Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bravo to Bart Stupak!

And to the other Pro-Life Democrats who helped put the Health Care Bill over the top



I've always felt convinced that Pro-Life Democrats could make a great contribution to this country if only given half a chance. I've argued the case here long, often, and in loneliness, and it's great to see something so momentuous finally come to fruition out of it.

It's also great to see Catholic laymen like him and several others step up and be heroes when the hierarchy from the Pope to the bishops on down have filled us with so much embarassment and humiliation lately.

Kudos also go to President Obama, for having the courage to promise to sign this executive order, and for having the guts, along with Nancy Pelosi, to fight this thing through when the Scott Brown election made it look like it was going to be impossible.

8 comments:

Garpu said...

I'm feeling mixed...I was hoping for something like what MA has, but baby steps, I guess. Honestly both extremes (the tea-baggers and the rabid pro-choicers) are pissing me off today.

I was feeling down about how it feels like the bishops on up keep throwing us under the bus (from Boston, to Ireland, to Germany, to the whole health care thing...) Things have to get better, right?

Jeff said...

Jen,

There are a lot of things that get my goat, but you know what really ticked me off yesterday? I was watching FOX, which is enough to tick me off in and of itself, but they were going on and on about how unconstitutional it was that the bill mandates that people have to buy health insurance. They want to challenge it in the Supreme Court.

Now, this requirement to purchase insurance is essentially the same thing that Mitt Romney implemented in Massachusetts when he was governor. If I recall correctly, it was the position of almost all the Republican candidates in 2008... Now, all of a sudden, it's unconstitutional because it's a socialist intrusion into people's lives? The hypocrisy of this bunch is breathtaking.

I was feeling down about how it feels like the bishops on up keep throwing us under the bus (from Boston, to Ireland, to Germany, to the whole health care thing...) Things have to get better, right?


I don't know if they'll get better. Benedict's letter to the Irish was disgraceful. Basically, he scolded the Irish themselves, and he never misses an opportunity to slam the "Spirit of Vatican II," which is unconscionable under these circumstances. If the Irish were guilty of anything themselves, it was their excessive obsequiousness to traditionalist clerics.

He threw the Irish bishops under the bus when he himself had told them to keep their mouths shut in public.

As a matter of fact, a very strong case can be made that most of this is HIS fault.

I don't like Christopher Hitchens at all, but I found nothing in this recent editorial that I could argue with.

http://www.slate.com/id/2247861/

Garpu said...

YOu watch Fox? wow, brave individual. At least EWTN sometimes has good movies.

I know all about the challenges--WA's AG is one of them. Guess who isn't getting reelected...

Remember when Amorth said there were legions of demons in the Vatican? At the time I brushed him off as being a bit of a wingnut. NOw? I'm not too sure. (I'm reading his book...I'll probably blog about it when I'm done.)

Jeff said...

Reverend Amorth seems quite the engaging fellow, doesn't he?

I'm looking forward to seeing that post once you surface from thesis hell.

Joe said...

Good post Jeff. Its a real shame that so many people are unwilling to do their homework, question the party line a bit and really evaluate what might be best for the people (especially the have-nots... the people Christ would align himself with!). And I am not promoting "bleeding heart liberalism here. I am talking about what we were taught to do since we were kids, but that we seem to agree with only metaphorically. It saddens me (and bugs the s*** out me)to think that many/most of the people from our circle Jeff are slamming this thing simply because it comes from this administration. They tune in to their Fox "news station" or listen to humble, level headed geniuses like Rush, learn the soundbites, then go out into the world spouting them off as if they knew what they were talking about. Drives me nuts.

Then there's you Jeff...and I am sure you are taking your hits for it. I'm proud of you my friend.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Joe

Mike McG... said...

What Joe said, seconded from Antigua, Guatemala:

¨Then there's you Jeff...and I am sure you are taking your hits for it. I'm proud of you my friend.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Joe¨

Jeff said...

Hey Joe, how are things?

Coming out of a certain culture and milieu, you'd think our old circle would know better, wouldn't you?

I am sure you are taking your hits for it.

Ah, it's not so bad. You might get it worse than me. After all these years, though, my brother Jackie and I are almost completely on the same page now, and that's been really nice.

Peace and abrazos to all over there, buddy.

Jeff said...

Hey, Mike. Thanks. :-)

Another stint in Guatemala? How has that been going?

Was there any recognition or commemoration for Oscar Romero down there?