All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Thou Shall Not Kill

The media had a fantastic opportunity this last week to launch in hysterics concerning South Dakota’s abortion ban. Not surprisingly some of them did. From a big picture perspective the ban is a moral victory, but in the greater scheme of things it will likely have little effect.

South Dakota is a typical western state, large on open land and small on population. The state barely has 750,000 people living in it; and is divided into two sections, West River and East River. West River folks are typically conservative rancher types that don’t embrace a lot of liberal bunk. East River folk are more likely to be Tom Daschle Democrats. Not saying they all are but the description tends to fit.

As you may have guessed, the one and only abortion clinic in South Dakota is in the Eastern part of the state. It operates part time and is staffed in part by volunteers that come in from Minnesota a couple of days a week.

So what impact does this ban really have? Other than the moral victory, the number of babies saved will be almost none. The moral victory is worth the battle for several reasons.

  1. Innocent human life should be protected
  2. Abortion is not a Federal issue
  3. South Dakota laws reflect their ethics

I don’t expect to see a large out cry from the Pro Abortion crowd on this. Sure they’ll use it for fund raising and political activism. I think we'll see political posturing and liberal fit throwing. I also think they’ll not put up too big a fight.

The last thing the Pro Abortion crowd wants is to have a States Rights challenge to Roe go before SCOTUS. If that case made its way in the next few years, the outcome isn’t certain, they might lose. Abortionists have a billion dollar industry to protect; they aren’t going to risk that for one part-time clinic in a low population state where they have to bus in volunteers to kill babies.

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