Henry Hyde, RIP

Henry Hyde was not a single-issue politician, but he was best known as one of the leading opponents of abortion in Capitol Hill during his 32 years in the House of Representatives. In fact, many of those who agreed with him on abortion disagreed with his on gun control and term limits. I disagreed with the former and agreed with the latter (term limits are a limit on democracy).

His imperfections were revealed when he was chair of the House Judiciary Committee, in charge of impeaching Bill Clinton. His own extra-marital affair of 30 years before was apparently used to show him as a hypocrite. Of course the difference was that Hyde was not a serial adulterer nor did he lie to a Federal Grand Jury about it.

For his unwavering support of the unborn and putting his Catholic faith into practice, may be be rewarded. May his memory be eternal.

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