Boehner, Paul Pander to the Religious Right

Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Rand Paul were among the legislators that spoke to those who gathered in Washington, DC for the March for Life, an anti-choice rally held last Friday. And they told the Christian right throng that was gathered exactly what they wanted to hear:

ddressing the crowd at the National Mall via video broadcast, Boehner said it’s time for anti-abortion activisits to “commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life.” Step one, he said, is making permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest.

“For the new Congress, that means bringing together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work,” Boehner said. “In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment.”

Boehner said he will make it a national priority to “help make abortion a relic of the past.”

“Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year,” he said.

Like red meat thrown to wolves. Of course, abortion will never be a relic of the past and making it illegal won’t prevent it from happening, it will just mean more women will die. Rand Paul has also quickly learned the script:

“Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment,” Paul said. “I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing.”

He added, “We much preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted. Then and only then will the law again protect the innocent.”

Remember when Rand Paul actually pretended to be libertarian? Now he’s complaining about “hedonism” — which looks a lot like liberty to me.

23 comments on this post.
  1. raven:

    He added, “We much preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted. Then and only then will the law again protect the innocent.”

    Considering that fundie xianity is based on pure, raw hate, that isn’t ever going to happen.

    No hate = No fundie xianity.

  2. hexidecima:

    always a bit scary when wannabee theocrats say that the country needs a “spiritual cleansing”. That’s what the OT has and it’s all genocide, all the time.

    I do love how these twits who have done everything in their power to make the lives of women and children harder in this country by trying to eliminate social welfare programs are insisting that we force mroe women to have more children to put on those programs they hate so much. Of course, they don’t want to help women and children, they want to control them.

  3. oranje:

    Cleansing sounds icky. And murderous amongst their acolytes.

  4. Modusoperandi:

    Cleansing? Don’t fall for it! Someone will try to stick a tube in your butt!

  5. d.c.wilson:

    Is a spiritual cleanse anything like a colon cleanse?

    I stuck my babel fish into my ear and got the following translation:

    Liberty = The right of everyone to live according to my narrow interpretation of Bronze Age texts.

  6. cptdoom:

    Cleansing? Don’t fall for it! Someone will try to stick a tube in your butt!

    “It’s called colonic irrigation, Sweetie, and it’s nothing to sneeze at.” Edina Monsoon, Absolutely Fabulous

    Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment

    You mean like a “family values” Senator being named as a prominent customer for a DC madam, but still being a Senator? What about a “family values” Governor abandoning his state to “hike the Appalachian Trail” with a foreign national with whom he’s been having an adulterous relationship? He’s about to get back into politics, last I heard.

  7. Enopoletus Harding:

    1stly, every single Biblical text was composed after the Bronze Age.
    2ndly, I don’t remember that time when Rand Paul pretended to be a libertarian, but apparently he once did-see http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/04/im-very-serious-about-running-ron-pauls-son-says/

  8. democommie:

    “Remember when Rand Paul actually pretended to be libertarian?”

    Why wouldn’t he? it’s worked for that prick of a father of his for about 40 years.

  9. Enopoletus Harding:

    At least Ron kept his principles on foreign policy and the drug war.

  10. Larry:

    At least Ron kept his principles on foreign policy and the drug war

    At least Mussolini made the trains run on time.

  11. Michael Heath:

    Ed writes:

    Remember when Rand Paul actually pretended to be libertarian? Now he’s complaining about “hedonism” — which looks a lot like liberty to me.

    I don’t think anything’s changed. This is what we’ve previously observed and should continue to expect out of the most powerful wing of the libertarian movement, i.e., conservative-libertarians. E.g., his dad’s long been an anti-abortion rights advocate.

  12. democommie:

    “At least Ron kept his principles on foreign policy and the drug war.”

    Ron Paul has no fucking principles. What he has is a facility for grifin’ teh rubes (that would be folks like you) and getting them to re-elect him while he worked at destroying the social welfare net that a lot of his constituents depended on.

    If Ron Paul had principles he would have stayed out of congress after his first foray.

  13. se habla espol:

    Is a spiritual cleanse anything like a colon cleanse?

    No, it’s more of an ethnic cleanse.

  14. =8)-DX:

    I can think of several ways of making abortion a “relic” of the past
    - Good science-based and inclusive sex education
    - Freely available and publicly funded (at least in part – through common healthcare) contraception
    - Outreach programs making available barrier contraceptives and information about sex
    - Considering “safe sex” the cultural norm
    - More R&D into cheaper and more easily administered contraceptive devices and medications, contraception for men, etc.
    - A well funded social safety net, especially for single mothers
    - Businesses styling their employment opportunities for parents of young children

    In other words – try to reduce the cause of unplanned pregnancy while providing incentives and removing disincentives for young mothers to carry their child to term.

    But there will still be abortions, either way. The only way of completely removing abortion is to detach human sexuality from the reproductive process, but then that’s going all Brave New World on people’s ass and we wouldn’t want that. Oh wait I’m starting to like some of the ideas in that book, time to go re-read it!

  15. iariese:

    #7 – the Creation stories, Tower of Babel, and the Flood story originated in Sumer/Akkad during the Bronze Age (3600-1200 BCE). The Hebrews picked the stories up when the Babylonian army kicked their butts in 598 and again in 586 and dragged a number of them back to Mesopotamia. So while the Hebrews did not compose those stories until the Iron age, the original stories are Bronze Age.

  16. hunter:

    “We much preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted.”

    You mean, like the Ryan Budget? That compassionate and just?

    This oughta be a hoot.

  17. dan4:

    @4″ Cleansing? Don’t fall for it! Someone will try to stick in a tube in your butt!”

    Ah, Ed has a six-year old among his commentators now.

  18. jaytheostrich:

    Hedonism, huh? Because abortions are soooo much fun for all involved.

  19. Modusoperandi:

    dan4 “Ah, Ed has a six-year old among his commentators now.”
    *Pout!* I’m not six. I’m THIS* many!
     
    * [holds up hand with four fingers]

  20. Raging Bee:

    Remember when Rand Paul actually pretended to be libertarian?

    Yeah, I remember that. What I’m having trouble remembering, is when the “libertarians’” pretense was even remotely convincing.

    At least Ron kept his principles on foreign policy and the drug war

    Whatever “principles” he might have once had, he dumped when he became a Republican and got his safe gerrymandered Texas House seat.

    At least Mussolini made the trains run on time.

    No, actually he never did.

  21. Doug Little:

    cptdoom @6,

    Love the Ab Fab quote! Now I’m gonna have to dust off the DVD’s and watch them again.

  22. MissMarnie:

    “I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing.”

    It’s sort of hard not to get all godwin with this but his word choice is ominous.

  23. democommie:

    “dan4 “Ah, Ed has a six-year old among his commentators now.”
    *Pout!* I’m not six. I’m THIS* many!

    * [holds up hand with four fingers]”

    We have met the enema, he is Dan4.

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