Stupak Realizes He Was A Chump

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Chump

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air Bart Stupak, former Democrat Congressman who was played like a fiddle by Obama to pass ObamaCare, go here  for the details, realizes that he was a chump in regard to the contraception mandate:

Today, as a private citizen, I’m proud to stand with the Green and Hahn families and their corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, in seeking to uphold our most cherished beliefs that we, as American citizens, should not be required to relinquish our conscience and moral convictions in order to implement the Affordable Care Act. …

[W]e received an ironclad commitment that our conscience would remain free and our principles would be honored. With our negotiations completed and our legislative intent established by the colloquy, we agreed to an executive order directing federal agencies to respect America’s longstanding prohibitions on government funding of abortion and most relevant here, to respect longstanding protections for individuals and organizations conscientiously opposed to participating in or facilitating abortions.

I was deeply concerned and objected to the HHS mandate that required all health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives, including four drugs and devices that could terminate human life at its earliest stages by preventing an embryo’s implantation in the womb. The FDA’s own labeling statements, as well as other studies, indicate that drugs such as the 5-day-after pill (Ella), as well as intrauterine devices (IUDs), may operate this way. The Greens and the Hahns cannot, in good conscience, risk subsidizing actions that may take human life.

I have two reactions to Mr. Stupak belatedly realizing that he was played:

First, the Obama administration is filled with gangsters who are complete strangers to honor and have no compunction about lying to reach their ends.

Second, the eternal observation of Captain Renault to revelation of the bloody obvious:

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17 Comments

  1. Before Giuliani/Bratton, there were “three card monty” (TCM) games all over Midtown NYC, including Fifth Avenue.

    “America’s Mayor” pushed them out of NYC. They landed in the White House.

  2. :/
    I notice he doesn’t say “I screwed up. Sorry. Let’s fight this thing” or anything similar. All “I’m proud to do this” and call to action stuff while complaining that dogs bite people.
    So, he’ll do it again, and again, if it’s easier than doing what’s right– and he’ll still want support for his brave refusal to apply critical thinking.

  3. Don,

    I remember this. I learned the hard way after Stupak’s sellout that pro-life Democrats are either too shallow to stand firmly for principle or too naive to do it effectively. I’m glad he realizes now that he was wrong, but fine as that may be for his personal growth, its a little late for the rest of us.

  4. It almost seems that when someone goes in for a close-up personal time with our President, they should put on the whole armor of God. Silver-tongued he is.
    Even conservative people seem to come away from talking with him with a profound belief in his goodness and good intentions; even beginning to waiver a bit. (O’Reilly for one) Like hypnotism. I don’t think he’s a hypnotist, but the president strikes me as one of those people who has learned from an early age to get by on his charm, and combined with his intelligence and social intelligence, he has gone a long way in moving people by silver arguments and emotion.
    We are in spiritual battles and need to cover ourselves with our armor. Ephesians 6:10 – 18.
    Mr Stupak is just as smart as you and I, but he was manipulated… and left the meeting convinced that he was thinking independently and doing the right thing.

  5. He is not a chump and he was not manipulated. He knew exactly what he was doing. We would be hearing none of this if he was still a congressman. Maybe, just maybe he really is not pro-life. Maybe, just maybe, he is mere weather vane.

  6. Unfortunately, the most vocal proponents of the culture of death
    are American Catholics: Seblius, Pelosi, Cuomo, Biden, Roberts,
    etc. The American clergy have failed to educate their parishioners
    and to defend the Church. who have given the nation a milquetoast
    and indifferent Catholic population, who lack the will to defend the
    Faith.

  7. Franco wrote, “The American clergy have failed to educate their parishioners
    and to defend the Church…”

    Not only in America. But we should remember that the indefectibility of the Church does not depend on the hierarchy. As our Holy father has reminded us, “The people itself constitutes a subject. And the church is the people of God on the journey through history, with joys and sorrows. Thinking with the church, therefore, is my way of being a part of this people. And all the faithful, considered as a whole, are infallible in matters of belief, and the people display this infallibilitas in credendo, this infallibility in believing, through a supernatural sense of the faith of all the people walking together.”

    As Bl John Henry Newman put it, “”We know that it is the property of life to be impatient of any foreign substance in the body to which it belongs. It will be sovereign in its own domain, and it conflicts with what it cannot assimilate into itself, and is irritated and disordered till it has expelled it. Such expulsion, then, is emphatically a test of uncongeniality, for it shows that the substance ejected, not only is not one with the body that rejects it, but cannot be made one with it; that its introduction is not only useless or superfluous, adventitious, but that it is intolerable.”

    Speaking of the Arian crisis, he adds, “It is not a little remarkable, that, though, historically speaking, the fourth century is the age of doctors, illustrated, as it was, by the saints Athanasius, Hilary, the two Gregories, Basil, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine, and all of these saints bishops also, except one, nevertheless in that very day the divine tradition committed to the infallible Church was proclaimed and maintained far more by the faithful than by the Episcopate.”

  8. Church was proclaimed and maintained far more by the faithful than by the Episcopate.”
    Wasn’t this true of Obamacare? Were, then, a few of our bishops chumps?
    Do we join in chumpdom by not insisting that this unjust and unconstitutional “tax” be removed?

  9. I say yes Kevin.
    also thank you Michael P-S for this:
    “Bl John Henry Newman put it, “”We know that it is the property of life to be impatient of any foreign substance in the body to which it belongs. It will be sovereign in its own domain, and it conflicts with what it cannot assimilate into itself, and is irritated and disordered till it has expelled it. Such expulsion, then, is emphatically a test of uncongeniality, for it shows that the substance ejected, not only is not one with the body that rejects it, but cannot be made one with it; that its introduction is not only useless or superfluous, adventitious, but that it is intolerable.”

    That EnCourages us.

  10. I propose a new verb: ‘stupaked’. I’ve already used it in MN, where some of our legislators and many of our citizenry were stupacked into opposing the traditional marriage amendment to MN’s constitution two years ago. They were told that a constitutional amendment would prevent open dialogue, the only thing that gays wanted in MN. The next legislative session, we got legalized gay marriage. Stupaked indeed.

  11. Lets face it, Bart Stupak is one in a long line of so called Catholics driving abortion and contraception in America today. I know this being a resident of Massachusetts where every Catholic politician from this state supports contraception and abortion. But, I have to say, Catholic politicians take these anti-life stands because of silence from the pulpits and Catholic Bishops who, for the most part, refuse to speak up and uphold Catholic Church moral teaching. Today, if you are a faithful Catholic your on your own with few exceptions you hear little to nothing in church from one end of the year to another about abortion or contraception.

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