We have seen how our Republican heroes melted like salted snails, selling out virtually every conservative or Christian principle imaginable in the recent Paul Ryan-led Omnibus bill. In secret back-room deals with leftists, the leadership caved on issue after issue, including one made central recently by the exposure of an infant body-parts trade: the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
When contracting with people of such character as baby murderers, one should expect neither a high level of integrity nor to be taken seriously afterward. Predictably, the Republicans must now deal with not only the livid faithful among their ranks, but also the triumphant Republican-empowered Left, who as it turns out are not such good winners. After watching our so-called “Representatives” demonstrate their malleability before the merchants of theft and death, dismayed conservatives and Christians now get to watch the Left parade and gloat about it.
One empowered blasphemer for Huffington Post gleams because whereas Republicans were once ready to stand and shut down the government over this issue, now they withered like grass and “the anti-abortion lobby got wiped out.”
Not only this, but whenever the life lobby would even try to make a dent in the bill, the leadership would rally a bipartisan death squad to squash it:
Nor did the anti-choice zealots have any success on their other proposed riders intended to reduce reproductive rights. There were proposed cuts in federal spending for sex education, family planning and Planned Parenthood.
Same with efforts to further restrict abortion rights in the name of religious freedom, or international family planning, or attempts to block the government from requiring multi-state plans to include the full range of family planning services.
Despite leveraging the “Planned Parenthood videos” to raise millions of dollars in funding, Republicans did not stand firm on a single measure, a single cut, nor even a single new regulation. One wonders what all that money went for.
The left now gloats about the “inspired leadership of Cecile Richards,” and Planned Parenthood emerges stronger than ever. One of the prating idolaters of the death industry sings her praises:
“The clout and moral credibility that Planned Parenthood has added under Richards’ leadership were evident in December when Republican plans to use the budget resolution to defund the organization and curtail abortion rights largely came to naught. A unified Democratic Party was also able to derail GOP proposals to reduce spending on women’s health and family planning.”
Do you see what compromise and “moderate” conservatism get you? Not just nothing, but a strengthening and energizing of a deadly opponent. When you refuse to stand firm, you not only lose, you lose big and you move backwards, and you give the enemy occasion to blaspheme.
What conservative with even a flicker of courage and a glimmer of principle would not rather stand firm and lose (if necessary) than to shake hands with systematic murderers and agree to force taxpayers to fund them?
One of them was my own congressman. He’s supposed to be a stalwart Tea Party-type, a true conservative. When a constituent of our district wrote him demanding why in the world he would vote to fund Planned Parenthood or increase our deficits, the Rep completely sidestepped those issues and responded with a litany of reasons why the Ryan Omnibus bill was good for our state because it would protect Georgia’s water rights, help lock-in low gas prices, create jobs, and lock funding levels for the EPA and IRS.
Mr. Graves referred to these measures as “major conservative policy victories,” but excuse me for noting that, if by achieving these victories we continue the funding of murder and continue mounting massive national debts, our major conservative victories look no different than major liberal victories.
If anyone decries as unfair this obvious demonstration that there is no difference between the two major parties, let them hear the chorus of gloating from the Left as disproof of their delusion. When the Republicans stand in total control, and yet the outcome results in paeans of praise from the radical Left, no poll, trend, or political analyst can spin it hard enough to deny the obvious.
It is for this reason that prominent Christian leaders, with whom I would probably otherwise disagree on certain issues, are now realizing this. Franklin Graham has now announced he is resigning from the Republican Party and identifying as an Independent. His comments are as blistering as they are true:
“After all of the appalling facts revealed this year about Planned Parenthood, our representatives in Washington had a chance to put a stop to this, but they didn’t. There’s no question—taxpayers should not be paying for abortions! Abortion is murder in God’s eyes. Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps! That should’ve been all that was needed to turn off the faucet for their funding. Nothing was done to trim this 2,000 page, $1.1 trillion budget.
This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America. Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble. I want to challenge Christians, even pastors, across the country to pray about running for office where they can have an impact. We need mayors, country commissioners, city council members, school board members who will uphold biblical values.”
I agree! It’s time to Restore America One County at a Time. It’s time for Christians to get serious, make sacrifices, focus locally, and adopt a long-term, multi-generational vision for impact and change.
In the meantime, if we continue to support Representatives and candidates who compromise like this, we have no one to blame but ourselves. If we continue like this, Obama’s not the problem, Planned Parenthood is not the problem—we are the problem. And God will judge us accordingly.