By Tom Quiner
Rick Santorum believes that a baby in the womb is a human being.
The president, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the bulk of the Democratic Party disagree. They only agree to bestow the mark of humanity at birth.
Fifteen years ago, Karen Santorum, Rick’s wife, gave birth to a premature baby. Their son died at birth.
By the definition of most Republicans, he enjoyed the dignity of personhood from his conception.
By the definition of the president and his party, he earned the dignity of personhood only at his birth. So by the time the time he died, a mere 120 minutes following his birth, everyone in America, including the Radical Left, would agree that Gabriel Michael Santorum was a human being.
Mr. and Mrs. Santorum did something unusual, but profound: they took their deceased son home for their children to view. They wanted their family to grieve the loss of their brother/son together. They wanted their kids to know their sibling to give his life meaning.
Gabriel would be more than an abstraction, he would be a real human being for as long as they lived.
Now that Rick Santorum has become a legitimate political force, one that can challenge Barack Obama, the political Left has responded with a viciousness that leaves even the jaded sensibilities of 21st Americans reeling. And that is not easy to do.
Liberal TV icon, Alan Colmes of Fox News, tried to denigrate Mr. and Mrs. Santorum’s actions:
“Once (voters) get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his 2-hour-old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real …”
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review responded:
“You are mocking him. They lost a child, Alan. That’s very serious and it’s not something you should be mocking on national TV.”
Colmes responded with a level of dishonest cynicism that is telling:
“I’m not mocking the losing of the child. But what I’m saying is I think it shows a certain unusual attitude toward taking a 2-hour-baby home who died to play with his other children.”
Needless to say, the Santorums didn’t take Gabriel home to play with his siblings, because Gabriel was dead.
They took him home so their kids could pay private respect to their brother, something even the political Left could understand because even they would acknowledge that Gabriel was a real, live human being for a short while
Alan Colmes chose to mischaracterize the situation, no let’s shoot straight, he chose to lie about the situation. I don’t know much about Alan Colmes, but he sure came across as heartless in his choice of words designed to denigrate the decency of the Santorums.
Another liberal jumped on the bandwagon. Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter from the Washington Post, described the Santorums’ actions thusly:
[Santorum is] “not a little weird. He’s really weird. Some of his positions he’s taken are just so weird that I think some Republicans are going to be off-put. Not everybody is going to be down, for example, with the story of how he and his wife handled the stillborn child whose body they took home to kind of sleep with and introduce to the rest of the family. It’s a very weird story.”
Mr. Robinson invoked the word “weird” four times in talking about Rick Santorum. The idea that they took a dead baby home to “sleep” with him was the proof.
Of course, no one “slept” with the baby. Mr. Robinson chose to fabricate that part of the story as the essential word to compromise the emotional stability of a Republican running for president, a candidate whom Mr. Robinson desires to destroy. For the record, the baby was not stillborn. Gabriel died two hours after birth. Mr. Robinson fabricated that word, too, compounding his dishonest assault on the most decent candidate in this campaign.
These guys, Mr. Colmes and Mr. Robinson, knew what they doing. They chose words they knew were dishonest in order to hurt a man simply because they disagreed with his politics.
Am I just being an oversensitive conservative?
Or are these spokespersons for the Left vicious?