A Tin Ear Is a Thing to Behold
Approximately three hours after the murder of George Tiller, Nancy Green left this comment on RI Future:
When persuasion and the democratic process did not convince a majority of Kansans to make abortion illegal, they resorted to the bullet. This is terrorism and a subversion of democracy.
About twenty minutes later, this post appeared on Kmareka:
When moral argument, persuasion and the democratic process did not convince a majority of Kansans to make abortion illegal, someone resorted to the bullet …
Any coward can grab a gun and sneak up on an unarmed man. Violent anti-abortion groups have used guns, bombs, threats and deception to try to accomplish what they can not do by peaceful means. This is an act of domestic terrorism.
Clearly, the intent is to tar the “they” whose persuasion and democratic action have not defeated abortion — i.e., pro-lifers. As if to clarify the point, Green returned to the comment section last night to elaborate:
one man pulled the trigger. some vandalized the clinic. many made their careers with hate speech and inciting. who is guilty?
And yet, at 9:21 p.m., the same Kmareka poster was writing scornfully about the rapidity with which pro-life groups “expressed concern that abortion-rights activists would use the occasion to brand the entire anti-abortion movement as extremist.”
Internet speed sure is dizzying, but the rate of the process doesn’t mean it is outlandish to respond to rhetoric that’s already being voiced. I’d note, by the by, that the linked article actually quotes more pro-abortion spokespeople than the pro-life “theys” about whom the article is ostensibly written.
I’d make the much more important point, as well, that no amount of persuasion or democratic process would have empowered a majority of Kansans to make abortion illegal. A handful of federal judges have made sure of that — a reality that only highlights the danger of making political processes unavailable in areas of core disagreement from a central perch in government.