â€œHypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothingâ€ –Edmund Burke
In yesterday’s post I quoted Steve Deace as saying “…if only Republicans would implement the Republican Party Platform we wouldnâ€™t have the problems we have.”
What if our elected Republican leaders and party officials, as Burke said, never intend to go beyond promise?
What if they are a bunch of hypocrites?
Jesus used the word hypocrite a lot with the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Are the present day religious and political leaders of conservatism present day Pharisees and Sadducees?
The Republican Party platform states:
Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.
They go on to say they support a Human Life Amendment but they know they will never get the three-fourths votes they need in Congress to make this happen.
You have conservative leaders such as Jed Babbin who says, â€œThe Declaration is not law at all”, even though the Declaration of Independence is clearly one of the four organic laws of the United States.
The other point of emphasis I made about the 2008 GOP Platform was:
We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it.
All but one of the current Republican House membership voted yes on the Stupak Amendment (John Shadegg of Arizona voted present).
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council urged his supporters to call their Senators to support Ben Nelson’s Amendment.
The National Right to Life sponsored a letter to Senators supporting the Nelson Amendment.
The Susan B. Anthony List also supported the Senate’s Nelson Amendment.
Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice described the Senate’s rejection of the Nelson Amendment “a callous disregard for the protection of innocent human life.”
Focus on the Family stated the rejection of the Nelson Amendment “endangers preborn life.”
Futhermore, Congress has continuously passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the funding of Title X funds, some of which goes to Planned Parenthood. Of course PP says they never use government funding for their abortion factories, but their profit margin, yes profit, would not be so great if they did not receive any government funding.
To keep these men from being hypocrites in their support of the Hyde/Stupak/Nelson Amendments and federal funding of Planned Parenthood, allow me to rewrite the Sanctity of Life portion of the GOP Platform. Let it read:
Notwithstanding our faithfulness to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence and our assertion of the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirmation that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed;
And in spite of our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorsement of legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendmentâ€™s protections apply to unborn children;
Nonetheless we oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion, unless the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed;
Furthermore we will not fund organizations which advocate it, except for funding Planned Parenthood with their assurances that public revenues will not be used for abortion.
Finally, we support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life, even if they will not protect it.
If we are going to keep electing Republican representatives, senators, and party officials, and supporting conservative and Christian organization that all support the government funding of killing babies under the Hyde/Stupak/Nelson Amendments, can we at least have a party platform that is in agreement with its executors’ performance?
Otherwise we are never intending to go beyond promise and that makes us hypocrites.
So what is the alternative to changing the platform?
We have to take steps to actually implement it.
More on that later…
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