For those who aren’t familiar with Star Wars, Jar Jar Binks was an annoying, good guy character in the prequel Star Wars trilogy. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) has been annoying to the Left but a good guy by those against Obamacare until now. With Stupak’s dramatic switch to support of the Senate version of the health care bill, he appears to be mirroring a similarly pivotal mistake that Jar Jar Binks made in Star Wars.
Jar Jar was a goof ball, but played a major role as a hero in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in fighting off the Trade Federation. However, in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar had a small but very significant role. Jar Jar stood before the Senate of planets and gave a speech convincing the majority to grant Chancellor Palpatine vast emergency powers. Fans of Star Wars knew that Palpatine was actually an evil Sith Lord named Darth Sidious, and Jar Jar’s act gave Palpatine the power he needed to become a totalitarian emperor. Jar Jar thought he was helping his people, but his act actually led to the demise of freedom.
Let me say it again: Bart Stupak is Jar Jar Binks. Stupak had been been a hero to all those who have stood up against the march towards socialism that is government takeover of health care. Up until today, Stupak proclaimed that he would lead a small group of Democrats to vote against the Senate version of health care reform. He would only change his vote if there were significant changes to remove government funding of abortion that was in the bill. As reported earlier, President Obama convinced Stupak’s group to vote for the bill by promising to sign an executive order that he claims guarantees no funding of abortion.
Stupak’s Democrats announced at 4pm today in a press conference that the executive order was enough for them. And their swing in votes now ensures that Obamacare will pass. The Democrats clearly have the 216 votes they need to pass the health care bill. In fact, some claim that they have more than enough and now some Democrats will be allowed to vote against it just to help them keep their seats in the November elections.
Today Congressman Jar Jar Stupak has handed about 1/5th of our economy over to the US government. And he did so solely based on the word of President Obama. The problem is that an executive order can be rescinded tomorrow or by the next President. There are no guarantees at all that abortion will not be covered by federal dollars with this new health care legislation. There are other problems with the executive order that I and David Swindle have previously reported on.
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) responded to the issue well.
“It is disappointing that 30 year pro-life Democrats would trade in their views for a piece of paper from the most pro-abortion President in American history.” -Mike Pence (my rough transcript from television interview)
Congressman Dr. Paul Broun (R-GA and an M.D.) was even more blunt.
“If you vote for this bill you can never call yourself pro-life again.” – Rep. Paul Broun
Stupak who has been thrown under the bus for months by people like Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, and countless Democrats has now become their hero. Stupak was supposed to be the conservative fire wall against Obamacare and may now prove to be the man who set the match to the Constitution.