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I blame the PA GOP and the pro life community for Dr. Gosnell
PA Guardian.com ^ | 01-23-2011 | Jason E. High

Posted on 01/23/2011 11:30:36 AM PST by jhigh

By now you've all heard of the butcher from Philadelphia, Dr. Gosnell, who was mudering babies and mutilating women at a "clinic" in Philadelphia that the government had stopped inspecting over a decade ago. This allowed this "doctor" to continue his butchering of human life unabated.

And who was Governor when this policy of not inspecting clinics was implemented? That's right...Tom Ridge. The PA GOP, who consistently forces milquetoast conservatives down the throats of the party faithful, insisted that only pro-abort Ridge could be elected, that it was "his turn." And now we have countless dead babies...and they're all on the heads of the state party leadership.

But they're not the only political entity that I blame this horror on. I also blame the pro life movement in Pennsylvania. The movement that "holds it's nose" and votes Republican every time the state party tells you it's in your interest. The movement that votes for "the lesser of two evils," even when both of those evils result in the taking of human life.

The Republican Party has learned that the pro life community as a whole cares more about "winning" than it does about babies, and they exploit this every chance they get. They know that you'll vote for a pro-abortion Republican as long as he's a little less pro-abortion than the Democrat, and so they continue to use the pro life community to advance their own interests. These dead babies lie at the feet of very "pro life" person in Pennsylvania that votes for Republicans that support abortion. These dead babies lie at the feet of every "pro life" Pennsylvanian who votes for the candidate that can win, even if they may not be reliably pro life.

Some criticize me for being a single issue candidate because the abortion issue is a litmus test. But we're not talkin about tax cuts. Or government spending. Or debt. When the pro life community votes for the lesser of two evils, babies die.

Hopefully, this is a wakeup call for everyone that claims to support the right to life. Compromise is not an option. As I'm fond of saying, when there's a compromise, both sides lose. When we lose, we find lots of murdered babies in the wake of that loss.


TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; gosnell; life; republicans

1 posted on 01/23/2011 11:30:39 AM PST by jhigh
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To: jhigh

I had always heard Ridge was pro-abortion. That was the thing that made him unacceptable for VP with McCain.


2 posted on 01/23/2011 11:33:24 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: jhigh

Jason,
Well said. This was a much-needed wakeup call for people. Keep up your excellent work.

Erica


3 posted on 01/23/2011 11:35:49 AM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: jhigh

Uh, Tom Ridge has not been governor of Pennsylvania since 2001.


4 posted on 01/23/2011 11:42:35 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

“Uh, Tom Ridge has not been governor of Pennsylvania since 2001.”

Who cares, I still blame Ridge. He set the bi-partisan ‘tone’ that allowed this butcher to feel comfortable in Pennsylvania.


5 posted on 01/23/2011 11:49:22 AM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: pnh102

Right, but if you read the grand jury report, the policy of not inspecting these clinics was implemented under Ridge. Rendell just left in place, and now claims that he didn’t know. He’s a liar and I don’t believe him, but this started with Ridge.


6 posted on 01/23/2011 11:50:00 AM PST by jhigh
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To: pnh102
Uh, Tom Ridge has not been governor of Pennsylvania since 2001.

Have you read the Grand Jury report? It states that the inspection of abortion mills stopped when Tom Ridge took over for (the pro-life Dem) Bob Casey. His administration considered inspections as placing a barrier to women seeking abortions.

7 posted on 01/23/2011 11:52:56 AM PST by Yossarian (Heartfelt thanks, Tea Party Patriots! Despite slander and muck, you pulled through!)
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To: jhigh

What makes me nauseated is one line in a story. It said the workers played with the babies before killing them. What kind of monster would do that and then murder the tiniest victims?


8 posted on 01/23/2011 12:04:22 PM PST by MamaB
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To: jhigh

We just went through a week of being amazed that the Dems blamed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the Arizona shootings. We all pointed out how crude and immoral it was to use an event like that to score political points, and that the only person to blame was the killer himself. We saw the danger of claiming that the Right “set the tone” that made the murders possible.

And now we have this. The Pennsylvania Republican Party and Tom Ridge are not responsible for this monster Gosnell, nor are pro-abortion Democrats. And to pull Tom Ridge of all people into this is unthinking vitrol—a bad event happens and I hate Tom Ridge so I’ll link him to the event. Grow up.


9 posted on 01/23/2011 12:07:41 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I didn’t pull Tom Ridge into this, genius. Read the grand jury report. Ridge intentionally stopped inspecting these clinics because he’s pro-abortion. I understand that you’re just another hack who will defend Republicans no matter what, but Ridge caused this...pure and simple. Had the inspection of the clinics continued, this could not have happened or, at a bare minimum, would have been detected and ended years ago.

Perhaps it is you that needs to grow up and actually get some facts before you post your blind defense of all things Republican.


10 posted on 01/23/2011 12:14:50 PM PST by jhigh
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To: jhigh

You’ll never get a Conservative Republican anywhere near the PA Governor’s Mansion. Between Philadelphia and Pittsburg (bastions of big city Liberal Think) you’re lucky when a RINO can make it. PA like all its Rust Belt neighbors are failed states. They just haven’t reached the bottom yet but it’s not for lack of trying.


11 posted on 01/23/2011 12:36:05 PM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / Still Think You're Free?)
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To: jhigh

Tom Ridge is not to blame for Gosnell. Ridge implemented a policy. You disagree with that policy. Democrats implement policies that are much worse than what Ridge implemented. A policy may be bad but that doesn’t make a leader personally responsible for what this guy did any more than George Bush is responsible for the Iraq War dead because his policy was to prosecute the war. The report did not say that Ridge was responsible for Gosnell.

I’ll go back to what I said before. Its wrong, opportunistic and immature to blame any particular politician for the crimes of another person. That is what you are doing.


12 posted on 01/23/2011 12:40:46 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Yup, that Grand Jury report pretty much pins the responsibility for NOT INSPECTING these pukes on Tom Ridge and his appointee.

There's no way around it ~ the man is a human monster.

Tom would be much better off just disappearing from the face of the Earth, although I suspect he once again has some friends in the inner bowels of the RNC!

13 posted on 01/23/2011 12:43:54 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

By your logic, Obama is not responsible for increasing the national deficit. Obama implemented policies. You disagree with those policies, and a Socialist would implement far worse policies. You cannot say that Obama increased the deficit.

You’re attempts to keep this from being blamed on a Republican are pathetic and laughable. If I were a family member of one of the women, I would go after Ridge in court. People like you that are willing to twist themselves into pretzels to defend Republicans are precisely what is wrong with this nation.


14 posted on 01/23/2011 12:44:30 PM PST by jhigh
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To: jhigh

Get off yer high horse! Yes, Repub. Ridge and others were derelict in their duties, as were Dem. Rendell and others during his regime, but none of those folks shoved the scissors into all those babies’ spinal cords, murdering them, nor butchered their mothers, all for more money!

Did you fail to read about that in the Grand Jury Report, or did you just ignore it so you could sensationalize your report? SHEEEESH

JC


15 posted on 01/23/2011 1:06:06 PM PST by cracker45 (I don't believe in coincidences!)
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To: cracker45

I “sensationalized” nothing. I was writing about ONE ASPECT of the story. Yes, the doctor needs to go to jail. Everyone that turned their head needs to go to jail. But we must not forget the political realities that allowed this to take place, and we must learn from them. That is the point of what I wrote.


16 posted on 01/23/2011 1:13:19 PM PST by jhigh
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To: BobL

Facts, all you got are facts. What are they compared to self righteous, sanctimonious finger pointing?


17 posted on 01/23/2011 1:14:16 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

“Facts, all you got are facts. What are they compared to self righteous, sanctimonious finger pointing?”

Good point. I’ll go back to finger pointing. LOL.


18 posted on 01/23/2011 1:34:11 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Don’t be silly. Only an activist pro-abortion politician like Tom Ridge would implement a policy that abortion clinics would not be inspected, although hospitals would be inspected.

The state has a responsibility to supervise medical care, respond to complaints, and see that unqualified or criminal medical practitioners are removed. Doctors, lawyers, nurses are licensed to practice, and lose their license if they seriously violate the rules.

Abortion clinics, however, manage to be the great exception, even though there is obvious danger in having an abortion with an incompetent or unlicensed practitioner, as is often the case.

Ridge was certainly aware of all that.


19 posted on 01/23/2011 1:34:21 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

While it’s clear the inspection findings under Casey weren’t followed up on, Ridge changed the policy altogether and maybe if they were going on then this whole tragedy could have been exposed. Ridge really dropped the ball here and I’d like to hear what he has to say.


20 posted on 01/23/2011 1:43:53 PM PST by bjcoop
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To: jhigh

The bleep?

A) Ridge was fiercely pro-choice. This column is exactly why it’s not worth it for Republicans to adopt liberal positions.

B) It’s the fanatical pro-abortion forces who demanded that inspections of abortion clinics be as lax as possible. Otherwise the “civil right” to “choose” might be infringed.


21 posted on 01/23/2011 1:51:22 PM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: MamaB
What kind of monster would do that and then murder the tiniest victims?

The truth is that anyone who would do an abortion would do that. Why not? It's just tissue.

22 posted on 01/23/2011 2:19:59 PM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: BobL

Ed Rendell, who claims he is “flabbergasted” about what was going on in the abortuary should not get off the hook either. I think it is fair to say that Ridge’s career as a politico is officially finished now. And people must get on Rendell’s case also about this.


23 posted on 01/25/2011 8:54:47 AM PST by juliej
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To: MamaB

Nazis did the same thing - they toyed with their victims before killing them.


24 posted on 01/25/2011 8:56:07 AM PST by juliej
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To: jhigh

I wonder what supposedly pro life Senator Casey Jr. has to say about this. He has done very little for the pro life movement and is a fraud.


25 posted on 01/25/2011 8:59:00 AM PST by juliej
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To: denydenydeny

Ridge is finished - however, don’t lose sight of the fact that the PERPS are the blame. Yes, they could have stopped years ago and people should be fired in the Health Department over this - and maybe prosecuted. I wonder if any bribes were offered. I wonder how much official corruption was involved in addition to neglect.


26 posted on 01/25/2011 9:07:52 AM PST by juliej
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