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Stupak’s Last Stand – American Thinker Blog – March 19, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

When Jesus retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane He went there alone to pray for strength to endure the trial that lay before Him.  Gethsemane literally means “oil press” where fruit is crushed and the valuable endures. Such is the situation that Bart Stupak (D-Mich) finds himself in as he leads a revolt against the controversial issue of abortion funding included in Obama’s healthcare legislation.

True character isn’t revealed in the utterance of words–talk is cheap.  Jesus’ true test came when what He preached cost His life. Over the years, Bart Stupak has quietly worked with Democrats “behind the scenes” concerning the issue of abortion. Suddenly, the stalwart Congressman finds himself crushed beneath a millstone whose pressure insists abortion be funded with federal monies.

What began as healthcare negotiations, between pro-abortion and pro-life Democrats has transformed for Stupak into a”living hell.”Threatened with being spit upon and exposed to obscenity and violence Stupak impressively refuses to bend a knee to Molech, regardless the price.

Supporters of Obamacare view Stupak as the “one Democrat standing between the party and the achievement of [government run healthcare] one of its most coveted accomplishments.” Stupak’s pro-life stance has singled him out when,in reality,he and his dozen lack the power to block passage of the bill. According to the Michigan Congressman, “There are 39 other people who didn’t vote for it.”

So what made Stupak a “household name?” Something Bart claims he didn’t anticipate, which was “…how big the abortion issue would become during the health care reform debate.”

Stupak’s admission that he’s”a little surprised,” was over due.  It was bound to happen though because a Democrat stepping forth to defend the unborn brings out the worst in a political party determined to kill innocent babies. In militant pro-choice circles demanding “tough language in healthcare legislation to prevent any federal subsidies from being used for abortion services,” could inspire a crucifixion.

The night that Jesus knelt alone in the Garden of Gethsemane some of His followers abandoned Him just as “Democratic leaders [have] peeled off a few of [Stupak’s] group.” Pro-life Democrats like Michigan’s Dale Kildee’s capitulation has added to Stupak’s healthcare reform “hell.” But unlike opponents to the bill, whose resolve was diluted by back room deals, kickbacks and amusement park rides on Air Force One, “the intensity of the resistance to Stupak’s position has, if anything, stiffened his resolve.”

Bart Stupak shows “no sign of voting for the Senate healthcare bill” if the abortion language doesn’t change.  For the pro-life Democrat maybe “The ideal outcome might be for the House Democratic leadership to get the votes they need without him and for the bill to pass.”

A resolution?  The health care bill funding abortion is passed without Bart’s bloody fingerprints on the legislation. Resigned to the inevitable, Stupak, squeezed like an olive in a press said, “You know, maybe for me that’s the best; I stay true to my principles and beliefs and vote no on this bill and then it passes anyways. Maybe for me is the best thing to do.”

No Congressman, the better thing would be lily-livered legislators looking to you as a leader after acknowledging the character deficit in Washington DC.  What could be better than a “living hell” producing the oil to grease an insurgency within the Democrat Party that would save the United States from a legislative fate far worse than a federally funded full term abortion?

Stupak and his dozen getting ‘both arms twisted’ – American Thinker Blog – March 13, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Robert Costa of National Review Online interviewed pro-life Bart Stupak by phone while the Democrat sat in an airport awaiting a flight to Michigan.  Apparently the “Stupak dozen” has dwindled. “At this point, there is no doubt that they’ve been able to peel off one or two of my twelve,” Stupak told Costa.

Though fatigued, thus far Stupak remains loyal to the pro-life debate “I am a definite ‘no’ vote. I didn’t cave.” However, those who agreed privately to stand for life and vote “no on the Senate’s health-care bill if federal funding for abortion is included in the final legislative language” -are now falling like dominoes under “enormous political pressure from both the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

Stupak claims, pro-life Democrats are “having both of their arms twisted, and …getting pounded by… traditional Democratic supporters, like unions.” Stupak told Costa what is going on is  “a pretty sad commentary on the state of the Democratic party.”

Bart maintains Nancy Pelosi is so committed to funding being available that the Speaker refuses to entertain the Stupak Amendment, which imposes  “tight restrictions on abortion language.” Regardless of whether House Democrats believe the bill can pass with or without pro-life Democrats, for Pelosi votes are worth losing to make an ideological statement in support of killing the unborn.

While nursing two twisted arms, Stupak experienced quite an epiphany.  The Michigan representative told NRO, “I really believe the Democratic leadership is simply unwilling to change its stance. Their position says that women, especially those without means available, should have their abortions covered.”

Even more dramatic was Stupak’s confession to Costa that Democrat leadership views abortion as a cost saving necessity.  Expressing aversion Stupak said, “Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue – come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.” With all due respect Mr. Stupak, is this news to you?

The Michigan Congressman rhetorically mused on. “What are Democratic leaders saying? If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing.”

Quite an illuminating statement–a Democrat admits left-wing congressional colleagues support butchering the unborn to benefit the bottom line.  Wait until Bart grasps Democrats rationing treatment to the elderly to justify achieving similar fiscal goals.

Stupefied, Stupak said, “Throughout this debate, even when the House leaders have acknowledged us, it’s always been in a backhanded way.”  Stupak told Costa, “If Obama care passes it could signal the end of any meaningful role for pro-life Democrats within their own party.” Yes, as well as “signaling the end” for children in utero, the terminally ill and Americans 65-years or older.

Stupak’s intonation hinted of resignation for intervention from the right side of the aisle,  “We’ll probably have to wait until the Republicans take back the majority to fix this.” Yet Stupak “won’t leave the party?”  Why?  Because, he’s “more comfortable [there] and still believe[s] in a role within it for the right-to-life cause.” The Congressman is at ease in a party that never seriously entertained the abortion debate, unleashes union thugs, twists arms, kills babies and marginalizes pro-life Democrats?

A disillusioned Stupak said, “It’s almost like some right-to-life members don’t want to be bothered. They just want this over.” Sounds like weak-kneed pro-life Democrats identify with women seeking federally funded abortions that “just want it get it over with” and could care less who pays the price.

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