Given that a majority of Americans profess to support more-conservative public policies, leftists and liberals tend to obscure their beliefs until in positions of power. Ex: Rahm Emmanuel recruiting all sorts of Blue Dogs to run in conservative congressional districts in 2006 and 2008; candidate Obama mostly sounding much like a conservative would while on the campaign trail (though you knew in your heart of hearts not to believe him); and even Judge Sotomayor’s sudden (professed) conversion to originalism before the Judiciary Committee this week. Of course, the Democratic Congress has ruled like any run-of-the-mill leftwing party in Europe; the president has tried to force through every leftist wish list from the last 30 years; and you know that Sotomayor is still the same person who thinks that she is inherently wiser than any ordinary white guy.
That’s why it’s refreshing, in a bizarre way, when leftists are caught espousing their true beliefs, as candidate Obama was in his exchange with Joe the Plumber back in the fall. Which brings us to the real topic of this post:
Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated,
Frankly I had thought that at the time [Roe v. Wade] was decided there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.
As Jonah Goldberg stated today, it is unclear whether Ginsburg herself agrees that certain populations of Americans should be aborted, or whether she was offering the view of the authors and supporters of the original Roe decision.
Some abortion supporters are more candid in their view that certain populations should be “weeded out,” and the abortion lobby is the direct descendent of the early 20th century “progressive” eugenics movement. These abortion forebears, of course, are also the intellectual forebears of Justice Ginsburg’s legal philosophy. Read Liberal Fascism for an in-depth study of these issues.
One would hope that Justice Ginsburg, one of the most powerful women in the world, would abhorr such a statement, but given her position on abortion in general, and especially partial-birth abortion, that hope may be too generous.