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Stupak’s 30 pieces of silver – American Thinker Blog – March 24, 2010

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Last week Bart Stupak subjected to the pressure of an oil press, resembled Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  This week Stupak assisting in killing the guiltless evokes images of Judas Iscariot.

In Jesus’ day 30 pieces of silver went a long way.  And so it was jingling money that tantalized Judas to hand Christ over to Roman authorities, resulting in Jesus’ death.  Judas ate, slept and lived with Jesus.  Yet when coinage was waved in front of Judas’ face, one who was formerly faithful, caved.

The Gospel of Mark contends that the chief priests were determined to arrest Jesus and looked for an underhanded way to accomplish the goal.  “Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them.  They were glad … and promised to give him money.”   So for mere denari, for 30 pieces of silver Judas identified Jesus with a kiss, turning Him over to Roman soldiers for crucifixion.

It is astonishing to contemplate surrendering  the innocent to death in return for money, but isn’t that what Bart Stupak (D-Mich) did by selling off pro-life conviction and voting “Yes” on  Obama’s health care bill?  Bart Stupak betrayed those depending on him for protection.  Regardless of the Congressman’s anemic excuse, Stupak made a dramatic trade off if one honestly assesses value added, against value lost.

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) announced three airports in northern Michigan have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements.” Jesus traded for 30 pieces of silver and babies lives exchanged for friction measuring equipment, lighted signs, tow vehicles, perimeter fences, and pavement repairs.

Bart Stupak was one of a dozen pro-life politicians set apart from the Democrat throng, following the truth like one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.  Regardless of party affiliation, right up to the bitter end, pro-life advocates lauded Stupak for bravery and adherence to principle.  But, like Caiaphas, America’s High Priest the ever sly Barack Obama, knew there was a way to weaken Stupak’s sincerity, and Obama was right.  Both Judas and Bart revered mammon above morality and tucked within the dark recesses loomed disloyalty of heart all along.

Two days prior to the vote, a supposedly conflicted Stupak folded in a back room, cheaply I might add, for $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements and a worthless Executive Order that Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion would be extended to health care reform.  Stupak eagerly kissed Jesus’ cheek, accepted the money sack and handed the unborn over to death.

History will tell the story of Bart Stupak, just as Scripture chronicled Judas’ guilt ridden recompense for accepting “blood money.” When Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. Judas realized, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”

In possession of the vote like a Roman soldier in possession of Jesus, Stupak’s remorse would likely be brushed off by Barry, Harry and Nancy with statement similar to the one Judas met with in chief priests in possession of the prize.  “What’s that to us? See to it yourself!”

The health care bill passed thanks to a Stupak’s betrayal vote.  Bart Stupak squandered the opportunity to wash his hands in front of Congress and the nation uttering the words, “The blood of the innocent is not on my hands.” In the process, a lone Congressman from Michigan could have rescued both the born and unborn from the Obamacare scourging awaiting us all, instead Stupak chose the denari.

Exposing Hypocrisy from within the womb – American Thinker Blog – March 22, 2010

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Obama says 30 million Americans are without adequate health care.  Who would have thought that the 50 million children aborted since 1973 would rise up and cry out from the grave exposing Obama and his minions for the hypocrites they are.

One-day prior to the landmark vote, Obama held a pep rally in anticipation of passing his health care reform bill in Washington DC.   In a speech full of exaggerations, half-truths and pompous self-promotion, Obama took the time to laud Democrat colleagues for impending victory in a contentious debate saying:

Something inspired you to be a Democrat instead of running as a Republican. Because somewhere deep in your heart you said to yourself, I believe in an America in which we don’t just look out for ourselves…we have a sense of neighborliness and a sense of community and we are willing to look out for one another and help people who are vulnerable.

Except of course if vulnerability exists in utero, or the neighborhood you live in happens to be your mother’s womb.

Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln saying, “I am not bound to win, but I’m bound to be true. I’m not bound to succeed, but I’m bound to live up to the light I have.” Obama’s words provide vulnerable human beings denied life past, present and yet to be conceived means to illuminate what is within the recesses of Barry, Harry and Nancy’s heart.

As the march to the vote continues, all along the triumphant parade route are is a cloud of witnesses made up of children’s faces. Democrats are laid bare under the sterile adjustable operating room “light” Barack Obama prides himself on providing every time Bart Stupak (D-Mich), Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) or ten other antiabortion Democrats step forward to say, “the document would be insufficient to bring the entire group…onboard.”

Good Catholic Nancy Pelosi prayed to Joseph, patron saint of expectant mothers, to assist in convincing legislators pass a “life affirming vote” for a bill that provides pregnant women the funds to purge fruit from the womb.  If Pelosi gets her way, answered prayer would have assisted an unwed mother named Mary the means to get rid of an inconvenience named Jesus.

Democrat Louise Slaughter chairwoman of the House Rules Committee moved health reform one step closer to the finish line, speaking the words, “We feel like we’ve been pregnant for 17 months, let’s get on with it already.” Louise obviously believes nothing spoils a party more than having pro-life Democrats mucking up the process by dragging out a red bio-hazard bag full of dead fetuses.

As Obama gasses up convertibles for the ticker-tape post vote celebration U.S. Catholic bishops also spoke out on behalf of the unborn by pleading with legislators to vote “No” on the bill.

U.S. Bishops argued , “health care reform must protect life and conscience, not threaten them…the abortion coverage, allows federal funds to pay for elective abortions [through a new appropriation for services at Community Health Centers bypassing the Hyde amendment], and denies adequate conscience protection to individuals and institutions.”   Obviously, Catholic bishops overlook the compassionate “sense of neighborliness and community” Democrats pride themselves on evidenced in community centers performing abortions.

Crying out from the depths of a dark womb the unborn illuminate the heartlessness of the Democrat leadership.  Obama trumpets what he calls “game-changing measures,” which “for example, instead of having five tests when you go to the doctor you get one.” The bill plans to ration one mammography to high-risk women in danger of breast cancer, while financing, with taxpayer monies, multiple ultrasounds to ensure pregnancies are successfully terminated.

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

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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

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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.

The Democrat’s Daring Dozen – American Thinker Blog – March 6, 2010

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Oh the irony, Barack Obama’s health care reform baby may never reach full term.  Bart Stupak (D-Mich) is one of twelve House Democrats opposed to abortion who are willing to “kill” the bill if language isn’t changed to bar federal funding for the grisly procedure.

When asked if the Stupak“daring dozen” were willing to accept the consequences for bringing down healthcare reform over abortion? Stupak stood firm and said, “Yes. We’re prepared to take responsibility.Let’s face it. I want to see healthcare. But we’re not going to bypass the principles of belief that we feel strongly about.”

NARAL must be proud. The Michigan lawmaker epitomizes a tenet choice enthusiasts espouse; “NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Choice Action Center helps pro-choice Americans back up their beliefs with action.”

This is not the first time Rep. Bart Stupak has “backed up belief with action” when addressing abortion language contained in a health care reform bill.  Last year the Michigan Democrat stalled legislation in the House until satisfied that federal tax dollars would not fund abortions.

Listening to Obama talk, it’s clear to see that as far as Barry is concerned the health care bill is done gestating and its time to rush across the hall from labor to delivery. The President is positioning himself to make a final push for reform by “urging Congress to vote on the plan in the next few weeks even if it means passing the measure with a narrow Democratic majority and no Republican support.”

As a supporter of partial birth abortion, Barack Obama is in a difficult spot because up until the last minute, Stupak and eleven other Democrats could choose to exercise choice over party affiliation and abort a fully formed bill Barack views as perfectly healthy and viable.

Wasn’t it candidate Obama who said, “Now, part of the reason they didn’t have [the health exception for partial birth abortion] was purposeful, because those who are opposed to abortion – and I don’t begrudge that at all…they have a moral calling to try to oppose what they think is immoral?”  Which is what the Stupak dozen are doing Barry, “opposing what they think is immoral,” by submitting presidential progeny to an abortion, just prior to birth.

Politically picketing outside the Congressional clinic, the White House claims the bill does not “intend” to change current abortion laws, and “does not believe” the Senate bill, which Obama’s plan emulates, “would change the status quo.”

Health and Human Services Secretary and avid abortion rights supporter, Kathleen Sebelius, said, “This will not change the status quo on the policy of abortion. There will be no federal funding for abortion.”

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs lent support to Sebelius’ statement contending, “The president is not and will not change current federal law in dealing with abortions and healthcare.”And Stupak should accept that statement because people who advocate killing helpless babies always tell the truth?

Somehow Stupak along with other Democratic anti-abortion lawmakers remain unconvinced and worry “that legislative language will follow the blueprint of the reform bill passed by the Senate,” which Stupak claims,”Does not provide sufficient safeguards.”

Bart Stupak’s commitment to aborting Obama’s health care bill-gives new meaning to the concept of Obama supported “freedom of choice.” The irony is, a Democrat may ultimately be the one saves many unborn children from being unjustly slaughtered, and in doing so, rescues the elderly and sick from being destroyed in the future by Obama’s insidious health care reform policy.

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