WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 – “House GOP leadership is eager to avoid a government shutdown,” writes Jake Sherman at POLITICO, “and is actively working to craft a plan that would keep government open past Sept. 30.”
Sherman adds that Republican House Speaker John Boehner “warned his Republican colleagues… that shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood could damage the cause of lawmakers who oppose abortion.”
Only among Republican Party elites could the idea of shutting down the federal government to wage a principled fight to defund Planned Parenthood be viewed as a negative for the pro-life movement.
And 31 House Republicans have warned Boehner that they will vote no on any spending measure that includes appropriations for Planned Parenthood. “That means the speaker does not have enough votes to pass even a plain-vanilla, temporary funding bill without Democratic votes,” said the Wall Street Journal.
And it was during the CNN GOP presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, California, that candidate Carly Fiorina put Speaker Boehner and the gutless Republican lickspittles he surrounds himself with on the spot:
As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched the videotape – I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully-formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’
This is about the character of our nation. And if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this [spending] bill, shame on us.
As the nation discovered shortly after they handed Democrats a political shellacking in the midterm elections of 2010, Boehner hasn’t the stomach for a fight – any fight.
When it comes to raising the nation’s debt ceiling, funding federal agencies responsible for implementing the president’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens or funding the ghoulish harvesting of tiny beating hearts and limbs, Speaker John Boehner has been a slavishly devoted and reliable member of the cult of big government.
Boehner represents the rapid civilizational decline of a nation once dedicated to the preservation of life and liberty, to one more familiar to the ancient Aztecs, whose high priests cut out the beating hearts of their victims to please the gods residing in their towering, pyramidal temples.
Republicans like Boehner will never cut federal funding – the lifeblood of Washington – even to protect the lifeblood of the innocent.
“They led us to some very large buildings of fine masonry which were the prayer-houses of their idols,” wrote the Spanish chronicler Bernal Diaz of the conquest of Mexico, “the walls of which were painted with the figures of great serpents and evil-looking gods. In the middle was something like an alter, covered with clotted blood.”
The horrific scene described by Diaz in 1568 could well be said of John Boehner’s Washington.