In today’s society it seems as if many folk look at an issue in a vacuum without considering the consequences of what happens if we act in an opposing way. Will the outcomes be worse or better then having done the former ?
Four examples come to mind currently under debate.
The first is the drive to, in some conservative quarters, reverse Row vs. Wade. A couple of the Republican candidates have taken that position. Personally I think I’m with a majority of Americans who believe terminating a pregnancy on purpose by using legitimate medical procedures is not a good thing but definitely beats the alternative of back alley abortions where the life of the mother becomes at risk or, if after making a heart wrenching decision, the woman is charged with a crime as was ,many times, the case in the 50s.
A number of Federal regulations fall in this same “best option” category. Yes, there is a cost to business and therefore on society as a whole on clear air and water regulation. For example the move from coal to clean energy is very disruptive to the portion of society that depends upon coal for their livelihood. But it seems to me that the disruption of a few for the health and safety of the many is worth it. Yes, government should do all it can to ease the transition of folks in the coal industry but at the end of the day society will be better off.
Another issue, which falls under this best or worse option, in my mind, is the discussion of the Iran Nuclear deal. Although most politicians have staked out pro and con positions the two groups I think that have a better handle on the situation are those experts on the Middle East in the US Foreign Service and in the Scientific Community. As best I can tell a large majority of both of those sectors are in favor of the agreement because not agreeing is a worse option then agreeing.
The fourth is Obama Care. It is a mantra of the Republican Party that Obama Care must be repealed. That is well and good but what happens to the millions who, since the law passed, are now dependent upon it. Our health care system was certainly broken prior to its passage and by many folks thinking, it still is. That’s well and good but it must be replaced with something. So lets debate the something. The options the Republicans leave us with are between not good and worse.
As in so many of the decisions we face as a society, there are no perfect options. Only some that are a bit better then others. As I recall the old Republican Party understood options and offered various solutions on important problems of the day. The new group seems to want to do away with what ever the current solution is with no replacement in sight. Maybe that’s why I’m a “former” Republican.