Politicians often talk about looking out for the “forgotten man,” supposedly meaning those who have been left behind by the politics of both crony capitalism on one side and welfare state expansion and identity politics on the other.
But millions remain forgotten in public policy. The most forgotten people in American politics are the Americans who have not yet been born.
This is seen quite clearly in the outcome of two recent bills before Congress. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (otherwise known as Micah’s Law) failed in the United States Senate by a vote of 51 to 46.
This keeps the United States in a very small group of seven countries that allow unborn children to be aborted after 20 weeks of pregnancy, putting us in line with China, North Korea, and Vietnam. But despite this fact, despite the far more limited abortion policies of so many of our further-left European cousins, despite the surprisingly widespread public support for such a measure, some in our political spectrum still manage to call such a proposal “extreme” with a straight face.
Then we have the bloated bipartisan budget deal, which suspends the debt ceiling for a year, blows out the spending caps on our federal budget, and ratchets up the scope of federal spending by a whopping 13 percent.
And to add insult to injury to those who had no say in the extra debt they will incur upon birth, the deal fully funded Planned Parenthood, the largest single exterminator of their tragically less fortunate peers who will never get the chance to even attempt to pay it off.
And still, with every minute, the debt clock ticks higher, and the deferred cost of our own recklessness and responsibility grows greater.
Indeed, assuming that they survive the grisly gauntlet that awaits them from the moment of conception in a country that has killed almost 60 million children in utero since Roe v. Wade, our children and grandchildren will enter into a country where a large chunk of their prosperity has already been robbed from them by the reckless, relentless spending of politicians who think nothing of saddling them with more debt at every turn because they cannot bring themselves to make this republic live within its means.
From the moment I learned that my wife was pregnant with our first child, the destruction of both of these policies and the horror of abortion became all too real. I first saw my kid in a sonogram at eight weeks, three months before the cutoff point rejected by pro-abortion politicians. Seeing our little one put on what looked like a full-on dance number on the grainy screen drove home just how horrific our nation’s abortion regime truly is. Then, realizing the state of the republic that our child will likely inherent upon becoming a taxpaying adult was a stark reminder of our own callous disregard for those to come after us.
These two offenses are nowhere close to each other in gravity. The cold-blooded killing of the unborn is an offense hardly to be compared with gross financial mismanagement, but history will not look kindly upon those who supported either.