Two weeks ago, a deranged young man slaughtered six innocent people and wounded 14 more. Before the rivulets of blood dried, demagogues at the New York Times and Newsweek, along with a bevy of snarling cable news pundits and guileless politicians, pounced on “the right” for creating a “climate of hate.” They rushed to judgment — and were exposed as charlatans and fools when the truth came out. Jared Loughner is a young man with what appears to be severe mental illness, one who likely has never heard of the conservative politicians, commentators, or personalities the left rushed to libel.
What precious few scraps of information did come out about Loughner’s meager frame of political reference sent the media running from the whole question of his ideology. (A high school friend called him “very liberal.” He became infuriated at the mention of George W. Bush. He fixated on a bizarre film promoting decidedly non-Tea Party ideas.) Loughner had served his purpose as the catalyst for a smear campaign. When the narrative of “right -wing violence” ceased to be even remotely plausible, the media dropped their focus on the story.
A week later, we were treated to the sight of the same pundits and politicians scurrying away from an even more gruesome, loathsome crime — this time with hundreds of victims and clear-cut political implications.
Why? The reasons are blindingly obvious. The perpetrator was Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an apparent serial killer of hundreds of newborn babies — a man who collected the severed body parts of his victims in jars as macabre trophies of his butchery.
Despite the fact that warnings of his crimes were repeatedly reported to the authorities — by victims and his own employees — he was ignored for years by the authorities. Why? Because Gosnell was an abortionist, protected by pro-choice politicians who would rather his murder spree continue than its exposure threaten the practice of abortion itself. He was finally undone, not because of his decades of killing, but because he also profited from dealing prescription drugs.
It never should have gotten this far. Gosnell was neither a gynecologist nor an obstetrician. He did not employ nurses or anesthesiologists. Instead, he operated in squalid conditions that would have seen any fast food restaurant shut down. He repeatedly botched procedures, occasionally leaving the ripped-apart remains of his smallest victims inside the bodies of their injured and infected mothers. Gosnell should have been shut down decades ago. He should have lost his medical license and been imprisoned.
He wasn’t for one reason, and one reason only.
Some politicians view abortion as sacrosanct. They regard “choice” as the most cherished of “rights,” even though it manifests itself as nothing less than infanticide. Gosnell’s crime spree lasted for decades because government agencies, hospitals, and abortion advocates knew of his brazen crimes and chose to do nothing.