Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GOP Extremists Ask: Can a High Tech Lynching of Planned Parenthood Revive Culture Wars And Win the White House in 2016? ... by gimleteye

Yesterday's performance by the GOP at the House Oversight Committee was draw-dropping. It was a televised show trial -- its only indictment, a fake video -- , in which Planned Parenthood president Cecille Richards was interrogated by GOP extremists following the script of throwing everything and anything related to women's health care against the wall to see what stuck. Misogynistic just scratches the surface.

That the Republican members of the committee allowed the makers of the video to hide in the shadows and not be called to account was chilling and especially so for taking place at a time when the United States is wrestling with the limits of American power at the U.N. with the crisis of medieval brutality in the Mideast by ISIS, Russia, and mass emigration threatening the stability of Europe.

"I'm being generous, calling it a hearing," Cecile Richards said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. "I think the whole purpose of this hearing was to convince themselves that it is OK to deny women the ability to go to the health care provider of their choice, because 2.7 million women and men choose Planned Parenthood, and they were trying to say they wanted to take that choice away from them."

Generous is an understatement.

The fake evidence against Planned Parenthood rematerialized in Congress as the same wedge that ignited the culture wars during the Reagan era. Why now? Because the Republican clown car, presidential primary has run out of fuel.

As this political season aims Republican voters to the polls to select a 2016 presidential candidate, the fight emerges along the lines of who controls the GOP. The same forces of intolerance and extremism that have marred the GOP majority in Congress are pressing the historical rewind button with Planned Parenthood. It is a brazen effort to ignite a Republican base with what worked in the past and primarily with evangelical Christians: the culture wars.

That was the purpose of the hearing, yesterday, although it was ironic (does that word bear meaning, anymore, because it is so overused?) that the use of stem cells from fetuses was supported by the Reagan administration. Ms. Richards made that point too, yesterday, without irony.

Compared to the tinderbox at the United Nations where superpower interests mix with oil and terrorism including the Syrian government, Russia and ISIS, the Congressional dust-up over Planned Parenthood must have reinforced amongst our allies that the United States, while extraordinarily wealthy still and powerful too, is in disarray. Along that same line, spear-shaking by GOP candidates like Marco Rubio on foreign policy make the U.S. look weak. Putin, a student of Soviet history, must have smirked (ironic, again!) how the GOP use of faked video resembled the trumped-up trials of the early Soviet era.

Yesterday's performance at the House Oversight Committee was a disaster for the GOP, although it is likely that the Republican principals -- tightly packed together in their own echo chamber -- did not hear it that way. GOP hard-liners have no other cards to play: Obamacare, Immigration and Planned Parenthood.

"If you break it, you own it", is how General Colin Powell famously described Iraq, but the same is true of the GOP. In an age of ISIS, if Planned Parenthood and fake videos are the best tools on the GOP work bench, God help us all.


Anonymous said...

I think it would be better to take away the choice of buying Vanity Fair Napkins.

Anonymous said...

Planned Parenthood has been caught doing despicable and illegal business. It does not need to be subsidized by taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

What I simply don't understand is how little discussion there has been about how beneficial recovered tissue is. Google "tissue bank" and you will find 4,300,000 entries about how tissue is routinely recovered from cadavers to use in surgical repairs and research. "Fetal tissue bank" comes up with 1,800,000 entries. This is modern science and medicine at work. What is wrong with the GOP? Does it stand for anything forward-thinking, or is it just against anything not from the dark ages?

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Anonymous said...

Anon #4, If Planned Parenthood is selling body parts of murdered babies, what exactly could have been done during the editing process to make PP’s actions “look” any worse than they already are?

Anonymous said...

The tapes have been authenticated over and over and it has been proven that they were NOT "doctored" in any way.

Anonymous said...

Planned Parenthood was founded by Sanger, with the purpose of decimating minorities, primarily African-Americans. Most of their "clinics" are in minority neighborhoods. Racism is the shadow behind this monstrous organization and those who support it are pretending to be progressives when in fact they are "closet"" racists. Stop murdering Black children!