Kathleen Sebelius finally does something right

posted at 12:55 pm on December 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a move that shocked many, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday decided the Plan B morning-after pill should not be made available over-the-counter to girls under age 17.  ABC News reports:

It’s the morning after and the controversy over how to sell emergency contraception still looms. …

Overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy the pill on their own, saying she was worried about confusing 11-year-olds.

For now, Plan B will stay behind pharmacy counters, available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age.

Predictably, “feminists, a crucial constituency, feel betrayed and furious,” according to an article by Michelle Goldberg at The Daily Beast.

Frankly, I’m astonished by this, too, even as I’m pleased by it. The secular rationale for Sebelius’ decision is admittedly thin. She didn’t, for example, argue that the pill is unsafe for minors. (I would easily believe that, though, whatever FDA experts might say. Masked by FDA approval, ordinary birth control is commonly thought safe, for example, but the health risks associated with it — from the increased likelihood of secondary infertility to a potential higher risk for breast cancer — are plentiful. The morning-after pill — especially if used with any kind of regularity — could plausibly have similar side effects.)

No, Sebelius said she doubts 11-year-old girls — about 10 percent of whom are already capable of childbearing — would know how to properly use the pill without guidance. Given that at least one study shows that’s not necessarily true, it’s easier to believe Sebelius made this decision — and Barack Obama stood by it — as a conscious concession to certain social conservatives who have fought hard against increased and easier access to the pill. It is a crucial time in the election cycle, after all.

Had Sebelius decided to grant access, I would neither have been surprised nor outraged. It’s a very different thing to allow a product to be sold than it is to mandate that health insurance companies cover birth control, just as it’s a very different thing to bring Gardasil to market than it is to mandate young girls receive the vaccine.

Still, I cheer this decision because I’m of the same mind as John Paul II and others who’ve compellingly made the case that contraception (especially abortifacients like Plan B!) and abortion — both designed to decouple the pleasurable and procreative aspects of sex — are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin. In general, I think battles related to both are best fought in the cultural realm, but I’m not going to complain when pro-lifers receive a little help from Kathleen Sebelius.


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Kathleen Sebelius finally does something right

She resigned from the Downgrade Administration?

Good for her!

Chip on December 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I like the end, that is, I’m kinda glad that my 12-year-old daughter can’t pick up a two packs of gum and a Plan B at Giant. What I don’t like is the means. This is big government standing between you and your pharmacist.

Time Lord on December 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And dear leader put all the onus on her so he wouldn’t get the blame for this decision from his people

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Kat,
 
Can you stall this until December 2012?
 
Thanks,
Barry

rogerb on December 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Hurray!

AsianGirlInTights on December 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Predictably, “feminists, a crucial constituency, feel betrayed and furious,”

That just made me smile.

EnderWiggins on December 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Maybe while she was at Mass for political networking, she listened to the homily for a change.

RBMN on December 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM

“abortifacients”

I’m surprised no one used that name during Open Registration…

/

Seven Percent Solution on December 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

She’s made one right decision. Let’s hope for more.

jslayton71 on December 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

is is just me or does she look like Khan in that picture?

just needs the chest armor and a better attitude and she could fill in for ricardo.

acyl72 on December 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

OT: Twitter Breaking News…shots fired on the campus of Virginia Tech…

d1carter on December 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Let’s take a moment and revisit an earlier headline on HotAir.

Now consider this, the feminists see a need for this morning after pill. Very young girls are being preyed upon by evil, rich, older men, and the feminists response is not directed at the rich and powerful sexual predators. No, the feminists response is directed at finding a way for unfortunate young girls who need relief from their affliction.

Remember Roman Polanski? Where were the feminists?

Skandia Recluse on December 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I think she had to go this route. If the morning after pill was over the counter and it contains the same active ingredient as birth control pills what is the rational for requiring a prescription for birth control. In the long term such a move would have lessened the power of the FDA, by calling into question what is or needs to be a prescription drug.

unknown.rodent on December 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Pre-election posturing.

http://www.businessinsider.com/boom-obama-just-played-the-bin-laden-card-2011-12

Overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy the pill on their own, saying she was worried about confusing 11-year-olds.

Can you imagine what kind of Administration you’d see if they get a 2nd term?

The masks will come off and we’ll behold the beauty of full fledged Socialism and Marxism.

PappyD61 on December 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Credit where credit is due.

22044 on December 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

In a move that shocked many

I guess I’m more pessimistic and cynical. I saw this as more of the same- political games and campaigning.

Obama gets to claim a position both ways. The FDA position gives him cover with some special interests such as the feminists, those who support abortion, and planned parenthood/the abortion industry. Sebelius saves him from having to answer to social conservatives and devout Catholics as to why he is encouraging birth control for children.

Happy Nomad on December 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Of course, Sebelius still supports and promotes “free” (tax-payer funded) , non-parental consent abortions for children under the age of 17, but I guess we can just ignore that and try to have a “feel good” moment.

Pork-Chop on December 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

She had a bad day or….she wanted to try to prove that she is NOT Josef Stalin. Take THAT Newt!

lonestarleeroy on December 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

a busted watch is right twice a day. dosnt mean its good for anything

txdonboy on December 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

OT: Andrew McCarthy just absolutely exposed and destroyed Rand Paul

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/285190/strawman-andrew-c-mccarthy?pg=1

But let’s put aside Senator Paul’s many misconceptions about terrorism cases and cut to the chase: His plea in favor of returning to pre-9/11 civilian due process for our wartime enemies is not a fringe position. The contention that we should scrap the law of war and go back to endowing all international terrorists with full constitutional protections is drearily conventional among libertarians of the Rand/Ron Paul bent of mind, progressive legal scholars, congressional Democrats, and Obama-administration officials. Yet, having parroted this argument only a week ago, Senator Paul would have you think he never made it. He clearly has no interest in trying to defend it. He prefers to pretend that I made it up out of whole cloth.

jp on December 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

“feminists” a/k/a Baby killers and angry-at-the-world butchies or castrated girly men?

….and sorry Palin was wrong months ago when she called herself a feminist.

You can be pro-woman (and not a feminist) without all the angry baggage of the burn-your-bra, hate the men, kill the unborn trash.

But in our culture they have corrupted the term “feminist” and now it’s more akin to FEMINAZI.

PappyD61 on December 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

She didn’t ban ban it, she but she did make sure that her hollywood buddies would able to keep them in the candy jar next to the casting couch.

pedestrian on December 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

No credit, because the motivation is more likely that the more young girls have access to Plan B, the less abortions they will need, decreasing Planned Parenthood’s revenue stream. So not wanting to offend one of his biggest supporters, Obama took this option away to increase the number of abortions.

Of course I am in favor with limiting access of this drug to young girls, but I wouldn’t ascribe good motives to an administration that has shown they believe having a baby is “punishment” for a young girl.

redeye on December 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

rogerb on December 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Most likely what happened

Nathan_OH on December 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Why do I envision some ridiculously uninformed youngster taking a handful of these when she is 3 or 4 months pregnant? I see the mindset. If one pill would’ve worked the day after, a bunch might work now.

figment on December 8, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Kat,
Can you stall this until December 2012?
Thanks,
Barry
rogerb on December 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

This.

You know it’ll happen if he’s re-elected. One more reason for one-and-done.

Marcola on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I always amazed that a country that requires a note for juveniles to take an Aspirin, thinks that somehow that at least a note shouldn’t be required to interrupt a complicated process like human gestation.
If some body helped my teen (or younger) without my permission, I would send them the bill .. I didn’t authorize it.

J_Crater on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

As a pro-lifer I totally agree with this decision. But here’s a suggestion Tina – abortion, contraception, right to life issues, gay marriage…they have their place.

All of them take a second seat to the biggest threat to the nation today – the total economic disaster that is looming. Why not focus a bit more on that than your hobby horse?

CorporatePiggy on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Doesn’t Plan B cause mental retardation, like Gardasil?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

She is simply acting rational before the election. The left, who have shown themselves to be almost bare-faced communist sympathizers, need to adjust their costumes and makeup.
Expect much more of this. Religion will be embraced..Obama will open up drilling permits..the Keystone will get the go ahead..unions will get a frown and a lite spanking etc. This will all happen by mid summer to defuse most of the conservative arguments against the progressives.
Too many will fall for it.

Mimzey on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Wait a minute, where is all the support for the free market here?

Why is it that there is so much support for taking away personal liberties?

Where are all the complaints about the FDA hamstringing the ethical drug industry here??

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I’m sure her motivaton was purely political. That “conscience thing” is not a problem for her. If she’s a Catholic, Oprah is anorexic.

xrayiiis on December 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Regardless of how they’re spinning this, it was totally a political decision. To allow kids of any age to buy abortifacients over the counter with no medical supervision is absolutely nuts. The fact that they were even considering it is frightening.

The administration may get away with this same sort of deranged overreach in pursuit of their agenda in other areas (e.g. labor policy), but this is people’s kids we’re talking about here. There is no way the Democrats or their media enablers could have defended it. And the really scary thing is that this would have been a done deal if Obama wasn’t trying desperately to get re-elected.

platapapin on December 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

If “the pill” is not over the counter, then the “day after” pill shouldn’t be either. Both can be abortifaecents.

It is irrelevant whether a zygote has implanted itself yet or not. Once an egg is fertilized, you have a seperate entity with its own unique dna. That my friends is a new human being. Size, looks and placement do not matter.

Logus on December 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

As a pro-lifer I totally agree with this decision. But here’s a suggestion Tina – abortion, contraception, right to life issues, gay marriage…they have their place.

All of them take a second seat to the biggest threat to the nation today – the total economic disaster that is looming. Why not focus a bit more on that than your hobby horse?

CorporatePiggy on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Human life is more important than governments, nations and economies. Hobby horse? Maybe you need to reconsider what you believe about your claimed pro-life views.

When I die, I’d rather say I did everything possible to support life, for the unborn and the born, than making sure I can have a job, afforable food, etc.

Sure, we do have to weigh a lot of important issues, but life is our first gift from above. I’d willingly take higher taxes and a burdensome government if it means that a single life is saved. Life is more important than our economic situation.

Logus on December 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

She didn’t, for example, argue that the pill is unsafe for minors.

It is quite inarguable that this pill is unsafe for minors, especially those under the age of 0.

NOMOBO on December 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

is is just me or does she look like Khan in that picture?

just needs the chest armor and a better attitude and she could fill in for ricardo.

acyl72 on December 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

I think a vest made of rich Corinthian leather should do the trick.

Flange on December 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

As with all Liberal Dems, if something was done right it was either an accident or done for the wrong reason. Still, I applaud her having not done more wrong.

Dexter_Alarius on December 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

anyone else think that she retired? that would have been a snarkalicious post. THat being said, I am glad at this little bit of news.

Who is Jon Galt Huntsman? on December 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

redeye on December 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Clinical abortions are probably going to continue to decline, but not because of anything the government is doing.

Rather, I suspect that much of it is due to the actions of pro-life organizations.

At one time, here in Missouri there were around 7 abortion clinics. There is now 1, though there is one clinic in Kansas and one in Illinois which “serve” the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas.

A pro-life organization here in St. Louis called Thrive has started a mobile unit campaign. For a while they parked their RV near the one clinic. Eventually they realized that the clinic stopped doing business on the day that they’d show up so that clientelle would not see the RV and go to it. Eventually, Thrive plans on getting a second RV and they’re going to keep it parked in front of the Planned Parenthood facility.

That however will probably not stop abortions altogether. Instead we will probably see a rise in the use of the morning after pill and RU486. If this is the case, I suspect that good stats will be hard to keep as to the rates/numbers and percentages of abortion.

Logus on December 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Wait a minute, where is all the support for the free market here?

Why is it that there is so much support for taking away personal liberties?

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I’m with you on the lack of response. It’s murky under the law whether and in what situations minors are covered by the constitution. Take that SCOTUS case a few months ago regarding California’s ban of violent video games to minors. That’s free market too, regardless of whether it’s Nintendo or drug companies

Doesn’t Plan B cause mental retardation, like Gardasil?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Give it time, I’m sure Bachmann will be on TV soon to confirm it.

Liberty 5-3001 on December 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I agree that this was PURELY a political decision. Temporarily placates the Pro-Lifers but enfuriates his base (half of which doesn’t know who is in control Of HHS).

This will be revisited should O’bo get re-elected

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

As a pro-lifer I totally agree with this decision. But here’s a suggestion Tina – abortion, contraception, right to life issues, gay marriage…they have their place.

All of them take a second seat to the biggest threat to the nation today – the total economic disaster that is looming. Why not focus a bit more on that than your hobby horse?

CorporatePiggy on December 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

…Because that basically takes up 95% of all media coverage anyway?

Stoic Patriot on December 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Step back and think about what we’re now happy to defend: the availability of a pill that induces abortion to young girls. This is the leftist approach – continually lower the ethical bar, incrementally taking ground an inch at a time. We’ve gone from fighting for the moral high ground, to thanking some libtard for mercifully making it unavailable to young girls.

We’ve ceded the ethical case. All that remains is trying to determine how we minimize the number of casualties. The battle has been forfeited.

So, here we are – relegated to giving kudos to the witch running HHS. Praising her for not making it available to our young daughters at the checkout line. Thanking her for her mercy, as we lick our wounds from the battle we lost long ago.

This is not conservatism – it’s weakness. It’s Mitt Romney, the Maine Sisters, and Huntsman personified. It’s the direct result of negotiating the nonnegotiable and the adverse effects it leads to. The fact that this was even under consideration is a sign that we have been failing for years. Giving credit to one of the chief enablers of this progressive crud does not bode well for the country’s current state of conservatism.

NumberTwo on December 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Hell, in the America of today, a large minority of 11 year olds are already grandmothers.

Don’t they have sex-ed in pre-school, now?

OhEssYouCowboys on December 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

So they’ll be on shelves November 7th, 2012 then?

Even if they lose the election I suspect this will take effect for two months. What better way to say goodbye than a Plan B sale? Maybe they can set up a little booth at the White House with Sheriff Joe hawking the wares.

JosephP on December 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Wait a minute, where is all the support for the free market here?
 
Why is it that there is so much support for taking away personal liberties?
 
Where are all the complaints about the FDA hamstringing the ethical drug industry here??
 
georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

 
We’ll get back to you just as soon as minors can enter legal contracts and bring lawsuits.

rogerb on December 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Wait a minute, where is all the support for the free market here?

Why is it that there is so much support for taking away personal liberties?

Where are all the complaints about the FDA hamstringing the ethical drug industry here??

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Typical LIB/DEMwit. Free market alcohol too!!!! Some things need guidance. Can no one speak and think reasonably or is it all rhetoric anymore from whackjobs?

landowner on December 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

So they’ll be on shelves November 7th, 2012 then?

Even if they lose the election I suspect this will take effect for two months. What better way to say goodbye than a Plan B sale? Maybe they can set up a little booth at the White House with Sheriff Joe hawking the wares.

JosephP on December 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Yeah, that’s about right. RU486, gun control, no rare earth mining, no way no how; all those decisions will be coming down the pipeline.

Oh….wait

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Administrative decision to be rescinded and reversed after November. This is less red meat than tofu with the ability to evaporate on a whim.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

For the wrong reason: political fallout. Do you really doubt they would love to be dispensing this pill from middle school infirmaries?

paul1149 on December 8, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Ethical Drug Industry????

I don’t recall seeing the “Sex in the City” episode where Catrall was gasping for breath in some ER because of her PE, or where she was told that the next episode of PID and she may never have kids. (not that that’s important to them)

please, politics trumped this eons ago.

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Typical LIB/DEMwit. Free market alcohol too!!!! Some things need guidance. Can no one speak and think reasonably or is it all rhetoric anymore from whackjobs?

landowner on December 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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Oh, OK, so I guess you are a communist or collectivist and think that the government should not be the parent to your children…

Folks can either have liberty that is guaranteed by the Constitution or you can give it away to government… Just because it happens to be a social or moral policy you agree with is NOT a good reason to pass the decision rights from being G_d given to the individual over to a big centralized government. Maybe you are LIB/DEMwit…

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Folks can either have liberty that is guaranteed by the Constitution or you can give it away to government…

I missed the fact where abortion was “guaranteed” by the Constitution.. Even Ruth Bader Ginsberg believe that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision.

Oh, OK, so I guess you are a communist or collectivist and think that the government should not be the parent to your children…

The problem is that my child can’t have an aspirin at school without my permission.. Why on earth should she at 12 be able to go to a pharmacist and get a drug that induces abortion? Ugh! It is common sense and parenting.

melle1228 on December 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Oh, OK, so I guess you are a communist or collectivist and think that the government should not be the parent to your children…

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Does not compute.

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

feminists, a crucial constituency, feel betrayed and furious

LOL – yeah, really crucial. There’s a constituency (or a “community”) for everything, and according to the MSM, each on of them is “crucial”.

KS Rex on December 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM

“..behind pharmacy counters, available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age.”

Anybody else noticing ironic similarities to certain “Voter ID” arguments ?

and .. what about strawman purchases by “..those 17 and older” ?

Puts a whole new meaning to ‘Fast & Furious’
/.

CaveatEmpty on December 8, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Why on earth should she at 12 be able to go to a pharmacist and get a drug that induces abortion?

I understand your point and stance completely, but I think you are confusing Plan B, which is a quadruple dose of birth control, with RU486, which is an abortifacient.

I guess it depends on how you personally define an abortion, but my point is just that medically or biologically there is a difference between the two.

I’m not getting into the moral, ethical debate.

cmsciulli on December 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I guess it depends on how you personally define an abortion, but my point is just that medically or biologically there is a difference between the two.

I understand the difference. One stops implantation and one actually terminates the baby after implantation.

melle1228 on December 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

The bottom line is that the Obama administration are a bunch of gutless cowards, and the HHS decision was reached for the express purpose of not giving the GOP a campaign issue next year, period, end of story.

eyedoc on December 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I made it up out of whole cloth.
Andrew C. McCarthy

See what I did there?

That’s the problem. Context matters as much as the hermeneutics of interpretation with explication. Oversimplifications slanted to omit original meaning are twisted in order to deceive.

So in a highly biased setting of a televised debate, we all remember from a soundbite that was arbitrarily cut short by the moderator, the responsive emotional outburst playing an opponent’s Alinsky blame game, and the self defense posturing kneejerks began a parade.

No one is perfect. No nation’s policies are completely above and beyond reproach. Our nation’s foreign policies have flaws. One of the major American diplomatic flaws is that because of our 4-8 year peaceful transitional governments, our policies shift AT LEAST THAT FREQUENTLY depending on all sorts of complications and contrasting ideologies of our own. So when it comes to perception of American Policy in a region like the Middle East, populated by tribal cultures whose memories are based upon experiences thousands of years ago yet fresh in the minds of each person, we have a problem given our own nature. Every single little trivial event is interpreted according to the resulting shifts in the region’s balance of power. The appointed Generals in Afghanistan wrote their own reports on this point, and the Joint Chiefs in their remote and out of touch conference in Washington determined the US Military “Karzai Rules of Engagement” as a result, as if such a methodology would solve the problematic differences in contrasting cultural perceptions. Then compound those rules of engagement with Obama’s address to the troops, announcing his expectations that each member of the military be all things to all people where ever they be deployed and re-re-re-redeployed.

Fred Thompson spoke many times about the extremely bad mistakes we find we’ve made by jumping the gun, reacting without first determining exactly what our objective is, clearly having a goal and plan that includes a conclusion and return home of our troops; to NEVER have a policy that we’ve failed to first consider the long term effects.

In Afghanistan, ours is not the only military that has been unwelcome. Rather than helping, our presence there has created friction and distrust between Americans and Afghans. Study the panoramic photos by Michael Yon for reference. By Bill Kristol’s own admission, our efforts in Afghanistan are futile at best.

US POLICY PROBLEMS, to name just a few:

“Kill the infidel” has been the Saudi sponsored Muslim Brotherhood Wahhabi cry for jihad even before the 19th Century. By the beginning of the 20th Century, Britain allied with the House of Saud to sponsor the Wahhabi Jihad military aggression to defeat the Ottoman Empire. The British financially sponsored the initiation of the Muslim Brotherhood. And here America is at the 21st Century, sponsoring not only the Muslim Brotherhood’s conquests for “Arabia” but also the US alliance with the entity our leaders swore to exterminate, AL-QAEDA (Libya).

“Democracy” is no guarantee of Liberty. Rather, democracy empowers mob rule and group think. The majority sect performs genocide of minority sects. In 2008, there was only a single Jew living in Afghanistan. The Jewish and the Christian populations in Muslim nations have been forcibly removed and exterminated. And the same fate applies to the minority Muslim sects, as jihad kills the infidel, NO variation of ideology tolerated. The Druze and the Kurds also are being purged from Muslim nations. It’s the Wahhabi jihad against the infidel that the British instituted before WWI in order to defeat the Ottoman Empire, as the British Empire first empowered the House of Saud and began the Muslim Brotherhood to use for their own terrorist purposes. Research women’s rights with Wahhabi theocracy. At least in Iran’s Shia theocracy, women have the right to higher education and careers.

“Bring Muslims Democracy” in line with our perverted alliance with the House of Saud Wahhabi Sunnis, to effectively ally with the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda in order to ultimately destroy the Shia so as to eventually effect the Saudi Global Caliphate. Yet while NATO/US propagandizes the best of intentions as if reason to bring chaos to one Muslim nation after the other, no such humanitarian demands are made on the Saudi government.

“Win the hearts and minds of the enemy.” pfft, I saw that lie for what it was the moment Bush first said it. Oh, but he said it so nicely, and his intentions were so good, and his patriotism really covers for his basic errors in judgement. (Peering into Putin’s heart was another such “insightful” fiasco of trust. Feelings verified what Bush wanted [us] to think. Admit it or not, that’s how con jobs work.)

When de Gaul determined that imperialism was bad for France and pulled out from IndoChina [and Algeria], the opportunistic US politicians couldn’t resist taking over in Asia, smarting after the UN Korean War. And what did the US win from that Vietnam War? How did our efforts to help the Vietnamese turn out for them? We just couldn’t resist the Domino game. By the time Nixon pulled out, or at any point since our military departed from Vietnam, did we even learn the lesson that de Gaul impressed upon the French Empire? That it’s better to be a good sovereign nation than to attempt to conquer/rule the world by military force? No. Did we care to take Eisenhower’s parting advice? No. By ignoring Eisenhower’s final speech, today’s generation of Americans doesn’t even plead ignorance. Rather, stuck on stupid obstinacy. As if Reagan’s Executive Order forbidding assassinations is not relevant today or legally binding because he didn’t define “assassination”, according to the press that even bothered mentioning Obama’s trespassing against rule of law. As if since the Westphalia Treaty, sovereign states no longer deserve to be. As if authoritarianism is “better” than our Constitutional Republic and Liberty. As if brow beating and bribing Americans will make us all forfeit our natural rights. As if a majority of perverts have a legitimate right to rape the minority statesmen. As if the Republican Leadership (for our own example here) exert dedicated integrity to fulfill their sworn duties in office. As if “killing them with kindness,” bribes or military coercion will ever alter the mindset of other nation’s populations to fit our own design. As if we’ve accomplished any “good” in any Muslim nation that outweighs so much “bad” (genocide of Christians, Jews, every minority sect regardless of religion), establishing absolutely corrupt governments (Afghanistan) as if doing the tribal populations a favor.

MISCONCEPTION

I’ve read people’s posts screaming like Alinsky banshees about 19 box cutters. It wasn’t the box cutters that made 9/11/01 what we experienced. It wasn’t even the men carrying the box cutters. I’d argue that it was the bad policy of the airlines, disarming its own employees, and requiring employees to submit to threats of violence. The only airline that did not bring down the terrorist’s target was the one that individuals responded as Americans, fighting back in immediate response to face down an offensive attack. These patriots exercised their Liberty. Removing our Constitution’s integrity is what enabled the destruction on 9/11/01. Strengthening our constitutional integrity will prevent events like Major Hassan’s terrorist attack on Ft. Hood being determined to merely be “work place violence” by the US Department of Justice.

maverick muse on December 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

‘did something right’?? The hell she did. SEbelius did something COWARDLY. Don’t for a moment believe that she balked for the proper ethical or moral reasons. She balked at authorizing it – which would have kept completely in line with Liberals infantilization of adults while simultaneously defining children as autonomous for every sexual deviancy – because she didn’t think she had enough cover to get away with it.

Sebelius as as cowardly-authoritarian as they come. If she thought she had enough power or political cover, she’d man the death panels herself. Sebelius vetoed state CCW as GOv. of Kansas, despite overwhelming popular and political support for it. Her veeto got overturned. Sebelius has no problem imposing her will when she thinks she can get away with it.

rayra on December 8, 2011 at 4:05 PM

This is merely a corollary to Murphy’s Law:

Even if you try real hard to screw up everything all the time…you’ll eventually fail and do something right!!!

So you can’t blame Sebelius: she just screwed up the job of screwing up!!!

PS -

Sorry, but there are ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS on failed liberal Governors!!!

–the citizens of Kansas

landlines on December 8, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Trying to make sense of her decision. I’m guessing that abortions are a profit center for Planned Parenthood, but Plan B isn’t.

EddieC on December 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

The following has nothing to do with my opinion about this decision, which is certainly made for political, rather than intelligent or noble, reasons…

I wonder how it is that the same mindset which is convinced that you cannot make a wise decision for your family without their help, expects you to make a wise decision about who should govern. Oh, that’s right, they don’t. They trust the media to brainwash you into believing that they care.

Socialists trust the State first in all things, not the Individual.

Conservatives trust the Individual first in all things, not the State.

Always begin with that premise, and everything else seen before you falls into place. If a politician calls him/herself a conservative, but they believe that Big Government is the answer to any problem, then they are not.

Freelancer on December 9, 2011 at 4:50 AM

Kathleen Sebelius finally does something right……

And a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Upstreamer on December 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM