“And the problem is this. We were bought with a kiss.” – David Crowder, 2007.
Back in September of 2007, I made a serious error of judgment while giving a speech in Traverse City, Michigan. It was an annual fund-raiser for the Traverse City Right to Life, which is a part of the best statewide Right to Life organization in America. Anyone not familiar with Michigan Right to Life should go to their website. They are a model for the nation as a whole.
The serious error I mentioned was a reference to my former membership in the Democratic Party, in which I characterized them as the “party of death.” That wasn’t a very bright thing to say, given the large number of pro-life Democrats in the audience. Believe me, I heard about it afterwards. And I haven’t made the same mistake since.
My decision to stop using the term “party of death” in the presence of pro-life Democrats reflected more than an acceptance of the idea that one could be a pro-life Democrat. It also reflected an acceptance that there were, in fact, many of them in states like Michigan.
But that all changed last week with the political unraveling of Michigan’s Bart Stupak. The Democrat’s decision to switch votes on the controversial health care legislation has profound implications for pro-life Dems. And there are profound implications for pro-life Republicans as well.
For pro-life Dems there has to be a realization that they are simply no longer welcomed in the Party of Death. Bart Stupak was promised an executive order blocking the portion of the health care bill funding abortions – issued, of course, by former constitutional law professor Barack Obama. The president isn’t stupid. At the time of making the promise, he knew that such an order could not be used to accomplish its ostensible purpose.
And Bart Stupak knew such an order would be as useless as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. He pretended to believe the obviously-lying president because Obama threatened to bring a Democratic primary challenger against Stupak in an act of political revenge for a “no” vote on national health care. Where I come from, that’s called political extortion. In the Obama administration, such extortion is a Daley occurrence, so to speak.