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Rush is wrong: Saving lives is not a distraction

By Scott Tibbs, September 8, 2011

What is more important: Preventing millions from being slaughtered or preserving our wealth?

Last Friday, Rush Limbaugh argued that the Republican candidates for President need to focus on economic issues and not be "distracted" by other issues. Limbaugh argued:

The left would love for the Tea Party to get distracted, start talking about immigration, abortion, gay marriage, all this other stuff, because right now the chief vulnerability faced by Obama and the Democrats is the economy. Jobs, stimulus spending, federal regulations, those are the three things that are killing this country. Those are the three things that every Republican needs to focus on.

It is ironic that Limbaugh had harshly criticized Mitch Daniels a few months ago for making the argument that we have to declare a "truce" on social issues in order to focus on economic growth and restraining federal spending. Isn't Limbaugh making the exact same argument by saying that abortion, illegal immigration and homosexual marriage are distractions?

Limbaugh often claims he is documented to be almost always right, 99.6% of the time. Well, this is the 0.4% of the time where he is wrong.

Our abortion industry has murdered 50 million children since 1973. Every year, we murder 1.2 million babies in America. The abortion toll worldwide is even worse: Approximately one billion babies have been aborted over the last several decades.

Think about that for a minute. Worldwide, abortion has wiped out the equivalent of the entire population of China.

Limbaugh is probably right that Obama is most politically vulnerable on the economy, with a the official unemployment rate stuck at 9% and the real unemployment rate much higher. The unemployment rate for blacks is much worse, causing a lot of Congressional Black Caucus members to openly grumble about Obama and potentially sapping the enthusiasm of a voting block that Obama must convince to turn out in large numbers 14 months from now.

But if you really believe that the fetus is a human being worthy of protection, and if you really believe that abortion ends a human life, how can you possibly argue that abortion should be a back burner issue and that Republicans should not be "distracted" by it?

The answer is simple: You can't.