Philosophy or action
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