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Dissecting Cecile Richards’ Autobiography

make-trouble-9781501187599_hrRaised by ultra liberal parents in an extremely conservative community in Texas, it would seem Richards really didn’t have much of a chance at being anything but a left-wing liberal.

In elementary school she got in trouble for refusing to recite the Lord’s Prayer and told her teacher “We don’t read the Bible in our house.” Later on in seventh grade, she was sent to the principal’s office for wearing an anti-Vietnam War arm band to school. Then, At the age of 16, she and her mother campaigned for Sarah Weddington in her bid for the Texas state legislature. Weddington is better known as the the attorney who won Roe v. Wade. 

Both her parents were extremely involved in activism, something Richards would later make a career out of by working as a labor organizer and union supporter alongside her husband. And for a short time, she worked for Nancy Pelosi.

So as you can see, the path to president of Planned Parenthood was paved with many years of service to the liberal agenda.

Just before her chapter on working for Planned Parenthood, there’s a glowing testiment to motherhood, which is puzzling since so much of the work Planned Parenthood does is to prevent women from becoming mothers. She talks about how her first pregnancy with her daughter Lily was unplanned. Her birth control failed. The timing was off and she and her husband weren’t sure they wanted to be parents right then. But ironically, she chose life. In fact, there’s no mention at all of her even thinking about having an abortion. Instead, she says “in the end we came to the same conclusion millions of people do: there was never going to be a perfect time to have kids, but just like everything else, we’d figure it out.”

However, later on in life, even after all the wonderful things she had to say about motherhood, when faced with having a fourth child, Cecile decided to abort.  “Like millions of other women, I was using birth control, but no method is foolproof. We were doing the best job we could raising our kids, and I couldn’t imagine we could do justice to a fourth. Having another child just was not an option for us. I already felt like I wasn’t doing enough for Lily, Hannah and Daniel as it was. Being able to terminate a pregnancy early – it had hardly even begun – was a relief.”

How sad.

As you can imagine, the rest of the book is filled with political attacks and left leaning propaganda. Richards takes shots at Sarah and Bristol Palin, John McCain (during his bid for presidency, Planned Parenthood handed out condoms on college campuses that had “protect yourself from John McCain” printed on them), Paul Ryan and of course, President Trump.

She talks about her secret meeting with Jared and Ivanka Trump, saying it felt like they were trying to bribe her and that abortion is essential to women’s health care. “Our patients are not bargaining chips,” she says, although it’s a little hard to believe that without abortion services, Planned Parenthood would lose millions in revenue. So likely, the REAL reason comes down to profits, not people like Richards would have you believe.

There’s also a lot of love for Hillary Clinton (both Cecile and her daughter Lily campaigned hard for her during the 2016 election) and a lot of talk of how sexism abounds in politics, especially Congress, and most notably the committee that questioned her about Planned Parenthood’s alleged sales of baby parts.

Richards memoir is quite interesting to read, even for someone as pro-life as myself. I always find it helpful to learn a little bit about the “opposition” so I can try to understand where they are coming from and form better arguments for my own side of the issue at hand. It’s clear that her Godless upbringing greatly shaped the person she became and there are many mentions throughout the book about how she perceived the religious right to be dangerous to progressivism.

It’s also a testament to the kind of legacy a person can leave. Cecile’s parents instilled a liberal set of values in her and she is now passing those same values on to her own children, who also work to expand socially liberal policies.

Then there’s Cecile’s legacy that’s been left on America. There’s no mention of her future plans, but Richards has been successful at inspiring the next generation of women who are busy knitting pink hats, marching on Washington and changing their Facebook photos to say “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”

What should worry us is that, in her twelve years as president of Planned Parenthood, 3.8 million babies were aborted. That’s roughly half the number of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. And a growing number of Americans are okay with that.

It’s time to take Cecile’s own advice and “make trouble” for the pro-abortion crowd – millions of unborn lives depend on it.

 

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David and Lauren Hogg are Writing a Book

You had to see this one coming. David Hogg and his sister Lauren are writing a book. Entitled #NeverAgain, it will feature  a forward written by Parkland student and activist Emma Gonzalez.

David’s sister Lauren says the book “tells the story of how we turned our grief into action and how we fight and speak out for those who no longer can.”

From the synopsis on Amazon:

This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve. Born just after Columbine and raised amid seemingly endless war and routine active shooter drills, this generation now says, Enough. This book is their statement of purpose, and the story of their lives. It is the essential guide to the #NeverAgain movement.

The book will be released on June 5th and according to the Hoggs’, all proceeds will benefit healing in the Parkland community as well as fighting gun violence, but name no specific organizations to which they are donating.

Dissecting Hillary Clinton’s New Book

Hillary Clinton was poised to become the first female President in the history of the United States. And then, she didn’t. Most of the nation was shocked and even after almost a year, a lot of her supporters are still trying to come to terms with her defeat. In her own words, Clinton shares personal reflection on where things went wrong and how she felt in the aftermath of an astounding campaign defeat.

The book begins in the days following the election, when the wounds of losing are still fresh. Clinton laments that for weeks it was hard to even get out of bed. Reading the news was like “ripping off a scab” and at times all she wanted to do was “scream into a pillow.” The pain continued up until Inauguration Day when she had to sit up on the platform and watch as President Donald Trump was sworn in. She debated not going. But after some reflection and a conversation with former President Jimmy Carter, Clinton decided it was only right to go. It couldn’t have been easy to sit there for a second time and watch someone else get sworn in as President when it was something she so badly wanted. And for that, she deserves some respect no matter what side you take politically.

After the swearing in, Clinton begins to dig into why her campaign failed so miserably. She blames many of the usual suspects: sexism, misogyny, Russia, the media, her e-mails, former FBI director James Comey, Bernie Sanders and even other women.

“Since November, more than two dozen women – of all ages, but mostly in their twenties – had approached me in restaurants, theaters and stores to apologize for not voting or doing more to help my campaign. I responded with forced smiles and tight nods. I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say ‘You didn’t vote? How could you not vote?! You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?’ Of course I didn’t say any of that.”

She doesn’t stop to think that perhaps, the women who didn’t vote for her didn’t believe in her ability to govern or that maybe they just didn’t find her to be relatable. Admonishing other women for not voting for you because you are a woman certainly isn’t the right approach to understanding why you lost so many white women voters.

Clinton also believes sexism played a huge role in her loss and even now when promoting What Happened, the former Secretary of State is saying women voted for Trump because their husbands told them to. In an interview with NPR, Clinton states that “I’m talking principally about white women — they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for ‘the girl.’”

Attitudes and statements like that show that Clinton doesn’t have much faith in her fellow women to vote their conscious instead of falling in line behind a candidate simply because she’s a woman. Frankly, it’s also a bit insulting to voter intelligence and shows just how out of touch she can be with everyday people.

There’s also quite a bit of shade thrown at former primary challenger Bernie Sanders, which is a bit puzzling.

“Bernie and I had a spirited contest of ideas, which was invigorating, but I nonetheless found campaigning against him frustrating. He didn’t seem to mind if his math didn’t add up or if his plans had no prayer of passing Congress and becoming law. For Bernie, policy was about inspiring a mas movement and forcing a conversation about the Democratic Party’s values and principles.”

“Bernie would come out with something bigger, loftier and leftier, regardless of whether it was realistic or not. That left me to play the unenviable role of spoilsport schoolmarm, pointing out there was no way Bernie could keep his promises or deliver real results.”

Later on in the book, she states Bernie’s attacks on her caused lasting damage and made it harder to unify the party once she secured the Presidential nomination. “I appreciate that he campaigned for me in the general election but he isn’t a Democrat. I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too.”

When not talking about factors that played into her loss, Clinton’s thoughts meander into marriage and motherhood. Quite frankly, her frequent gushing about how much she loves Bill is nauseating and feels insincere. Only Bill and Hillary truly know if they love each other or not, but from an outsider standpoint, after all these years and scandals, their marriage seems more like a power play than an actual loving relationship, no matter how many times she admonishes that “there’s no one I’d rather talk to more than him.” If you have to try so hard to convince people you have a great marriage, things probably aren’t really as wonderful as you make them out to be.

Throughout the book, there’s also a lot of discussion about the now infamous e-mail scandal. Clinton calls it a dumb mistake and an even dumber scandal. Instead of actually admitting that keeping an unsecure, private server in your home could have greatly put the country’s national security at risk, she scolds the media for reporting so heavily on it. It infuriated her that James Comey stated she and the State Department had acted “extremely careless” when using unsecure servers to send and receive classified information. Clinton questions why, when Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice also used e-mail for work, aren’t they being investigated too but fails to realize the difference in the rules for electronic communication at that time. (Powell also never had a private server)

What Happened isn’t a terrible book but it doesn’t offer much new insight into the 2016 election that we all already didn’t know. Instead, it’s more of a cathartic work for the former presidential nominee – something she had to write in order to help her move past such a painful time in her career and life. While she does admit that mistakes were made throughout the campaign (like not visiting Wisconsin because her campaign staff thought it was in the bag from the get go and telling people in coal country that she was going to put a lot of coal miners out of work – something she says was taken out of context), she never fully takes responsibility for the loss. Instead, the media, Comey, Russia, Bernie Sanders and Trump’s “deplorables” shoulder much of the blame in her eyes.

I suppose, in a way, that humanizes her just a little bit because when it comes right down to it, most people try to look for someone else to blame other than themselves.

Clinton supporters will probably devour What Happend because many of them are still looking for answers and healing from last year’s election. The rest? They’ll still find her just as unrelatable, unbearable and unelectable as they did in 2016. This one’s really written for the fans.

-K

TSA Testing New Screening Policies for Books in Carry On Luggage

As if your privacy was not being invaded enough already by TSA, it’s possible that in the near future books passengers carry on in their luggage will be subject to their own screening.

TSA recently began a test run of the new process at three airports in the US: Detroit, Phoenix and Boston. TSA says that tightly packed luggage is hard to see through, so agents may look through the pages of your reading material to make sure nothing harmful resides between the pages.

Most people probably don’t take embarrassing reads on vacation with them but it’s still a huge invasion of privacy for TSA to start forcing people to publicly display what they are reading. Jay Stanley at the ACLU agrees and published this statement in a blog on their web site last Friday:

A person who is reading a book entitled “Overcoming Sexual Abuse” or “Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction” is not likely to want to plop that volume down on the conveyor belt for all to see. Even someone reading a bestseller like “50 Shades of Grey” or a mild self-help book with a title such as “What Should I Do With My Life?” might be shy about exposing his or her reading habits. And of course someone reading Arab or Muslim literature in today’s environment has all too much cause to worry about discrimination. To at least one woman who experienced the new policy, “The scrutiny of my books, magazines and food feels even more invasive” than the body scanners, swabs, and pat-downs.

As expected, public reaction is also not too favorable.

It’s pretty sad that we as American citizens have to keep giving up more and more pieces of our privacy to government agencies like the TSA. They already do an invasive body X-ray every time you fly, what more do they want to inspect?

-K