Freshman Democrat Congresswoman Kathy Hocul held a town hall meeting in Lancaster, NY on Friday, February 24 at 10:30 AM. I’m sure she and her staff did not expect a great turnout for a mid-morning meeting on a typical work day.
At Mass on Ash Wednesday, two days before the meeting, Father Leon Biernet of Our Lady of Pompeii gave his sermon about the abysmal decision of the Obama administration on birth control. He encouraged his constituents to call their elected leaders. He told them to take off work, to do whatever it took to get to this meeting. Many kids were off school that week, and presumably many parents had some time off to be home with the kids. Someone notified the local Catholic radio station (101.7, WLOF) and they put out the word over and over again.
Imagine the surprise of the Hochul team when the dutiful Catholics filed in, some more than thirty minutes early, for the meeting. They filled the seats and many had to stand. Attendees said Hochul’s handlers were huddled with cell phones, and doing up-and-down motions from their chairs to the hallway, as the room filled up.
Ken May was there. His mother had given him an iPod a couple days earlier. He was learning how to use it, and was practicing the video options. It is probably safe to say his next video was one of the first he used that iPod for. Ken was sitting next to Brad Gay from Clarence. Ken practiced using iPod video on Brad’s question to Congresswoman Hochul.
“Under what portion of the constitution is the government allowed to require a private or religious organization to pay for anything for free?”
“Well, basically, we’re not looking to the constitution on that aspect.”
Here’s Ken’s video, which has gone viral: Kathy Hochul on birth control
Here’s the reporting from a local news station:
“We’re not gonna agree on this one. I’m gonna tell you that I will stand for our religious freedoms. But I don’t see a conflict here. Now that there’s been an accommodation that says religious institutions do not have to provide these services. So we’re just going to have to disagree on that.”
Like many, I am very angry about this decree from the Almighty Obama. I’m proud of Father Leon, and my fellow Catholics for heeding the call. I was out of town for the meeting, otherwise I would have been there.
Others have hit on the many, many reasons this decision was wrong, but the questioner brought up something else very interesting. Brad asks why the government went right to birth control as a mandated product.
“So why don’t we provide free access to band aids or cancer screening? Why is it contraception? Aren’t those more important to health care than contraception?”
Obviously Obama picked contraception for a reason. Does he want the Catholic hospitals to close, thus pushing more into Obamacare’s clutches? Did he want to distract attention away from the economy? Did he want yet another issue to drive a wedge between factions?
After asking myself those and other questions, I have decided that I don’t care what his reasons are anymore. We need to fight against Obamacare with everything we have. It has to be front and center of every question to our elected reps, or those running this year. Repeal Repeal Repeal!
Election time is gearing up now. People like Ken, Brad and Fr. Leon will be showing up out of nowhere. We need to do the same – starting today through November. I’m calling again today. We have a Tea Party caucus happening in Western NY on Saturday. A lawsuit was just won by a group downstate that MAY revolutionize the NY Republican Party.
Brad, a dad and project manager, from Clarence, NY pretty much owned Kathy Hochul. Deer in the headlights owned.
Love, The Tea Party
BTW… The Buffalo News has not carried this story as of today. Note that the video has gone viral, this story made Hot Air days ago, and national radio has picked this up. There are all sorts of comments from registered readers about this, but no article as of yet. Wonder why? Hmmm