregnant women to accept unwanted medical treatment; others have punished women for their conduct during pregnancy."
"The ACLU has also fought to ensure that young people get the information they need to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality. In Bowen v. Kendrick (1988), the ACLU challenged the Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA), a federal statute that authorized the use of federal funds to teach the value of 'chastity' in the context of social and educational services for teens."
"The ACLU was also involved in legal battles over the first-ever federal ban on abortion methods. Notably, the ban fails to include an exception to protect women's health. (Three legal challenges were brought against the ban, called the 'Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.' The ACLU's challenge, National Abortion Federation v. Gonzales, remained on hold in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit while the U.S. Supreme Court considered the other two cases.)
Here are some things that the ACLU proudly boasts it "got done" just this month with regard to abortion:
The Nevada Republican Party dropped opposition to abortion from its platform.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have made it a crime for a doctor to provide an abortion to a woman who needs one later in pregnancy.
This month, a federal judge overturned North Dakota's ban on most abortions. This followed a similar ruling that struck down Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban, which the ACLU challenged in court.
In a state where politicians routinely push abortion restrictions, Oklahoma Republican Rep. Doug Cox took his colleagues to task for putting politics above women's health.
A Dallas County judge blocked a hospital from discriminating against two doctors because they provide abortions.
The ACLU plainly advocates for limitless abortion on demand and that makes them far left of the American sympathies on abortion rights. Only extreme abortion advocates are in favor of live birth abortions. Only extreme abortion advocates believe that teaching about chastity violates the law. Only extremists would insist that parents have no say in the health and wellbeing of their juvenile daughters and their unborn grandchildren. Only extreme abortion advocates believe that there's something wrong with holding a woman accountable for the health and welfare of her dependent children.
And Diana Rauner hosted this function for the ACLU that Bruce Rauner attended? And the ACLUs pro-abortion extravaganza starred Jan Schakowsky? Does that sound at all moderate to you?
Now, we could give Bruce Rauner the benefit of the doubt and say that he's just a strong advocate for the US Constitution, and since the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is constitutionally protected, he wants to ensure that no limits of any kind will be placed on a woman's right to abort.
Of course, he doesn't seem to feel the same way about the Second Amendment. As an avid hunter – so lah-dee-dah…because apparently that's what the Second Amendment is all about…Rauner is pro-gun but he does advocate for restrictions on gun ownership. He has clearly stated that gun rights need to be protected but that some reasonable public safeguards should exist.
He left open the possibility that he would sign a law banning assault-style guns and high-capacity weapons. He indicated support for tougher sentences for illegal gun possession. Rauner says he supports background checks that keep guns away from criminals and people with mental illness. You see? These are all reasonable restrictions.
Because guns kill people, he recognizes that it is okay to limit constitutionally guaranteed rights in order to prevent out-of-control violence. Maybe you do too, but you can see that this constitutes a philosophical inconsistency with regard to abortion rights. Perhaps this so-called growing epidemic of gun violence in Illinois justifies inconsistency in your mind and in his. Reasonable people can advocate for reasonable controls, or at least this is what I am told.
Per Wikipedia, Illinois is home to 12.88 million people. In the year 2012, about 1,300 people were killed by guns in this state. This ostensibly constitutes a mandate for restrictions so long as we can guarantee some level of access to firearms for law abiding citizens. So say the gun control advocates and a growing number of moderate Republicans who are willing to perform like trained seals.
Keep in mind that anyone who would block reasonable restrictions to guns in light of 1,300 deaths is labeled an extremist.
Compare this to the state's abortion statistics. In 2012, there were 43,000 abortions performed in Illinois. Forty-three thousand children lost their lives in abortion violence in just one year. The average number of abortions that have been performed annually in just Illinois since 1973 is 52,000. That's over 2 million Illinois babies that have lost their lives in this abortion holocaust over the last forty years. Go ahead and multiply that by 50 states. We'll wait while the full devastation of unfettered abortion washes over you.
Keep in mind that anyone who would look to curb the 43,000 annual deaths by abortion is labeled an extremist.
Prolife conservatives are told to keep our voices down because we might offend those who advocate for this mass slaughter of innocents. The party is recommending that social conservatives shut up and just take out our checkbooks to finance the so-called social moderates like Bruce Rauner. These moderates will take care of everything, and they will actually have to do all that heavy lifting on their own as the conservatives have now been adequately persuaded that they should not even bother to run. If they do, they will be destroyed both personally and publically.
Wild West abortion laws being all the fashion in Springfield, please consider the debate over and deal with it.
Very savvy, I must say. Those oh-so-reasonable moderates will caution you to keep your voice down during this election cycle, and then they'll point to your silence during the next cycle as evidence that the 43,000 annual abortions in Illinois are no longer important to voters.
Doesn't it bother you? One moment the moderates are passively resigning themselves to the hashtag diplomacy of Democrats as they demand that faraway evildoers #bringbackourgirls – girls who perhaps represent an argument for intervention but are not, in fact, our girls, and the next those glorious RINOs are commanding conservatives to stay silent on the violence against 43,000 of our own state's unborn. Do you suppose any of those babies were girls? Of course, we'll never be able to bring them back so what's the point of a hashtag campaign. I guess it's not an act of terror if #noonehearsthescreams.
Rauner now has his coveted position on the ballot; he's surrounded by the people and the corporate sponsors that matter; he doesn't have to act like a social moderate anymore and last week's activities bear witness to that miserable attitude. Bruce Rauner has officially thumbed his nose at the conservative coalition because he doesn't think he needs conservatives anymore.
And I guess he doesn't. Because who else are you going to vote for, babe? Pat Quinn? I didn't think so.