It has to be said. Hillary Clinton did her side proud at the Benghazi hearing, held by the Select Committee on Benghazi in October. This predictable outcome came about because the Stupid Party, the Republicans, focused on posturing and self-aggrandizement.
A clever bunch of people would have arrived at the House Benghazi committee hearing with a surprisingly focused and unanimous mandate. First, they would have disavowed the secretary’s energetic intervention in Libya. Predicated on the first, the second move would be a terse proposition to Hillary. As follows:
“You were the one, Madam Secretary, who cracked the whip at Foggy Bottom. It is our informed opinion that you had resolved to run the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, as one would an open community center. In contravention of the safety of our people at the Benghazi post, you meant above all to telegraph to the world that the war you and war-lords Samantha Power and Susan Rice launched was a success, when in fact, Madam Secretary, your gunpoint democracy in Libya has been as fruitful as George Bush’s faith-based forays into Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“Having said that, Madam Secretary, let us trace the ‘stand down’ orders that issued from your office due to the mindset described. This will take an hour, maybe two. We Republicans don’t expect to squeeze much from you, but let us do those dead men our due diligence.”
And pigs will fly.
Instead, Republican puffery allowed Hillary to come off as a master bureaucrat. Slightly rehearsed, but speaking in a calm, surprisingly sonorous voice, Hillary demonstrated she is in command and able to memorize the ins-and-outs of her office, when the focus ought to have been on the steps that led to the death of those poor American men, who waited for something much simpler and much more humane: Hillary’s help.
GOP media spin notwithstanding, Mrs. Clinton gave a masterful performance. The Republicans failed Hillary’s victims: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyron Woods.
Likewise, it takes a special kind of stupid to lose the moral high-ground to the taxpayer-funded abortion provider Planned Parenthood. This Republicans managed, too.
A special kind of ugly are Deborah Nucatola and Mary Gatter who’re in the sheltered employ of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on the taxpayer’s payroll. Gob agape, Nucatola held forth on the harvesting of fetal body parts, while gorging on salad and gulping down wine.
Reams of footage taken by an anti-abortion organization, the Center for Medical Progress, show that, for base, crass and cruel nothing beats a left-liberal woman.
Except for another left-liberal woman.
California ghoul Mary Gatter promised the Center for Medical Progress a less-crunchy abortion technique, in order to better preserve tiny body parts. Gutter [sic], medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, joked with “the buyers” with whom she was dining that she was working toward a Lamborghini [presumably one little limb at a time].
These women are ugly inside and out—from the affectatious tart tones emitted by Nucatola, down to Gatter’s nauseating habit of swooshing her gums with her tongue.
Yes, one has to be a special kind of moron to lose more moral high-ground to the two’s boss: 500,000 dollars-a-year babe Cecile Richards and her congressional harpies, who were out in full force, last month, to plump for ongoing public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Cecile Richards is the president of Planned Parenthood. Like Hillary, Cecile came out on top at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in October.
Because they’re so obtuse, it’s hard to see what Republicans and their supporters mean, politically, when they declare in opposition to abortion. One can reasonably infer that, since abortion is legal, Republicans are indicating they would like to outlaw the procedure.
A feasible, ethical political position this is not.
Woman or man: As most Americans see it, an adult owns his body and all that’s in it. To outlaw the removal of a body part, however precious to you and me, is to invade and aggress against a woman and her provider for the dominion she has asserted over what is indisputably her private property: her body.
Republicans are hopeless. But as this ineffectual lot keeps repeating, Donald Trump is not one of them. Mr. Trump can and has to be able to say what his Republican rivals have proven incapable of articulating.
When questioned about abortion, Trump needs to tell his detractors the following:
Women have the right to screw and scrape out their insides to their heart’s content.
Trojans, Trivora or a termination: An Americans woman has the right to purchase contraception, abortifacients and abortions, provided … she pays for them.
For like herself, America is packed with many other sovereign individuals. Some of these individuals do not approve of the products and procedures mentioned. Americans who oppose contraception, abortifacients and abortion must be similarly respected in their rights of self-ownership.
Taxpayers who oppose these products and procedures have an equal right to dispense what is theirs—their property—in accordance with the dictates of their conscience.
America’s adult women may terminate their pregnancies (to the exclusion of late-term infanticide). What America’s manifestly silly sex does not have the right to do is to rope other, presumably free Americans into supplying them with or paying for their reproductive choices.
The rights of self-ownership and freedom of conscience apply to all Americans.
No Republican has ever come close to articulating the ethical elegance of a libertarian argument.
It’s time for Mr. Trump, the anti-Republican, to so do.