Sean Spicer’s inartful attempt to portray Bashar al-Assad’s chemical warfare against “his own people” as worse even than Adolph Hitler’s refusal to deploy it against his enemies in World War II afforded Democrats the opportunity to moralize about Spicer’s presumed insensitivity to the Fuhrer’s use of chemicals to murder six million Jews (and four million non-Jews) in the Holocaust. But this is more about keeping political constituencies in line than aversion to mass murder.
That’s a hard judgment to make, of course, but what can citizens conclude from the Democrat Party’s passionate devotion to abortion on demand, that has resulted in the deaths of 60 (not six) million innocent human beings in their mother’s wombs — in some cases (“partial birth abortions”) outside of them?
The persistent criticism of now Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch during the recent Senate hearings on his nomination was that he was a threat to the practically sacred judicial precedent of Roe v. Wade (1973), the U.S. Supreme Court’s shameful decision to legitimize taking the life of “fetuses” for the entire nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.
It is amazing (but actually not surprising) that Democrats should sanctify judicial precedent when the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) that upheld “equal though separate” public facilities for black citizens survived for 58 years before it finally met a long-overdue death with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Democrats not only had no difficulty with that now-infamous precedent for all those years, but also undermined Brown by making discrimination against Caucasians and Asians official federal policy.
During those many years of denying freed slaves the fruits of citizenship, thousands of them were sterilized without their knowledge, even as Planned Parenthood founders Margaret Sanger advocated that policy for all allegedly inferior races. And today, black children are aborted far out of proportion to their race’s percentage of the national population.
Although justifiably repudiated, the even more infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dred Scott v. Sanford (1854) that held, among other things, that “black men have no rights that white men are bound to respect,” has never been judicially reversed. This left the door open for Plessy’s humiliation of blacks and Brown’s sad reliance on social science rather than the Constitution to end it.
The common thread connecting Roe with Dred Scott and Plessy is the denial of the humanity of unfavored classes of people. In Dred Scott and Roe, the Court explicitly held that (1) unprivileged blacks and (2) defenseless babies are not persons. Only the Constitution’s authority in the hearts of the American people has prevented the oppression and carnage from spreading further.
There is no reason to believe that Sean Spicer is insensitive to mass murder as he serves in a Presidential administration that is determined to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion mill. Indeed, it is not unlikely that with another couple of Trump choices for the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade’s days are numbered. This is shocking only to those insensitive to our national practice of child sacrifice.
That lack of sensitivity shows up in other ways. First, remember that Nazis prepared the way for the extinction of millions of human beings by referring to Jews as pigs and rats. Similarly, the Hutus in Rwanda routinely labeled Tutsis as cockroaches in their 1990s mass extermination.
Closer to home, Black Lives Matters “protestors” not only called police officers pigs but even used the phrase “pigs in a blanket,” followed by “fry ‘em like bacon!” If law enforcement personnel lack humanity, they are certainly expendable by this refrain.
Our colleges and universities are currently being terrorized by mobs of students and non-students who shout down, threaten, disrupt and terrorize those speakers with whom they disagree, typically falsely maligned as “fascists.” That is the equivalent of reducing their intended victims’ rights to detritus which the mobs “are not bound to respect.”
Last but not least there are the Islamic terrorists who have killed thousands of innocent people, including “their own people,” not to mention “other” people. Journalist Harrison Salisbury once deplored Josef Stalin’s mass starvation of 10 million Ukrainian Kulaks in the 1930s as particularly shocking because they were “his own people.”
I don’t think that Salisbury meant to excuse Hitler’s murder of non-Aryan people on that grounds, any more than Sean Spicer did. But the distinction between one’s “own people” and “other people” when millions are being wantonly slaughtered is of little use.
For those who do think it matters, abortion on demand stands as a massive blot on our national character. If and when Democrats (and others) repudiate this slaughter, I can only regard their “sensitivity” to the Jewish Holocaust as a determination to keep American Jews in their constituency.
Richard Reeb taught political science, philosophy and journalism at Barstow Community College from 1970 to 2003. He is the author of "Taking Journalism Seriously: 'Objectivity' as a Partisan Cause" (University Press of America, 1999). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org