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    This all started late last year when Bernie Goldberg told Bill O'Reilly that ""liberals don’t have five kids, one of them has Down Syndrome. Liberals certainly don’t allow that to happen."

    It's the kind of thing that is red meat for the base, but is of course a lie. Liberals do have kids, and even kids with Down's syndrome. But it just occurred to me that so many of these right-wing blowhards have few or no kids, yet trumpet the Republican virtue of having lots of children.

    I've heard Republicans claim that liberals will die out because liberals have abortions and conservatives do not. Nonsense, of course, lots of liberals have children, and while there is parental influence in your political views, it's not actually inheritable trait.

    But he claims that liberals get abortions when the fetus has Down's Syndrome, while conservatives do not. If that was the case, we should see a lot more conservative households who have children with Down's Syndrome. I haven't seen any stats, but I am guessing that the stats wouldn't bear this out.

    The parents that I have known who have had children with Down's Syndrome have been fairly liberal. I admit that this could be because I associate more with liberals, but I also think that having a special needs child moves people to be more sympathetic to liberal ideas.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 10:22:13 AM PDT

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