Private Eyes

Scheiber, Noam
April 2005
New Republic;4/11/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 13, p6
Offers a look at the changes within the Democratic Party regarding social issues in the United States such as abortion and the right to die. Split within the Republican Party between social conservatives and anti-government libertarians; Split among the Democratic Party between social libertarians and communitarians; Assumption of Democrats that their positions on social issues such as abortion and the right to die have appealed to a majority of voters; Reference to the book "Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War," by William Saletan; Report that the Democrats used to frame the issues in terms of the notion of privacy; Claim that the Democrats mistakenly reinforced the perception that they were morally suspect; Reaction of the Democrats to the case of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman whose husband fought for her right to die; Obligation of the government to the weak, the sick, and the disabled.


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