Alabama Bans Abortion: August Caesar Also Threw the Baby Out with the Bath Water

I have a bust of Augustus Caesar in my office. It’s not because I want to emulate him. It’s because he is a reminder of the limitations of power even with all of the wealth and lethal command in the world. As the first Keynesian, he is a reminder of the tyranny and failure of economic central planning, which modern day dirigistes are too corrupt and/or unintelligent to acknowledge.

While the statement “you can’t legislate morality” is an oversimplified falsehood that fails to appreciate the intersection of laws and morals, the truth is that law cannot quickly overturn prevailing morals without great social upheaval. Augustus Caesar is a reminder of the futility of such aggressive moral imposition with state power.

In my personal life, he is an image of the pathetic futility of democrats, leftists, and socialists who have dominated my life since childhood, preaching their values and visions of society in school, on television, on the news, and in the governance halls of the progressive metropolis.

Our core belief systems and values are formed powerfully in childhood by our parents, teachers, entertainers, and churches. I enjoyed a scholarly and tradition-intact Catholic Church teaching experience in childhood. I owe nearly half of my moral foundation to that blessing.

But adult experience in the church is maintenance – not reformative or formitive. Augustus Caesar’s rejuvenation of the Roman State Church did not appreciate this anthropological fact. The concepts of moral formation apply to other religions, and irreligious substitutions (i.e. Secular Humanism), as much as Christianity.

And so Augustus Caesar sits in my office as a constant reminder of what not to do with power – intellectual, relational (reputation/fame), psychological, and martial.

Many-a-Roman was cursed with generations of failure at the end of the Roman Empire. I wonder sometimes if Augustus Caesar was prescient enough to understand his folly, or if he died in delusion like so many “hope-filled,” “positive,” neurotic, and manic “globally-minded” citizens in the modern day.

Ancient Rome has much to teach the Republicans in Alabama. Their recent Alabama abortion ban is a terrible thing for pro-life citizens, and a gift to pro-choice citizens. To understand this counterintuitive impact, we must appreciate the censorship employed by terrified elites in Hollywood, the judiciary, Silicon Valley, and academia. We must also consider public opinion on abortion, and the history of using centralized power for moral imposition.

Pro-Abortion Elites are Terrified and Dishonest

A person who is confident in their position fears no opposition. They state the facts, and they welcome honest criticism that is void of dysfunctional argumentation such as ad-hominem, name-calling, arguing “tone,” fallacies, and propaganda techniques:

A person who is terrified and dishonest uses these dysfunctional arguments. They also use propaganda techniques, fallacies, and emotive language backed up by no hard evidence and no logic. They silence, censor, disinvite, deplatform, intimidate, and ostracize those who contradict them. They care more about spreading their agenda than what is true.

The prevailing dysfunctional argumentation indicate that pro-choice, pro-abortion elites are terrified and dishonest.

Even the most liberal democrats in our universities do not honestly support unregulated abortion. I say “honestly” because if they were not lying to themselves, they would actually encourage the scientific and medical exposure of abortion, which they have suppressed like Goebbels whitewashed Nazi concentration camps. They silence speakers who share the medical science of abortion. They disinvite speakers from campus for sharing abortion science.

Which journalistic outfits show the reality of abortion from a medical and scientific perspective? Which documentarians do so on educational TV? The Washington Post considers whether it is rude to share such realities. Why do journalists operate nearly entirely on euphemisms with no medical or scientific images and descriptors?

Why did the Supreme Court justify censorship of science? Some people are baffled that the Supreme Court tacitly upheld laws banning scientific truth of abortion. I am not baffled. The lying elites of mob-rule ochlocracy do not want free speech and proliferation of hard evidence. They like people to remain ignorant and emotive, with no knowledge, and inaccurate understanding of the world in which they live. One look at a social media comment feed, twitter, and instagram, is all that is required to understand that we live in ochlocracy.

Universities, journalists, and the judiciary are not alone in their terrified dishonesty about abortion – entertainers lead the way. The most liberal democrats in Hollywood do not honestly support abortion. Their delusion is so powerful that they even tried to stomp out a movie exposing an abortion slaughterhouse:

And lastly, the most liberal democrats in the humanities-deprived Silicon Valley do not honestly support abortion. They are so terrified of reality that Twitter went full-totalitarian censorship on Unplanned – a movie about the hardships that abortion workers encounter. Google’s “machine learning” artificial intelligence must have been learning from pro-abortion activists, because it treated Unplanned like the Nazi flick Triumph of the Will – rote propaganda. I wonder why their artificial intelligence does not flag interpersonal stories of feminism and black civil rights history as “propaganda.”

Unfortunately for the Stalin-emulating technocrats, Unplanned succeeded despite their attempts to destroy it.

Meanwhile, people like Ben Shapiro are having none of the dishonesty:

Laws that are not reflected by the values of the populace do not stand

When the elites who promote abortion are so terrified and dishonest, why do Republicans pass laws that have no chance at succeeding? Conservative venue Breitbart indicates that the Republicans of Alabama realize that the law is not enforceable. They passed the bill in order to challenge Roe v. Wade.

But they have not learned from history.

Shortly after the golden age in Rome, social retrogression was acknowledged from patrician to plebe, from scholar to entertainer. One such entertainer was Petronius, a satirical “South Park” creator of his era. Victor Davis Hanson recently recalled modern American parallels:

“Petronius seems to mock the very world in which he indulged. His novel’s accepted norms [in Ancient Rome] are pornography, gratuitous violence, sexual promiscuity, transgenderism, delayed marriage, childlessness, fear of aging, homelessness, social climbing, ostentatious materialism, prolonged adolescence, and scamming and conning in lieu of working…Never in the history of civilization had a generation become so wealthy and leisured, so eager to gratify every conceivable appetite — and yet so bored and unhappy.

One online encyclopedia accurately describes Augustus Caesar’s moral reforms, but misleads the reader with its exclusions. In order for such sweeping moralizing laws to be inspired, Senātus Populusque Rōmānus must have already identified moral squalor that begs for correction. Based upon the social retrogression that Augustus Caesar left in his wake, chronicled by men like Petronius and hundreds more, his moralizing laws were abject failures.

Why are laws that tell people how to live so ineffective? In our day-to-day activities, civic power is an afterthought. The specter of punishment is ultimately dismissed because rational people realize that government enforcers are not omnipresent. Soft Power is what influences morals and behavior. This is why China, Russia, the EU, the USA, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Islamic autocrats of the modern day employ intelligence agency influence operations to sway hearts and minds.

Will somebody please teach these truths to pro-life Republicans? For those who claim command over tradition and history, such oversights are unforgivable. The application of soft power is not rocket science. It’s a very basic skill set, which is one part cerebral, one part heart, and one part empathy.

Conservatives admit to their deficiencies in the culture war, but still evade it, or meekly attempt to fight it with white gloves, using foils against missiles.

The Abortion Ban Is a Gift to Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion Advocates

This article does not intend on adjudicating abortion, and all perspectives on it. The fact is simple – American moral disposition towards abortion will not accept a total ban. They want abortion to be legal if:

  • The woman’s life is endangered (83%)
  • The woman was raped or abused by incest (77%)
  • The child would be deformed physically or mentally (49-67%)

Americans do not want abortion to be legal because the woman is inconvenienced and chose sexual activities she regrets (only 45% of voters support abortion for any reason).

The consequence of imposing moralizing laws on a populace whose values and visions do not align is that the laws will not succeed. Black markets will arise. Unqualified politicians will get elected simply by promising to overturn the law that most people do not want. The elected official who promises to overturn the abortion ban will enact many laws outside of the issue of abortion.

In that way, unintended harm in many areas besides abortion will emerge – national security, criminal justice, economics, taxation, research and development. Should I mention again that the abortion law itself will not prevail in the long term?

Republicans have a chance at passing a law that permits abortion when women’s lives are in jeopardy, when they are raped, or victims of incest, and when the child is deformed. If they understood soft power, they would use it to advance their moral causes (despite elite technocratic censorship of their soft power access), while aiming for laws that the voter will actually sustain.

Pregnancies from rape and incest are estimated at 1.5-3% of rapes, considering oral contraception ratios, along with the rape studies. That is around 800 – 1,600 pregnancies per year. If all of those pregnancies were aborted, then rape/incest abortions would constitute 8 in 10,000 of the nearly one-million abortions per year.

If Republicans are willing to fail completely in order to insist that 8 in 10,000 abortions must be forbidden, they are not just in need of history lessons, but also lessons in kindergarten arithmetic.

Not only are they throwing the aborted baby out with the bath water, but Republicans who are willing to cede power over national security, criminal justice, economics, tax, and research, while temporarily restricting abortion, have forgotten the first rule of democratic republic – they are representatives, not kings. As much as they do not like it, they must respond to the sentiments of the citizens.

Here they stand, on the precipice of restricting 500,000 to 850,000 abortions per year, and they are going to throw it all away for a lack of compromise and wisdom. The folly will also lose ground in the culture wars, if Republicans truly wish to move the hearts and minds of Americans towards broader laws.

And so the centrist voters will see Republicans as extremists, and refrain from electing them. Perhaps I should gift busts of Augustus Caesar to the Republican officials I know, along with a copy of this article. When Dirty Harry said “a man’s gotta know his limitations,” it applied equally to his personhood and profession. Will politicians of both parties learn the limitations of legislation in the real world, rather than the limitless visions they write on paper and imagine in their heads?

8 thoughts on “Alabama Bans Abortion: August Caesar Also Threw the Baby Out with the Bath Water

  1. Excellent post, one of the most comprehensive I’ve seen on the subject. I disagree a little with Shapiro about the Bible vs. science for without the Bible absolutes are harder to defend. I see his point tho, regarding modern culture.

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    1. Thank you! Pink Floyd wrote a song called “money” with the lyric, “money, so they say, is the root of all evil today.” First of all, it wasn’t “they” it was The Bible, and secondly, it wasn’t money, the inanimate object and amazing store of value that replaced barter, it was LOVE of money.

      This is how amateur theologians and Christian apostates butcher the Bible and turn thousands of years of perfectly codified wisdom into falsehoods. With such a subtle twist into error!

      Because our entire world (outside of Dar al Islam) is mainly indoctrinating children with the secular humanist faith system, that is the system of values, visions, and rules in which we operate. On the bright side, a Christian having to explain to secular humanists, cultural rationale in materialist terms, makes them that much more adept, like an engineer who has to articulate fundamentals even to explain his complex invention. It also tends to prevent those mistakes of icons like Pink Floyd.

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could choose to use our own tax money to pay for schools that allow the teachers to explain this wisdom? We might not have iconic songs with erroneous lyrics, but we might get even better songs that preserve truth and wisdom 🙂

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  2. Your last point would have to be done with great care, to prevent the government mandating how private schools must also ruin young minds.

    Instead, tuition paid for primary and secondary schooling for our children should be deductible on our income tax. If enough of us opted out of public schools, they would have to at least talk about this colossal problem. What we have now is secular humanism in, cultural regression, and increasingly, cultural suicide out.

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    1. Indeed! The great care was taken in my research! Tax deductions are not the exclusive tool for school choice. People with irregular income, or impoverishment would be excluded from such a system. The net tax balance account helps with this problem, so for some it would be a tax deduction, and for others it would be vouchers. The financing and lesson planning does not have to be married, although, zero regulation could also ruin young minds. The Gulen school system tried to use charter programs to indoctrinate. We wouldn’t want to create a system that could be used for foreign subversion. We don’t have choice now, and that’s a huge problem. But we also do not want to subsidize enclaves of separatism and cults like Gulen.

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    1. Thanks and agreed! Authenticity would go a long way. Openness, the fifth of the Big Five personality traits is more common to liberals. Culture is not more vibrantly experienced, but more vibrantly conveyed and transmitted with openness.

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