Jul 7, 2013


In the 1960s as a teenager, I stood with my fellow Democrats outside a segregated restaurant, because African-Americans were being denied the basic rights of human beings in my own country (many even dying as a result).

In the early 1970s, I marched with many of my fellow Democrats to end what had become an immoral war, a war that was killing not just innocent Vietnamese, but also many of my fellow Americans.

In the 1980s, I stood with my fellow Democrats to protest capital punishment, because institutional killing is wrong and because we can never be 100% sure the guilty are the ones being executed.

In the 1990s, I found myself standing against killing the unborn, guilty only of the crime of inconvenience. As with capital punishment, I could never convince myself that there was a point of 100% certainty at which I could know that an innocent human being's life wasn't being taken. But I found myself standing (at first) in a small corner of the Democratic Party's "Big Tent." Soon, I found myself pushed outside that tent.

Today, I am a man without a party. There are many things wrong with the GOP... but defending the lives of the helpless unborn isn't one of them.