• Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

For Republicans, ‘Life’ is just a marketing slogan

If Republicans really cared about human lives, they’d do anything about guns and COVID.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Professional-lifetime groups sign up for supporters and protesters of President Donald Trump rally close to Kingsbury Corridor on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake Metropolis on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, all through the vice presidential debate.

This week, the Supreme Court listened to a immediate obstacle to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Republicans have been on the march importing the court docket to overturn the determination in the identify of “life.” Their behavior, as typical, does not match their rhetoric.

In reaction to GOP grandstanding, and in the wake of a college capturing in Michigan that value a few kids their lives, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy stated, “Do not lecture us about the sanctity, about the great importance of lifestyle.”

He is correct.

The past two yrs have laid bare that Republican leaders and activists care small about existence, but a great deal about electrical power. They’ve used that energy, abused that electricity, or deserted that power to leave much too a lot of Individuals sick, useless and dying.

On abortion, Republicans have made use of lifestyle and unborn small children as cudgels in their continuing tradition war to advance their individual interests. A great deal like these youngsters after they’ve remaining the womb, fetuses are just objects to be held up in the title of a region most Individuals really do not want and much less feel in.

If Republicans cared about life, such as all those of youthful small children, they would do a little something about the gun lifestyle in the United States. Although they supply vacant “thoughts and prayers” the shattered family members, they are empty slogans. When a youthful person shot three individuals in Wisconsin even though acting as a vigilante, his acquittal on murder prices was hailed by the ideal as a victory for “freedom.” Those people that missing their lives? The countless numbers that lose their life each calendar year to gun violence? Which is just the cost of undertaking business for the GOP.

As the COVID-19 worry swept onto American shores, President Donald Trump downplayed the threat, blamed Democrats, consigned 1000’s of “blue state” People to their fatalities. The Republican Get together continues to downplay vaccination. They’ve determined mask mandates are a bridge as well much, as well lots of persons could possibly survive, in Florida, the point out is now supplying taxpayer revenue away to individuals who refuse vaccination.

Nearly 750,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, nevertheless as new variants arise, conservative media blames Democrats, phone calls them convenient campaign gatherings and downplays the severity of a pandemic that has completely modified how every American life their lives. Fox News hosts, all of them vaccinated and boosted, sit in their dwelling studios and rail versus the in the vicinity of-miraculous operate of physicians and scientists to generate a prophylactic towards the novel coronavirus.

Why? Due to the fact for leaders of the Republican Social gathering, the conservative media and their supporters, People are not persons, they’re objects. Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson don’t see their enthusiasts, voters and viewers as persons worthy of respect, but just more bodies to pile up like twine wood in the identify of their own electric power and self-aggrandizement. That is not a movement committed to “life.”

For decades, the GOP has applied the “Right to Life” motion to provoke evangelical voters and keep them in the tent. “Choice” or “Life” have turn into litmus assessments for both equally events. Now is the time, although, for people doing work to protect American democracy to connect with the GOP what it is: The bash of sickness, chaos, and death. An additional gun dying, a further 10,000 Americans misplaced to COVID do not sign-up because to Republican leaders, they’re not found as human beings anyway. They are votes, campaign donations, goons at faculty board conferences. They’re not Americans, they are signifies to an conclusion. A pretty unattractive, demise-crammed end.

Reed Galen, Park Metropolis, is a co-founder of the Lincoln Task, a professional-democracy business operating to defeat Republican candidates who’ve betrayed the Constitution. You can uncover him on Twitter @reedgalen.