That was the farewell “sign-off” from Sean Shepherd, the Libertarian Liasion from the local mostly-GOP social club Politics on the Rocks. It was probably supposed to be “hip” and “cool”, the sort of thing you send to your “bff” because “ttfn” seems a bit too girly. To understand why this trite sendoff bothers us so much, you’d have to see the whole exchange. It starts with Politics on the Rocks sending out a reminder that Arizona Right to Life is having a conference this weekend, so that’s nice. But Shepherd seems rather immune to the value of human life, its importance, or even its significance to the Libertarian Party with which he plans on networking. “Do what you want so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else” is a pretty good philosophy, but most Libertarians have figured out that dismembering a baby and tossing it in the garbage bin certainly does hurt it. Many have also come to understand the damage done to the mother as a result of these procedures. Shepherd hasn’t figured this out, so his mocking “I think I just threw up a little in my mouth… ttyl!” reply leaves us more than a little disturbed.
We get it Sean, its a movie quote, from a Ben Stiller movie too, “Dodgeball!”, so you’re keeping up with the classics. And we get that you aren’t much for the pro-life cause or forwarding on information regarding pro-life conferences to your friends.
But we don’t get your oh-so casual disregard for the topic. And we don’t appreciate that it is so casually turned into a joke and then dismissed.
Pro-lifers, and yes Sean that includes a lot of Libertarians, value human life, and believe that the wholesale slaughter of nearly 50 million Americans since the Roe v Wade decision is a stain on the soul of this country. Its not a joke, or a line from a Ben Stiller movie. To educate yourself, start with this You Tube video from Congressman Trent Franks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li40ecwZ7gI
Then, maybe try attending the conference and learning more about the subject. Then, and only then, should you try and “talk to us later!”