Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jimmy Carter Wants Anti Abortion Plank At 2012 Democratic Convention

Jimmy Carter has been in the news a good bit lately talking about his Biblical views. However this is quite a shocker. See Jimmy Carter: Democratic Party Should Be More Pro-Life . ( there is also a vid)

At the end he has this bombshell

"I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest. I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party because of the abortion issue," he added.

I wonder how hard he will lobby for that. Of course it has no chance of passing , but it would interesting and good to see it pushed.

However this does seems a tad late ( better late than ever though).

It certainly would have been helpful in 1984 when Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs was being considered for VP by Walter Mondale:

In 1976, Boggs became the first woman to preside over a national political convention when she chaired the Democratic National Convention that nominated James Earl “Jimmy” Carter for the presidency. In 1984, when Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale sought a vice presidential running mate, his party encouraged him to select a woman.13 Boggs’s name was added to a high-profile list of current, former, and future Members of Congress, including Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, future Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, Representative Pat Schroeder of Colorado, and former Representative Martha Griffiths of Michigan. Mondale eventually picked Boggs’s House colleague, rising Democratic star Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York. Observers believed that the choice of Ferraro had as much to do with her pro-abortion position (in contrast with Boggs), as it did her potential for delivering a larger electoral college state.14 “[The party’s] confidence was pleasing, but I knew that my age and my feelings regarding abortion…would preclude any serious consideration of me,” Boggs later recalled. “I stayed within the mainstream of the consideration and talked to various groups, never about myself but always about the fact that a woman could be President or Vice President. I wanted people to remain interested in the possibility.”15 The possibility passed in 1984, however, when the Mondale–Ferraro ticket was handily defeated by the Ronald Reagan–George H.W. Bush team in November.

It would have been been great to hear this booming voice at the 1992 convention:

The outline is bad enough.

The governor who had won his state in 1990 by an astounding 66 percent of the vote was forbidden by his own party leadership from addressing the convention because of his pro-life views.

The rebuke is infamous among Catholics. Bill Galston noticed as much while discussing religion and the Democratic Party: "I cannot manage to find a Catholic intellectual who will not in conversation refer to what happened to Bob Casey at the 1992 Democratic convention."

But the details of the Casey insult are agonizing to read.Casey described the rejection letter the DNC sent in response to his request for floor time as "the kind of letter they might have sent Lyndon LaRouche, had he asked to address the convention." One of the guests on the convention platform was Kathy Taylor, a Republican pro-choice activist who had campaigned for Casey's opponent in the gubernatorial race. The governor described his place at the convention:

And so from my seat in the outer reaches of the Garden, I watched a pro-choice Republican supporter of my pro-choice Republican opponent, whom I had defeated by a million votes to be re-elected as Democratic governor, proudly proclaiming her allegiance to the pro-choice forces.

In his latest book Mark Stricherz provides the exemplar of Casey's humiliation. "On the convention floor was Karen Ritter, a state Democratic legislator, selling large buttons with pictures of Casey dressed up as the Pope."How did the Democrats, who were once denounced for being the party of "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion," reach a point where an activist on the convention floor could confidently, if unconsciously, echo the propaganda of the Know-nothings and the Klan?

It does seem sadly we have even moved to an era where the Democratic talking point of "safe legal and rare" is heard less and less. In fact one major Episcopal Church figure mirrors the emerging political thought of many democrat activist. That is abortion is an blessing.

It's interesting though too see how times have changed , and perhaps Carter is not aware of it. From the interview:
"I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions.

Rick Santorum talks like that and there are calls that he wants to impose a THEOCRACY. Jimmy Carter because of position in the Democrat party of course will not be called a theocrat , or a danger to the republic like by these folks. That would be considered rude. Still it does give us a view of how times have changed.

However if Jimmy Carter is serious about this I wish him all the luck in the world.

Appears The Organization Catholic Democrats opposes Jimmy Carter. So those delegates are sadly out of the picture.

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