Couple of interesting stories on Republicans.
First, this article on how Jeb Bush was a director on a Michael Bloomberg “philanthropy” that provided tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood. Jeb’s grandfather Prescott was strongly affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Papa Bush (41) was known for his strong Planned Parenthood advocacy too, for which he was supposedly nicknamed “rubbers” until he suddenly became a, uh, staunch pro-lifer. Staunch pro-lifer George W Bush had another such conversion as I recall when he ran for president, just like staunch pro-lifer Mitt Romney (never mind that 1994 Senate race where he tried to out-liberal Ted Kennedy on the topic). It’s notable that Bush 41 and Bush 43 never managed to convince their wives to share their staunch pro-life views.
Second, this article by the always-principled Ron Paul. He notes that when he tried to stop federal funding of groups that promote or perform abortions while a congressman, “pro-life leaders” instead sought language prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortions. This trickery is how Plannned Parenthood could still be federally subsidized for hundreds of millions of dollars yearly despite a supposed ban on federal funding of abortion. It’s deception since earmarked funds that take care of one part of your budget mean that you can use more non-earmarked funds to fund your abortions. It’d be like funding the Klan… but only for their roadside cleanup activities.
Poor Planned Parenthood. For all those years the media gatekeepers maintained mostly silence about abortion, except of course to attack those who hate it. However, these Center for Medical Progress videos exploded into public view thanks to the internet and social media. You can depend on most of the old guard media to maintain silence unless something negative comes out against the people who filmed it undercover. Then the silence will melt into a profusion of articles focusing on the “ethics” of what these people with the hidden cameras are doing, or whatever foible has been exposed. Thankfully these old-line gatekeepers are increasingly irrelevant, a welcome change from how it used to be.
It’s good to see the killers exposed and on the run. In my 25 years of observation this is easily the most fire Planned Parenthood has ever taken. Their name is getting dragged through the mud, exactly where it belongs. I think most people now realize that they aren’t just a condom dispensary (condoms being a loss leader that brings people back to their friendly Planned Parenthood doctor when the birth control fails and it’s time to discuss one’s “options”).
For years Life Decisions Int’l (LDI) put out the gold standard Planned Parenthood boycott list. However, they will not make their list public. Recently a site called the Daily Signal published list of around 40 corporate supporters that I believe they took from Planned Parenthood’s site. However, this list seemed incomplete and listed a few companies that I’d never known to be Planned Parenthood supporters.
Then a mutual fund published this list. I can’t vouch for everything, but I can say that most of the names ring a bell from LDI’s list (which I haven’t seen for a few years). The LDI list didn’t change as much as you’d think from year to year. There was comparatively little heat on these companies, and some of them (Levi’s and Johnson & Johnson come to mind) have been cutting checks to Planneed Parenthood for decades. J&J doesn’t want a baby’s tender eyes to be burned with shampoo, but scalding him to death is apparently another matter.
Anyway, now is the time to make these companies feel the heat via Facebook, email, and other means. This can change things.