Virginia Republican compares abortion to Holocaust, Democrats whine, GOP likely to hide under desks

VOT_Richard_H_Dick_Black_8031_1317055680As abortion apologists celebrated Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary with Orwellian odes to “choice” and creepily cavalier videos, pro-lifers mark the occasion in a more grave fashion. Virginia Republican State Senator Dick Black took to the Senate floor and forcefully condemned the past four decades’ worth of massacre:

When I hear discussions about this, I hear very mild comments about choice and reproductive rights and things of this sort. But I recall back to the days of Nazi Germany, there was a place called Auschwitz. And over the gates of Auschwitz was a sign, and the sign said “arbeit macht frei,” which means roughly “your labors will make you free.” People who went behind those doors never returned. Their labors didn’t make them free. And I’m reminded that we refer to our clinics as “women’s health clinics” and we talk about women’s reproductive rights and so forth. And somehow in all of our discussion, we forget the fact that in each of these decisions lies the life of a little boy or a little girl. You know it’s quite easy –and from where we look back on history, we say “Why didn’t the Germans do something? Why didn’t they rise up? Why didn’t they take action?” But they were helpless before their government just as we are helpless before our government.

Naturally, the state’s reigning left-winger was terribly hurt:

Virginia Democratic Party Chair and State Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) released a statement on Tuesday, blasting Black’s words as “outrageous and offensive to those who perished in one of the darkest periods of human history.”

Herring called on the senator to apologize for his remarks and for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) to condemn the senator’s statement, adding that “[c]omparing such a tragedy to women exercising their constitutionally protected rights is appalling.”

In truth, one part of Black’s analogy was wrong—we in the United States are not “helpless before our government” in at all the same way or to nearly the same degree that Germans were under the Third Reich—but the rest was entirely appropriate.

The Nazi Holocaust was mass killing done by the German government; the abortion holocaust is mass killing done with the approval of our government. They have in common needless death, unspeakable cruelty, foundations of lies, and the total betrayal of a decent society’s most basic obligations.

Black has nothing to apologize for. If anything here is “appalling,” “outrageous[,] and offensive,” it’s the willingness of Herring and her allies to perpetuate a killing spree that has dwarfed the Holocaust.

It’s not unusual for pro-life politicians to describe abortion in ways that make pro-aborts cry, but unfortunately, such instances rarely seem to do much more than fill headlines and give abortion fans and foes something to argue about for a while before the pundits’ and lawmakers’ attention turns toward something else.

Why? Because Republicans are notoriously bad at the follow-through. The next few days will tell, but we can probably expect Black to at most defend his statements when pressed, but not do much more to turn the tables on his critics for not recognizing abortion as a holocaust. His GOP colleagues will follow suit. And the state party? Instead of a impassioned defense of their man and his stance, they’re probably praying right now that the whole thing blows over by morning.

However closer public opinion is to us than the media wants you to think, the fact remains that it’s nowhere near where it should be, and a big part of the reason is because the Democrats are always on offense, and Republicans’ instinctive response is usually to change the subject rather than fight to win. The phrase is so common as to border on cliché, but in politics, it’s true: the best defense is a good offense. When will Republicans learn?

  • Lea Black

    I agree with the gentlman from Virginia! Murdering 55 million lives that were unable to defend themselves is America’s holocaust and it being legal makes it a government sanctioned holocaust. The fact that many abortion clinics are located in the poorest communities makes it a very quiet genocide of our minority peoples.

  • We the people need to fight then,we need to say something that will make it sink in to the minds of polititians that these “womens clinics ” or “family planning clinics” are nothing but a place where the heart stops in the tiny chest of a growing human being that was unable to be born into this world uninterrupted.While we sit here and argue,day by day more tiny lives are taken in a horrifying ways.It’s not about the rights of women its about humans rights in general, a LIFE .Whether a woman wants to vote or get a tattoo is a choice about her body ,no one should beable to choose when we should KILL a BABY.

  • Wish the Republican party had a backbone….

    • Sally

      Maybe you just found one who does but haven’t noticed yet

  • Matthew

    Sounds like Senator Black does have a backbone and perhaps it isn’t helpful for pro-lifers to assume he’ll back down when they don’t even know him. If he doesn’t back down, then it must be very frustrating to have some reporter he’s never met pre-condemning him.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      First, I didn’t assumed he’ll back down, simply that he won’t use this as a jumping-off point into a longer effort.

      Second, my prediction that the rest of his party will back down seems pretty self-evidence based on GOP history.

      Third, I’m not a reporter, I’m a commentator.

      • Matthew

        A longer effort?? He was in the House of Delegates for about 8 or 9 years prior to his and has never stopped fighting – seems pretty long to me. Your prediction that this guy would spend the next week apologizing seems to be wrong too. Yes, the GOP has a history of backing down and maybe that is because we don’t circle the wagons like the Democrats. Maybe that is perpetuated by people who are quick to assume the worst in them instead of standing up WITH them to fight back. What’s that saying, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”

        • Calvin Freiburger

          First, you misunderstood what I meant by longer effort. As I said in the original post, I was calling on him to make some effort to engage his critics and the public on the merits of what he originally said, challenging voters to think of abortion as a holocaust, forcing the Left to defend their position rather than attack ours, and generally pushing against the fact that the majority of the noise on this story is pro-abortion. Did you see either Black or the state GOP follow up at all? Press releases? Press conferences? Additional floor statements? Interviews? Speeches? Ads? Did he challenge Herring to a debate on whose position is really “appalling”? I didn’t. Unless a politician puts that much support into it, it doesn’t matter how true or profound the original statement was; it’s just a footnote that won’t gain us ground on the issue.

          Second, I didn’t predict Black would apologize. Why are you putting words in my mouth even after I pointed that out to you in the previous comment?

          Third, I did stand up with him and circle the wagons……on what he originally did right. And in case you didn’t notice, that’s what I’m calling on the rest of his party to do. That’s not at all the same as overlooking or making excuses for strategic missteps that don’t get the job done. Pro-lifers MUST look at their representatives with objective, critical eyes if they expect to ever do anything of value. Being endlessly content with politicians saying what we want to here every once in a while is a guaranteed recipe for abortion’s continued dominance.

  • we’ve passed the ultrasound law and strict new health codes for the murder mills…..Gov McDonnell has the support of a majority of women…..the LSM can’t wrap their tiny little brains around that

  • Mother of five

    Well, it’s been about a week and here in Virginia, Senator Black has not backed away or backed down one bit. Perhaps this pro-life writer should encourage lawmakers who put their necks on the line rather than pile on with “the haters.” Seems to me that would be much better for the cause than what he’s written here. Must be easy to criticize people working hard for the unborn from your recliner at home, especially since you’re not the one who is getting attacked by every abortion group in the country.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      See my response to Matthew. What good is Black’s nice speech if we don’t do anything with it?

  • Brodie

    a man who is not afraid to speak the truth; where are the others!

  • Brodie

    Calvin: Senator Black has worked against abortion for his whole time in the VA legislature. He was the one who sent a plastic fetus some years ago to every senator when an abortion bill was before them; to show them that it is a human baby. He has sponsored many pro-life bills.

    Politics is all about getting elected. Abortion isn’t the most important issue to most voters, their pocketbook is. You can not have abortion as your only issue, or you won’t get elected to be able to fight abortion. I guarantee you that Senator Black is always thinking of how he can bring the abortion issue to the forefront.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      See my response to Matthew.