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Stupak’s Betrayal Merits Fierce Revenge

By on 3.22.10 | 10:41AM

There will be much more to say along these lines in a full column later this week, but for now, this should suffice: Bart Stupak, Kathy Dahlkemper, Indianans Ellsworth, Donnelly, and Hill, and all their supposedly pro-life AND pro-fiscal-integrity colleagues who voted for Obamacare are in for a life of unmitigated hell. They should, they must, they will never, ever, ever be allowed to forget what they have just done to America. They should be hounded and haunted for the rest of their lives. What they have done to the social compact is monstrous. What they have done to the economy is unforgiveable. What they have done to our republican (small 'r') system of government is vicious and vile. And what they have done, yes, to unborn children, is a grave evil.

There was one man who did uphold his principles. He represents a district that is 72 percent Democrat (if I remember the numbers correctly). But all along he said that he would not abandon his conscience when it comes to abortion. That man is Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-LA. Here is what he said in a press release:

In a letter to President Obama explaining his vote, Cao wrote:  “To me, a moral ethicist and a former Jesuit seminarian, and to literally tens of thousands of the Louisianans I represent, the Senate abortion language is dangerously insufficient.”

Cao pointed out that under the Senate bill:

•   Federal vouchers could be used to purchase insurance plans that cover abortion on demand;

•   Federal courts could force community health clinics receiving billions of dollars in new federal funding to perform taxpayer-financed abortions;

•   Governmental agencies could be free to discriminate against physicians and nurses who object to abortion as a matter of conscience.

Cao noted he voted in favor of the House health care reform bill only after the House adopted the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, applying the 1976 Hyde Amendment, which upholds federal law banning federal funding of abortion except in case of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.  The Senate, however, declined to adopt similarly strong language in its version, paving the way for a large-scale expansion of federal abortion funding.

Cao dismissed the Administration’s announcement this afternoon that President Obama would issue an Executive Order declaring the Senate bill will not interfere with the existing ban on federal abortion funding.

In his letter to the President, Cao wrote:  “Despite your Administration’s best intentions, the Executive Order you plan to issue stating that abortions would not be funded under the Senate Bill could be overturned in the federal courts given their consistent rulings that the federal government must pay for abortions unless Congress explicitly adds the Hyde Amendment prohibiting them.”

He is right. And as Neil Patel of the Daily Caller put it, "Bart Stupak is either not very smart or not very honest." Or both dumb and dishonest. Joseph Cao figured it out. Bart Stupak, on the other hand, lived up to the first four letters of his last name, in combination with his id.

As a reminder, to quote Freud on what an "id" is:

It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learnt from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of this is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We all approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle.

Stup. Id. That about says it. And if he thinks he will be ever live it down or be allowed to forget it, well, maybe he doesn't think very well.

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