Kaptur delivers health care Judas kissWritten by Jenifer Christiaanse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As we approach Good Friday and Easter, our thoughts turn to the sad story of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Judas betrayed Christ with a kiss. A story of betrayal has been fomenting in U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s district and in the country at large. The majority of the American people feel their elected representatives have betrayed them and sold them for far more than 30 pieces of silver.
For weeks, Kaptur has appeared to be holding out against the health care reform bill because of her pro-life convictions and belief that abortions should not be funded by tax dollars. Hence she gave hope to those who are morally opposed to infanticide. We hoped that she would hold her ground despite the heavy artillery from the extreme left. Congressman Dennis Kucinich folded like an accordion. One ride on Air Force One and the lad from Cleveland stepped down from dizzying heights to sell his vote to the promising hucksters.
But we held out hopes for Kaptur. Her office was inundated with e-mails, faxes, and calls from her many constituents. Did the calls ring her bell? I called at least 20 times and got busy tones during the course of three days. When her minions closed the phone banks at 6 p.m., her voicemail box was immediately full. And then there was the rally March 18 in front of her office, begging her to oppose the bill.
But the only voices Kaptur appeared to hear were the voices of her party’s leadership. We all saw the cloying picture of President Obama wooing Kaptur in the Rose Garden. While Harry Reid beamed, and Nancy Pelosi smirked, the commander in chief went for the kill, making the Toledo gal blush like a star-struck teenager. She gushed, “He gave me a kiss on the left cheek.” And hence Kaptur’s “nay” went to a “hurray” vote.
She was betrayed by a Judas kiss.
The same evening Kaptur was drinking Rose Garden Kool-Aid, a group of caring people met at Gladieux Meadows to support The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo. Those assembled were pledging their support to help single and married women caught in unwanted pregnancies. No hijacked tax dollars were being thrown at the troubled women. Instead, love and compassion and free counseling are offered 365 days a year. For 21 years the center, now located near UT’s campus, has been offering compassion to those in conflict. One mother who gave testimony to the kindness of the counselors and who chose to have her children said, “Children are our future.” How profound. The Obama administration appears to want to snuff out our future — economically and morally.
Since Roe v. Wade became the (f)law of the land in 1973, it is estimated that 55 million abortions have been performed. According to pro-life advocate Bob Foust, 70 percent of women who have had abortions feel that they were coerced to have the abortion; they feel they had no choice. If the 55 million aborted babies were buried in a cemetery as closely packed as Arlington National Cemetery, the cemetery of shame would be 100 miles square—a cemetery reaching from Toledo to Cleveland.
Of the 800 women who sought help at The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo last year, 158 had already had a previous abortion. These women and their partners received consistent, compassionate help, free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests — all funds given without coercion and without taxpayer money.
On the flip side, Planned Parenthood stands to gain an increase of tenfold of the $154 million they received this year from tax dollars. But the devil is in the details of this bill, and members of Congress were asked to vote yes without knowing what the 2,000-plus pages contained. When President Obama was interviewed by Bret Baier of FOX news about the specifics of the bill, the president grew uptight and said, “By the time the vote has taken place, not only will I know what’s in it, you’ll know what’s in it, because it’s going to be posted and everybody’s going to be able to evaluate it on the merits.”
That’s like a slick car salesman saying, “Look! Buy the car now, and then I’ll let you look under the hood and take it out for a ride.” No wonder a portion of the population is outraged. The passage of this bill gives the federal government control of 17 percent of the economy. If the public is so anxious for this bill, why is there such opposition? If 85 percent of the population is happy with their medical care, how is 15 percent allowed to hijack the nation and bankrupt it?
The snake in the Garden of Eden brought condemnation upon all. The kiss in the Rose Garden for sure will bring poverty upon the entire nation. And what did Judas do with the 30 pieces of silver he got for betraying Christ? A cemetery was bought in his name as Judas went out and hung himself. If that 100 mile cemetery isn’t big enough, perhaps Obama can send over some of that Cornhusker money to buy a bigger cemetery.
As for me … tea is looking pretty good. I couldn’t reach Kaptur to voice my opposition. Even if I had, I’m not sure she even heard the count from her district. We don’t have the clout and bucks Obama has. He’s got our money! But don’t think that we feel totally helpless. From this defeat comes a strong spirit of resurrection. Lookout, midterm elections!