Liberals, who are simple creatures lacking in nuance and are in need of constant supervision, are high-fiving each other over the decision of a Texas grand jury to indict the videomakers behind a series of heartbreaking, stomach-churning exposés of shady practices at Planned Parenthood, while bringing no charges against the Benihana baby butchers.
"You see!" the liberals cheer, "this means that the videos were all lies and Planned Parenthood never did anything wrong!"
Not surprisingly (and certainly not for the first time), the anti-life Lefties couldn't be more wrong.
There are really two entirely distinct issues on the table (not that "the table" is anyplace you'd want to be inside a Planned Parenthood): what the videomakers and clinicians actually did, and how those actions are judged by the law.
The videomakers lied and forged fake identification to get their hidden cameras into Planned Parenthood, and this is against the law. And they surely knew it was against the law and took the risk anyway because sometimes that's what has to be done when authorities won't act. How many civil rights marchers, black and white, were legally arrested when trying to end segregation? Breaking the law doesn't necessarily make your cause wrong.
The videos (both edited and unedited) clearly and repeatedly showed Planned Parenthood officials and clinicians playing semantic games and using creative bookkeeping to make their sales of fetal tissue (and gross violations of ethical medical practice) have the appearance of legality. But obeying the letter of the law while circumventing its meaning doesn't necessarily make your cause right.
The videos demonstrated great wrongdoing, but because of the way they were created the videos cannot be used as evidence of a crime. And this is what the grand jury rightly decided.
Hope n' Change can't predict the eventual outcome of the legal process, but we're guessing that Planned Parenthood (which recently received millions of dollars of "desperately needed" tax money then announced they'll spend 20 million of those bucks to support Hillary Clinton's campaign) will escape real damage, while the videomakers will pay a significant price for their cause.
But conflating those purely legalistic determinations with moral guilt or innocence would be a huge mistake.
Put another way, it may be true that "if the surgical gloves don't fit, you must acquit." But that doesn't mean someone isn't getting away with murder.
AND THIS JUST OUT...
As is the case with all things Trumpish, opinion is divided on whether he's taking a principled stand against what he sees as unfair journalistic practices, is frightened of another tango with the razor-sharp Ms. Kelly, or is so filled with hubris that he's simply lost interest in winning over any remaining voters who remain undecided.
Hope n' Change can't say which explanation (or combination of explanations) is closest to the truth, but we will say that Trump has again confirmed the fact that no one can predict what he will do.
Whether or not that's a quality voters actually want in the Oval Office remains to be seen.