Sorry I haven’t posted anything in the last few days. Actually, I’ve been stuck at Planned Parenthood’s national convention which was just a few miles from my stately mansion here in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Of course, the buzz at the convention was how that nasty U.S. Congress was gonna halt all federal funding for PPFA. Everywhere you went throughout the very large hotel, there were signs with big exclamation points, videos of speeches of some woman pounding her fist on a way-too-tall podium, buttons with clever slogans, pink tee shirts. You couldn’t escape the hysteria. Surely, it is the apocalypse!
All right now, let’s all calm down here for a second. The bottom line is there ain’t no way in hell this is going to happen.
The Congress of the United States does not have the votes to stop this pernicious attack on abortion. Oops, did I use the “a” word? I’m sorry if I slipped because using that word is verboten because, as we know, most of the pro-choice groups cannot say the nasty “a” word because it’s way too sensitive. Instead, we have to say these attacks are about women’s health, about their mammograms, their pap smears and all of those other socially acceptable tests that women must perform.
But I digress.
Nothing is going to happen because we’ve got Barack Obama sitting in the White House, ready to veto any legislation that denies PPFA any funding. And that’s because he is a true champion of abortion….uh….I mean reproductive rights! All hail Obama!
The pro-choice lobbyists in Washington, D.C. know that at the end of the day, PPFA will be fine. They will continue to get their money. Sure, those lobbyists have to be vigilant and earn their money but they know damn well PPFA will live to see another day. But that doesn’t stop their fundraisers down the hall from cranking out the pleas for money. I think once a week I get a letter or a postcard screaming at me to give money TODAY to stop the RIGHT WING CONGRESS from denying women their right to BASIC HEALTH CARE!
The problem is that, if you send ten dollars, the letter you get next week is not a simple thank you – it’s another request for a contribution. So, you send another ten dollars but, before you know it, you’re getting a phone from some twenty year old begging for more money. Okay, okay, I’ll send you $20 but please stop asking me! The next morning, as I’m sipping my coffee, there’s a knock on the door. It’s a special fed ex package from the PRESIDENT of PPFA herself begging…..
Well, you get the picture.
Yes, the organizations need to raise money for fixed expenses but this “battle” is a sham and, honestly, I think some people really get into it. It’s almost as if they enjoy being on the defensive. But we’re gonna win this one, folks. And I’m gonna miss my daily talks with those PPFA folks!