Check out Bart Stupak’s piece in Newsweek. Watching the underdog get kicked gets me angry. Pretty damning for the outspoken US bishops puppeteered by the GOP:
We also put in a final call to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had been among my strongest supporters during the fall.
I was disappointed by what I heard. No, no, no, no, they said. We need statutory law. But an executive order can have the full force of law, I said. Lincoln used one to free the slaves. George W. Bush used one to block stem-cell research using human embryos. And President Obama assures me that this is “ironclad.” Besides, I said, it’s time to negotiate or lose our chance to shape the bill. Help me with it? No, they said. Won’t you at least look at it? No.
So … the political pro-lifers at USCCB central wouldn’t even look at the proposals. Nice to know they were able by telepathy or by Reaganist voodoo to be able to assure the bishops and us that this health insurance reform bill was wrong, wrong, wrong. It was wrong because it was being formulated by Democrats. No other reason needed.
Unfortunately the bishops find themselves aligned with inebriated saloon patrons on this one:
My wife, Laurie, has had to unplug our home phone to avoid drunken messages from people screaming, swearing, and generally acting profane—usually around the time the bars in their states close.
But don’t bet any bishop will start speaking out on civility anytime soon. The Republican motto is when you’re right, you’re right, and you can tell anyone, anytime, as loudly and/or as crudely as you care.