The release of Karen Handel’s new book, “Planned Bullyhood,” probes deep into the funding scandal led by Planned Parenthood last year, in their successful attempt to torpedo breast-cancer awareness group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The book explores Planned Parenthood’s masterstroke in feigning surprise and outrage months after Komen announced that it would only be contributing funds to breast cancer groups rather than all-around women’s health and abortion groups. All in all, the story shows a true genius behind Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Cecile Richards in waging a perfect public relations war on the charity.
In the book, Ms. Handel recalls a conversation with Komen CEO, Nancy Brinker, in which Brinker had decided to reverse policy, allowing Planned Parenthood to bully itself back into the fold. Handel stated, “If we blink now, it’s over and no one will know what Komen stands for.” To which Brinker replied, “Karen, I’ve talked to a lot of people. And even Karl [Rove] says we have to backtrack. There’s just no other way.”
Leading up to the 2010 midterm elections, it was reported that Rove wouldn’t allow the Susan B. Anthony group a seat at the Super PAC table until he realized that they had enough firepower to help pick off some of the chameleon pro-aborts that passed the Stupak Amendment.
But with this latest revelation, we have seen the enemy. We know democrats oppose Life. But it’s often difficult to determine where our fellow R’s stand.
Karl Rove is an opportunist. That should surprise no one. But we have to be so careful in those we anoint as our leaders simply because they have an “R” behind their name. The two pillars of the Republican Party must be fiscal discipline and an unequivocal stand for Life. America is better than this. Americans claim accountability for their actions. America’s men own up to their responsibilities. As a righteous people, we stand in the place of the abolitionist movement of our forefathers. We speak for the defenseless. While the politicians argue over money and war, the Life movement stands for those who cannot stand for themselves.
There are so many leaders in our party. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, etc. that stand for life only in word but rarely in deed. They are so lukewarm on Life that we slowly cede ground and call it “compromise.”
In a two-party system we have only one place to go. But that doesn’t mean that we let frauds “take it from here.” Since Obama took office, the Life movement has lost on Mexico City, the First Amendment, taxpayer-funded abortion and Komen – and that’s only at the national level. Throughout these disputes, I heard a lot of squawking from republicans, but not a whole lot of action. I don’t recall any Senate filibusters, once we got them over forty. I seem to remember Boehner bargaining away the Planned Parenthood issue to the abortion president for $30 billion in spending cuts that never took place.
Republicans are now coming with their hands open for money and votes for 2012. I don’t begrudge anyone who votes for the lesser of two evils. But as long as we have squishy leaders, the party can’t ask us to sit down and be quiet when our turn comes.
You want to know why standing for Life isn’t a winning issue while standing for a woman’s right to abort is? The D’s have strong leadership. Bill Clinton wasn’t afraid to admit that he stood for partially birthing a baby outside of her mother before terminating her life. Barack Obama stood proudly for “rocker rooms” in Illinois where abortion survivors were denied the protection of health care. Contrast that with our leaders. Romney governed as a pro-abort and has now changed only in rhetoric. In Virginia’s debate over informed consent last year, Governor Bob McDonnell and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling stood in udder silence as the right took a shellacking. Eventually, McDonnell came out in opposition to his own Republican super majority in the House! When Mississippi went to pass their Personhood Amendment, Haley Barbour said that while he was personally for it, he completely understood those voting against it.
As long as we lack conviction we will continue to lose. Like our state legislators, like House Republicans and like Komen for the cure.
Over 50% of Americans are in agreement with Life and taking away federal funding should be our winning issue. People like a backbone. Obama flexed his last year. So did Biden. We need a leader that will stand for what’s right, unlike Karl Rove. Mr. Romney might not find himself down by six points in the polls if he could give the Christian Church something to be excited about.