- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2011

America has death camps. This is the heinous reality liberal elites have been trying to conceal. A Philadelphia abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, was arrested Wednesday along with his wife and eight other suspects. The 69-year-old abortionist is charged with causing the death of a woman during a botched abortion and also killing seven babies. Prosecutors say the infants were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were murdered by having their spinal cords ripped apart with scissors.

Dr. Gosnell’s abortion clinic is a house of horrors - akin to those in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Police authorities say that following a raid on his office, they found numerous bags and bottles containing aborted fetuses. They also allege that they found jars on a shelf containing the severed feet of babies.

Philadelphia’s CBS News reports that “Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30-year practice.” If true, Dr. Gosnell is not only a baby killer but a mass murderer - the Josef Mengele of our time.

Yet this is not an isolated incident. In fact, it is only the tip of the abortion iceberg. The media is deliberately downplaying the story for one simple reason: There are hundreds of similar abortion clinics across the country. Exposing what takes place in facilities run by the likes of Dr. Gosnell would shock voters into taking decisive action to make abortion illegal. This is why the killing of innocent unborn children is done largely away from public view. It is a creeping, hidden genocide that can continue only if the fiction of abortion being a “medical procedure” is maintained.

It isn’t. Abortion is the deliberate, systematic slaughter of babies in the womb. It is state-sanctioned infanticide. It encodes in law the pernicious principle that there is an entire category of people - the unborn - who are less than fully human. Their lives are subject to the whims of their masters. Most societies in history have been based on the oppression of an entire class; the strong dominate the weak. The law of the jungle trumps moral decency.

For example, the Nazis asserted that entire categories of people - Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, the mentally and physically handicapped - were not entitled to basic rights. Slavery enforced this as well: Blacks were simply chattel. They were not viewed as distinct human beings, born in the eyes of God with a sacred dignity and unique individuality. Abortion ought to be viewed as the slavery of our age - the great social cause on behalf of an oppressed and brutalized minority.

Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, nearly 50 million unborn American children have been slain. This is more than the number of victims butchered by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler or Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

The great myth of liberalism is that it represents progress. The opposite is true: It champions the degradation of the individual, forging what the late Pope John Paul II called the “culture of death.” Abortion, birth control and euthanasia - they are the holy trinity of the secular post-Christian left.

For much of the 20th century, socialists have sought to erect a utopian society. Karl Marx thought the proletariat would serve as the engine of revolutionary change. World War I, however, exposed the profound illusion at the core of the old Marxism. Nationalism, not class warfare, proved to be the dominant force in history. German and French workers sided with their fellow bourgeois countrymen rather than rise up in solidarity and overthrow their capitalist masters. Hence, the modern left realized that in order to overthrow capitalism, the very culture that sustains it - Christianity - must be destroyed. Economic struggle was to be replaced with cultural struggle.

Liberalism has long been at war with traditional America. During the 1960s, it launched a sweeping sexual revolution. It has created a new morality; the counterculture has become the dominant culture. Its central principles are individual gratification and personal liberation. God, country, family - these are the values of a prior age, a Christian civilization that is no more. Prominent new-left theorists, such as Herbert Marcuse, championed Sigmund Freud’s “pleasure principle.” Marcuse argued - and campus radicals eagerly embraced - the notion that sex was the key to individual fulfillment. Marriage and the traditional family were to be subverted through sexual perversity and promiscuity. It was Marcuse who coined the phrase “Make love, not war.”

Where Marx failed, Marcuse has triumphed. The Soviet empire is dead - swept into the dustbin of history. Post-1960s liberal America, however, is on the march. For the past 50 years, every major institution has been captured by the radical secular left. The media, Hollywood, TV, universities, public schools, theater, the arts, literature - they relentlessly promote the false gods of sexual hedonism and radical individualism.

Conservatives have ceded the culture to the enemy. Tens of millions of unborn babies have been slaughtered; illegitimacy rates have soared; divorce has skyrocketed; pornography is rampant; drug use has exploded; sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS have killed millions; birth control is a way of life; sex outside of wedlock has become the norm; countless children have been permanently damaged - their innocence lost forever - because of the proliferation of broken homes; and sodomy and homosexuality are celebrated openly. America has become the new Babylon.

Abortion clinics constitute the “gulag archipelago” of liberalism - a vast internal network where innocent lives are sacrificed in the service of a fanatical worldview. They are the forgotten victims of the cultural Marxism imposed by the 1960s intelligentsia. The liberal regime depends upon countless Dr. Gosnells to function. His crimes are liberalism’s crimes.

Conscientious Americans must work tirelessly to end this abortion abomination.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.