On the way to work this morning, I started thinking about the concept of “choice.” What prompted this was a report I heard on NPR on the death of a very conservative Georgia state legislator. They had a comment from a more liberal legislator who said that she liked and respected the deceased although they had very different ideas about the role of choice in government and society.
There was no question the legislator was referring to the abortion debate when she mentioned “choice.” The deceased legislator was famous among his colleagues for trying to attach an anti-abortion amendment to every bill he came across, whether it had anything to do with abortion or not.
I started thinking about the different ways liberals and conservatives view the role and importance of choice. It appears that both sides have multiple views.
Liberals promote the value of a pregnant woman’s right to make a choice whether to deliver or have an abortion. Conservatives disagree.
Conservatives promote the value of a person’s right to choose to purchase and carry a gun without many restrictions. Liberals sincerely wish that choice was not an option.
Many conservatives think people should have the right to choose what public schools their children will attend. Most liberals believe that would be a detriment to public school systems.
The value of choice, it seems, depends on whether you agree with the choice or not.
Not surprising when you think about it.