Republican Leadership (?) in Congress

John BoehnerJohn Boehner surprised everyone last week with his announcement that he would be stepping down as Speaker of the House and also retiring from Congress at the end of October. His speakership has been a source of great consternation for the more activist conservatives in the Republican party; his announcement brought them great relief.

The primary complaint against him has been his lack of strong leadership, an unwillingness to take on President Obama and the Democrat agenda. His response—as well as the response of Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader in the Senate—is that nothing they would have done could have accomplished anything because of the political hurdles they would have to overcome.

Their realism is understandable—to a point. Yes, to get any legislation passed, the Senate, first of all, would have to break any Democrat filibuster with 60 votes. As long as the Democrats hold firm, that won’t happen. If, perchance, a filibuster were to be broken and a bill sent to Obama, it would receive an immediate veto that would be near to impossible to override with the 67 votes necessary.

I understand those obstacles.

What has been lacking, though, with these surrenders before the fact, is courage and a determination to educate the public on the most important public policy issues.

Let’s take just one example: defunding Planned Parenthood. The strategies used to try to achieve this have been less than strategic. The votes have been nothing more than a public show, without any attempt to explain the urgency of the measure.

Republican leadership, with Boehner and McConnell as the point men, has done virtually nothing to accomplish this goal, surrendering preemptively. They provided absolutely no leadership, fearing public opinion of a possible government shutdown coming back on them.

First, the main reason why public opinion blames Republicans for a shutdown (which isn’t really a shutdown, but that’s for another day) is that Republicans allow the Democrats to frame the message. “Oh, look, Republicans’ insistence on defunding Planned Parenthood is shutting down the government! They are evil!”

True leadership would reframe that perception into “We have passed a bill that provides a budget for all government functions except giving taxpayer money to a private agency that tears apart the bodies of innocent children. President Obama wants those children to continue to be murdered in this grotesque way. Of course we have withheld funding. No civilized society should do otherwise.”

Such an approach would show principle, devotion to the sanctity of life, would educate the public, and put Obama on the spot to defend the indefensible. But the current leadership doesn’t have the stomach for that. Might I add that taking such a stance, explained in that way, might actually help in the coming election? Courage is in such short supply that many might respond to it positively.

I haven’t been a constant critic of Boehner; he did some good things, like inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress. I applaud him for having done that.

Yet, even as he prepares to depart, he has harsh words for his conservative critics, getting Biblical by calling them “false prophets.” Be careful, sir. While there may be some on the conservative side who are unrealistic in their expectations of what can be accomplished while Obama still holds the reins of the executive branch, most are simply fed up and disgusted with your lack of a backbone in standing up to his unconstitutional actions.

Your Record

The selection of the new House leadership team will tell us what to expect in the near future. At the very least, I hope the Republicans will choose someone open to challenging the status quo.

Meanwhile, the next most welcome announcement would be Mitch McConnell’s retirement. A clean sweep is needed.

The Senate & Planned Parenthood

The Senate’s vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood went the way most people expected. Fifty-three senators, mostly Republicans, voted to end the debate and move to a straight up-and-down vote on the funding. That’s a majority. But, according to Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to get past the debate stage. A grand total of two Democrats voted to go on to the vote.

Two.

Senate Chamber

Now, some of my conservative friends will spend all their time critiquing the Republicans for this. Please know that I’m aware of how the politics of this works. Not all of those Republicans who voted in favor of taking the vote are really on board in their hearts. They knew this strategy wouldn’t work, but they are now free to tell their constituents they voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. It helps keep them in office.

Same for those two Democrats who come from more conservative states—Indiana and West Virginia. They can now boast of their conservative credentials and win reelection.

I also know that Mitch McConnell, supposed leader of Senate Republicans, denied having the defunding effort attached to another bill, which would have made it far easier to pass. Did you know that his wife, Elaine Chao, is on the board of the Bloomberg Foundation, which is stridently pro-abortion and sends millions to Planned Parenthood? (By the way, Jeb Bush was on the board of that same organization until he started his run for the presidency—more on that in a later post).

Yes, I know all of this. Yet there still is a significant difference between Republicans and Democrats on issues like this. And this vote is better than the one held in 2011, when the Democrats controlled the Senate and only 42 senators voted for defunding.

Why all the ire toward Republicans when only two Democrats, for political reasons, voted against Planned Parenthood? Put the onus for this failure squarely where it belongs.

Besides their worldview ideology, some Democrats don’t want the campaign financing they get from Planned Parenthood to end. I have no problem saying at this point that the Democrat Party is in bed with pure evil.

All the Services

By the way, the bill wouldn’t have cut a single dime from what is sometimes euphemistically called “women’s health.” All it would have done is shift the money to other organizations that don’t perform abortions. So the real reason here for opposing the bill is not “women’s health” but false ideology and financial ties to Planned Parenthood.

Just remember what this organization really does:

Good Price

On Second Thought

Of course, it’s not the politicians only who are downplaying the ghastly, grisly, and ghoulish practices revealed in the latest videos. They have their helpers:

Nothing to See

So this current attempt to move our society a step closer to sanity has failed. But I am not in despair. I think the cause has been aided by all the attention brought to it, despite the efforts of evil men and women to distort, falsify, and deceive the public. Now is not the time to fold our tents and go away. Now is the time to push forward with even greater boldness.

Planned Parenthood: Defund Now

What does it take to inform the American people of a holocaust? Planned Parenthood performs approximately 330,000 abortions annually, yet surveys show that while the organization has a near 100% name identity, only about 45% of those questioned know that its primary function is to promote abortion.

Cecile RichardsNow that’s not what the organization says, of course. It’s all for “women’s health.” Cecile Richards, the head of this butcher shop, went on ABC’s “This Week” for an interview, in which she did the usual thing—attack the integrity of those who caught Planned Parenthood doctors bartering for the sale of babies’ body parts. You see, those are the real perpetrators of evil in her view, not the organization that would feel comfortable in Hitler’s Germany.

Margaret SangerLest you think I’m exaggerating, keep in mind that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, had ties with Nazi doctors who even wrote articles in her journal. She also, like Hitler, was a great advocate of eugenics, and she sought, like Hitler, to exterminate certain races of people who were, in her mind, too backward to benefit society. African Americans were high on her list. Planned Parenthood even had something called “The Negro Project,” the purpose of which was to limit the number of black babies born.

We like to think of ourselves as more civilized in the 21st century. Where did we ever get that idea? More than 56 million innocent lives taken by abortion since 1973 and now the revelation that we treat the body parts of those innocent children as commodities to be sold should put to rest that lie. Those who do such things are depraved human beings, and we have become more barbaric than in the past.

Progress

Another awful truth that goes along with this is that the federal government funds this atrocious organization to the tune of half a billion dollars per year.

Blood Money

No wonder Planned Parenthood comes out swinging and trying to position itself as a savior for women and the victim of highly edited videos. It doesn’t want its cozy little relationship with the government and the money it provides to be altered in any way.

Bundle of Joy

Republican leadership in the Congress has dropped the ball on the defunding effort. Despite promises that they would lead the pro-life fight, both Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have stalled those efforts. Boehner says he needs more evidence first; McConnell refused to allow a defunding amendment to be added to another bill that would have required only 51 votes to pass. He now says he will offer a stand-alone bill to defund the organization, but that requires 60 votes for passage. Is it any wonder there is a brewing conservative revolt against this type of “leadership”?

As for the Democrats, if you will go back up to the photo of Cecile Richards, you will see the logo behind her is “DNC.” That stands for Democratic National Committee. Democrats are fully on board with the Planned Parenthood agenda.

As I’ve noted before, but bears repeating again, Barack Obama was the first president ever to speak to a gathering of Planned Parenthood backers and gave them his blessing for their “work.” He also invoked God’s blessing on them.

Never Mind

Then there’s the current frontrunner for the Democrat nomination who has linked herself closely with Planned Parenthood, who has publicly praised Sanger, and who has received the Margaret Sanger Award. What an honor to be tied to a racist eugenicist.

Hillary-PP

This monstrosity needs to be defunded immediately, and anyone who claims the name of Christ as Lord and Savior must roundly denounce Planned Parenthood for the sinful, depraved organization that it is. Anything less is a denial of Christ Himself.