Rep. Mark Martin, R-Prairie Grove, penned an outstanding, sharp critique of the National Right To Life’s unfortunate endorsement of Senator Fred Thompson for President:
I am proud to be a part of the political party that promoted and protected the Right to Liberty for slaves, the right to vote for Americans of African descent, and the Right to Vote for women. I am proud to be part of the political party that now seeks to protect the Right to Life for the most innocent and defenseless group ever to have their God given rights trampled.
By endorsing a candidate who rejects a Constitutional amendment for the Right to Life, the “National Right to Life” organization betrays not only their principles, but also its very name.
While Sen. Thompson is moderately pro-life, there are three or four other candidates who stand head and shoulders above him on Pro-Life issues. Mr. Thompson’s position — which admits that life begins at conception, then turns his back protecting that life — is perhaps worse and certainly more illogical than those who deny life begins at conception. At least those people may be deceived or misinformed, but they are not cold blooded in their carelessness of ending what they believe to be life. It would have been better if the NRTL had not endorsed any candidate at all.
Read the whole thing. I previously bemoaned what I perceive as mutually-contradictory positions from Senator Thompson on the abortion issue.
Update: Last week (Nov. 8), Robert Novak took aim at Senator Thompson’s interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. (I disagree only with Novak’s final statement on Huckabee and McCain.) William Murray also weighs in.