Susan G. Komen, the left’s latest Wisconsin

by Datechguy | February 3rd, 2012

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Susan G. Komen, the left's latest Wisconsin

One of the best ways to judge what is dear to some­one is to see what dri­ves them. If you look at Meme­o­ran­dum today you will see link after link con­cern­ing Susan G. Komen’s deci­sion to stop fund­ing Planned Par­ent­hood. As of this writ­ing no less that 11 head­lines deal with this deci­sion with 9 of them hit­ting the story from the left and the descrip­tion within the pieces are full of outrage.

And God for­bid you put a piece sup­port­ing Komen’s deci­sion on a “Woman’s” site. My friend Jenny Erick­son is being pum­meled in com­ments for this piece on the Komen deci­sion.

If you think about this for a moment this should have been a one day story. Susan G. Komen is a breast can­cer char­ity, it’s not a gov­ern­ment agency, it’s not a state agency, it’s a pri­vate char­ity whose mis­sion to to fight breast can­cer. Noth­ing in this deci­sion is going to change the good that Komen does.

Nor would the idea that as such a char­ity would direct it’s funds and it’s time in the most effi­cient way be odd. Every dol­lar Komen gets comes from some­one else. That they would direct such money directly to places that pro­vide mam­mo­grams in quan­tity (unlike almost all Planned par­ent­hood sites)

So it raises the ques­tion, why is the left in such an uproar? Why is a group like the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity women no longer count­ing Komen as “com­mu­nity ser­vice” Why is Howard Dean call­ing on cor­po­ra­tions to boy­cott Komen? Is Komen no longer going to be work­ing for a cure for Breast Can­cer? Will the young women in the group be less sup­port­able to Breast Can­cer than they were last week?

The fact is like Wis­con­sin this is a defin­ing moment:

When Gov­er­nor Scott Walker passed his reforms which included the removal of auto­matic dues deduc­tions for unions it threat­ened the money flow to the left. They were will­ing to make any deal to keep it. With­out com­pul­sion thou­sands of Union mem­bers voted with their pock­et­books in though times. And when the dis­tricts where no longer locked into con­tracts that forced them into non-​competitive con­tracts with Union heath insur­ance plans it cost them even more.

The fear and the dan­ger for the left is that it would spread to other states and cut off cir­cu­lar use of tax­payer fund­ing that is the life’s blood of demo­c­ra­tic cam­paigns. An exam­ple had to be made and the left, even as they appear to fail in Wis­con­sin, the left intends to make it a bloody cost.

And that brings us to Susan G. Komen.

The same cir­cu­lar fund­ing scheme that exists for the Unions exists with Planned Par­net­hood, funds go to Planned Par­ent­hood to sup­port abor­tion, become polit­i­cal dona­tions to Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates that push pub­lic funds back to Planned Par­ent­hood. That is why they fought so hard to save fund­ing at the Fed­eral Level and are fight­ing so hard to per­verse it on the state level.

But for com­pa­nies such sup­port of the nation’s #1 abor­tion provider has not been with­out cost: As Komen dis­cov­ered a lot of peo­ple who would oth­er­wise have been sup­port­ing them had cut ties:

The biggest rea­son SGK stopped fund­ing Planned Par­ent­hood? “Nancy Brinker [SGK chair­woman, pic­tured right] said she was spend­ing nearly half her time deal­ing with the Planned Par­ent­hood issue,” said my source. “She decided she just couldn’t do it any longer.”

Quite sim­ply, Planned Par­ent­hood is poison.

Many other busi­ness and orga­ni­za­tions know this same thing but have been too timid to act. The left knows and under­stands this. (That’s why Planned Par­ent­hood NOT KOMEN broke the story) If Komen is allowed to sur­vive and thrive with­out the impri­matur of the left, then how many will fol­low suit? That’s why, no mat­ter how many women’s lives are saved by their actions, they must be destroyed.

The Hill is report­ing that Rep. Jackie Spier is lead­ing the charge for lib­er­als to aban­don the Susan G Komen For The Cure char­ity because it has stopped fund­ing Planned Parenthood.

Rod Dreher puts it well:

the more I think about it, the more I real­ize this is a clar­i­fy­ing moment. Think of it! Three decades of ser­vice to women fight­ing breast can­cer, and hav­ing raised and dis­trib­uted hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars nearly $2 bil­lion towards that goal, means absolutely noth­ing to these peo­ple now try­ing to destroy Komen. They could have denounced Komen’s deci­sion, but in light of all Komen has done, and still does for women, turned their ire on the Repub­li­cans, the Reli­gious Right, and so forth. But no, Komen broke ranks, and it must be dealt with harshly. And the sym­pa­thetic main­stream media is help­ing them do the job.

It is for that rea­son why the left will make this a one year story rather than a one day story. They will not relent they will try to make it Komen’s Water­loo. But as the Komen fundrais­ing num­bers already show it is Water­loo and Komen like Scott Walker before them, is play­ing the role of Welling­ton.

Exit ques­tion: Komen KNEW this was com­ing and still did it. What does that say about the power of the left?

Update: A lot of peo­ple a pan­ick­ing about the Komen “cave” but not only is there a lot less than meets the eye the Amer­i­can Papist (no squish on life) gets it.

I mean, just pause for a moment: if Planned Par­ent­hood is so seri­ous about pro­tect­ing women’s health how does it jus­tify lead­ing a cru­sade to destroy the world’s lead­ing breast can­cer research foun­da­tion over these past days?? It’s sim­ply incred­i­ble, and we need to make sure it’s never forgotten.

One last thing: we need to remem­ber the big pic­ture. Over the past 48 hours, not only did Planned Par­ent­hood reveal itself as will­ing to seri­ously dam­age and attempt to destroy the pro-​woman Komen foun­da­tion, but also, thou­sands and mil­lions of peo­ple poten­tially learned for the first time that Komen doesn’t believe Planned Par­ent­hood is an ideal provider of health care for women. So even if Planned Par­ent­hood wins this bat­tle (an out­come very much in doubt), I would argue they have seri­ously weak­ened them­selves for the bat­tles ahead. This will be a long fight, take the long view.

Update 2: To those who still think Komen has caved I sug­gest you read this.

Update 3: I’m a lit­tle late acknowl­edg­ing this Insta­lanche due to show stuff but thanks much Glenn.

One of the best ways to judge what is dear to someone is to see what drives them. If you look at Memeorandum today you will see link after link concerning Susan G. Komen’s decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. As of this writing no less that 11 headlines deal with this decision with 9 of them hitting the story from the left and the description within the pieces are full of outrage.

And God forbid you put a piece supporting Komen’s decision on a “Woman’s” site. My friend Jenny Erickson is being pummeled in comments for this piece on the Komen decision.

If you think about this for a moment this should have been a one day story. Susan G. Komen is a breast cancer charity, it’s not a government agency, it’s not a state agency, it’s a private charity whose mission to to fight breast cancer. Nothing in this decision is going to change the good that Komen does.

Nor would the idea that as such a charity would direct it’s funds and it’s time in the most efficient way be odd. Every dollar Komen gets comes from someone else. That they would direct such money directly to places that provide mammograms in quantity (unlike almost all Planned parenthood sites)

So it raises the question, why is the left in such an uproar? Why is a group like the American Association of University women no longer counting Komen as “community service” Why is Howard Dean calling on corporations to boycott Komen? Is Komen no longer going to be working for a cure for Breast Cancer? Will the young women in the group be less supportable to Breast Cancer than they were last week?

The fact is like Wisconsin this is a defining moment:

When Governor Scott Walker passed his reforms which included the removal of automatic dues deductions for unions it threatened the money flow to the left. They were willing to make any deal to keep it. Without compulsion thousands of Union members voted with their pocketbooks in though times. And when the districts where no longer locked into contracts that forced them into non-competitive contracts with Union heath insurance plans it cost them even more.

The fear and the danger for the left is that it would spread to other states and cut off circular use of taxpayer funding that is the life’s blood of democratic campaigns. An example had to be made and the left, even as they appear to fail in Wisconsin, the left intends to make it a bloody cost.

And that brings us to Susan G. Komen.

The same circular funding scheme that exists for the Unions exists with Planned Parnethood, funds go to Planned Parenthood to support abortion, become political donations to Democratic candidates that push public funds back to Planned Parenthood. That is why they fought so hard to save funding at the Federal Level and are fighting so hard to perverse it on the state level.

But for companies such support of the nation’s #1 abortion provider has not been without cost: As Komen discovered a lot of people who would otherwise have been supporting them had cut ties:

The biggest reason SGK stopped funding Planned Parenthood? “Nancy Brinker [SGK chairwoman, pictured right] said she was spending nearly half her time dealing with the Planned Parenthood issue,” said my source. “She decided she just couldn’t do it any longer.”

Quite simply, Planned Parenthood is poison.

Many other business and organizations know this same thing but have been too timid to act. The left knows and understands this. (That’s why Planned Parenthood NOT KOMEN broke the story) If Komen is allowed to survive and thrive without the imprimatur of the left, then how many will follow suit? That’s why, no matter how many women’s lives are saved by their actions, they must be destroyed.

The Hill is reporting that Rep. Jackie Spier is leading the charge for liberals to abandon the Susan G Komen For The Cure charity because it has stopped funding Planned Parenthood.

Rod Dreher puts it well:

the more I think about it, the more I realize this is a clarifying moment. Think of it! Three decades of service to women fighting breast cancer, and having raised and distributed hundreds of millions of dollars nearly $2 billion towards that goal, means absolutely nothing to these people now trying to destroy Komen. They could have denounced Komen’s decision, but in light of all Komen has done, and still does for women, turned their ire on the Republicans, the Religious Right, and so forth. But no, Komen broke ranks, and it must be dealt with harshly. And the sympathetic mainstream media is helping them do the job.

It is for that reason why the left will make this a one year story rather than a one day story. They will not relent they will try to make it Komen’s Waterloo. But as the Komen fundraising numbers already show it is Waterloo and Komen like Scott Walker before them, is playing the role of Wellington.

Exit question: Komen KNEW this was coming and still did it. What does that say about the power of the left?

Update: A lot of people a panicking about the Komen “cave” but not only is there a lot less than meets the eye the American Papist (no squish on life) gets it.

I mean, just pause for a moment: if Planned Parenthood is so serious about protecting women’s health how does it justify leading a crusade to destroy the world’s leading breast cancer research foundation over these past days?? It’s simply incredible, and we need to make sure it’s never forgotten.

One last thing: we need to remember the big picture. Over the past 48 hours, not only did Planned Parenthood reveal itself as willing to seriously damage and attempt to destroy the pro-woman Komen foundation, but also, thousands and millions of people potentially learned for the first time that Komen doesn’t believe Planned Parenthood is an ideal provider of health care for women. So even if Planned Parenthood wins this battle (an outcome very much in doubt), I would argue they have seriously weakened themselves for the battles ahead. This will be a long fight, take the long view.

Update 2: To those who still think Komen has caved I suggest you read this.

Update 3: I’m a little late acknowledging this Instalanche due to show stuff but thanks much Glenn.

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