“Someone ought to tell the president and the speaker of the House that they are creating a new Bob Casey problem for their party. And his name is Bart Stupak,” Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn writes.
“The Bob Casey in question is the late governor of Pennsylvania, so famously humiliated at the 1992 Democratic convention. Party officials who denied the podium to the pro-life Democrat somehow found speaking slots for several pro-choice Republicans. That moment helped tar the Democrats as a party of abortion intolerance — a problem the party thought it put behind it in 2006 when the governor’s son, Democrat Robert Casey Jr., was elected senator as a pro-life Democrat,” Mr. McGurn said.
“Now party elders are making the Casey mistake all over again. A nine-term congressman from northern Michigan, Mr. Stupak is the kind of Catholic who once constituted the heart of the Democratic Party. Just like Gov. Casey before him, Mr. Stupak’s stand for life — in this case, his fight against tax dollars for abortion — is making him a thorn in the side of a Democratic president.
“It didn’t have to be this way. In his Notre Dame speech, President Barack Obama called for ‘open hearts’ that would help us find ‘common ground’ to ‘reduce the number of women seeking abortions.’ During his more recent address to a joint session of Congress, the president was even more specific about health care reform, promising that ‘no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.’
“That is just what Mr. Stupak is trying to do with an amendment to the health care legislation that would explicitly ban federal funding for abortion. Here’s the problem: His own party won’t let him bring it to the floor for a vote. It’s a replay of earlier this year, when the leadership blocked a similar Stupak effort on a financial appropriations bill that ended up removing restrictions on D.C. taxpayer funding for abortion.” result of social injustice rather than the personal choice to engage in lawless behavior. The ghettos, drugs, gangs and violence are on display for all to see in spite of Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, ACORN and all the community organizing.
“Treating poor black people as victims to be ‘organized’ has been an abject failure. They are human beings to be educated, inspired and required to take responsibility for their own lives. The tragedy here is that Derrion was doing just that and it was working, but the malignant pathology of the ghetto spread to him on that unfortunate day and ended his promising life.
“There is another tragedy. The so-called black civil rights leaders have been mute. Had this been a white gang attacking a black gang member, they would have jumped in front of every camera and microphone available to decry racism and injustice in America. If it had been a black criminal with a long rap sheet, killed in a confrontation with a white police officer, there
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