If Slavery were legal, slavery would be a single issue for voters

by Steve Ray on October 16, 2020

download (2)Today I will pre-record a radio show with Fr. McTeigue SJ, on The Stations of the Cross Radio network. The discussion is entitled “In Defense of Single Issue Voting.”

I will make the case that if today one political party held slavery as legal and the other opposed it, that slavery would become a single-issue voting issue. Everything else would pale in comparison.

How can we consider abortion any less of a single voting issue? Human life and dignity and freedom are the bedrock of our Catholic Faith and of our country.

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled that slavery was legal and that Blacks were no citizens. To rule for Dred Scott’s freedom  would “improperly deprive Scott’s owner of his legal property”.

Some day future historians will look back and compare the Dred Scott case with the Roe vs. Wade case. Shame on us!!

download (1)If our country survives for another hundred years with any semblance of godliness and goodwill, our future citizens will look back at horror at Roe, just as we today all look back with horror at the Dred Scott case allowing slavery.

If we get the human life issue wrong, we get everything else wrong since it all hinges on human dignity and freedom.

If a rocketship sets off a fraction of an inch off its trajectory, it will land a million miles from its destination. Get the human life issue wrong and we will end up enslaved to a godless tyranny. God have mercy on our country.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Patricia A. Smith October 16, 2020 at 2:20 PM

How old is the baby pictured?

Thomas M Govern October 16, 2020 at 10:08 PM

Not only a single issue, we would fight a war over it. Maybe that is what we are doing now. All this divisiveness can be traced to Roe vs. Wade.

Donald Link October 18, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Minor note: The parallel is even closer. In the 1850s abolishing slavery was a single issue only for the abolitionists much as prohibiting abortion is for pro-lifers today. Then, as now, while abolition of slavery/prohibition of abortion was/is mostly found in the Republican party, the Republicans put it together with other matters such as preserving the union, limiting government interference in commerce and a sound currency. If there is a repeat of the Civil War it Would likely be between the authoritarians (democrats) and the proponents of freedom (Republicans) though neither is likely to provoke armed conflict by militaries.

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