- The Washington Times - Monday, February 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

First, conservatives must take care in what we say. Conservatism depends on logical arguments and reason to persuade people. Statements such as, “We don’t want Obama to succeed,” as Rush Limbaugh says, are not helpful. Better to say that we want the president to succeed, but we’re afraid he won’t if he follows liberal policies. Second, we need to recognize areas in which women, blacks and other minorities have commonality with conservatives.

Women who are frustrated with the lack of commitment and adult values in men may find merit in the traditional values that conservatives espouse. Marriage, which has been established, recognized and valued by all civilizations, has the power to elevate members of the families it creates. Some women reject established norms in the name of sexual freedom and equality with men. In doing so, those women also rebuff the role of civilizing carrier of domestic values and constraints. In a modern-thinking world, these norms can be seen as creating a restrictive or subjective role for women, but families in which neither parent carries forward domestic values lose the understructure provided by these “old-fashioned” ideas.

Another issue on which conservatives may be able to connect with women and blacks is abortion. Throughout history, when a dominant group attempts to control another group, it seeks to define those within the target group as less than human.

In the case of abortion, there is no need to demonize fetuses. They simply have been declared not yet human. We are asked to view them as a lesser form of humanity not because of bloodlines or skin color.

Women and blacks are disproportionately affected by abortion not only because women undergo the procedure and blacks have a higher percentage of abortions than whites. Blacks may remember that their ancestors once were classified as less than human. Women may understand the issue better when they realize that a woman never says “my fetus kicked today.”

The “Jewish problem,” the “slave question,” the “abortion issue”: All are terms used to intellectualize the reduction from human to less than human.

These powerful issues continue to be matters of controversy. Where better to find connections while we attempt to reach out to women and minorities?

KERRY McCARTHY

Columbia City, Ind.


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