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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Slippery Slope of Reproductive Rights

"There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust." --James Madison

Last week I saw a video clip on Fox News that was an example of where our western civilization is going today. The clip was posted by the BBC in the United Kingdom and while universally condemned the mere fact that someone of notoriety would publicly promote such a policy is frightening. You can view the clip by clicking here.

The BBC columnist, Virginia Ironsides, is somewhat of a celebrity in the United Kingdom. She writes an advice column similar to an Ann Landers and is widely read. She is not promoting a new idea. We all are aware and of the atrocities carried out under the NAZI policies of race cleansing. We seem to be able to compartmentalize these abhorrent policies as something unique to a dictatorial and racist regime of the twentieth century and not see the real progressive thought behind them. Adolph Hitler and his NAZI cohorts did not develop these ideas on their own. They were conceived and promoted in the United States and Great Britain in the latter part of the ninetieth century by some very prominent historical characters, people we honor today.

Ms. Ironsides proclaims that the killing of a handicapped baby is something we should accept as merciful. This is akin to thinking that euthanizing your grandfather because he is beginning to show the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or your mother because she had a limb amputated due to Diabetes. The Germans had a phase for this. “Lebens unwertes Leben Lives unworthy of life”.”This seemed to placate the conscience of those who were doing the euthanizing. I am not talking about the racial murders of Jews and other people the NAZI wanted exterminated, but the killing of those member of society that in some ones view had no useful purpose; the ill, the infirmed, the deformed, the crippled, the retarded, the Down Syndrome babies and anyone else who qualified in their world.

These ideas stemmed from such notable historic people such as; Charles Darwin, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Alexander Graham Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Fabian Socialists, Progressives, and the most prominent advocate Margaret Sanger. The policy was labeled Eugenics

The word eugenics derives from the Greek word eu (good or well) and the suffix -gen─ôs (born), and was coined by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, who defined it as "the study of all agencies under human control which can improve or impair the racial quality of future generations."

Galton first sketched out his theory in the 1865 article "Hereditary Talent and Character," then elaborated further in his 1869 book Hereditary Genius. He began by studying the way in which human intellectual, moral, and personality traits tended to run in families. Galton's basic argument was "genius" and "talent" were hereditary traits in humans (although neither he nor Darwin yet had a working model of this type of heredity). He concluded since one could use artificial selection to exaggerate traits in other animals, one could expect similar results when applying such models to humans. As he wrote in the introduction to Hereditary Genius:  “I propose to show in this book that a man's natural abilities are derived by inheritance, under exactly the same limitations as are the form and physical features of the whole organic world. Consequently, as it is easy, notwithstanding those limitations, to obtain by careful selection a permanent breed of dogs or horses gifted with peculiar powers of running, or of doing anything else, so it would be quite practicable to produce a highly-gifted race of men by judicious marriages during several consecutive generations.” Galton claimed that the less intelligent were more fertile than the more intelligent of his time. Galton did not propose any selection methods; rather, he hoped a solution would be found if social mores changed in a way that encouraged people to see the importance of breeding. This was the philosophy that drove Margret Sanger.

Margaret Higgins Sanger was born in 1879 and is credited with the founding the American Birth Control League (the predecessor of Planned Parenthood). She was an outspoken racist and proponent of forced sterilization of African-Americans and has been honored by no less a dignitary than Hillary Rodham Clinton. She had affairs with Havelock Elllis, H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. She was also the driving force behind the “Negro Project”, a project she proposed to rid society of the breeding of “Negroes” and other undesirable races and ethnic groups.

Sanger embraced Malthusian eugenics. Thomas Robert Malthus, a 19th-century cleric and professor of political economy, believed a population time bomb threatened the existence of the human race.  He viewed social problems such as poverty, deprivation and hunger as evidence of this “population crisis.” According to writer George Grant, Malthus condemned charities and other forms of benevolence, because he believed they only exacerbated the problems. His answer was to restrict population growth of certain groups of people. His theories of population growth and economic stability became the basis for national and international social policy. Malthusian wrote:   “All children born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room is made for them by the deaths of grown persons. We should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality.”

All of this history is available to anyone wishing to access it. Progressives deny Sanger was a racist and Planned Parenthood attempts to distance itself from Sanger. Anyone who can read can see that this is just not the case. We live in a society plagued with cognitive dissonance, a mental disease that cause us to overlook inconvenient facts, - facts that dispute policies we are urged to accept in our western society.

One of the tactics of the progressives and Fabian Socialists is to alter the dialogue by using euphemisms and gradualism. It’s analogous to telling you wife you want to repair your motorcycle in the living room while you watch the game. She has a fit and says no way. You go out and bring in the headlight and tell her it’s an ornament that can be used as a unique lamp. She accepts that and walks away. Next you bring in the carburetor, then another part and then another. She is becoming  acceptant of these little parts. Finally, when all of the parts for the motorcycle are spread out in front of the TV she is so exhausted that she condescends and accepts the fact that the motorcycle is in the living room. This is way Fabian socialist and progressives work.

The fact is that Hitler and the NAZIs did not invent the idea of race cleansing, it was slowly developed by the progressive thinkers in the universities and clinics of Germany, the United States and Great Britain. It was promoted by “progressive” thinkers for the greater good. It was the German writer Heinrich Heine who said; “When a people burn books it will not be long before they burn people.” When euthanasia becomes the “greater good”, eugenics becomes “a healthy society”, and abortion becomes “reproductive rights” can Logan’s Run be far behind. 

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