Is Herman Cain pro-choice?

To get an answer, you can try starting here—with his answer to John Stossel.  If you don’t have time, it can be summarized by saying it’s completely incomprehensible.  I’d say he is pro-choice, and also pro-life, but mainly pro-choice in a pro-lifey sort of way.  Make sense?

His clarification on CNN is good if you’re looking for clarification, but bad if you’re hoping Herman Cain is pro-life.  That is, until Herman Cain wrote on Twitter that “I'm 100% pro-life. End of story.”

So, what’s the truth?  I think you have to throw out the Stossel response as brain freeze.  Like, he just had a pint of ice cream before the question was asked, and his brain was literally frozen and not functioning.  That happens to all of us.

But, his CNN clarification outlines what I think is the most relevant part of the discussion—his policy.

"I believe that life begins at conception. And abortion under no circumstances," Cain said. But, he also said it’s not “the government's role or anybody else's role to make that decision…. it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat…It gets down to the family and whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue…The government shouldn't be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decision that they need to make.

He reiterates the same sentiment to David Gregory:

Cain tells Gregory that he's against abortion without exception, even in cases of rape or incest (putting him to the right, by the way, of both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry). But when asked whether his opposition also applies to cases in which the life of the mother is at risk, Cain repeats this vague response three times: "That family is going to have to make that decision."

In other words, Herman Cain doesn’t personally believe you should have an abortion under any circumstances.  That’s what he means when he writes on twitter “I’m 100% pro-life. End of story.”

But, to be honest, I don’t really care what he thinks about abortion in his personal life.  His personal opinion is little more than a somewhat interesting aside compared to what he believes the role of the government in the process might be.

The abortion debate is about government policy.  When should the government allow abortions to take place, if at all?  The abortion debate isn’t about what you’d do for yourself or your family.

To put all of this another way: these quotes would make you believe Herman Cain is roughly equal to Rudy Giuliani on abortion.  When Rudy had this opinion, many conservatives said it disqualified him from the nomination completely.  Why is it okay for Cain?  (Are you anti-Italian or something?)

Think about this—in 2008, Mitt Romney was called too socially liberal because he USED to have the abortion position that Herman Cain seems to CURRENTLY hold. Just the fact that Mitt Romney formerly held the current Cain position was enough to call Romney a current liberal, but current Cain is able to be the socially conservative choice while currently holding the former Romney position. Got that?

All of this has caused Cain to further clarify/spin/walk back.  Here's what he came up with:

"Abortion should not be legal, that is clear. But if that family made a decision to break the law, that's that family's decision, that's all I'm trying to say."

This is just a bunch of flailing at this point.  Does anyone really believe a presidential candidate would knowingly talk about illegal behavior by saying "whatever they decide, they decide"??

Whether you believe his latest "clarification" or not, Cain seems to have issues at times explaining his mini-controversies without them turning into major controversies. He's a really good communicator, but this sort of stuff will really hurt him should he become the actual nominee.  We're hoping to have him on this week to clarify.   I'd like him to answer this question:

Which of these statements do you most agree with:

a) I disagree personally with abortion in all cases, but it should not be illegal because families have to make their own choices on the matter.

b) I disagree personally with abortion in all cases, and it should be illegal except for (fill in your selection of horrific causes/outcomes, ie, rape, incest, life/health of mother, etc).  In those cases, families must make their own decisions.

c) I disagree personally with abortion in all cases, and it should be illegal in all cases.

PS--There are always candidates that are morally opposed to abortion, but want it to be legal.  Are there any candidates who are morally in favor of abortion but want the government to ban it?  That would be entertaining.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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