WASHINGTON, April 6, 2018: Writer Kevin D. Williamson, fired after working less than a week for The Atlantic magazine, is an impetuous man.
Example: during a Broadway musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” – yes, a musical – a woman in the audience kept yacking with her friends and texting on her cellphone.
That’s when it happened.
Williamson grabbed the phone from her touch-typing fingers and tossed it across the darkened theater.
His lesson on theater etiquette earned Williamson a firm slap to the face.
Williamson is also a man of many hats: New Criterion theater critic, long-time roving correspondent for National Review, and “conservative” commentator.
Williamson: A libertarian, not a conservative. And a never-Trumper
I put the word conservative in scare quotes because that’s how his flat-earth, left-of-center critics describe Williamson. In actuality, he’s an open-border, drug-war-hating, free-trade-loving libertarian.
He’s also the unapologetic never-Trumper who wrote the book, “The Case Against Trump.”
In it, Williamson describes Trump as “profoundly illiberal.” In addition, he claims Trump is “… not only anti-trade but venomously anti-immigrant, anti-commerce, nativist, populist, crude, and driven by anxiety. Trump is all those things and more.”
Williamson, then, is a free thinker, unencumbered by the strict nostrums of left or right.
Opposing human sacrifice offends pro-abortionists at The Atlantic
So, you ask, with impeccable #NeverTrump credentials like these, what unforgivable sin compelled The Atlantic to fire Kevin D. Williamson?
Quite simply, his stance on abortion.
“I would totally go with treating it [abortion] like any other crime, up to and including hanging,” Williamson quipped in a 2014 “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” podcast episode he co-hosted with National Review (NR) editor Charles C. W. Cooke.
In his “Lost Generation” article, also for NR, he attacked abortion again.
“The unborn children of the post-Roe era are the true Lost Generation. With abortion having taken some 50 million American children out of the adoption equation, it’s no surprise that would-be adoptive parents have been sent packing across the Himalayas and Andes.”
In yet another NR piece, this one entitled “Mothers of Anarchy,” Williamson drilled down even more.
“Everywhere that the abortion license is extended, every pregnant woman faces an implicit calculation as to the relative value of continuing with a pregnancy or terminating it, effectively reducing the developing person to the status of a consumer good. The most exaggerated version of this is Mia Farrow–style exotic baby-shopping, a perversion of the generous impulse associated with adoption that reconstitutes adoptive parenthood as a species of conspicuous consumption. It is not merely coincidental that feminists have such a soft spot for neo-pagan goddess hokum; all human life is today subordinate to the whimsy of the mother, semper crescis aut decrescis.”
Escaping the abortionist
If Williamson’s views on abortion and those who blithely support it seem “hateful,” it’s because he himself is the product of an unwanted pregnancy. He began his life as just another unwelcome “tissue mass.” Luckily for him, his birth mother spared him from termination. His young life did not end as just another nameless casualty tossed on Roe’s forgotten, unmourned and rotting death heap.
In his one and only article for The Atlantic, “The Passing of the Libertarian Moment,” Williamson accused Trump of attempting to use “the FCC to shut down media critics – possibly a global trade war to boot.” But he equally condemned Democrats for “dreaming up excuses to sue or jail people for their views on climate change.”
He ended his piece with the following observation.
“The United States is for the moment left with two authoritarian populist parties and no political home for classical liberalism at all.”
And Williamson has a point.
The two “authoritarian populist parties” may appear to clash on questions of spending. But both fundamentally agree on one particular item when away from the glare of TV cameras. Planned Parenthood, whose members were caught ghoulishly negotiating the sale of aborted body parts on hidden camera, continues receiving Federal funds.
Obamacare enshrines abortion. For all.
This is also true when it comes to Obamacare. That unabashedly pro-abortion legislation until recently sanctioned the government to fine the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor $70 million a year. This absurd, unconstitutional attack was because the Sisters refused to violate their religious conscience. As is their religious right, they refused to fund birth control and abortifacient drugs for their female employees under the Democrats’ authoritarian health care law.
This is only one example of how our declining nation has abandoned defending the first and most important principle engraved in its foundational creed:
“The right to Life…”
Kevin D. Williamson: Terminated
In celebration of the national abortion cult, The Atlantic magazine did to Kevin D. Williamson what his birth mother would not. Having only just hired him as a different voice to balance their stridently left-wing pages, the Atlantic performed an early termination.
The irony? That firing, ginned up by the collective outrage of left-wing “feminist” staffers, was due to Williamson’s anti-abortion articles for other journals like NR and similar comments on social media. It had nothing to do with his current contribution to The Atlantic at all.
Top image: Kevin D. Williamson appearing on C-SPAN. Screen capture.