The Rights of Hypocrites
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 by Jon Burras
     There has been a rash of states in the last few months who have either signed into law or are proposing to abolish or severely restrict abortion in America. These states are primarily in the South and the East of the country. If you thought that the abortion debate had been settled a long time ago then you might just as well think again. A new round of political bantering has befallen upon our doorstep.
     What makes this scenario very interesting and confusing is that the anti-abortion zealots are convinced that a state or federal government has the right to tell a woman what to do with her own body. Pro-abortion campaigners angrily complain that nobody, not even a government body or a religious institution, has the right to tell them what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. And here is where the hypocrisy begins.
     Many of the same people screaming to leave abortion alone and do not allow a state government tell them what they can do to their body are also the same people who are mandating for mandatory vaccines from shore to shining shore. Pro-abortion folks claim that individual rights come first in a democratic society yet when it comes to mandatory vaccines they are the first ones to take away an individual's rights. It is the same argument. Anti-abortion advocates claim that individual rights need to be taken over by the state for the greater good of society. Pro vaccine advocates claim that individual rights need to be taken over by the state for the greater good of
     America is not as open-minded as one believes. Many of these proponents of individual rights are also the ones on college campuses silencing people with opposing views. You see, most college students and faculty in America lean to the left in politics. If you lean to the right on a college campus you will be shamed, belittled and at times attacked. For these folks individual rights only matter if someone thinks like you think.
     We see the same type of confiscation of individual rights in an industry like "Hollywood". The television and movie industry is primarily a liberal platform. If you extol conservative views and you work in the entertainment industry you might be shamed, blackballed from working or shouted down. Your individual rights do not matter when the dominant tribe is in power.
     The same could be said about such cities like West Hollywood, Ca., a predominantly LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). Spending much of their lives fighting for their individual rights, many members of this community will shut down or shame others who belong to a conservative identity. Individual rights do not seem to matter if someone does not view your particular point of view.
     We have seen this same type of thinking after 9/11 with the Patriot Act. It has been more common than not for a Muslim to be removed from an airplane just for dressing in Arabic clothing or speaking in Arabic. For the presumed safety and the greater good of society it is okay to squash the individual rights of a Muslim.
By and large, America is not very tolerant at all. We proclaim diversity but we seldom practice it. We are more tribal in identity than we are equal among ourselves. The tribe in power gets to make all of the rules.
     So when it comes back to the abortion debate, we are back to our good old selves-hypocrites. We do not stand for diversity and do not promote individual rights. Just like with vaccines or with sexual orientation, the debate is really not about what you think it is about. Perhaps America is really a failed experiment and we really have not awoken to this notion yet.
     To quote from famous NFL coach Bill Parcells, "You are what your record says you are." America does not have a very good track record about allowing individual rights to shine forth. Is that who we really are?
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