Monday, March 22, 2010

Bart Stupak is now the rightous right's newest example of a Baby Killer. Wow, how quickly the pack will turn on one of it's own.

We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men
Deal Hudson - InsideCatholic - 3/22/2010

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men

The evening the Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed, I expressed the hope that a new era of pro-life politics had begun. For the first time in a long time, the Democratic Party had an advocate for the unborn around whom others could rally.

That was four months ago. Yesterday afternoon, that same man -- Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) -- who "made Nancy Pelosi cry uncle," to quote the Wall Street Journal's Bill McGurn, made her shout with glee. The health-care bill, filled with funding goodies for abortion providers, was the legislative lodestar for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a self-described Catholic who shrugged off every appeal from her bishop. (C'mon Deal this bill is not loaded with funding goodies for abortion providers. Besides, we have alot more nuclear warheads than we do abortion providers. {Just though I'd throw in a non sequitor like Sarah Palin.})

Our dried voices,
when We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass

Stupak looked hollow and shame-faced as he made the rounds of cable news shows on Sunday explaining the reasons for his change of mind. For the past 160 days, Stupak has been a hero to millions of Americans who believe the right to life is the basis of all other human rights.

Now, Stupak has become a hero to the other side and another example of why our young people view politics cynically -- not as a vocation but as an excuse to put partisan interests ahead of transcendent truths. (Well actually, young adults like my daughter thought Stupak finally put the interests of all Americans ahead of cells in a petri dish. However she is pretty cynical--especially about rightwing pundits who reprioritize Catholic doctrine for political agendas.)

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes,
to death's other Kingdom Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

After seeing through the deceptions of Sr. Carol Keehan's Catholic Health Association, Catholics United, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and NETWORK, Stupak couldn't see through the deception of an executive order to be issued by President Barack Obama providing "safeguards" against abortion funding. (Deal, Bart warned you when he spoke about being a 'deal maker' {or in you case a Deal breaker} Ain't no bigger dog to make a deal with than the Prez. Makes a bishop deal look down right puppy like.)

"This is the principle we have fought for all these months -- I am now comfortable voting for the bill," Stupak told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. Stupak admits an executive order can be rescinded at any time, does not have the force of law, and has no authority over those implementing the bill in the private sector, but still says he feels vindicated in his decision.

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

It was reported that Stupak relied heavily on support of staff from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in passing his amendment to the House bill barring abortion funding. Today, Stupak turned his back on those who sat with him through the turbulence of the November debate and put himself in thrall to the Democratic leadership who want nothing less than abortion on demand, paid for by the federal government.

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

This executive order is nothing more than a promise from one man to another, from Obama to Stupak. It can be withdrawn at any time -- or, more likely, it can be ignored. Stupak should know that the promise of a man who once supported infanticide, and who on his first day in office repealed the Mexico City Policy, is not a man you can trust on the issue of abortion. (Perhaps Bart came to the conclusion that Catholic bishops are even less credible. There is some factual evidence that would indicate that would have been wise on Bart's part.)

Stupak's decision betrays Catholics and the faith he calls his own. As I said in my press release for Catholic Advocate, "Today's vote will go down in history as one of the greatest expansions of abortion since Roe v. Wade." (What will you say when abortion actually goes down as it has in every other country in which there is some form of guaranteed health coverage. That's every country.)

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
(Maybe your world.)


Many of us tried to warn folks on the right about what would happen if they should stray just a tad bit from the absolutist line. Bart Stupak is sure finding out what happens. He's gone from 'Champion of the Unborn' to 'Baby Killer' in less than about twelve minutes. At least he now knows who his true enemies are, and always were---who he should have been afraid of and who he misread so totally.

Fanatics are fanatics for a reason.
Friends become enemies in a nano second.
Forgiveness is an option only for the faithless.
Profit is their God.


  1. What upsets these guys the most about the Stupak "defection" is that it's exposed these neocon Catholics for what they are: a political party. They're interested only in the goals of the Republican party. Funny thing, Stupak actually proved he WAS voting on principles, for when they were met, he voted along with his party. Because, guess what folks, health care reform has been a concern of Catholics for a long time.

    I recently discovered your blog and I find your posts quite thought provoking. Keep up the good work.

  2. Excellent thoughts, Colleen. I especially like your various rebuttals.

    Deal is not in a position to ever have to worry about his health coverage, as he and the other Catholic theocons & neocons are well funded by their respective wingnut welfare think tanks. This bill doesn't go far enough, but it is a start.

  3. Thanks Sister Kris. I have made it a policy not to post Deal's thinking because I always have problems with the formatting, but I have problems with Deal's formatting in general so I guess it's sort of symbolic.

    Kathy, it's the only reason I support this bill is because the dems have given themselves four years to deal with the more odious parts of it like mandating private insurance as a legal obligation while not including any kind of public option. Personally I'm still all in favor of medicaid/medicare for all who want it.

  4. May I join with you, Colleen, in urging public options being available to all if they prefer them. As someone who has just become eligible for Medicare this month, I am tickled pink to have it! I wish all could have it. (with a dying parent - likely this week - Medicare has been a great comfort)

    The hypocrisy of some who are all for "life" before birth and could care less about it after birth is beyond my comprehension!

  5. O/T: Check this out, Colleen, in case you haven't seen it.

    The horrible irony!

  6. Thank you Colleen for your astute and responsible analysis. I am sure we will hear the cries and moans from neo-cons who will continue to lie and say this bill is "filled with funding goodies for abortion providers" blaming it on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi "a self described Catholic who shrugged off every appeal from her bishop." I say kudos to Nancy!!!

    Of course the old boys like Deal Hudson love to vilify women, even Baptized Catholics, especially those smarter and with honest compassion for people. Deal and the neo-con Bishops will probably be denying Nancy communion in the near future. They are just getting to be too predicable in their responses.

    Deal writes "Stupak looked hollow and shame-faced." I think Deal is projecting quite a bit here!!

    I'm glad Stupak finally saw the light!! That means he'll see the truth behind Deal et. al. which is a lot of dark negative chaotic energy. Goodbye old world Deal!!

  7. TheraP, this is too synchronistic, I was reading that very article as you posted.

  8. Colleen, I think this whole scandal is getting to atomic bomb proportions!

    (I'm off to the nursing home. And will be out of the loop as we've just received news my dying mother is running a fever that is "too high to measure"....)

    I'm at peace about the latter. But not the former...

  9. Being excoriated by "No Deal" Hudson can't be all bad!

    Jim McCrea

  10. The Catholic Church should not be associated with Deal Hudson. Not take his advice. Not allow him to represent them in any capacity.

    Three times married, twice divorced, he's a man who had to resign his job at Fordham University because he had an inappropriate sexual affair with a student.

    He has no personal credibility.

  11. Anonymous, you're absolutely right that Deal Hudson should have no credibility, but the bishops want as many yes-men and women as they can get. They think it's OK as long as Hudson and his compatriots publicly support them.

  12. Khughes, I think there's more involved than just public support of the bishops from Deal and his cronies. I actually think the real flow is the other way around. The bishops are, for some rea$on, supporting Deal and his cronies.