Via the Weekly Standard and the Federalist, there’s a lot of talk within the world of social conservatives about an exchange between Republican presidential candidate John Kasich and an audience member at a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. In the meeting a man stood up and told him point-blank that he’s looking for a president who’s a fiscal conservative and who’s also “not a threat to a woman’s right to control her own body.”
Of course we know what that “women’s right” part means, right? The answer to the question by Kasich was pathetic to say the least, essentially saying that it’s the law of the land and we live with it. Meanwhile, when CNN asked him about abortion earlier this week, he dismissed the question by insisting that the GOP spends “too much” time on the issue when there are other important problems like infant mortality and the environment to focus on.
I guess Kasich hasn’t heard about the Planned Parenthood videos exposing how they have been harvesting of body parts of murdered unborn—sometimes born alive—babies. Now that’s infant mortality!
Kasich tells Obamacare opponents they're going to hell, but won't tell an abortion supporter that he thinks Roe v. Wade was wrong. #courage
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 20, 2015
So, is this a case of a guy who’s actually pro-life trying to weasel out of a tough question from a pro-abortion voter? Based on his revised statement following the meeting, it sounds exactly like that’s the case. After reminding reporters he had signed abortion restrictions in Ohio, he said:
“It’s the law of the land until it changes.”
Until it changes? Really? I wasn’t aware that laws experienced a sort of evolution over time to become the laws we want them to be. But seriously, this clarification actually displays his ignorance—or indifference—of the Constitution he would take an oath to defend because the Supreme Court doesn’t make law, Congress does.
For the record, Kasich has signed abortion restrictions as governor of Ohio. According to the Weekly Standard, “Kasich has overseen a drop in his state’s abortion rate to all-time lows, signing into law a budget that defunded Planned Parenthood in his state and a ban on abortions performed after the fetus can be viable outside the womb.”
So is this an indication that Kasich is offering a “truce” with Democrats on social issues once he’s elected president? Or is this an attempt to camouflage his opposition to abortion in order to gain the centrist voters the Republican establishment seems to think are more important that the conservative base? It depends on how you look at Kasich and his campaign history so far.
I wrote a piece a few days ago calling Kasich the “Non-Conservative Republican” due to his positions favoring big government, Obamacare, Common Core and legalizing the “God-fearing” immigrants he seems hell-bent on keeping in America. So I’m prone to take Kasich at his word when he states that murdering the unborn shouldn’t be a front-burner issue in the Republican party — a position also held by George Pataki by the way.
In the end, I’m convinced that Kasich is the same milquetoast, go-along to get-along Republican establishment RINO we saw in 2008 with John McCain, and in 2012 with Mitt Romney. The only way we will see America pulled back from the holocaust called abortion, is to elect a true Conservative as president; dragging Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, kicking and screaming if necessary, to do their job.
In his own words, John Kasich is “reshaping the definition of conservative” into his own self-aggrandizing image, which means that he can’t be counted on to defend life, and he’s not the man for the job of president.
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