By: Patti Bankson

A few weeks ago I came across this Letter to the (Orlando Sentinel) Editor under the banner: “QUIT PANDERING TO THE PRO-LIFERS. The writer says: “I am part of a large bloc of voters who wants the government to stay out of the abortion issue… why don’t legislators concern themselves with issues that affect the majority of us?” She goes on to say that she agrees with this statement by talk-radio host Neal Boortz, “Republicans have alienated a huge bloc of constituents who will hold their noses and vote for the other side unless there is a Republican candidate smart enough to assert that the government should stay out of this issue.”

The first thing I did as I started reading her letter was laugh at the hypocritical absurdity of her reasoning! For heaven’s sake, lady… if you, and Neal, want the government to stay out of the abortion issue, then, by all means, let’s get the government out of the abortion issue. We could start by removing Planned Parenthood from the budget.

Although Planned Parenthood tries its best to hide behind its non-abortion services, it remains America’s largest abortion provider, performing more than 300,000 abortions each year, and remains abortion’s most adamant promoter. And why not? After, all, according to The Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization which works to advance sexual and reproductive health, based on the median cost of $350 to $950 for an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic, abortions appear to account for a third of their $374.7 million yearly clinic revenue. That doesn’t include the $349.6 million in TAX DOLLARS it received in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, from which they paid its president, Cecile Richards, $385,163, plus another $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation. Hmmm… I have to wonder: will Planned Parenthood get the same kind of scrutiny, and tongue-lashing, from our politicians… and our president… that other “big, bad corporations” are receiving? I don’t think so. The lesson one could take away here is this: if you’re going to be a criminal, and want to stay under the government radar, make sure your crime is “baby killing”, not mere “greed”.

Here’s another hypocritical absurdity that made me laugh, this one from Washington Post Writers Group’s, Eugene Robinson: “Look, I’m not surprised that the first black president faces unprecedented scrutiny… To those who can’t come to terms with the fact of the Obama presidency, I have nothing to offer but this: Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it.”

Wow! So that’s what it takes to be president! Be smart, rich, lucky and good looking… oh, and black. Except for the “smart” part, he could be describing almost any hip-hop-rock star or athlete. And, as for the “Yours, mine and ours” part? Get real! Clearly, he’s the president of a chosen few, and the rest of us will be lucky if we can hang on until he’s gone, and someone comes along to clean up his mess.
Pray, God, it will be after just one term!

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