Dear Congressman Stupak

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Dear Congressman Stupak:

I write this today on behalf of both pro-choice and pro-life Americans who oppose the monstrosity of a so-called health-care-reform bill that you helped shepherd through the House Sunday afternoon. I don’t think I have to remind you that the vast majority of Americans oppose this government takeover of our health-care system, but there you were, front and center, making it happen.

It was no secret on Sunday that your leaders wanted to make sure the vote would be nicely padded to ensure that no single “yes-voting” Congressperson could be “blamed” for the bill’s passage. But we’re not fools, Congressman. You were the deciding vote. No matter how you have tried to spin it, we know it, and you know it, too.

I’m sure you’ve grown weary of the phrase “30 pieces of silver” by now. You just have to understand that most of us were furious to hear that you had finally caved and would do whatever Pelosi and Obama mandated. After your week of pathetic “they’re being mean to me” moaning and whimpering, though, and given your record of doing your leadership’s bidding, we weren’t all that surprised when you betrayed your country. You could have been a hero. You could have voted “no.” Now that would have surprised us.

You claim to be a “pro-life” moderate democrat, which, after Sunday means nothing, of course, but this goes beyond the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” To be blunt, Congressman, you have sworn your allegiance to a man who spent all of 5 minutes as a State Senator, the same amount of time in the U.S. Senate, and practically the only time he ever bothered not to vote “present,” was to vote repeatedly to deny medical care to a baby who survives an abortion. Does the “Born Alive Act” ring a bell? It better.

Before Obama was elected, I never even thought about this. His voting record, however, brought it into my consciousness, and I have no choice but to proclaim it evil. Pro-choice or pro-life, I would think, have to think, that all would agree on this. Well, all but you, of course. And your President.

Unlike most run-of-the-mill voters who may not have even known about Obama’s fundamentally inhuman position on this profoundly human issue, you have pledged your allegiance to this man. When you took the bribe. When you feigned outrage. When you cast your vote.

Decent, genuinely compassionate people have no choice but to condemn Obama’s voting record – and thus his character. Ignore it, overlook it as you have, and there is no hope for us. Too bad you didn’t have the guts to stand by moral principle. Your failure to do so, told us all we needed to know about where you stand. And who you are. Your mistake was believing we wouldn’t see this.