Monday, May 30, 2005


"The latest example of a lie embedding itself in the media's collective consciousness came last year when Glen Harold Stassen, an ethics professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, published an on-its-face incoherent/incomplete/inaccurate article that insisted that the number of abortions had increased under President George W. Bush. A few days later, Kerry picked up the mantra in an appearance of Meet the Press. Kerry told host Tim Russert, "And do you know that in fact abortion has gone up in these last few years with the draconian policies that Republicans have...[etc.]." ... But that was nothing compared to the comments of Democratic Committee National Chairman Howard Dean on Meet the Press last weekend: "You know that abortions have gone up 25 percent since George Bush was President?"

And then help came from a highly unlikely source, one with a vested interest in protecting the "right" to abortion. The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) is a "special research affiliate" of Planned Parenthood. .... The abortion rate, which AGI measures as the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 as of July 1 of each year, also dropped from 21.3 to 20.9 in that same period of time. Likewise, according to AGI, the abortion ratio (the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies ending in abortion or live birth) dropped from 24.5 in 2000 to 24.2 in 2002, the lowest abortion ratio Guttmacher has reported since 1974. Whoa! AGI was not the only source outside the pro-life community to debunk Prof. Stassen's analysis. There is the recent analysis done by the Annenberg Political Fact Check, which runs the site Factcheck has a well-deserved reputation for cutting through the fog to reveal the truth. If you go here you will find a piece titled. "Abortions rising under Bush? Not true. How that false claim came to be --and lives on." (More here)

Why Democrats lie: "From its most recent standard bearer to the newly-minted head of the DNC, to its leading voices in "civil rights" issues, to its top foreign policy advisors, to its House and Senate leadership and beyond, lying has become the party's defining trait.... So why do Democrats lie?

Well, for one thing, they have to. Democrats recognize that the vast majority of the American people reject their basic philosophy - as they did resoundingly in the last presidential and congressional elections - which says that all domestic problems can be solved with forced confiscation and redistribution of income, all social issues can be resolved by more and more government control over the citizenry, and all international questions can be answered by ceding American sovereignty to corrupt foreign powers like France and corrupt organizations like the United Nations. Further they have to lie because their track record is one of utter failure.... Leftists are also liars for philosophical reasons and because, I believe, of psychological aberrations. In the words of former feminist leader Tammy Bruce, leftwing Democrats are "malignant narcissists." In their arrogance, modern liberals believe in nothing greater than themselves and that whatever they say - anything that advances their agenda - must be "the truth.""

[And let's not forget Lewis Lapham, the really representative voice of the Democrats]


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