The reason that the federal government in the United States (US) is on a shutdown mode is ostensibly the failure of both political parties to find a common ground on the General Appropriations Act. What is not reported by the mainstream liberal US media is that this is not just about wrangling over the possibility of the US budget hitting the ceiling and the possibility of default on debt repayment but more about a conflict in ideology and morality.
It is an established fact that the Democratic Party stands for liberalism—a political philosophy that sacrifices moral principles on the altar of unbridled individual rights, which principle has been used to rationalize divorce, same sex marriage, abortion and even euthanasia. Later waves of liberal political thought was associated with the second wave of feminism which produced such militant
liberal feminists as Margaret Sanger and others who spearheaded abortion and women’s rights in the US. It is these groups mostly who are behind abortion funding under Obama Health Plan and the Reproductive Health (RH) Law in this country.
On the other end of the US political spectrum are the Republicans who are mostly conservatives and adhere closer to the moral principles of the Pilgrim Fathers that built America. This is the reason why Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. rejected abortion. Unfortunately they did not have their way and Roe vs. Wade allowed the evil practice to continue in a country that reportedly allows a quarter of a million abortions a year.
American liberal principles were exported to this country, thanks to the Kissinger State Department Memo to President Gerald Ford that supported population planning in the sixties through contraception and abortion – a policy implemented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in this country which poured millions of dollars for the distribution of contraceptive pills and paraphernalia in the sixties. With the withdrawal of support from the USAID under the Reagan administration, the US private sector took up the slack and US pharmaceutical companies as well as foundations like those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett supported the NGOs and their media advocates to insure the passage of the RH Bill.
In the case of Obamacare which proposes a federal mandate for Americans to purchase health insurance, which among other things will pay for abortions using federal funds, the 70 million Catholic Americans are understandably up in arms and consider the plan an affront to their Christian principles. Hence the determination of Republican legislators, many coming from heavily Catholic states to dump the Obama health plan.
In stark contrast, our so-called Catholic legislators hardly put up a resistance to the RH bill after reportedly receiving Malacañang pork. And to think that unlike the US this is supposed to be an overwhelming Catholic state!
Informatively the bone of contention between US political parties regarding the US budget leading to the federal shutdown is the $ 160 million that Obamacare has earmarked for abortion cases. Parenthetically, it will be recalled that under the RH law an estimated P 3 billion will be set aside by the government for the purchase of imported contraceptive drugs – an amount that could be better used to buy CT scan, ultrasound and other badly needed equipment for provincial hospitals.
How the US government shutdown will play out and what the fate will be of the RH law now in the hands of the venerable justices of the Philippine Supreme Court, only the good Lord knows. In the meantime we await the results of both issues with bated breath as we pray for divine intervention that these two devil-inspired legislative initiatives will be consigned in the congressional archives of both governments to die a natural death.