Not Satire: GOP Preparing to Use Debunked Propaganda to Push For Government Shutdown

ted-cruz-stinksShutting down the government is typically the act of a political party that’s behaving like a petulant child who’s not getting their way. They accomplish almost nothing and ultimately just end up costing taxpayers a lot of money.

That still hasn’t stopped Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from stating that he supports shutting down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood. If you recall, Cruz also led the charge for our last government shutdown in 2013 concerning funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Just like in 2013, if the government is shut down, it will have been for nothing – because there’s no possible way Republicans like Cruz are going to win this fight.

Not only that, but all of this anti-Planned Parenthood nonsense is based on highly edited videos from a radical anti-abortion group that have already been debunked as misleading and inaccurate.

It’s amazing to me to watch members of a political party push this rhetoric against Planned Parenthood that’s not based on facts or even reality, but propaganda from an advocacy group. Hell, during the second GOP presidential debate, Cruz actually tried to claim that Planned Parenthood has committed multiple felonies. Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina claimed the videos contained footage of a fetus with a beating heart, kicking its legs on a table while employees of Planned Parenthood talk about keeping it “alive” to harvest its brain.

There’s just one problem with both of those claims: Neither are true! 

First, if members of Planned Parenthood had committed “multiple felonies” as Cruz claims, I’m fairly certain someone would have been arrested by now.

Then as it relates to this supposed video – it doesn’t exist

Again, all of this “shutdown the government to defund Planned Parenthood” nonsense is being driven by highly edited videos put together by a radical anti-abortion advocacy group. There’s a reason why this group selectively released these videos over several weeks as opposed to taking them directly to the FBI or some other law enforcement agency. If this was really about Planned Parenthood breaking the law (which they haven’t), that is what this group would have done.

Not only that, but 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with providing abortions. A lot of what Planned Parenthood does revolves around providing contraceptives for people to lower the number of unplanned pregnancies – which actually reduces abortion ratesIf anything, it can be argued that Planned Parenthood does more to prevent abortion than any other organization in the country.

But even going beyond that, not a single dollar from the government goes toward providing abortions. In fact, it’s illegal for Planned Parenthood to use any federal money to perform abortions. So, when Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood, all they’re really trying to do is strip away funding for the 97 percent of what the organization does – which is provide various vital health care services for women.

The bottom line is, Republicans are pushing us toward another possible government shutdown based on debunked propaganda from a radical anti-abortion group – and it’s yet another shutdown they can’t “win.” Not only do they not have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to avoid the filibuster, but they certainly don’t have the 67 votes needed to override a veto by President Obama.

So, if the government is indeed shut down, we’ll literally be looking at exactly what we saw in 2013: A shutdown that has absolutely zero chance at accomplishing anything positive for the country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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