Friday, June 19, 2009

I'll be your baby tonight

Just watched the charmingly disarming and alarmingly dishonest Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show debate anti-abortion/pro-choice with John Stewart.

I was surprised to find that when society allows us to terminate pregnancy because of potential economic hardships, we will inevitably slide down the Randian slippery slope to a day when elders, who may cause economic hardship, will be placed on an ice floe and sent into the Arctic Sea to die. Because real people who are living real lives are the exact equal to a fertilized egg.

Look, I can understand if you believe that sacrosanct life begins at conception. I think you're wrong, but that's OK. But use logic & honesty to convince me, not sophistry and straw man arguments. That makes you look dumb, and makes me angry. And that makes me far less inclined to take you seriously.

And Huckabee's argument is actually with himself, based on that idea. No true liberal, dedicated to the common good, would ever even dream of offing an elderly person for convenience. Rigid Libertarians and hard-hearted Conservatives might, however.

As Barney Frank famously said, conservatives "believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth".

Here are all 3 parts of the interview. I present, you decide. And sorry about the commercials.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

And watch Huckabee's dishonesty about stem cell research when Stewart questions him about IVF. Huckabee clearly has his talking points arranged in his mind, and has no interest in an actual give-and-take debate.

And lastly, how many times have pro-choice people killed anti-abortion people? Anyone, anyone?


Update: Removed all the extraneous html from Comedy Central so that videos would actually, you know, play.