Rebecca Hamilton Gets It

Oklahoma: do not drop this woman, because if you break her you won’t find another one like her soon. She writes:

Public Catholic exists because of two events.

1. President Obama declared war on my church. I first learned about the (then) proposed HHS Mandate forcing religious institutions to purchase insurance that paid for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization in the fall of 2011. I knew immediately that this was an unprecedented attack on religious freedom. I also saw it as a deliberate attempt to destroy the Church’s moral voice by forcing it to compromise its teachings in the face of government power. I had known for a long time that Christianity in general, and the Catholic Church in particular, was under growing secularist attack. But this mandate went beyond what I thought any President would do.

2. The Republican-led Oklahoma House of Representatives killed over half the pro-life bills backed by Oklahomans for Life in 2012. They used exactly the same tactics the Democrats had used to kill pro-life bills for decades. When Oklahomans for life attempted to hold them accountable in the same manner they had held Democrats accountable in the past, House leadership became verbally abusive with pro-life activists.

They carried this so far that a prominent pro-life activist who had spent decades in the trenches fighting for life and who had basically gotten these people elected to office wrote a cowering letter of apology to the House Republicans. Pro life leaders apologized to so-called “100% pro-life” Republicans for expecting them to vote pro-life. Think about it.

The first event — the HHS Mandate — got me out of my chair. The second — the arrogant, heartless, hypocritical killing of pro-life bills by “pro-life” legislators — set me in motion.

The first cardinal virtue is prudence: having a clear understanding of What is So and of the smart way to navigate What is So rather than waste time trying to pretend the world is how we would like it to be, or how our ideology insists it should be in the teeth of the facts.  Rebecca Hamilton understand the reality that a) the Obama Administration is at war with the Church and b) the so-called “pro-life Republicans” regard prolifers as useful idiots, while the prolife leadership in this country has lost sight of the mission (saving innocent human life from destruction) and allowed themselves to become wholly owned subsidiaries of the GOP.  The answer is for prolifers to break free of the lie that we serve the party just as we must break free of the lie that we serve the state.  The state serves us.  Obama is attempting to force the Church to serve the state.  Voters should tell him ‘You’re fired, you arrogant tyrant”.  And if the Republican party does not listen to our will, it too should be punished, not groveled to.   We don’t work for them.  They work for us.

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  • Tominellay

    Correct, one hundred per cent.

  • Wow….this should be read by everyone in America. It doesn’t just apply to pro-life, but to any issue that the grassroots advocates for. Oklahoma is perhaps the most pro-life state in the union, and if this can happen there, it can and will happen anywhere.

    If this is what goes on at the state level, you know it is 50 times worse at the federal level. Instead of maybe 10% who are willing to stick to their convictions…it might be 1% at the federal level. This totally explains why Ron Paul could not get GOP support for his pro-life bills that would have actually DONE something.

  • Upstate

    And liberal Catholics, effectively, play a similar role for the Obama administration; they’re there for votes and shilling for authority, but then to be disregarded.

  • Andy

    THis goes to support my fervent belief that neither party wants to deal with abortion in any substantive manner – the democrats because it helps them raise money and gin up support to protect the “rights of the women” and the republicans because it allows them to raise money and gin up support to “protect the unborn”. Abortion is nothing more to either side than a simple tool to maintain or gain power. I wish it were otherwise, but in my heart I do not think so.

  • rachel

    Very good post from Rebecca. She gets it. We get it. Why not everyone else????

  • What does she mean the HHS mandate got her out of her chair?

    • I might be wrong, but I’m thinking that she meant that the mandate got her thinking about exposing the corruption, pressure, etc., and the killing of the pro-life bills in OK convinced her to go public.

      • Perhaps, but she said nothing more about it. So far, the articles of hers that I’ve read have more or less been along the lines of ‘as a Catholic I have to be honest and admit just how corrupt and horrible our entire political system is…just look at the Republicans!’ Sorry, but looking for balance and not finding.

        • She is using the Republicans as an example because of her experience in Oklahoma, but she states that both parties function in exactly the same way.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Maybe it shocked her so much that she jumped to her feet…

  • Marthe Lépine

    “And if the Republican party does not listen to our will, it too should be punished, not groveled to. We don’t work for them. They work for us.” You are wrong! They work for the billionaires, and wish that they did not have to deal with the rest of the population! Just an example from Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps:
    “In ancient times, before the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, the maximum amount you could give a candidate for president, legally, was two thousand dollars. And, until 2010, to legally donate to a candidate, you had to 1) have a first and last name, 2) be a citizen of the United States, and 3) breathe oxygen. And, until 2010, to legally donate to a candidate, you had to 1) have a first and last name, 2) be a citizen of the United States, and 3) breathe oxygen.”
    “Then, in 2010, the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision (followed by a lower-court decision, SpeechNow v. FEC) blew the doors off the limit on secret political campaign contributions. “Unnatural” persons—headless, heartless creatures called corporations (even foreign corporations) —could now spend in election campaigns. And, unlike us mere mortals, these corporate creatures are not limited to two thousand dollars.”
    “As soon as Citizens came down, billionaires pulled out their debit cards and went on a shopping spree. 
In 2012, Paul (…) Singer, a billionaire, gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the super-PAC behind Mitt Romney. So did (his) buddies John Paulson (also a billionaire), Julian Robertson (billionaire) and Bill Koch (billionaire). Half a dozen other rich guys also ponied up millions to Restore Our Future…”
    IMHO, abortion has become – or, for them, is only – a useful diversion to keep the plebe busy while they do whatever they want. The above example is about the GOP, but the other side is just as tied to the billionaires…

  • Marthe Lépine

    Another point, if I may: Just think of what things would look like for our politicians of both stripes if there had been 50 million more births! Probably 2/3 of these people would be eligible to vote by now, with unpredictable outcomes. This is probably part of Ms Sanger’s promotion of eugenism: fewer poor and low-educated people to threaten the 1%! It might be a good idea sometimes to lift our heads for a few moments from the pictures of aborted babies (who might even possibly be in Heaven praying for us…) and look at the full picture. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but it is part of reality.

    • Ted Seeber

      Yep, this is why I find it incredibly hard to buy the Democrat’s “we care about the poor” rhetoric, because if they truly cared about the poor, why are they murdering, on average, a million of them a year?

  • Marthe Lépine

    Here’s a link that seemed interesting (from my favourite news site); just in case it does not make your Fox news:
    Jimmy Carter slams ‘financial corruption’ in U.S. elections
    ‘We have one of the worst election processes in the world,’ former president says
    The Associated Press
    Posted: Sep 12, 2012 3:57 AM ET

    Who pays the piper calls the tune…