Imagine you’re playing in the NFL. It’s a Sunday afternoon game, an important one late in the season against your long-time rival and toughest adversary. Winning this game does not mean a Superbowl appearance but it’s a victory you need. Your team is strong, everyone fully capable of making the necessary plays when it counts.
There are strong forces against you. More often than not, your opponents fight dirty. It’s also an away game so the entire crowd, save for the hearty stalwarts, are booing and cursing you beyond a wholesome discipline. Even the regular announcers whose voices everyone links with Sunday football, sneer at your very appearance on the field. To all of them, you don’t belong here. Your efforts are meaningless.
Luck is in your favor when your opponents flub the kickoff, providing you excellent field position.
Instead of the stellar teammates who could put down the Gatorade, get up off the bench, snap the chin strap, insert the mouth guard, and march out onto that field, only one actually does.
His name is Ted Cruz:
Let me ask you, Mr. President, what happens if Planned Parenthood gets indicted? Because even though the U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama has become little more than a partisan arm of the Democratic National Committee, there are state and local prosecutors that are investigating Planned Parenthood right now. If Planned Parenthood is indicted, do the Democrats maintain their wall of silence and say, “We’re going to continue to fund them under indictment”? By all indications, yes. You haven’t heard a single Democrat say, “Well, if they’re indicted, then we’ll stop.”
“Now, the response, Mr. President, from our leadership is “we can’t win this fight.” That’s their response. They say, well, we can’t win the Planned Parenthood fight. Why? Because we don’t have 60 votes. Because we don’t have 67 votes. Mr. President, if that’s the standard, then Republican leadership’s standard is: We will only do whatever Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi approve of. That’s what it means. You want to understand why the American people are frustrated? We were told, “If only we had a Republican House of Representatives, then things would be different.” 2010, millions of us rose up in incredible numbers and won an historic tidal wave election. Mr. President, you were a youth pastor, called to ministry. And yet you stood up and said, my country’s in crisis. I’m going to stand and serve. The 2010 election was historic. And yet very little changed.
In a nutshell, here’s the issue:
The American taxpayer gives Planned Parenthood, the baby butchering mill responsible for murdering a large share of the 55,000,000 babies since Roe vs. Wade, roughly half a billion dollars a year.
I’ll rephrase: YOU give half a billion dollars to Planned Parenthood every year so Planned Parenthood can murder over 330,000 babies every year, and profit from the sale of their body parts. That’s a murder and dismemberment of an innocent every 94 seconds.
Republicans, at least those keeping to their campaign promise, while not attempting to outlaw abortions, are simply trying to prevent the American taxpayer from paying for abortions. Regarding the federal budget, Ted Cruz is one of few essentially saying, “We’ll fund everything you want, Mr. Obama and the Democrats, except Planned Parenthood. Can’t we at least agree on the value of a baby’s life?”
Democrats want it all, and they want it now. If they don’t get what they want, when any Republican actually stands up and says no, they blame all Republicans for threatening women’s health, and shutting down the government. The negative PR campaign, led by the Pretorian guard media (ht Mark Levin), run point until the “Republicans are mean” narrative is once again fully ensconced in the American psyche.
Game. Set. Match – again. But only because we allow it.
If you’ve read any of my columns, you know what a devoted fan I am of Dennis Prager. I do not understand how such a deeply moral man and sharp intellectual would be against Cruz et al. for fighting when they can fight. Prager’s response, pointing to Cruz’s filibuster in his unsuccessful fight to defund Obamacare, is that it’s better to do good than to feel good. To his credit, Prager has been open to hearing from callers as to why Cruz’s fight is worthwhile, but said the bad press Republicans will receive for trying to defund PP hurts our side too much.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s only a PR victory if we let Democrats have it. Anyone taking seriously the Pew Research poll showing 40% of Americans will blame Republicans for a shutdown is playing into the media’s hands.
In a rare contradiction and on a separate issue, Prager said the following on Wednesday of this week, making my point:
You gotta fight, folks. [Being optimistic] is completely irrelevant as to whether or not one fights. If the only time you fight is when you are optimistic, then most of the great battles wouldn’t have taken place. Fighting helps raise optimism.
He’s absolutely right. I plead with all Americans, talk show hosts included: Wherever you should fight, fight.
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