2012 Republican Presidential Candidates
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Political season is about to be in full swing once again.  It’s just around the corner.  With all the recent debates, straw poll, and announcements of new candidates entering the GOP presidential race, we’ve only seen the beginning of the political news that will soon bombard us.  And every time political season comes around again, I wonder how important life will be…

Yes, we have incredible problems facing our economy.  Yes, we have international issues to resolve.  Yes, government spending is out of control.  I’ll never deny that we have more issues that abortion to solve in America.  But, if the candidate we choose cannot take a simple stand for innocent life, how can we trust him or her to make the best decisions on behalf of those of us who are already living, walking, and breathing outside our mothers’ wombs?

That question reminds me of a statement made by a pro-choice lady I once debated.  She said that the standard for determining whether or not a human is a person is whether they are living, walking, and breathing.  Yep, you heard that right.  Think about that one and its implications for awhile.  I think if that was the standard, I’d be VERY afraid of ever being in a wheelchair or on a ventilator…  Anyway, that was a rabbit trail (but do think about it).  Back to current politics.

How important is life?  Well, here’s what a couple candidates think.

Michele Bachmann (winner of the Iowa Straw Poll)–In the recent Iowa debate, in explaining a compromise she made on an economic bill (that included a provision about abortion), she explained her compromise on money issues by stating, “You can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong.”  http://minnesotaindependent.com/86150/bachmann-and-pawlenty-trade-barbs-in-feisty-iowa-debate.  Kudos to her.

Rick Santorum–In the same debate, Sen. Santorum gave one of the best-thought-out responses I’ve ever heard for why a baby who was conceived in rape should not be aborted.  Here’s an excerpt from the LifeSiteNews article, which is well worth the read:

One moderator, Fox News host Byron York, asked Santorum: “Polls have shown that large majorities of Americans support some exceptions for abortion. Are your views too much, even for many conservatives to support?”

“You know, the Supreme Court of the United States in a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, would not be subjected to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be,” replied the former senator.

“That sounds to me like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong,” he said to cheers and applause. “That child is an innocent victim.”

“We in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion is enough,” he concluded. “And so I would absolutely stand and say, one violence is enough.”  http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/one-violence-is-enough-santorum-cheered-for-defending-children-of-rape-from.

One violence really is enough.  Why do we insist on perpetuating it and letting the violence continue on, spreading to more innocent lives?

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