Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bon Mot from Florence King

Just ran across this typically wicked Florence King remark from a few years back:

"On the new Princess Diana tapes, she says that she threw herself down the stairs even though she knew she was carrying a child. She wasn't just carrying a child, she was carrying England. As soon as the baby was born she should have been beheaded for treason."


Incidentally, this reminded me of the old tradition of a condemned woman "pleading her belly". A pregnant woman was given a stay of execution until the child was born.

A few years ago there was a huge fuss among the pro-abortion crowd when a man was being sentenced for an assault on a pregnant woman that caused her to miscarry. As if it were a terribly difficult question, the press pondered, Should this be treated as a murder? Some politicianette declared that it was "dangerous" to treat a fetus as if it were a human being.

Appalling, yes, but it did inspire a schadenfreude-ish fantasy about liberal brains short-circuiting. Suppose a murderess were sentenced to the electric chair. Naturally progressives are opposed to the taking of guilty lives, it's only innocent ones that can be ended. Next suppose that she was pregnant and requested a stay of execution until she gave birth. Imagine the progressives torn between wanting to prevent the execution of a hardened criminal and terrified of setting the "dangerous" precedent of treating an unborn baby as if it had a right to live!

2 comments:

The_Editrix said...

I see to my intense delight that you use the suffix "-ette", as I do, as a put down: "politicianette". As for the rest: I couldn't agree more.

Moshea bat Abraham said...

Like you, I am also fond of using the suffix "trix", though not as a putdown. ;-)