Less than a year ago one of my rivals, incumbent Democratic Senator Carl Levin, proved himself to be anti-choice and anti-life when he voted to allow federal funding for providers and advocates of FORCED abortions and sterilizations. Yes. You read that correctly. This was not about simply subsidizing abortions and sterilizations. This was about forcing them on people.
Your reaction may be denial and disbelief. That was my reaction when I came upon this item on the “Project Vote Smart” page:
As I followed the links, it became clear that this was no hoax. He clearly voted “No” on S Amdt 2707 to HR 2764. This was a vote against an amendment that would prohibit Federal funds from being distributed to organizations that support, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.
Forcing any kind of surgery on an unwilling victim is clearly an act of violence and is (to the best of my knowledge) illegal in every state. The idea of forcing someone into something as controversial as an abortion is all the more unthinkable, but this is what our Senator has voted to allow funding for.
I have yet to have a single person (until now) suggest that they condone forcing abortions and sterilizations on people; people who call themselves “pro-choice,” and those who call themselves “pro-life” are unified in their revulsion to this idea. Certainly people have a right to express opinions that may offend the vast majority of people, but that doesn’t entitle them to use federal funding for that purpose.
So how is it that this man gets away with such a vote, without facing public criticism? The media could have run with this one. They chose not to. The Republicans could have done likewise. They failed to do so. Some politicians are so entrenched that they can get away with anything. That is why another party is needed. That is why someone from outside the establishment needs to oppose such abominable policies as a matter of principal.
I have pledged, from the beginning of my campaign, to oppose all federal spending that is not authorized by the Constitution. By no stretch of the imagination can I see the promotion or imposition of forced abortions and sterilizations as something Congress is authorized to fund. Libertarians are unified in their opposition to government-funded abortions and the initiation of force.
Modern liberals and neo-conservatives in the Democratic and Republican parties seem unified in their adherence to the doctrine that what isn’t required should be prohibited, and what isn’t prohibited should be required.
This is the perfect example of what can happen when the people allow the federal government to have the power to set policies on matters that should be left to the states and the people. As your Senator I will vote against funding any organization that forces abortions on people, and I will vote for legislation that specifically prohibits such funding. I will vote against using your tax money to pay others to promote ideas you find reprehensible. I will vote for your freedom to promote your values with your own money. I will vote against federal funding of abortions, and I will vote against any federal laws that force any kind of surgery on anyone.
PS: After linking to the “Project Vote Smart” page, some readers may search for my candidate profile, but fail to find it. The “Project Vote Smart” staff have told me that I will not have such a profile until after the primary (Even though Hoogendyk and Levin are running unopposed in said primaries). “Project Vote Smart” is a private quasi-partisan organization. If they wish to give Democrats and Republicans a head start, that is their natural right (so long as they don’t use my tax dollars). I will just need to run faster when I get my turn.