Ken Blackwell

I like the catalogs that fill our mailboxes at this time of year. They’re fun to page through on long flights, or even in the barber’s chair, even if I don’t intend to buy anything. “Signals” markets all the great stuff that viewers of PBS would like. In past years there have been “Ho Ho Ho” nightshirts, as well as “Bah Humbug” sweaters (it is PBS, after all.) But the perennial favorite is the sweatshirt being marketed this year to those smart ladies in sensible shoe that bears the motto: She Who Must be Obeyed.

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Well, this Yuletide, there’s a new She Who Must be Obeyed. It’s our Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Secretary Sebelius is the star of “Harry Reid’s Polar Express.” The new health care bill Harry Reid just dumped off his sleigh weighs in at 19.8 pounds. It’s 2,079 pages of “shalls” and “musts” and “directs” Sen. Reid wants to have it all wrapped up and signed by Christmas.

Secretary Sebelius gets all a bureaucrat could want under her tree in this bill. There are 1,697 grants of discretionary authority in Reid’s monster.

She Who Must be Obeyed gets to decide what health care is going to cost for every enrollee in America. And she gets to decide what qualifies as health care and what does not. If we’re going to give her all this power, if she’s going to be the one who must be obeyed, shouldn’t we know whether she’s been naughty or nice? Let’s consider the record.

Kathleen Sebelius was elected Governor of Kansas with the enthusiastic backing of ProKanDo—the political action committee set up by the late, late-term abortionist, George Tiller. Tiller’s Wichita abortion center did some 60,000 late-term abortions.

He raised large sums to help elect Sebelius and her cohorts in the state legislature.

In turn, Sebelius vetoed bills that might have put a crimp in Tiller’s sales. While we denounce Tiller’s murder and his murderer, it’s interesting that liberals have not really been able to make Tiller a martyr. He didn’t donate those abortions.

On April 26, 2008, Sebelius invited George Tiller, LeRoy Carhart and their staffs to dinner at Cedar Crest, the Kansas Governor’s Mansion. LeRoy Carhart has been to the U.S. Supreme Court not once, but twice, defending his practice of partial-birth abortions.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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