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The Sorry State of Liberal Compassion
The American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2011 | Peter Heck

Posted on 06/15/2011 3:28:26 AM PDT by Scanian

The famous quote attributed to Winston Churchill that, "If you're not liberal at 20, you have no heart...if you're not conservative by 30, you have no brain," may need some tweaking given the recent antics of the American left. Having built the credibility of their political movement on the grounds of compassion and empathy, their actions and policy proposals are reflective of just the opposite.

Start with my home state of Indiana, whose Republican legislature and governor enacted a law to prohibit taxpayer dollars from flowing into the hands of any health clinic that performs abortions. Through entirely predictable demagoguery, the bleeding hearts of the left pounced on this action as an irresponsible assault on legitimate health services like cancer screenings and mammograms. Where else will poor families turn for their healthcare, they asked, as they painted the picture of the impoverished dying in the streets due to an unprovoked conservative attack on choice.

Of course, beyond the reckless sensationalism, the fact remains that those tax dollars are still funding responsible family clinics that provide those essential services. They are only being denied to the ones who use the family planning cloak to shroud the evil butchery of abortion that appears at the top of their menu.

Nevertheless, with the stage set, Barack Obama waded into the fray with the trademark political thuggery he once used to brow-beat Arizonans over their immigration policy. This time, showing the extent to which he is beholden to the abortion lobby, Obama has threatened to deny Indiana its federal Medicaid dollars if Hoosiers don't capitulate to his demands and restore Planned Parenthood's blood money.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; compassion; empathy; liberalism; obama; thuggery

1 posted on 06/15/2011 3:28:32 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The only answer here is to call 0bama’s bluff, then very publicly drag him and his executive department agencies through the courts when he tries to carry out his retaliatory threat. Succumbing to such threats only ensures that they will be employed again.

2 posted on 06/15/2011 3:43:17 AM PDT by Senator John Blutarski
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To: Scanian
Abortion is not health care, It's murdering a person. How that simple fact alludes so called smart people escapes me
3 posted on 06/15/2011 4:04:03 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Senator John Blutarski
These leftist fat cats just held a conference where they feigned compassion by demanding the government tax them more. Not surprisingly, when asked by if any of them would be willing to get out their checkbooks and make a personal donation to the Treasury Department's contribution website to help pay down the national debt, they bristled.

A liberal's compassion ends at the bottom of someone else's wallet.

4 posted on 06/15/2011 4:08:54 AM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: Scanian
( The Sorry State of Liberal Compassion )

Liberalism is a failed and Sorry State......
5 posted on 06/15/2011 4:50:32 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Scanian

In part, it was liberal compassion towards the unborn that caused me to rethink all liberal claims of “caring” about people.

No one can make a credible claim of being a caring, compassionate humanitarian when they rabidly support the butchering of babies for convenience and profit.

6 posted on 06/15/2011 5:55:46 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: reefdiver

Well, it’s because the abortion debate has been clouded by liberals. They often say that they are “pro-choice” meaning that abortion should be the woman’s own choice.

The liberals don’t address the fact that abortion takes away a life. Instead they say that they are in favor of the woman making the choice, rather than addressing what that choice entails. That’s liberal thought for you.

Then they talk about Planned Parenthood and how these clinics do mammagrams and pap smear tests and other things. They often talk about abortion as just one of many services offered by Planned Parenthood, and that the conservatives focus too much on just one type of service offered. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

And as you alluded to, abortion is often lumped in with “women’s health” care, or all of the OB/GYN health matters. That way, the liberals don’t have to talk about abortion in particular.

And if pressed, the liberals talk about rare cases such as a baby with severe enough birth defects that the baby won’t survive, and use that type of a rare case to justify abortion on demand.

7 posted on 06/15/2011 8:11:13 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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