A very liberal cousin of mine has been a congressional staffer for a Democrat from Minnesota.
At a recent family reunion in Minnesota, I said; “The pro-life issue alone is enough reason for me to support republicans.”.
“The Republicans in Washington don’t want Abortion to ever end!”,
He responded. “They make too much money off the issue and they get all these Catholics to keep voting for them because of the issue.”
The short dialogue left me thinking. I knew he was saying a few things that I could not refute. Many of the vast Catholic population in Minnesota are populist and support socialist ideas. If the Abortion issue was resolved, they’d go back to being staunch Democrat activists. And the devout people of several denominations are, to varying degrees, similar.
Now we have another issue. Fascist healthcare mandates (ObamaCare). So many Republicans used the issue to sweep into power in the past 5 years. Yet there is not one victory in all the congressional efforts. To the contrary, the most recent landmark ruling of the Supreme Court held that it was the very act of the House fully funding ObamaCare’s marketplace subsidies which effectively legalized the regulations.
John Boehner ultimately orchestrated ObamaCare into settled law by blocking his fellow Republicans from taking a stand. the power of the purse is the ultimate weapon of congress. In 2011, the republican leadership said; “We have to wait until the Senate becomes Republican.”.
When both houses became Republican, they changed the narrative to “We can’t fix it until Obama’s gone.”.
I don’t believe them any more.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) are desperately trying to avoid a government shutdown, and they’re using pro-life organizations to do it.
According to a source with close ties to the pro-life movement, McConnell and Boehner spent the month of August warning pro-life organizations, including National Right to Life, Americans United for Life, Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council, against backing conservatives’ efforts to stop taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider, through the Continuing Resolution (CR).
This is a tall order for organizations whose primary focus is ending abortion.
“McConnell and Boehner are just doing this to make it seem like the pro-life groups aren’t unified on the issue,” one source with close ties to the pro-life movement said who was granted anonymity to speak candidly.
Many in Congress and throughout the country have been calling for a halt on federal funds to Planned Parenthood after undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress became public in June. The videos depict the organization selling aborted baby parts for profit, which is against federal law.
National Right to Life has been echoing McConnell’s position that cutting federal funds to Planned Parenthood isn’t something Congress can do until a Republican president is in the White House.
Each of the aforementioned pro-life organizations refused to comment on whether or not GOP leadership has pressured them to oppose defunding Planned Parenthood through the CR. But National Right to Life has been echoing McConnell’s position that cutting federal funds to Planned Parenthood isn’t something Congress can do until a Republican president is in the White House.
“The Republicans in Washington don’t want Abortion to ever end! They make too much money off the issue and they get all these Catholics to keep voting for them because of the issue.”
Despite National Right to Life’s silence on the issue, there are a growing chorus of conservative aides who say the group has become nothing more than an arm of the Republican establishment, just carrying out orders from McConnell.
“When it comes to strategy and actually scoring votes they’re terrible,” one senior aide on Capitol Hill told Conservative Review. “They’ve gotten very cozy with leadership. They consider themselves to be legislative experts so when people in Congress put forward good [anti] abortion amendments they (National Right to Life) won’t support it. They actually actively work against it.”
The Tea Party Revolution got hijacked by Republican operatives. The message of opposing corporate welfare got buried. Much the same excuses were cited from the Obamacare capitulation. Last month, Senator James Lankford decorated himself with the mantle of “Champion Against Waste And Fraud”. He went on a book tour to pitch his own sequal to Sen. tom Coburn’s Waste Book. But just a few weeks later he voted to fully fund nearly all the waste he’d recently bad-mouthed.
He paid lip service to fighting Planned Parenthood. He even got some Washington pals to celebrate him as a champion for the unborn. And then he voted to fully fund Planned Parenthood’s source of federal grants.
Washington think tanks become institutions. Whole careers and cushy lifestyles become an enticement and a reason NOT to accomplish the mission which the little old ladies sent money to fix.
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