Phi­los­o­phy or ac­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

No­tice is made of Paul Spencer’s can­di­dacy for the 2nd District. A re­cent ar­ti­cle states that he pro­fesses to be philo­soph­i­cally op­posed to abor­tion, but con­sid­ers Roe v. Wade and sub­se­quent rul­ings as set­tled law, and by in­fer­ence would make no ef­fort to sup­port coun­ter­mand­ing leg­is­la­tion.

A his­tory teacher at Catholic High, Mr. Spencer would re­call the 1857 Dred

Scott de­ci­sion, which over­turned the Mis­souri Com­pro­mise, de­clared that slaves could never be­come ci­ti­zens, and pro­nounced slav­ery con­sti­tu­tional. By his rea­son­ing, and had he run for Congress in 1860, I am sure he would been philo­soph­i­cally op­posed to slav­ery, but would have made no ef­fort to over­turn set­tled law, thereby al­low­ing slav­ery to con­tinue.

Be­ing philo­soph­i­cally op­posed to some­thing is fairly be­nign and mean­ing­less un­less you act upon such be­liefs. STEPHEN HOFF­MANN

Lit­tle Rock

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