Thursday, August 20, 2009
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Are You An Immoral Un-American Evil Monger?
You know things are getting desperate for the Left when Democrats suddenly “get religion.” That’s what happened yesterday as President Obama turned to the leaders of the Religious Left to help him sell healthcare reform to an increasingly skeptical public.
In a conference call organized by the usual suspects on the Religious Left – Sojourners, the National Council of Churches, the Unitarian Univeralists, etc., – Obama said passing healthcare reform was a moral obligation and he exhorted religious leaders to speak out from their pulpits in support of his agenda. The president accused opponents of healthcare reform of “bearing false witness,” citing issues like taxpayer-subsidized abortion coverage as one example. (Click here to read a story about one of the president’s own fabrications in this debate.) I won’t accuse the president of “bearing false witness,” but I can only assume that he is unfamiliar with the legislation.
Our report last Thursday covered the controversial issue of taxpayer-subsidized abortion in considerable detail. We have noted that pro-abortion groups like NARAL are demanding abortion be covered. We have noted that every Republican amendment to explicitly prevent abortion from being covered has been defeated. We noted this quote from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), “Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the healthcare plans available to Americans, and I think it should be.”
It insults the intelligence of the American people to suggest that any plan that passes this liberal Congress won’t subsidize abortion. But if the president is as serious as his rhetoric suggests, I encourage him to issue a veto threat for any bill that covers abortion. As of now, the Associated Press acknowledges, “Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions.”
Almost as bad as Obama’s hyperbole is the Left’s hypocrisy. The Bible states, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” Whenever conservatives insist that our laws should protect the life of unborn children, the Left screams, “You have no right to impose your moral values on society!” But when Obama tells religious leaders that it is a moral duty to back government-run healthcare, the Left is silent and the media yawn.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid recently made headlines for suggesting that taxpayers opposed to socialized healthcare were “un-American” and “evil mongers.” Not to be outdone, President Obama has just suggested that they are immoral. When Obama claims that passing his healthcare reform bill is the moral thing to do, he is also claiming that it is immoral to oppose it. So to be clear, if you oppose ObamaCare, Democrat leaders have labeled you are an immoral “un-American evil monger.”
But Wait, There’s More…
Ed Schultz, MSNBC latest leftwing pundit, is also pontificating on the morality of socialized healthcare. Schultz told us that Jesus healed the sick and didn’t ask where their health insurance cards were. (And I suppose, in Schultz’s mind, Obama can walk on water too.) Do these liberals who want to redefine marriage really want to ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” Is a politician who attended the church of a racist pastor for 20 years in any position to lecture Christians about the proper role of government? Let me take a moment to suggest what Jesus would not do.
He would not claim that the right to destroy one million children a year is moral. He would not stand by while the plug was pulled on a disabled woman in Florida against her family’s wishes. He would not stand by as a government panel denies folks hip replacements and other treatments. Jesus did not advocate using Big Government to redistribute wealth.
If the Left wants to use the standard of “What would Jesus do?” I’m happy to have that debate. But I suspect they will be back to screaming about “walls of separation” in short order.
The Nuts Don’t Represent You
In addition to the disinformation that is coming from Washington, one of the most frustrating aspects of the healthcare debate has been the disinformation from the media. For example, the idea that the most extreme rhetoric and obnoxious behavior at the town hall protests is somehow indicative of conservative thinking. How many times have the media shown that clip of Barney Frank’s town hall meeting, where a woman compared Obama to Hitler? The media have played that clip over and over again to make Frank look reasonable and to make conservatives look like nuts.
That woman may well be nuts, but she’s no conservative. Thanks to our friends at The Weekly Standard, we now know that the woman with the doctored Obama as Hitler poster was a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, who is on the fringe of the far Left. Yet, the “mainstream media” didn’t report that fact. This is another example of the liberal press distorting the facts to support a liberal narrative. They did it to the Tea Party activists, and now the liberal media are doing it to the immoral “un-American evil mongers” who oppose ObamaCare.
The Left Delivers
ABC News notes that Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is warning that Democrats will lose next year’s mid-term congressional elections unless they pass healthcare reform. According to the report, “To help Democrats get the votes that they need, Stern is prepared to use SEIU resources to pressure recalcitrant Democrats in Congress if progress is not made by Sept. 15…”
In addition, the Washington, D.C., newspaper Roll Call reported yesterday, “Liberal bloggers say they have helped raise more than $160,000 in the past 24 hours for about 60 progressive House Democrats who have pledged to vote against any health care plan that does not include a public insurance option.”
My friends, the unions and radical Left are pulling out all the stops to get this bill passed. This is going to be a tough fight. The Democrats have overwhelming majorities in the House and the Senate. But the politicians know ObamaCare is unpopular. We must fight back!
ACTION ITEM: Call your representative’s district office and voice your opposition to this bill. You can look up contact information for your representative’s district office at our online Congressional Directory.
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