So close and yet so far - A CALL TO ACTIONI keep getting the feeling that our leaders in Washington just do not fully appreciate what it is all about. Even before the vote last night, i was told by various sources that we would not get de-funding of Planned Parenthood BUT that our efforts had made progress and that we could look for it in the 2012 Budget. I was told that the Democrats would not give in on this issue, that Obama would veto the continuing resolution, that this was the best we could get.
So I ask .... really?
Since when....? Why is it that the pro-life side is the one that ALWAYS has to compromise?
After all, when we compromise, babies continue to die.
Had the House leadership held firm, what would have happened? How bad would a government "slow down" have been? How long would it have lasted? And who would be responsible?
It is after all the Senate that refused to consider a budget or the continuing resolutions. It is the Democrats who never provided the Congress with a budget in the fall when they controlled BOTH houses and the presidency.
No, I am sorry but caving in is what Stupak and his cronies did. Remember how we reacted then? Maybe we in the pro-life movement should give an award for the pro-life congressman who caves in the most ...or the quickest ....or who strings us along the longest.... Or who tells us .....
Still I will not be moved to quit this battle. In fact, "I have not yet begun to fight," to quote the famous U.S. Naval Captain, John Paul Jones.
But it is another famous speech that I also recall. So I will end by quoting from the famous speech given by Winston Churchill in those dark days of 1940 when Britain seemed all alone. Fellow activists: this must be our mantra. We can never yield. We can never quit. We can never give up. We must prevail.
"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.
The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Fellow activists: as I said, this must be our mantra. We can never yield. We can never quit. We can never give up. We must prevail.
We must continue to publicize Planned Parenthood's assault on women and children. No legitimate business should have anything to do with Planned Parenthood. We must publicize those politicians who refuse to take the American people seriously when it comes to funding the horror of abortion. Any politician who supports Planned Parenthood must be defeated. And we must demand that those who CLAIM to be our friends start acting that way.
I am tired of being told to sit in the back of the bus and be patient. I am tired of being told to accept the crumbs from the table. This is not a game. Human lives are at stake. They demand our complete loyalty and our best efforts.