In case you haven’t noticed lately, we’re living in an era often referred to as “The Digital Age.” Among other things, it’s a time when virtually every form of electronic communication can somehow be saved, tracked, monitored, screen-captured, archived or unarchived with little to no effort whatsoever.
Tomi Lahren seems to be the most recent person to find this out the hard way. She’s the wildly popular 24-year-old political commentator who hosts her own TV show on TheBlaze. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard that Tomi made a Friday guest appearance on “Six Cackling Hens Continuously Exposing Their Ignorance About The World” also known as “The View” and admitted — much to the shock of her fanbase and many conservatives in general — that she’s pro-choice and supports abortion:
I’m pro-choice and here’s why: I am a constitutional, you know, someone that loves the Constitution. I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body, as well.”
As you can imagine, the liberal audience erupted into wild applause with Joy Behar nodding in approval and the whole thing went viral within minutes. Twitter, however, was on fire with plenty of backlash:
But, her fans weren’t just shocked because she was claiming to be both a conservative Constitutionalist and pro-choice (although there’s certainly an entire discussion to be had on that front.) They were mostly shocked and perplexed because, just three months ago, Tomi compared abortion to murder during one of her “Final Thoughts” segments and even implied in a tweet last year that the unborn deserve to have the same rights as fully grown human beings:
In other words, everyone has been under the impression that Tomi Lahren was pro-life because, well, she’s made lots of pro-life statements, she’s outspokenly condemned feminist abortion radicals like Lena Dunham and she’s vehemently shamed the very ideology that she now says she is fine with. What happened over the course of three months to make her change her mind on an issue that should be non-negotiable for conservatives and Constitutionalists? What caused her to sit down on a liberal-feminist daytime TV show and spew the same old, stale, debunked, uneducated talking points that the pro-abortion movement has been spouting for decades? If she had really been pro-life all along, wouldn’t she have adhered to these convictions and stood her ground?
I don’t personally have anything against Tomi. In fact, I enjoyed some of her work at TheBlaze and caught her Facebook videos from time to time. I didn’t always agree with her on Donald Trump, but I’m sure she’s a nice person.
This just makes her statement and behavior all the more confusing. Maybe she really is naive about Natural Law and clueless about conservatism. Maybe she really is vying for a job at “The View” as some have suggested. Maybe she really is just playing to whatever audience she happens to be with. Regardless, let’s get a couple of things straight:
First, there’s absolutely no constitutional right to abortion. With Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court essentially legalized abortion for any reason before “fetal viability,” a term that they never really bothered to define in concrete terms. They went on to specify that abortions could be permitted for “health reasons” if the life of the mother was in danger, up to the birth of the child. The problem was that the Court’s definition of “health reasons” was so ridiculously and stupidly broad that it wound up allowing women to abort their babies for almost any reason at all and gave us the current abortion-on-demand crisis we’re facing today.
Moreover, in quite a twist of irony, the ruling itself was a violation of the Constitution because it ignored an entire group of living people — unborn children — and denied them access to all the protections found in the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, protections that should be granted to every human being in America no matter their size, age or stage of development. Even without all of the scientific evidence that we have today, The Founders still knew that the very moment that a baby stirred within a mother’s womb, it was a human life and that from that second forward, no one had a right to take that life. Every bit of Roe v. Wade is horribly self-contridictatory. After all, how can you pursue life, liberty and happiness if you’re dead? How can you simultaneously have a “right to life” but be potentially and legally murdered when you’re in your most defenseless and vulnerable state? Either we all have a right to life or we all don’t. (Also: this is why the whole “the baby is just a part of the mother’s body” argument doesn’t hold up.)
Secondly, while Tomi is certainly entitled to change her mind, stance and opinion on this issue, she can’t do it under the guise of true Conservatism. It would certainly work under Liberal Progressivism, Libertarianism and maybe even moderate Republicanism. But, she can’t label pro-life conservatives as “hypocrites” (particularly when it only took about 12 seconds for her to flip-flop on the issue herself) when Conservatism is intentionally supposed to be all about truth, principles, values, morals and ideals in the first place. Isn’t that the whole point of our philosophy? Throughout history, the greatest conservative minds have always understood, proclaimed and espoused that there is an inherent, intrinsic worth to the individual and it is this worth that stands at the center of everything we believe, everything we fight for, everything we hold dear. This is why abortion is literally the single greatest and most defining issue of our time. It’s also the most contradictory ideology to Conservatism right next to liberal progressive Leftism, which is why so many of those on the Left embrace and defend it so passionately.
Anyway, all of that being said, perhaps the biggest problem was Tomi’s subsequent — and horrifically lazy — defense of her position, when she tweeted this:
Tomi has amassed scores of followers and tons of wealth claiming to be a champion of conservative values and to be willing to battle the Left on the most critical issues of our time, and yet here she has agreed with them on their number one issue, thereby handing every issue over to them on a silver platter. She might as well have smoked a bag of weed and said: Well, bro, life is all just sort of…like…relative, you know, so nothing really matters and we’re all just floating through this vast universe with no purpose whatsoever.
Agreeing with the Left on this issue renders all of our other arguments moot and pointless. After all, if no one has a right to life — even from their earliest and most vulnerable state — why even bother discussing things like healthcare policies, the economy, taxes and immigration? If everything is meaningless and life has no point or purpose, why are we even having this conversation? Who cares if people even have the right to bear arms or have religious freedom? Who cares if we have traffic laws and speed limits? Who cares about defining marriage and gender? If life itself doesn’t matter, then neither does any other conservative principle.
To Ms. Lahren I would say this: It’s troubling that you claim to speak for an ideology that you obviously don’t fully understand. Perhaps you should take some away from the lights and cameras to sit down and really do some soul-searching — to really reflect on these issues and decide what you actually believe. Maybe your recent suspension will provide such an opportunity. I would encourage you take advantage of it.
To my fellow conservatives: One of the many lessons to be learned here is that we cannot allow anyone — no matter their celebrity status or pop culture appeal — to use the platform of conservatism to advocate for the mass slaughter of innocent children. And whenever this does happen, we have a responsibility to call them out for it, without exception. We can’t keep making excuses. There is simply too much at stake.