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Charting a course between
principle and pragmatism

Washington Times (D.C), by Ben S. Carson

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Posted By:JoniTx, 5/21/2014 8:17:18 AM

I was asked recently how I could possibly endorse the U.S. Senate candidacy of Monica Wehby, who is running as a Republican from Oregon. She is pro-choice, which in the opinion of many makes her unacceptable as a conservative. I called her to query her about her stance on this issue. She stated that personally, she is very pro-life, but she feels the government has no business interfering with the relationship between the mother, the baby, the doctor and God. I feel differently, because if abolitionists had taken a similar hands-off approach, I might not have been free to write

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WAN2, 5/21/2014 8:23:19 AM     (No. 9856228)

Blood in the water.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Drive, 5/21/2014 8:23:21 AM     (No. 9856229)

bet this puts Carson off the list of the extreme righters but he is absolutely correct.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 5/21/2014 8:30:48 AM     (No. 9856244)

Should be a must read.

The conservatives´ circular firing squad is the biggest problem.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 5/21/2014 8:36:55 AM     (No. 9856256)

Thank you, Dr. Carson. It´s time to stop cutting off noses just to feel good.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fhancock, 5/21/2014 8:56:27 AM     (No. 9856291)

Dr Carson/Ted Cruz/Mike Lee/Bobby Jindal/Rand Paul/ Chris Christie/Scott Walker/ Jeb Bush/ Sarah Palin/Rick Perry are possible Republcan candidates...and every dang one of them is superior to Hilary Clinton... Madison/ Hamilton/ Monroe/Adams/ Hancock/ Washington had different ideas about the Revolution...but all hung together against the British

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ramona, 5/21/2014 9:16:08 AM     (No. 9856316)

I wonder if Dr. Carson would have taken a pragmatic stance on slavery.

So keeping mum about government sanctioned and funded wholesale slaughter of innocents (aka "genocide") in order to win elections is pragmatic? Sorry, dear Dr. Carson, but I call that evil.

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 5/21/2014 9:41:56 AM     (No. 9856357)

Re-read the article #6. Slowly. He´s talking to you.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: thenightowl, 5/21/2014 10:15:29 AM     (No. 9856412)

I agree with Dr. Carson.

Strident haranguing hasn´t worked. Besides, there are other ways to address issues we find morally reprehensible, e.g, supporting the Gosnell film which will offer the opportunity to change minds regarding infanticide. If we throw the country away via self-righteous indignation in the meantime, we will lose the ability to effect any king of meaning change.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Udanja99, 5/21/2014 10:26:43 AM     (No. 9856432)

While I basically agree with Carson, this jumped out at me...

...she feels the government has no business interfering with the relationship between the mother, the baby, the doctor and God.

When, exactly, does the baby get a say in the abortion process? Or God, for that matter? For the most part, the only thing that matters is the woman´s and the doctor´s willingness to murder a child, hers for convenience and his for money.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rakasha, 5/21/2014 10:33:44 AM     (No. 9856449)

The rights and freedoms of the individual are the foundational basis for this nation. The right to life is not an ´issue´, it is bedrock. If you and I disagree on this, it is not a question of ´worthiness´ but of whether the position you support is one that I can support. This is the purpose of voting, even though there are those who will tell you that the purpose is simply for the right ´team´ to win.

I am not an ideologue, but an idealist. I believe that there are standards and principles that should not lean or bend to the whims of pragmatism. And if we are going to speak about priorities then I would say that the future of our children and their children is threatened far more immediately by the ability to be killed before they have taken their first breath than by unsustainable growing debt.

For me, the viability of a candidate does not take precedence over the viability of a child.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 5/21/2014 11:01:10 AM     (No. 9856500)

Great column.

As for Wehby´s opponent being pro-life, Jason Conger´s position on abortion is that it´s permissible in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. See www.congerfororgeon.com/issues/ for verification, if you need it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TXknitter, 5/21/2014 3:41:38 PM     (No. 9856889)

I admire Dr. Carson very much. However, I stand with #´s 9 and 10. You can intellectualize abortion any way you want to but it is murder every time. Gradually, the GOP who were once firmly, staunchly pro-life have caved and now we are supposed to be thrilled with candidates like Wehby.

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