After the primary is over and the Republican establishment wins, the usual suspects line up to give the rest of us out here in the grassroots a sanctimonious lesson in party unity.
But after a series of unfortunate events like what took place in Oklahoma this week, with Republicans and not Democrats nullifying conservatives, the whole “rah-rah go team GOP” thing is becoming a tougher pill for some conservatives to swallow.
Oklahoma is among the reddest of red states. Republicans dominate state government there, possessing 31 of the 48 seats in the Oklahoma Senate and 68 of the 99 seats in the Oklahoma House. In 2010, Republican Mary Fallin was elected the state’s first female governor. She’s even being mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick. Oklahoma is considered such a conservative bastion it’s one of the few states in this year’s primary where Mitt Romney was actually out-spent, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich combined for 62% of the vote.
In the Oklahoma Republican Party Platform’s “Statement of Principles” it says “God is the Author and Creator of life and all human life – born and unborn – should be protected.” That same Oklahoma Republican Party Platform says in Plank B that “(Republicans) believe that at the point of conception a person is granted the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
It’s necessary for you to know all this background information before you read what comes next.
Lots of pro-lifers and pro-life groups talk a good game about believing in protecting life at conception, but the Personhood Movement is actually trying to live up to it. Personhood ironically takes its name directly from Roe v. Wade itself when Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in the majority opinion, “If this suggestion of personhood (for the unborn) is established, the appellant’s case of course collapses for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed.”
Furthermore, the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person “shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”
As recently as the beginning of this week, Oklahoma seemed poised to become the landmark state in the union to recognize the personhood of every citizen—born or unborn. Leaders from Personhood USA, one of the nation’s leading personhood organizations, even flew down to Oklahoma anticipating the Oklahoma Legislature was going to approve a historic personhood measure.