Andrew Cuomo and the Culture of Death
“Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life…. Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Thus spoke New York Governor Andrew Cuomo back in the mists of time called 2014. And now? The other day, asked about President Trump’s hope to get people back to work in the midst of the virus pandemic, Cuomo said this:
“My mother is not expendable, and your mother is not expendable, and our brothers and sisters are not expendable and we’re not going to accept the premise that human life is disposable…We’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life.”
Let me say right off the bat I think the Governor has done a pretty good job in all-hands-on-deck mode. This virus is a very challenging thing to deal with for everyone, but particularly for those in serious positions of public leadership. New York is in the very center of the virus problem area, and Governor Cuomo has been pro-active and steady-as-she-goes a re-assuring must.
That said, it should not escape notice that Cuomo seems not to get the irony of now saying “we’re not going to accept the premise that human life is disposable.”
Alas, both Governor Cuomo and his party have long, long ago accepted just that. The “pro-choice” party has made it crystal clear that a baby is not to be considered a human life and that a baby in the womb is indeed just that – a disposable human being. In fact, Cuomo’s fellow Democrat governor, Virginia’s Ralph Northam, infamously said the other month that:
“… if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
In other words, even once born, a human life, in Northam’s view, is indeed expendable.
Of the many things the virus is affecting, it is now clear that politically speaking it is shining a spotlight on what might be called the Democrats’ culture of death. The only difference here is that the subject of the discussion has shifted from babies to those over 70.
In fact, the decades since 1973’s Roe v. Wade abortion decision has effectively created an entire political culture that has divided the country between those who are “pro-life” and those who insist that an unborn baby – and now even a just-born baby – is a “choice.”
Indeed, the New York state legislature not so long ago literally, physically stood up and cheered at the passage of a “Reproductive Health Act” that made it crystal clear abortions were permissible “on-demand” right up until birth.
As if to underscore the irony of just where this pro-abortion culture has now led is this gem over at BuzzFeed. The horrified headline by BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Broderick is this:
Donald Trump Is Trying To Figure Out How Many Americans He Needs To Sacrifice To Keep The Economy Going
Without the slightest sense of irony or self-awareness, Broderick writes:
“Joining the president, a growing chorus of American television pundits, business leaders, tech investors, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and right-wing influencers have decided to convince the American people that possibly dying from the coronavirus is a small price to pay for economic health.”
Broderick also wrote another piece that headlined:
Trump’s Biggest Supporters Have Decided It’s Time To End Coronavirus Mitigation, No Matter Who Dies
In fact, the American Left has long ago staked out its iron-clad belief that taking a life is a “choice.” Now, without the least sense of irony at the culture of death, they have created, they cry out in horror at, to quote Cuomo, “the premise that human life is disposable.”
Perhaps a long look in the mirror might help Governor Cuomo and his enthusiastic fellow believers in abortion consider where in the world anyone could get the idea in the first place.