Lessons from Politicon: The idea of opposing big government and opposing abortion are not contradictory

Last night, thousands watched the Politicon debate between the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro, a conservative, and Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, a progressive Leftist. It was a packed auditorium, with lines for admission extending for hours outside the building. The two debated many topics, including who is responsible for racism in the United States, the best solutions for the country’s healthcare issues, and the argument between supporting a large, progressive vs. a small, constitutional government.

However, as it was clear Cenk was losing the debate, he went to the classic straw-man argument that one cannot be for small government if they are anti-abortion. His statement: “You don’t like big government but you want to be inside a woman’s uterus.” Shapiro candidly replied, (as quoted in the Declaration of Independence), that the government’s job is to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Naturally, Shapiro’s response was met with roaring applause.

However, by Cenk’s clear grasping at straws with this classic Leftist platitude, he showed a lot more than the fact that he believes in the progressive/Democrat Party platform. He showed what the progressive worldview truly believes about the value of human life and the disdain it has for the country’s founding principles.

To a conservative, we are all entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have a Bill of Rights in our Constitution which is composed of negative liberties, meaning they are meant to restrict government coercion and intrusion on individual rights. But, as President Reagan said, if the right to life goes, what good are the others?

However, the Leftist worldview is entirely opposite, in principle.

And that’s where these two components of the Leftist worldview meet—big government and the devaluing of human life. We must have an all-powerful government who controls major aspects of our lives, such as healthcare and education, for example, which, by definition and history of execution, tramples our ability to pursue liberty. In addition, by controlling healthcare, the government gets to decide the value of a person’s life, and by controlling education, it controls what is taught to the next generation.

In other words, this is the opposite of the country’s founding. The opposite of true Americanism. And, considering what happened to poor Charlie Gard in the socialist paradise of universal healthcare that Cenk seems to want to bring here, this worldview must be defeated at all costs.

We must remember that there is no common ground. The Left is, as little as we may want to acknowledge it, the enemy. Its worldview is one of control and power, while ours is one of life and liberty.

Ours is what America stands for, and we can never let our guard down.

Thank you, Ben Shapiro, for putting Cenk in his place.

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Jeremy Frankel

Jeremy Frankel is a Human Resources Coordinator based in New Jersey. An Orthodox Jew, he is also a contributor to the Daily Wire and Red Alert Politics. You can follow on Twitter @Frankeljeremy.

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