Archaeological discoveries showing that the Carthaginians sacrificed their children to the gods of commerce often stir up a ruckus because, otherwise, it’s hard to look at the technological and commercial power of Carthage and not see ourselves mirrored back from antiquity.Moloch eats his young1 Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says legal abortions after 20 weeks are whats best for business.

Except there’s nothing “otherwise” about it. Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vowed to veto a bill banning abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Why the veto threat? Gov. McAuliffe didn’t even mention the usual shibboleths about the health of the mother or privacy. No, the Democratic Party is much more forthright about things these days.

Gov. McAuliffe said that banning late-term abortions might be bad for business in Virginia, and “If there’s something that would be damaging toward business, and to our image around the country and the globe, I’ll veto it, you bet I will.”

Only men digging in its deep foundation centuries after found a heap of hundreds of little skeletons, the holy relics of that religion.  For Carthage fell because she was faithful to her own philosophy and had followed out to its logical conclusion her own vision of the universe. Moloch had eaten his children.

– G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man.