Of absurdities that characterize the American political landscape, one stands out the most. It is omnipresent in partisan debates, and it gains more fervor during tough times. Interestingly, our very efficient political system has inserted this “hot button” issue into ready-to-go packages, fast-food, and drive-through style: If you are pro life, you vote for the conservative candidate who supports the right to bear arms, promises tax cuts, and wows to get into war for any reason at all. If you are pro choice, you opt for the liberal on the menu, who happens to be all for gun control measures, and advocates world peace.
If you ever have the time, get out of the drive through, park your car, actually sit at a table and review your choices more carefully before you order and vote. After a minute or two, you will be shocked: the ingredients of these packages are so at odds with each other, they are hard to swallow: The package appearing to be for life is the one maintaining the right to take the same life away with a gun. The pro life dude who thinks is a good idea to indulge our society with unwanted children is the same character who does not want to pay more taxes to care for the vulnerable among us.
And the other package is not a prize either. Wouldn’t you think that the pro choice lobbyists should be those ones fighting for the right to bear arms? After all, they are the same people who so cherish their right to be in charge of their own body, even if it means depriving the weakest form of life from thriving. Why should they not kill everybody else who threatens them and their choices? It is not like the choice of using contraceptives is taken away from them… Why not go to war? Does this contradiction mean that pro choice people only fight adversaries that are too weak to fight them back? What are we missing here?
When you seriously think about it, responsibility is the missing ingredient. Each package should contain measures holding up the voters to face the consequences of their choices. If you are pro life, you are responsible for providing love and support, even financial support, for the unwanted children that will be borne. If you are pro choice, you are to be held responsible for your actions as well. True, you can make a mistake, accidents happen, you were ignorant, illiterate, etc… and you couldn’t know any better. You got pregnant, but do not want to be a parent. You will have the legal right to get an abortion only ONE TIME. After that, the government would provide you with means necessary to act responsibly. Training courses, tools, medications, and whatever else it takes to prevent you from ever resorting to an abortion. You ignore your responsibilities, and you will be faced with punishment. The cost of these measures to our society will be far less than the damage brought upon us by devaluation of life; you can trust me on that. Wars, especially senseless ones, occur when life loses its value.
The same education should be obligatory for single mothers who have more than one child and are on government’s hand-out list. In case you are not aware of this phenomenon, there is an abusive life style that is flourishing at an alarming rate. Young, mostly underprivileged women with no prospect of ever getting somewhere via hard work and education, opt to have a kid as soon as they can. They go on welfare, often before ever finishing high school. They no longer have to work hard or study, or, for that matter, contribute to our society in any tangible way. To increase their earnings, they have a common solution. They repeat the process that assured them free money w in the first place. Many of these unwed mothers often mange to bear another fatherless child, giving themselves a raise. The often young, unemployed, uneducated fathers never take responsibility for their children. Moreover, they are discouraged from achieving a decent job. Why should they go through the legal channels, work hard, and then pay child support? It is so much easier to stay under the radar and get paid under the table, or, better yet, to disregard all aspects of living as a responsible citizen. Once they put an end to handing out cash to those who choose to be single mothers time after time, holding them responsible for their actions, this circle of abuse will not be working so efficiently, it may even stop.
So, when you go to vote, remember the responsibilities that come with your choice. Your choice will be less disappointing.