Is The GOP’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Indignation Just Posturing?

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Alan Keyes Former Assistant Secretary of State
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And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, “Follow me; and let the dead bury the dead.” (Matthew 8:22)

“And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, “Let the dead bury the dead: but go thou and preach the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)

Not long ago, a craftily staged procedural vote took place in the U.S. Senate on a measure to end “taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.” A vote to end a Democrat staged filibuster against the measure failed, thereby forestalling a vote on the measure itself. Thus, in what was (with one exception) a straight party-line vote, the GOP’s dog-on-a-leash effort to defund Planned Parenthood met with defeat in the U.S. Senate. Not long after, in a what was (with three GOP exceptions) also a straight party-line vote, the GOP majority in the U.S. House passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood for a year unless the nation’s largest abortion provider “certifies that… affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs an abortion during such period.”   

Who can doubt the sincerity of the young pro-lifers who produced the video evidence showing Planned Parenthood executives blandly bartering the remains of aborted human infants on a per part basis? But in what we have every reason to think is their usual fashion, the GOP’s quisling leadership in Congress craftily abused the sincerity of their party’s faithful constituents to stage a legislative pantomime.

The desired outcome is twofold: a) It provides a false pro-life credential to some GOP Senators and Representatives who in fact reject the principled basis of the pro-life cause; and b) It lets Barack Obama off the hook for his obdurate defense of even the most shocking rituals associated with the murderous hecatombs of the abortion cult. For Obama’s unequivocal assurance that he would veto the defunding measure doomed it from the start.

Had they been serious about defunding Planned Parenthood, the GOP’s quisling leaders would have dealt with the defunding issue as part of the legislation required to fund the U.S. Government as a whole.  That way, to defend the abortion cult Obama would have had to veto the funding legislation, starting the countdown toward a government shutdown. The GOP quislings want pro-life votes, but they do not in fact share the pro-life voter’s commitment to the standard of God-endowed unalienable right.  

That standard was the cause of the American Revolution, the Civil War and every major advance of equal justice in America’s history. But the elitist faction toadies at the helm of both political parties do not believe that respect for it is worth the risk of letting Americans realize, even for a moment, that they can live without the U.S. government; that when the U.S. government’s functions are reduced to just what is required for the survival of the nation (as happens during a so-called government shutdown), Americans of goodwill can survive; more than that, they can rediscover the self-confidence that is the key to their nation’s hope for prosperity.

In several of the articles written in reaction against Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the fetal tissue trade, people noted the incongruity of a world in which many of the same people who react with dismay against the slaughter of a popular lion in Zimbabwe, are vociferously defensive about Planned Parenthood’s abortion profiteering.    

I actually find it more incongruous that not a few of the same GOP politicians purporting to react with horror to the commercial exploitation of fetal remains, nonetheless promote or acquiesce to the lie that some fundamental right is involved in the murderous activity that supplies them in the first place. The U.S. Senate vote is carefully staged, however, to produce a result they can cite on the hustings when they say “I am personally pro-life,” or words to that effect.   

Tragically those words don’t mean that they actually reject the constitutional travesty that protects the crime against humanity Planned Parenthood promotes, which is the specious jurisprudence of so-called “abortion rights.” The GOP’s quisling leadership puffs out a cloud of witnesses to attest to the fact that they voted against the hardness of heart that is a consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unconstitutional abortion regime. But in action they accept the false notion that it must be respected as “the law of the land.”

Are they not, therefore, among those who, as the Scripture says, love and make a lie?

This is particularly worth pondering, given the nature of the lie. For it encourages people to react more strongly against the commercial exploitation of dead bodies than against the murderous violation of God-endowed unalienable right that purports to legalize abortion, which murderously makes them dead. It encourages people to grieve at the irreverence shown for corpses, when they should be acting on the righteous indignation that true conscience stirs against the heinous murder of living souls.

Think this through. It helps to understand Christ’s seemingly callous disregard for the grief of the pious son who wanted leave to bury his father before joining the ministry of Christ. Whatever mercy there is in respect for the dead, Christ sternly admonished him to give priority to the living, which is to say, those who preach the kingdom of God and His justice.  

But when it comes to the contemporary practice of murdering nascent human beings, what is the justice of God? Does His justice consist in conniving at the murders, but fulminating when profits are made from the corpses they produce? Does it consist in conniving at the legalistic proclamation that some right is involved in murdering the innocent? How can that be so when such murder is an abomination, counted among the things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)?

Of course, given the treacherous record of the GOP quislings, the cloud of sincerely well-intentioned witnesses being stirred against the hardness of heart inevitably engendered by Planned Parenthood’s promotion of evil will probably turn out to be a deceitful fog generated by the GOP’s quisling leaders to obscure their continued complicity in the regime of anti-constitutional edicts that purports to legalize that evil, and license those who practice and promote it. Like so much else in the increasingly depraved legal and political culture engendered by the elitist faction’s twin party sham, this smacks of the self-idolatry that motivates the elitist faction’s implacable war against God.

For the elitist faction’s would-be tyrants are like the would-be tyrant Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play (Act I, Sc. 3), whom the poet addresses as “nothing afear’d of what thyself didst make, strange images of death.” The abortion cult, and all its fellow worshippers and disciples, worship man’s self-made images of death. So instead of acting out true indignation at the breach of the commandment of the living God (“Thou shalt not murder!”), they make a false show of reverence for the infant corpses man has produced in defiance of God’s will. They give more worth, thereby, to the lifeless images of their own making (idols) than they do to the word of life that “proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Thus slyly they induce people of goodwill to ignore Christ’s admonition against becoming so preoccupied with reverence for dead bodies that it displaces what ought to be the higher priority, i.e., to live out the commands by which God demands respect for human life. From all creatures He demands an accounting, if and when they murderously assault the image of true life He engraved in human nature. For by that assault they disrespect the high intent with which He, the Living God, imparted being to the words “Let us make man, in our image and after our likeness.”