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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When Pretense Masquerades as Virtue...

(Nationally syndicated columnist, Kathleen Parker)

Etymology: Eponym for Rep. Bart Stupak.


Function: verb

1: In a legislative process, to obstruct passage of a proposed law on the basis of a moral principle (i.e. protecting the unborn), accumulating power in the process, then at a key moment surrendering in exchange for a fig leaf, the size of which varies according to the degree of emasculation of said legislator and/or as a reflection of just how stupid people are presumed to be. (Slang: backstabber.)

Poor Bart Stupak. The man tried to be a hero for the unborn, and then, when all the power of the moment was in his frail human hands, he dropped the baby.

Now, in the wake of his decision to vote "yes" for a health care bill that expands public funding for abortion, he is vilified and will be forever remembered as the guy who Stupaked health care reform and the pro-life movement.

Of all the disappointed activists, Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org and creator of StandWithStupak.com, was perhaps the most demonstrative in his support of pro-life Democrats. He even created a video with a remake of the final battle scene from "Braveheart."

A helmeted British Barack Obama says, "Our cavalry will ride them down like grass. … Full attack!" Whereupon, Stupak, eyeglasses incongruously perched on his blue-painted face, commands his pitchfork army, "Steady. … Hold, hold, hold."

Alas, Stupak couldn't hold.

Read the rest of  Kathleen Parker's column, here
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-0324-parker-20100323,0,1863746.column

4 comments:

  1. There is no such thing as a pro-life democrat!

    Johnny Marzetti

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  2. As reported by CNN March 24, 2010. President Obama Excludes Private and Catholic School Children From Easter Egg Roll Ticket Giveaway

    Karen - Do you think this may be a poke back at the Bishops who refused to buy into a anti-life healthcare fiasco? I would be interested in your take on this subject.

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  3. Bart Stupak's Pro-life opposition is Dr. Dan Benishek. I just contributed $35 to his campaign. Check him out at:

    https://www.icontribute.us/benishek

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  4. Dear Anonymous,
    Do I think this may be a poke back at the Bishops? God only knows. This would be a stupid ploy but then again...look at the fun he's having making fun of majority of Americans who do not want this bad bill. What's also interesting to speculate about the politics involved in excomm SanFranNan. Imagine the "armageddon" this would cause b/w church and state. I believe that this is the only reason it won't happen.

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