In the recent column "Premeditated murder of newborns" (Commentary, Tuesday) Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, rhetorically asks why so many who claim to be proponents of human rights systematically dehumanize and exclude the weakest and most vulnerable beings from legal protection.
The mystery of such liberal contradictions is not so baffling once one realizes the underlying motivation of social liberalism: to find a way around the law of natural consequences. In other words, the collective thought seems to be, "How can we engineer society so that I can have my fun but not have to deal with the consequences?"
This is part of social liberals' never-ending quest, and it is completely consistent with their other values.
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