Monday, March 22, 2010

March 21, 2010: The Consummate Cultural Collision

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Two trains traveling from opposite points of view collided in the US Capitol last night, with the far left progressives prevailing to pass the largest piece of social legislation in the history of our country.

It defied the will of a majority of the American people and found President Obama experiencing his lowest ever approval rating with 55% disapproving and only 43% approving.

The national resistance to Obama's healthcare plan transcends healthcare itself and includes taxes, abortion, size of government, marriage and family, and the character of the President and the Congress.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. said, "A bit of freedom has been lost today." Indeed it has.

Over the next few days much will be said about the Obama healthcare bill's passage. Democrats will begin to point out the benefits of the new legislation, while the opposition to Obama's "remaking of America" will surely initiate litigation against the trickery and deceit that has characterized this legislation. At least 28 states are already looking at how they can block the negative effect of the President's healthcare plan.

Volumes of columns will be written in the days ahead and future history books will contain chapters, not pages, related to this day. The trickery and deceit will be interpreted by those who control the content at the time.

I took three things from the proceedings. Let me be candid.

1. There are no true "pro-life" Democrats in the US Congress.

In a situation where it would have mattered, those Democrats who professed to be pro-life, proved they are not. Bart Stupak, D-MI, had made much to do about his stand for life and opposition to abortion. So much so that he was scheduled to receive an award from a pro-life organization. The award has been withdrawn.

In the end, Stupak's actions betrayed his words. On the promise by the President of a meaningless Executive Order to insure that no federal funds would pay for abortions, Bart Stupak changed his vote and supported the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Phyllis Schlafly wrote late yesterday afternoon, "Any formerly pro-life Democrat who casts a "yes" vote for this Senate healthcare bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade."

She also said, "Mr. Stupak and his Democratic followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willingly align themselves with the Party of Death."

All lawmakers know that a Presidential Executive Order cannot change or override law. Obama's Executive Order, if ever even issued, would not be worth the paper it is written upon. Stupak knows that and so does the President.

And if you had given Stupak the benefit of the doubt, he assured you of where he really comes from. In his speech after the vote, which he and his party of five put over the top, he turned on his fellow so-called pro-life Democrats, berating and accusing them of politicizing the issue of life.

Charles Krauthammer said his speech "was a disgrace."

His performance last night causes one to wonder what so-called "moderate" Republicans really stand for. Does "moderate" mean you believe in nothing or that you sort of believe in everything?

2. President Obama is de-void of core beliefs.

He says he wants to reduce the number of abortions while he pushes legislation to expand the number of abortions.

He promises NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, NOW and other pro abortion organizations his full support, tells America his healthcare plan will not federally fund abortions, promises Stupack an Executive Order that is worthless to prevent federal funding of abortion, gets his and his colleagues votes and declares victory to his allies. And allows Stupak to tell his pro-life supporters, "I tried."


3. We should not be surprised.

Rev. Al Sharpton told FOX NEWS last night that no one should be surprised. He said, "America voted for socialism when they voted for Obama."

The "remaking of America" is well underway.

Within the next few days the government will be taking over the student loan industry with no Congressional discussion.

The government owns part of the auto industry, the banking industry and now the healthcare industry. And they are promising there is much more to be done.

Speaker Pelosi said, "We are honoring the vows of our Founders."

President Obama said in his remarks last night, "Another stone has been laid in the pathway of the American dream."

What he is describing as a stepping stone will surely become a stumbling block that, if not reversed, will bring unimaginable consequences. Some unintended.

As the sun rises over the US Capitol this morning, one could wonder if the sun of destiny is rising or setting on America.

While our country has been fundamentally changed in recent days, I believe it can be restored.

One thing is certain. If people of faith have any sense of wanting to take back our country we must act and we must act now.

John Boehner, R-OH., in his final words last night referred to the carvings of Moses, Blackstone and Jefferson in the Chamber, honoring their association to US laws saying, "We disgrace their values."

Indeed. Nationally, we have disgraced the very principles upon which this country was founded.

Political action will be absolutely necessary in restoring America, but there must be a spiritual awakening. People of faith must pray for God's forgiveness and guidance.

While the church, all too often, remains silent and even tacitly supportive toward fundamentally moral issues having to do with marriage and family and life, people of faith must speak to our culture and pray for God's blessings.

Be prayerful. Do not be silent.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom