Although she called herself a Republican most of her adult life, these days former ACLU director and IUPUI political science teacher Sheila Kennedy has moved as far to the left as one can possibly move without declaring herself a communist. A perfect case in point is a comment she recently posted on her Facebook site in response to the Senate debate over the abortion language in the Obama health care plan. Hoosier Access' Josh Gillespie picked up on her hate-field screed directed at two moderate senators, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D):
IUPUI professor and columnist for the Indianapolis Star Sheila Suess-Kennedy made a shockingly hate-filled statement on her Facebook account when commenting on the current health care debate in the Senate:
“I hope there really IS a hell, and that people like Joe Lieberman and that Nebraska Senator who would prefer that existing people die in order to prevent the aborting of potential people rot there forever.”
Potential person? The unborn human baby is not “potentially” a person, as if there is also the potential that he or she will be born a horse or an iguana. Left to the normal course of nature, a human fetus turns out to be (wait for it…) a human. The question is never whether or not the fetus is a person, but whether or not that person will be allowed to live or at least have a chance at living. The question is whether or not our society thinks it is moral to take life from innocents just because they have no voice at the moment.
The irony, of course, is that Sheila Suess-Kennedy evidently feels that it’s immoral and outrageous for people to want to protect innocent life, while at the same time having no scruples about condemning (even in theory) someone to everlasting punishment for having a view of life that conflicts with her own.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated action on Kennedy's part. I noted during last year's presidential campaign how completely unhinged she became when Sen. John McCain named then-Gov. Sarah Palin, a pro-life mother of a child with Down syndrome, as his running mate. Kennedy's hatred for Palin (and McCain for that matter) was downright disturbing. As I wrote then:
When I first met Kennedy a few years back, it would have been hard for me to imagine those words coming from her mouth. Kennedy contacted me to compliment me on my blog and asked to have lunch with me. We had a very pleasant lunch together and then sometime later, after I posted some things that didn't sit well with her increasingly far left views, she turned on me with a vengeance. The tension I feel from her when I run into her in the grocery store couldn't be greater. If looks could kill, I would have been dead by now. I've since had conversations with some of her students and one of her colleagues at IUPUI. They all shared the view that Kennedy exhibits extreme bias against persons with whom she politically disagrees. Students expressed fear that she would give you a lower grade if she didn't like your political views. So much for all her talk about civil rights, eh?
Has anyone noticed how Sheila Kennedy has become completely unhinged over Palin's selection? Her recent blog entries over at the American Values Alliance rely heavily on the Daily Kos for sourcing and are just about as reliable. On McCain's decision to pick Palin, she writes, "It's also profoundly insulting to women, although I doubt the wrinkly old white guy realizes that." Unconcerned about accuracy, Kennedy said of Palin, "No doubt, voters will note those comments come the fall, along with her abuse of power issues, 2000 Pat Buchanan support and her hard-right creationism." Here, Kennedy jumps from hitting Palin for minimizing Obama's "community organizing" experience to accusing her of spitting in the face of parents with special needs children (Palin is one): "Decades ago, before the ADA and a raft of other legislation, schools had essentially no requirements to provide decent education for special needs children. Then a movement of parents, engaging in -- gasp -- community organizing changed that. And they continue to fight day in and day out for educational equity for children like Sarah Palin's. Too bad Sarah Palin just spit in their faces." Wow, Sheila! Do you really hate Sarah that much? And you're calling John McCain "despicable"?
UPDATE: To her credit, Kennedy now acknowledges that her comments were "uncivil."