Well, here’s a story that really shocked me. I heard about this late last night. Yesterday, the GQ Blog posted an interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. I’m just going to give you a quick excerprt of that interview:
How much of your pro-life stance, for you, is informed not just by your Catholic faith but by the fact that you were adopted?
Oh, a lot. Absolutely. I see the power of life in that—I mean, and the power of choice! The thing to keep in mind about it… Uh, you know, I think as a country we get off on these misguided conversations that throw around terms that really misrepresent truth.
The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.
Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
Are you saying you don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade?
I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.
Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have?
The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.
Do pro-choicers have a place in the Republican Party?
You know, Lee Atwater said it best: We are a big-tent party. We recognize that there are views that may be divergent on some issues, but our goal is to correspond, or try to respond, to some core values and principles that we can agree on.
Do you think you’re more welcoming to pro-choice people than Democrats are to pro-lifers?
Now that’s a good question. I would say we are. Because the Democrats wouldn’t allow a pro-lifer to speak at their convention. We’ve had many a pro-choicer speak at ours—long before Rudy Giuliani. So yeah, that’s something I’ve been trying to get our party to appreciate. It’s not just in our words but in our actions, we’ve been a party that’s much more embracing. Even when we have missed the boat on, uh, minority issues, the Bush administration did an enormous amount to advance the individual opportunities for minorities in our country. In housing. In education. In health care.
Well, Mr. Steele just flip-flopped about almost everything. He said he’s pro-choice, but thinks Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Well, before he was saying he’s pro-life. And back in 2006 (while he still claimed to be pro-life), he argued that Roe v. Wade should NOT be overturned.
Today, Steele, through the RNC released the following statement:
I am pro-life, always have been, always will be. I tried to present why I am pro life while recognizing that my mother had a ‘choice’ before deciding to put me up for adoption. I thank her every day for supporting life. The strength of the pro-life movement lies in choosing life and sharing the wisdom of that choice with those who face difficult circumstances. They did that for my mother and I am here today because they did. In my view Roe vs. Wade was wrongly decided and should be repealed. I realize that there are good people in our party who disagree with me on this issue. But the Republican Party is and will continue to be the party of life. I support our platform and its call for a Human Life Amendment. It is important that we stand up for the defenseless and that we continue to work to change the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen so that we can welcome all children and protect them under the law.
So, Mr. Steele is both pro-life (in that he doesn’t like abortion), but pro-choice in believing that women have the right to choose an abortion. Well, that is a very logical belief, and one that most Democrats share. Most people don’t like abortion. Most “pro-choicers” would agree that women should choose life, but they don’t have to. But Mr. Steele changed the definitions of “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” You can’t do that Mr. Steele. Pro-life has always meant that you don’t believe that abortion is a woman’s right.
Now, I’m not going to get into an argument about abortion, because that’s irrelevant here. What is relevant is the fact that Steele has deceived the RNC and the Republican Party. He NEVER would have won if he would have done this interview before getting elected!
And now he’s trying to cover himself by clarifying his words. For me, that won’t work.
I’ve always liked Steele, and I’ve defended him against those who said he’s a socially moderate/liberal.
Today, I no longer defend him on abortion. I admit that I was wrong. I’m going to give credit to my good friend, Mr. Porter, over at Right Wing Reform. He called this one, and I argued against him. Yesterday, I lost that argument.
So, what do Republicans do now? Nothing. If Steele can do his job as chairman while still having these mixed views on abortion, that’s fine; HOWEVER, if he compromises the Republican Party platform, I will be one of the first to call for his removal.