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House Republicans Pass Funding for Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and Regulation Forcing Catholics to Act Against Faith

They love you, baby.  It’s just that, well, they work so *hard* for you and you keep making them angry with your stupid endless talk about the children and you wanting some respect.  Can anybody blame them if they haul off and smack you now and then?

Here’s what you do, prolifer, according to the Current Wisdom: shut up about the whole prolife thing, let your Man in Congress *talk* about being prolife but stop hectoring him to go to the extreme of doing something about it. Smile for the cameras when they wave you over for the photo ops and, for heaven’s sake, try to lose some weight and not be such an *embarrassment* to your man!  Do you *want* him to lose?  He’s the only one that’s going to love a slug like you. So learn how to take a punch now and then and get back in line.  A man can only put up with so much.

Or, alternatively:

Prolifers can have their Joanie Caucus Moment, realize that this abusive loser has been sponging off you for years and stringing you along with empty promises while delivering constant betrayals, that he works for you and not you for him, and refuse to take this garbage anymore.  Start by putting pressure on them, rather than submitting to pressure from them.  Make it clear that a campaign is a job interview and that these slobs had damn well better do as you order them to or hit the road.  Stop getting played by the fearmongering tactic of every wife beater, “If you lose me, *no one* will love you.”   You are worth far more than that.  Jesus loves you.  Politicians just work for you.  And if they don’t, fire ’em.

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  • Blog Goliard

    That’s a rather tendentious reading of what the continuing resolution was all about.

    The two houses of Congress and the President cannot, collectively, agree on any sort of budget, so they’ve agreed to kick the can down the road, just continuing to do what we’re already doing until after the election.

    Anyone expecting a major pro-life policy shift to be enacted in a CR shoved through a divided Congress five weeks before a general election is a fool.

    • Mark Shea

      There’s always a reason why nothing ever changes for 30 years. He’ll start to care, soon. Honest. Just don’t make trouble. Don’t make him mad. This is a really fragile time in his life. He needs you to not ask for things. Give him more time. 30 years maybe.

      • Mark Shea

        My point, in case I am unclear, is that I don’t give a rip about not being a headache and a nuisance at an inconvenient time to House Republicans. We should be nuisances in season and out of season. We should hector them year round and around the clock until they get the message that we will not be put off anymore. It’s not my problem to cope with them. It’s their problem to cope with their constituents. We don’t work for them. They work for us. We should make their lives a living hell till they stop jerking us around and putting us off.

        • B.E. Ward

          You mean, put policy before procedure??

        • Blog Goliard

          And my point is, if you have no understanding of what is possible and what is not possible, they will rightfully tune you out.

          Yes, the Republican Party, by and large, doesn’t care about pro-lifers…and yes, pro-lifers have every right to yell and scream about a thousand betrayals in the recent and not-so-recent past. I agree with all that.

          But that still doesn’t mean that this is one of those occasions, or that your demand is reasonable. The past use of phony arguments based on what was supposedly possible or prudent does not mean that those arguments aren’t ever valid. They do apply sometimes–and change in policy is simply not possible right now, and a fight with no chance of winning would be foolish and pointless in this context at this time. If it were otherwise, we wouldn’t be governing under continuing resolutions in the first place.

          If Romney is elected, and the sun goes down on Inauguration Day without his signature on some pro-life executive orders, including the Mexico City Policy and a full repeal of the HHS mandate, please yell and scream.

          If Republican leadership does not propose a budget that zeros out funding for Planned Parenthood next spring–regardless of who wins the Presidency–please yell and scream.

          But, once more: if you’ve already been yelling indiscriminately and constantly, because you do not understand or are not willing to accept political realities that make it necessary to sometimes keep your powder dry and pass up a fight, or take half a loaf and fight over the rest later…the Beltway weasels will tune you out, and I will applaud them for doing so–even as I simultaneously damn them for being insincere betraying weasels who wouldn’t lift a finger to save an unborn child if it were being aborted in their living room.

          • Mark Shea

            See. My idea is “yell and scream now”. Keep yelling and screaming until we see some movement. Don’t wait till inauguration day. Pressure them now. Extract commitments now. Put them on the defense and babbling to explain themselves now. They don’t tune out people who chew them out about issues when you have enough people chewing them out, even if the people chewing them out don’t know what they are talking about. Get enough people to chew them out and they move on the issue rather than appear inactive (which is what they actually are). That’s why it’s been 30 years and nothing appreciable has happened and we remain at sub-Carthaginian levels of respect for the unborn. Because they don’t care. And Romney doesn’t care.

          • ivan_the_mad

            *yawn* Same tired old tripe. Vote GOP now, we can’t afford yadda yadda … They can’t do anything about it now, but after the election yadda yadda … Stop standing on your principles, it’s completely impractical at this juncture yadda yadda …

        • justamom

          Seriously, and if they don’t like it they can easily look for gainful employment elsewhere, just like the rest of us that are unable to perform the duties required by our employers for whatever reason. They chose this job, if they can’t do it, just resign and get a job that they can do!

      • Richard Johnson

        To the GOP an aborted child is not a human being. He/she is a voter mobilization tool. They fear that if they actually DO something to end abortion, they will no longer be able to motivate their pro-life base.

    • Ted Seeber

      What I expect is for pro-lifers to *shut down government* until this President agrees not to fund Planned Parenthood. We call it sacrifice for a reason.

    • The Deuce

      It’s true that the Republicans didn’t vote for any of that stuff directly, but they didn’t *have* to pass that CR. They could have stood on their principles and played hardball for once, but they’re too cowardly. And they’ll be just as cowardly next term. Since they’re cowards, they respond to fear, so the only solution is to make them more afraid of us and our ability to divest of their jobs than they are of the Left’s ability to smear them.

  • Richard Johnson

    But it is standard operating procedure in today’s Congress, or more precisely this generation’s Congress. And you are right…only a fool would expect any politician to put the lives of the unborn ahead of his/her reelection chances.

  • Confederate Papist

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies (now sovereign States); and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

  • Sean O

    Spot on Mark. Republicans don’t DO Pro-Life things for one reason only: it AINT a priority.
    End of story.

    • Edward A. Hara

      It becomes a “priority” (sort of) when election season rolls around. Then they ratchet up the talk and sound like a combination of The Terminator and and the Godfather in their discussions of what they will do to Roe v. Wade if you only put them back in office again.

      If Catholics ever get organized, sanctified, and holy in this country so that they not only have their own political party, but candidates who are afraid only of God, we will send all these people packing. But until then — the beatings continue.

      • The Deuce

        Unfortunately, half of “Catholics” are actually playing for the enemy’s team.

  • bob cratchit

    I also noticed that once again they hinge this CR on yet another pay freeze for federal employees (not themselves though), showing their blatardly contempt for the middle class and working poor.

  • Richard Chonak

    Yeah. Shutting the government down: that’ll win over the American people to the cause. Good thinking.

    And don’t even bother talking to me about no principle of double effect. We internet prophets don’t deal with that crap.

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Justify the GOP’s actions above using the principle of double effect.

      I triple dog dare ya.

    • Ted Seeber

      Who cares what the American People think? The right thing is never the popular thing. It is to the point that the American Government is so morally bankrupt, that we’re better off without it.

      The Church has survived the fall of Empires before, and it will survive this one.

  • Let me try a both-and.

    I agree that it would be wildly imprudent to shut down the federal government now [and say it’s] because the government funds Planned Parenthood. (The bracketed words mean: when the GOP plays budget brinksmanship, we all know it isn’t because the government funds Planned Parenthood.) It would simply put a large number of people through a lot of difficulties until the 113th Congress is seated in January with Democratic supermajorities and a Planned Parenthood ally in the White House for at least four more years.

    At the same time, the howling of Mark & Co. is necessary if we ever want to get to the point where shutting down the federal government rather than fund Planned Parenthood is a reasonable thing to do.

    • Ted Seeber

      What I am saying is that it *SHOULD BE* directly because the government is funding abortion *and nothing else*. Because that’s what it is on the Democratic Side- expanding access to abortion and nothing else.