By: Patti Bankson
A few weeks ago I came across this Letter to the (Orlando Sentinel) Editor under the banner: â€œQUIT PANDERING TO THE PRO-LIFERS. The writer says: â€œI am part of a large bloc of voters who wants the government to stay out of the abortion issueâ€¦ why donâ€™t legislators concern themselves with issues that affect the majority of us?â€ She goes on to say that she agrees with this statement by talk-radio host Neal Boortz, â€œRepublicans 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.â€
The first thing I did as I started reading her letter was laugh at the hypocritical absurdity of her reasoning! For heavenâ€™s sake, ladyâ€¦ if you, and Neal, want the government to stay out of the abortion issue, then, by all means, letâ€™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 Americaâ€™s largest abortion provider, performing more than 300,000 abortions each year, and remains abortionâ€™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 doesnâ€™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. Hmmmâ€¦ I have to wonder: will Planned Parenthood get the same kind of scrutiny, and tongue-lashing, from our politiciansâ€¦ and our presidentâ€¦ that other â€œbig, bad corporationsâ€ are receiving? I donâ€™t think so. The lesson one could take away here is this: if youâ€™re going to be a criminal, and want to stay under the government radar, make sure your crime is â€œbaby killingâ€, not mere â€œgreedâ€.
Hereâ€™s another hypocritical absurdity that made me laugh, this one from Washington Post Writers Groupâ€™s, Eugene Robinson: â€œLook, Iâ€™m not surprised that the first black president faces unprecedented scrutinyâ€¦ To those who canâ€™t come to terms with the fact of the Obama presidency, I have nothing to offer but this: Yes, heâ€™s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and heâ€™s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And heâ€™s black. Get over it.â€
Wow! So thatâ€™s what it takes to be president! Be smart, rich, lucky and good lookingâ€¦ oh, and black. Except for the â€œsmartâ€ part, he could be describing almost any hip-hop-rock star or athlete. And, as for the â€œYours, mine and oursâ€ part? Get real! Clearly, heâ€™s the president of a chosen few, and the rest of us will be lucky if we can hang on until heâ€™s gone, and someone comes along to clean up his mess.
Pray, God, it will be after just one term!
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