Far-Right Reveal Extremism Surfaces (Again) in Abortion Battle on Sebelius


We Kansans sometimes take things personally.  

The HHS nomination battle is getting personal, not for Gov. Kathleen Sebelieus, but for the sexual health of all Americans.

Sebelius has never played political games, so the petty behavior from the far-right reveals their extremism without laying a glove on her.  The far-right recognizes that centrist, pro-choice Catholic Sebelius will reshape the reproductive health landscape and lay a foundation for progressive policies based on solid American values like privacy, personal responsibility, honesty, and equality — not only in the short-term — but within health care reform.

There can be no doubt she is as politically centrist as Kansas is geographically, especially on sexual and reproductive health issues. The far-right wouldn’t fight Kathleen Sebelius so hard if she didn’t literally define the center so well. 

Out of touch with the vast majority of Americans on sex ed, contraception and abortion, the far-right is apparently also clueless when it comes to crisis.

Regardless of your position on abortion, I bet I know it on swine flu.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is exactly the kind of woman you want running HHS, right now, today, when epidemics break out. I’ve watched her career from its start, she is brilliant, compassionate, and tough as nails when working her way to solutions.  She is recognized as one of the most pragmatic governors in the nation, bringing people together in the center to solve problems, not play politics.

She had the vision to help make sure an entire city, Greensburg, Kansas, was rebuilt as a model green city after it was leveled by a tornado, demonstrating an ability not just to respond to crisis, but to see through it in ways most Americans agree makes sense for the future. She was an early critic of over-reliance on the National Guard in Iraq, rendering states less ready to face local emergencies, or deal with ongoing issues at home.

Issues like swine flu, should this become the worst case scenario the National Guard and others have prepared for.

The people who brought you the Bush Administration and the Katrina Response are stonewalling the Sebelius nomination in the face of a major national public health crisis based solely on ideology and stigmatizing people in the process.

Sound familiar?

When AIDS first broke in the
early 1980’s, the far-right used ideology to stigmatize
gay people and worked to deny, delay and thwart public health experts who demanded swift response. The far-right continue their anti-gay campaigns three decades later
while trying to "do the right thing" on AIDS in Africa, if not at home. 

But they keep tripping
over their ideology.

HIV runs rampant precisely because of the far-right’s failure
to respond to facts with anything but ideology. They continue to deny the importance of reproductive health, family planning,
and encouraging reality-based, healthy and responsible sexual
decision-making by everyone.

In holding the Sebelius nomination
hostage based on abortion, the far-right stigmatizes women for wanting
to make decisions about their reproductive lives just as surely as they
tried to blame AIDS on homosexuals. Their policies, far from being morally superior, are proven time and again to be failures and their political strategies, in the face of crisis, call into question their very ability to govern.  Their stonewalling based on ideology is allowing yet another epidemic to go unchecked, unless of course Americans once and for all see the far-right and their manipulative abortion politics for what they really are — distractions.

 

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  • http://www.lewiscrusade.org invalid-0

    1. I have no position on swine flu. It’s a virus. It’s not an issue. There is nothing government can do about viruses, *nothing*. They give us “flu medicines” to treat the symptoms but not the viruses, killing our immune systems, so we can show up for work like good little slaves. They give us “vaccinations” made from dead babies’ bodies so we can “prevent” viruses, only leading to the viruses mutating to worse and worse forms. Every time a new virus presents itself, the media tell us it’s going to be a pandemic, to scare us into giving further power to the federal Nanny State, yet, each time, no pandemic materializes.
    The best ways to prevent infection are and always have been soap and water, proper sewage systems, and basic nutrition. This is why swine flu, bird flu, eboli and every other paranoia virus have been worse in other countries.

    2. Sebelius is not a “centrist”; she is a liar and a fraud. She claims to be a Catholic (although her bishop excommunicated her, so she isn’t). She stands up once a year and swears an oath to God to reject the World and all its empty promises, Satan and all his works. She supposedly hears the Gospel, in which Christ asks, “What is the point of gaining the world at the cost of your soul?” Then she goes to her job in “the world,” selling out the most basic principles of the Natural Law for worldly power.

    Why would you trust someone who lies to God to be honest to you?

    She is a pro-abortionist. She supports the cold-blooded murder of innocent little babies. She supports taking those babies’ bodies and using them for frankenstein medical reserach. Then that research is used to develop “treatments” like the aforementioned vaccinations, and those of us who have morals are told we’re evil for refusing to participate in such barbarism.

    She is pro-contraception. The Catholic Church has consistently taught, since John XXIII’s _Mater et Magistra_, that contraception is the single worst evil facing the world today. It is the cause of our worldlwide (reduction in workforce means reduction in economy). It is the cause of the rampant promiscuity, divorce and homosexuality in our culture (sex divorced from its procreative and unitive purposes).

    The Natural Law does not depend upon majority opinion. It is what it is. You mess with it, and Nature itself rebels. Every culture but our own has understood this principle.

  • http://lisakrempasky.com invalid-0

    Gosh, where to begin?

    1. As a person of superior intellect you should be able to disarm your inferior enemies without making personal attacks on them. Quit bullying and form argument.

    2. Sebelius has never played political games? You’re joking right? Or maybe it’s just that she plays your political games so you don’t see it as games.

    3. Never let a good crisis go to waste. This has nothing to do with swine flu and you know it. How is it the fault of conservatives that Obama cannot get nominations right?

    4. “centrist, pro-choice Catholic” Maybe you have not heard this, but the pope kinda knows a little bit about what Catholic doctrine is. He, along with anyone who knows what Catholic doctrine is as opposed to what they want it to be, know that there is no such thing.

    5. “There can be no doubt she is as politically centrist as Kansas is geographically, especially on sexual and reproductive health issues. The far-right wouldn’t fight Kathleen Sebelius so hard if she didn’t literally define the center so well.” Again you are joking right? Tiller the Killer is centrist? I don’t think so. Using your logic you would not be pushing her so hard if she did not literally define your the left so well.

    6. “The people who brought you the Bush Administration and the Katrina Response are stonewalling the Sebelius nomination in the face of a major national public health crisis based solely on ideology and stigmatizing people in the process.” Yeah right. You are buying the media hype and not reading the real facts. Maybe this will turn into something, but 13,000 people have already died this year from regular old run of the mill influenza. But aren’t we kinda putting the paranoia in front of the “pandemic”? Why would that be? Let me see. Gosh seems like there is a controversial appointee for HHS that Obama wasn’t making enough headway on even though he owns the Senate. Rahm’s corollary to #3 is if you can’t find a good crisis make one up. Again, this might become something. Wash your hands.

    7. “HIV runs rampant precisely because of the far-right’s failure to respond to facts with anything but ideology. They continue to deny the importance of reproductive health, family planning, and encouraging reality-based, healthy and responsible sexual decision-making by everyone.” Wrong again. HIV runs rampant because the left is pushing its ideology. I’m still a little unclear on how “reproductive health”/abortion solves the AIDs crisis. The way to solve the problem is to quit banging everything with legs.

    8. “Their policies, far from being morally superior, are proven time and again to be failures and their political strategies, in the face of crisis, call into question their very ability to govern. Their stonewalling based on ideology” Oh excuse me. I thought you were speaking of the left there.

    My point by this post is to criticize your tactics. They are not honest. You set up rules that you apply to the right, but you do not apply them to yourself.

  • invalid-0

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