Friday, October 17, 2008

A Slip of the Scalpel

In his final campaign debate with Barack Obama, it sounded like John McCain started to say "we need to make health care avoidable", before correcting himself and saying "affordable".

But then, when it comes to health issues, surgical precision is not McCain's forte. Asked a few weeks ago whether the use of condoms was effective against HIV infection, he replied, "You’ve stumped me", before admitting he didn't know what his own position was on the issue!

This raises two possibilities. Either:
  1. McCain is apallingly uninformed about one of the major health issues of our time, in which case he's probably too ignorant to be president; or
  2. He sidestepped the question to avoid offending his supporters on the religious right, whose self-proclaimed "pro-life" stance does not extend to saving lives that might otherwise be lost to AIDS, in which case he's too dishonest to be president. (They also don't seem too concerned about Iraqi lives, but that's for another article.)
The second interpretation here might be inferred from McCain's use of the disparaging term "pro-abortion" in the debate, rather than "pro-choice". No one is "pro-abortion" - they simply believe, as Obama clearly and straightforwardly explained, that while abortion is undoubtedly a moral decision, it is not the government's moral decision to make, but that of the pregnant woman.

But then what else can you expect from a man who chooses as his running mate a woman who believes that the innocent victims of violent crime should be pubished for nine months - if the crime is rape resulting in pregnancy?


jb said...

Not only this, but Palin removed funding for medical examinations for rape victims during her tenure as mayor. i.e. rape victims are required to pay to provide the state with evidence of a crime....
The fact that any sane person would vote for the Reublican ticket is beyond me

Private Beach said...

I don't think any sane person would, but history suggests that there are plenty of insane voters.

ulaca said...

I was interested to see on a recent visit to England that The Observer wears its politics on its sleeve, using "anti-abortion" and "pro-choice".