I'm not a very political guy for the most part, by predisposition as well as by profession. But in an election year like this one, politics is on my mind more than usual.
I saw a car the other day with two bumper stickers. One said "Pro Life" and the other expressed support for a particular Republican candidate from 2004. I'm not sure that's quite consistent.
See, I think pro-life should mean more than just anti-abortion. I'd say I'm pro-life, but that phrase doesn't mean what it should, so I'll say I'm in favor of letting people live. As a person who is in favor of living, I think we should abolish the death penalty, if for no other reason than even the best legal system will occasionally convict an innocent person (and there are lots of other reasons). That just seems obvious and consistent.
I'm in favor of living, so I think we should have stricter gun control. You want a few hunting rifles - fine (hunting=feeding your family = living). But there's no need for semi-automatic assault rifles. And please don't try to argue that we all need to be heavily armed to protect against government intrusion - as Martin Luther King Jr. showed us, there are better ways to oppose bad, oppressive government than violence. It gets back to that whole "in favor of life" thing.
I'm in favor of living, so I think we should prefer diplomacy to combat when it comes to international relations. That's all I'm going to say about that.
And then there's the economic part of it all - neither the socialist big government nor the capitalist big business really supports living... Distributism does - I've mentioned that before, and probably will again (but not in this post).
So I'm having a difficult time finding a party or candidate that says this sort of stuff. Instead, we get "pro-life" Republicans who are enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty and in bed with the NRA... or Democrats who think abortion is a perfectly reasonable medical procedure.
It's almost enough to make me want to run for office...