This happens because there's no downside for the Democrats. Game Theory tells us that in situations like this (where one side is motivated to a goal and the other side passively watches what happens) that the motivated side will ultimately prevail. Game Theory also tells us that a "tit-for-tat" strategy of pushback - a pushback for each time the other side pushes - will result in a stable outcome.
OK, then. Let's think about how to push back against the Democrats in a way that will get their attention. And let's use the gun control template - somebody does something horrifying and so we propose a law restricting the rights of the majority of the country.
We've just seen stories briefly pop up in the press - before being pushed out of sight as so, so not helpful to the narrative - of an abortionist who kept thousands of dead babies and baby parts in his garage:
There’s something sick in America’s abortion industry. What else would account for a doctor who collected thousands of dead babies in some kind of twisted hobby that he hid from his allegedly unsuspecting wife?
Two thousand two hundred and forty-six fetuses were found “medically preserved” in Ulrich Klopfer’s garage last week after he died on Sept. 3. And now the attorneys general of Illinois and Indiana are investigating how the human remains got from Klopfer’s network of Indiana abortion clinics to his rural Illinois home and what laws might have been violated."Sick" doesn't begin to describe this. Taking the Gun Control approach, we need extensive registration and inspection of all abortion facilities to prevent a recurrence of this. We need to act now! I mean, do it for the children ...
Also, we've seen eye-witness reports of infanticide after abortion:
On Tuesday, nurse Jill Stanek described her experience in caring for a baby who survived an attempted abortion. Doctors in that case followed exactly the kind of infanticide practice Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) so infamously described in a radio interview this past January.Again, taking the Gun Control approach, we need to require that all abortions be performed at a Hospital where care is available for babies in this situation. Sure it will massively raise the cost of abortion, but you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, amirite?
"Governor Northam was right. That is exactly what happens. I know because I cared for a dying baby who was on the other side of that decision," Stanek said.
Or we could take a more traditional approach. The ancient Romans knew how to deal with infanticide. The Proconsul Tiberius Julius Secundus - governor of the province of Africa - learned that the priests of Baal had survived from the Carthaginian era and were still sacrificing infants to that deity. Tertullian describes his response:
In Africa infants used to be sacrificed to Saturn*, and quite openly down to the proconsulship of Tiberius, who took the priests themselves and on the very trees of their temple, under whose shadow their crimes had been committed, hung them alive like votive offerings on crosses. And the soldiers of my own country** are witnesses to it, who served the proconsul in that very task.Taking the Roman approach, we would have firing squads at the abortion clinics. I'm sure that a little thought would come up with a bunch more "common sense" abortion control proposals, so think away.
The point here is a tit-for-tat game. It will put the Democrats on notice that they can expect pushback, and that the ratchet is not one-way (or if it is then there are other one-way ratchets that they will not enjoy so much).
Will any of this happen? Not a chance. The Republican party is a fetid mix of lies, stupidity, and cowardice in equal measure. But a guy can dream, can't he?
* The Romans would often give the name of the equivalent Roman god when describing the gods of other peoples.
** Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus was a native of the city of Carthage, by this time a Roman possession for 250 years or so.