Progressives Once Again on the Wrong Side of Progress

“I believe that involuntary servitude, as it exists in different States of this Confederacy, is recognized by the Constitution.  I believe that it stands like any other admitted right and that the States where it exists are entitled to efficient remedies to enforce the constitutional provisions.  I hold that the laws of 1850, commonly called the ‘compromise measures,’ are strictly constitutional and to be unhesitatingly carried into effect…I fervently hope that the question is at rest, and that no sectional or ambitious or fanatical excitement may again threaten the durability of our institutions or obscure the light of our prosperity”

– Franklin Pierce, 1853 (from his inauguration speech)

Franklin Pierce was one of the three Northern Democrat pro-slavery Presidents leading up to the civil war.  Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan put policies in place that expanded slavery and prepared the country for the South to leave through their inaction.  They considered slavery to be a constitutional right, argued that it was the law of the land, and called those who opposed it fanatics.  They praised their compromises considering peace and tranquility to be of more value than the freedom of the black man.  Their goal was to provide compromises between the North and South in hopes to keep everyone calm and sedated in the face of the greatest horror in America’s 19th century.

But where is the so-called “Progressive Party” in the face of the greatest horror of the 2oth and 21st century?  Where does the Democrat party stand on the 1.3 million unborn babies who are killed in the womb without enjoying the rights provided to them by the fifth amendment to the Constitution?

“The Democratic Party stands behind the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay… We believe it is a fundamental constitutional liberty that individual Americans — not government — can best take responsibility for making the most difficult and intensely personal decisions regarding reproduction.”

– Democrat Party Platform, 1996

This “progressive” stance on abortion is now to become the focus of the debate on a national healthcare program that forsakes the constitution and forces citizens of the United States to buy health insurance from government approved corporations.   What stands in the way now is whether our government, once of the people, will now be of the corporations AND Planned Parenthood.  Will our government force all Americans, regardless of conscience, to pour our tax dollars into the coffers of the abortion factories?  Once again, it is Democrats alone who will decide.

“The men who have brought us this [anti-abortion funding amendment] don’t single out a procedure that is used by a man, or a drug that is used by a man, that involves his reproductive health care, and say they have to get a special rider…There is nothing in this amendment that says if a man some day wants to buy Viagra, for example, that his pharmaceutical coverage cannot cover it…”

– Senator Barbara Boxer

While Harry Reid is comparing passing this universal healthcare bill to ending slavery, and the progressives are comparing killing the unborn to taking sexual performance enhancement drugs, hopes are beginning to slip away for a conscience protection in this bill.  Unlike Pierce, who believed the people of the various States had the right to choose whether slavery was constitutional, Reid and Pelosi will make every American pay for abortion.  Had Pierce commanded that the North fund the slave trade, those radical, regressive, and uncompromising abolitionist pests may not have waited for the South to secede or Lincoln to lead them.

So what will be the result when Pelosi finds Rep. Stupak’s price?  Already Senator Ben Nelson’s vote on abortion was bought for $45 million, and there are more stimulus pork bills on the horizon.  What will happen when you and I are forced to pay for abortion or face jail for tax evasion?  Will Americans stand once again for true progress?  Will we once again rise up for the rights of those who have no voice?  Or will we choose to be as silent as those who have no choice.

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