All in a day’s work. I’m a dumb and faithless (and deemed pro-abortion) shouter. Forrest Gump’s “Momma” was right. Life is a box of chocolates. You open it up and you never know what you’re going to find. Same for the commentary section. Sometimes you find descriptions about yourself that don’t match who you are.
That’s okay. Let’s say I could be considered charitable by using Forrest Gump and giving more of you folks upset with my reply the opportunity to reword his saying about stupidity, a “head start.”
You might want to rethink writing “stupid is as stupid writes” when you think of what the GOP is really up to. It’s playing on the public’s annual summertime swoontime of apathy when it comes to politics and hoping the vast majority of voters won’t see how it’s playing a cat n’ mouse as well as cleverly designed divide and conquer game by using the wedge issue of abortion to get at Planned Parenthood ... when it’s primary target is Medicaid or any part of the Federal safety net.
It’s easy to play this game at first because it works on the emotions of taxpayers, in this case prolifers, to have them thinking they’re going to finally see the cutting off of public funding for abortions via PP in Indiana, all the while the folks cheering Gov. Daniels on for this, don’t realize he’s doing an end-run on other programs that are popular with everybody.
Notwithstanding what Paul Ryan and Fox News and the rest are saying about the medical part of the safety net, Medicare, Medicare and yes, Obamacare are popular with most voters. See how popular Ryan, the GOP and even Daniels will be if what they pull off the dismantling of all three, particularly the last, if their efforts result in the return of the “pre-existing conditions” clauses, and the private death panels that had already existed prior to the passage of Obamacare in March ‘10. Do you know of anybody in your local area, or have read a story about somebody in your community’s paper whose child could not receive a life-saving form of chemo, or operation because the private-for-profit insurance company decided to turn it down because they were afraid of stockholder push-back. (Never mind that the majority of the stock was owned by the bigshots who were and still are making far more money than most of the top-earning civil servants in Washington will ever see in their lifetimes, unless they write a book or sell out to the lobbying fraternity as former Indiana’s Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh when he just joined the US Chamber of Commerce.
Do you want a return to that? That’s the good old private sector at work for you. Many of you, like myself, hoped and prayed abortion wouldn’t be automatically covered by Obamacare. Guess what all you private sector insurance premium payers; many of you are already paying for abortions if you look at your employers’ health insurance choice booklets they pass out every year when it’s open enrollment time.
The private sector has played the prolife folks for suckers and now the GOP is jacking up this insidious practice even more by playing on your emotional and political fears, using “death panels,” false horror stories about “socialized health care” from abroad or in Canada, all the while it doesn’t want you to see what’s already been happening right before your noses for years. Good Heavens, the GOP establishment must be thinking if the truth got out to the more prolife voters that they’ve been gamed for years by the GOP itself, it’s pals on K-Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and so forth.
How long do you want to be their patsies, their suckers that no sooner than the polling stations are closed? (Hell, they won’t even need you for the parties, and certainly not want you for the post-mortems.)
Remember, the GOP is THE eternal country-club home and plantation of the WASPs and WASP wannabes. Don’t you think they have their share of abortion blood on their hands? Have the Bushes always been prolife, or as prolife as Geo. H.W., Jeb and Geo. W.? How ‘bout the Romneys? Yes, people change, and I changed. I used to be very prochoice when I was younger and (BTW, much dumber); but over the years of trying to find that “home” for prolifers, and realizing there is no perfect landing place, I’ve come to the conclusion that without a doubt, that the Democratic Party is by the real prolife party and far less the “party of death” than its detractors make it out to be.
I bought into all that and more, just like so many others, including some of our (truly) esteemed clerics.
But just because the top of the party has a horrible track record of supporting partial-birth abortion (why, we may never know) or why top party honchos are blind to the evils of the cannibalization that the use of embryonic stem-cells for research will “bring in terms of dynamic breakouts in cancer research”—does that mean that the whole entire membership of the party should be tar-brushed? Are all Republicans “guilty by association” for their support of W’s invasion of Iraq on specious grounds (to say the least)? Even to this day, Americans have long stopped blaming all Germans, even Germans and Austrians who belonged to the Nazi Party, although it was guilty of a whole host of crimes, of which the Holocaust was the single largest blot on its record insofar as how it treated non-combatants during the War it thrust Germany into. (Remember, our present Pope, Benedict, was not only drafted into working an AA battery, he was forcibly conscripted into Hitler Youth, which was subsequently Nazified, meaning all HY had to join the party. Oh, now somebody’s going to say he should’ve resisted. Easy enough tosay nowadays, especially since our Boy Scouts never faced that dilemna. But he did resist by deserting not only the Wehrmacht, but a company of hard-core Austrian Nazis. During the last months of the war, Germany was not only at war defending herself against the Allies, especially the Russians, she was at war with herself no thanks to the last reign of hell the SS put the average German groundpounder in the regular Army through, not to mention the civilian population, both of whom had had enough. “Alles Kaput!”
Years later when we were working up to invasion against Iraq, it was almost seen as treasonous to challenge the standard bull tossed out by Bush’s propaganda experts in the government and Fox News. The former even went to far to discredit a career Foreign Service Officer (Joe Wilson) and his CIA Operative wife, Valerie Plame because they were on to the pile of lies that led to the war, which led to so many countless deaths. Bad as Saddam was, it’s too bad that President G.W. Bush couldn’t have heeded the advice of another president, John Adams who warned “Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”
But they’re the party that’s “prolife,” and why? Because they’ve gotten away with saying so. Just saying so is all it takes; so it seems. Don’t believe me, well, look and think back on all the rhetoric that’s been served up to the American public. But if you want real results, to see which party, despite some (admittedly horrific) stands it’s taken, is the real “prolife party.” It’s not the GOP. Not by a long shot, and all its schmoozing of the Bible/Sunbelt pols, megachurches, the Catholic Church, the more conservative Catholic literary set, all that aside ... the record speaks for itself. On the whole, the Democrats have the better record in terms of keeping the number of abortions down.
I hate this over-hyped or expanded notion of the right of privacy that Harry Blackmun used (er, stretched) to make it possible to “justify” abortion rights. My God, a total right to privacy could just as easily be used to toss out every single wire tap used to bag mobsters as well, or preclude the government from even prosecuting conspiratorial actions to be taken against the government or society at large if these discussions took place in the ringleader’s bedroom or basement. That’s a stretch, but wasn’t Blackmun’s as well?
Still, in the meantime, why hasn’t this pillar of the case been able to be knocked out from under the pediment of Roe v. Wade and let the rest tumble down? Maybe there’s some reason. But an even bigger reason is that if a simple retired writer like myself with a paralegal education he used only for gaining skills in research for future political uses, “can figure this out,” why haven’t other people with far more legal acumen and certainly experience and stellar reputations? Maybe it’s because the decision, truly is, what many scholars have claimed it to be upon reading it through: settled: Period.
If this is so, why aren’t the prolifers raising their fists at the GOP for stringing them along, giving them one false hope after another that they’ve got some super lawyer (much like the German civilians “living” in cities the Allies were pounding them from the skies in early 45 awaiting Berlin’s promises of “miracle weapons” that’d stop the bombers?) Why aren’t they asking the GOP’s legal eagles as to why they wasted the eight years of W’s administration by not giving Roe a the legal version of a “frontal assault”? Better yet, perhaps they should ask them if they knew there was no realistic chance of overturning Roe in the Supreme Court, and more specifically … ”Why?” and why don’t these GOP/prolife lawyers come right out and tell the truth that their cause is lost?
M O N E Y. Abortion’s been a wonderful cash-cow for the religious Right and today’s conservative movement which is more interested in pushing their singular m.o. of winning at all costs, including the sacrifice of higher moral values, dedication to absolutes when it comes to sharing even difficult truths, or admitting that they don’t have a lock on the nation’s version of the Deposit of Truth (American Tradition; i.e. Declaration of Independence, J. Adams’ Constitution for Mass., the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and later to be followed by Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address, his two inaugurals and the Gettysburg Address.)
The Republicans want to stretch this trench war out for one reason: It Pays, and damn well. All they have to do is say the magic words “pro-abortion Democrats” and link it with homosexuals and the threat of losing gun rights, ‘that old ideological trinity of demagoguery, ‘bortion, ‘gays n’ guns, with “Obamacare’s death panel” tossed in for “good measure.” In the meantime, they’re taking the money sent in by people they’ve frightened on this set of issues only to use these funds for what? Oh, could it be union busting? Fighting for more tax breaks for billionaires and making it easier for them to zip their billions overseas to safe havens “just in case” Obama is reelected and the Democrats take back the House and keep the Senate. (Oh, doesn’t that frighten them; as well it should.)
But do they care if the rank n’ file Catholic blue collar working man or woman who is strongly prolife, but also belongs to a union and worried that his or her job might be cashed in for some CEO’s opportunity to take advantage of a sweetheart deal in Shanghai? Guess who gets Shanghai’d? And guess where that job and money (through tax breaks that the GOP were more concerned about bagging) are going to: A nation that might, just might, ease up on its one-child only with forced abortions population control “programs.”
As one famous Democrat said years ago about the Republicans when they complained (and Dems and Independents applauded) for his “giving ‘em hell,” . . . “I never gave them hell. I only told the truth and it hurt like hell.” One can only imagine what fun he’d have with the whiny babies Obama’s going to face as they keep coming up with this childish line of “that’s a gotcha question” every time the media has child’s play in letting them demonstrate how “dumb” they are.
My question still remains; how much longer are the prolifers going to take to wake up and realize they’ve been taken for a nearly 40 year-long ride and it’s time to jump before the derailment occurs. No thanks to the GOP’s childish and inexcusable, not to mention immoral intransigence on the debt ceiling issue, we may all – hopefully not—find out soon enough. I just pray Obama doesn’t give in like he did last December. After all, who’s paying for that “unfunded mandate” of the continuation of the Bush era tax cuts. Not the GOP’s main concerns, who are anything but prolifers: It’s the bankstas and their other pals on Wall and K-Street(s) “respectively.” Hate to put it this crudely, but to the GOP, unborn babies don’t vote or make huge deposits; and all kids, especially the poor ones, whose parents they’re also working hard to keep from voting … hell, they really don’t count in the GOP’s worldview.
Faithfully yours, notwithstanding how dumb some of you might think my arguments, admittedly long, are. Somebody’s got to be the bearer of bad news. If it falls to me, it falls to me. I’d rather be doing other things, but if in the best interests of helping the prolife cause by stating the simple fact that one part of the cause might actually be lost in the courts, I could help people perhaps realize that their best means of reducing abortions lies in supporting the truly genuine prolife party, if that’s the route they want to take, the political, I’m glad to do so. Additionally, may I suggest that more efforts be put into prayer and supporting your local Birthright or other excellent organizations like it.
And in the meantime, tell the GOP to go where it’s been telling you to go the moment the polls are closed. Outta here, or lower.