“GOP” Senator Makes (Not So) Shocking (Non-) Endorsement

(Editor’s Note: Danny Cannon is fluent in sarcasm.)

On Monday, the American electorate received critical information it had long been waiting for this election— at long last, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) told us who she would be voting for in November. Well, really, she just said who she wouldn’t be voting for, but at least now the country knows what’s been on the mind of the esteemed Senator from Maine.

Collins chose to publish her essay as an opinion piece in the Washington Post, the hometown paper of the people she best represents.

GOP Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Her piece is full of thought-provoking points, such as the claim that Donald Trump’s comments about Judge Curiel somehow demonstrated “a profound lack of respect… for our constitutional separation of powers.” She spends a number of paragraphs explaining that, since Trump has failed to “focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for his ill-tempered rants”, she will not be supporting him in November. Though she mentions in one sentence of the piece that she supports neither of the major-party nominees, it remains unclear which of the only two possible Presidents next year she would prefer. She closes with the timeless refrain of Republican anti-Trumpers, explaining that one does not have to blindly support whoever happens to be the party’s nominee — and with that, she cut off the only possible counter-argument to her otherwise flawless manifesto.

If you are somehow unaware of Senator Collins (as if anyone possibly could be!), she is the pro-abortion Republican co-sponsor of ENDA, a federal bill which aims to end “discrimination” by denying the religious freedom rights of people across the country. Continue Reading

Senate Democrats Vote to Be More Like China and North Korea

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The 20 week abortion ban failed today in the Senate. Not a huge shock, but still disappointing to anyone who values life. Republican Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined nearly all of the Senate Democrats in voting against this bill to protect life.

Of course, there’s no excuse for voting against this measure. None. It’s unconscionable. But nobody is particularly surprised. In the immortal words of Dennis Green, when it comes to the Democrats and the Republican turncoats Kirk and Collins, “they are who we thought they were.”

Abortion remains legal at any point in a pregnancy. 20 weeks in? Absolutely. 30 weeks in? Come on down to your local Planned Parenthood. 40 weeks in and having last minute second thoughts? Hey, it’s still technically legal.

Is this really who we are as a nation?

Today, on the same day Pope Francis lands in Washington, D.C., we proudly affirm ourselves as one of only seven countries in the world with legal late-term abortion, joining serial human rights violators like China and North Korea.

This is the United States of America. We believe in life, but only when it’s convenient. We believe in liberty, but only for some. And we believe in the pursuit of happiness, as long as you’re not an infant in the womb.

May God have mercy on our nation.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action. Continue Reading

Three Surprises from the Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

U.S. Capitol building

By now, you have probably heard that a Senate bill which would have stripped Planned Parenthood of over $500 million in federal funds annually has failed in the Senate by a vote of 53-46.  But this isn’t the full story.  Here are a few facts about last night’s vote that may surprise you:

1. Two Democrats voted for the bill.

Democrats are generally indistinguishable on the subject of abortion.  It is a sacred cow, the Law of the Land which should never be debated or changed.  There are still a few holdouts, however, who have managed to survive Democratic crackdowns on heterodoxy.  Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana decided to risk the wrath of their leaders and vote to pull the plug on Planned Parenthood, at least until an investigation can be conducted.  If you live in one of their respective states, you might want to consider thanking them for a brave stand that will probably estrange them from the rest of their party.

2. Two Republicans opposed defunding, but one voted “yes” anyway.

The GOP Senators in question were Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine.  Kirk, who had already indicated he didn’t support the legislation, predictably voted not to end debate on the bill.  Collins, on the other hand, made the surprise move of voting to bring the bill to the floor, just not for the reasons you think: Collins wanted the procedural option to introduce a “substitute” bill that would call for a 90-day investigation of Planned Parenthood…but wouldn’t defund them. Continue Reading