St. Joseph Answers Speaker Pelosi’s Prayer

Satire by
John W. Lillpop

Demonstrating that the “separation of Church and State
is not absolute when it comes to progressive ideas, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has
invoked her religious faith into the brutal debate over health care reform.

reported throughout the media, Pelosi did so with the following

“Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker,
particularly important to Italian-Americans. It’s a day where we
remember and pray to St. Joseph to benefit the workers of
America, and that’s exactly what our health-care bill will do. … Every
order that you can think of was there [on a list of endorsements],
saying they wanted us to pass this life-affirming legislation”

House bill is Life affirming? For who—abortion doctors and
ambulance chasing lawyers?

Well, that is Nancy Pelosi, for you!

We have no
way of knowing with any degree of certainty just how St. Joseph would
react to Pelosi’s prayer, if at all.

However, it is not
inconceivable that he would reply to the Speaker in the following

Dear Speaker

We are in receipt of your impassioned plea for
divine intervention in order to pass the health care reform bill in the United States
House of Representatives
so that a final bill can be forwarded to
President Obama
for signature.

As we understand your prayer, it is essential that
this legislation be passed before the upcoming
Easter break so
that members of the House are not forced to confront their constituents
before voting.

This exposes a serious question concerning your
commitment to upholding the U.S. Constitution and serving the will of
the people, as you and your colleagues have sworn to do.

Speaker, if this health care reform bill would, in fact, benefit people,
as you have stated, and if it is truly “what the people want,” as
President Obama has stated, why is it necessary to dodge those people
before the votes are cast?

Other concerns arise as well,

* We understand that the president and Members of Congress
would be exempt from the provisions of the proposed reform. If reform is
the right thing to do, why are powerful government officials exempt,
when the meek and powerless are forced to participate?

* The
bill reportedly provides government funding for abortion, the taking of
the most innocent and
vulnerable of all human life.

We understand that you are a
member of the Catholic
. May we remind you that abortion is considered a grievous
sin, a position that the Fathers of the Church have made abundantly
clear time and time again?

* Much of the funding needed to
implement the bill is based on granting government the power to
unilaterally seize wealth from one man in order to enrich another. That
practice, known as “soaking the rich,” is the immoral equivalent of
forced servitude or slavery, a practice long ago outlawed by U.S. law.

We understand that the bill forces American citizens, except for the
president and the Congress, to purchase health insurance or face severe financial
consequences and possible incarceration.

Madam Speaker, how is
such heavy handed government involvement consistent with the concept of
free agency? Moreover, is it not true that this is a violation of the U.S.

* We understand that the proposed reform
would diminish services and options to senior citizens, those who have the
greatest need for health care. Where is the hope in that, Madam Speaker?

We understand that the bill would increase America’s federal deficit and
raise taxes, both of which would break campaign promises made by
President Obama and which are otherwise unwise.

In addition to
the specific concerns identified above, we note that according to
independent opinion polls,
the proposed reform is opposed by a significant majority of the
American people. How, then, is the bill a reflection of a free and
democratic people?

Finally, we note with distress that the bill
was crafted by conducting negotiations in secret, another broken
campaign promise, and that bribery and deceit appear to have been
rampant throughout the process.

Given the concerns identified
above, Madam Speaker, we believe that the
bill must be abandoned in total, and that the issue be revisited in an
open and honest manner, one that satisfies both the spiritual and
ethical standards one would expect from a blessed America.

your request is hereby denied, and you are advised to cast a NO vote

Spiritually Yours,

St. Joseph

W. Lillpop

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