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When Losing is Winning

by RightHandMan

In 1995 and 1997, the United States Senate passed two different “Partial Birth Abortion” bans. Both of these bills were vetoed by President Clinton.

In 1992, the polls showed that the majority of the people in the country supported abortion for any reason, to include convenience. Nearly 40% of those polled in the early 90’s supported “dilation and extraction” otherwise known as “partial birth abortion”. The knowledge among Americans regarding the dilation and extraction procedures wasn’t well known, neither were the normal abortion procedures.

The GOP lead Congress argued and fought for years to try and get their partial birth abortion ban signed into law, but failed. By 2003, public knowledge regarding abortion and partial birth abortion was much greater than it was in 1993 and the supporters and opposition nearly flipped in the polls. In that same year, President Bush signed the bill into law.

In 1976, the Republican Party was in shambles. We were on the heels of Watergate, President Ford had been largely ineffective, VP Askew (and GOP hopeful) resigned due to tax evasion and the Democrats raised 10x the money that the GOP had raised. Republicans began to move further and further to the center in hopes of getting someone elected – it didn’t work.

The Republicans had lost their identity and had definitely receeded from their conservative roots. This inspired the American Conservative Union to push then Gov. Ronald Reagan to challenge the sitting President within a Republican primary. Hesitantly, the Governor decided to do so and entered the race.

After a long battle and a close loss to President Ford, Ronald Reagan addressed the crowd at their request during the GOP Convention. When the short speech was done the crowd realized their error. The man for the job was about to leave the stage in defeat.
In Boerne, TX there is a Vice Principle named Jodi Spoor. You’ve never heard of her because she’s not famous, but she is extraordinary. On Christmas Eve in 1994 her father was about to say grace when his beeper went off. It was the hospital telling him that they had a kidney donor for him. What a great Christmas gift! They celebrated accordingly.

After 8 years, as is common with transplants, her father’s transplanted kidney began to fail. This time, Jodi decided to volunteer and offer her kidney to her father. As a gift of thanks, her father gave her a print of one of the scientists instrumental in transplantation advances. He inscribed it to Jodi at the bottom: “This man helped make transplants possible and I know that one day you will too.”

Cancer ended up making the transplant impossible and Jodi’s dad died later in 2002 on the morning after his 37th wedding anniversary.

One day in church, however, a woman stood up crying because her husband was dying and needed a kidney transplant. Jodi knew what she had to do. In a transplant program the hospital had, she volunteered to give one of her kidneys to someone who matched her and move the woman’s husband from her church to the top of the list. On the same day she donated her kidney, the woman’s husband received his.
Life is short and we are impetuous. Because of this we rarely see the bigger picture or the victories within our losses.
If President Clinton had signed the 1995 Partial Birth Abortion ban, how much would the public know about the process today? Would they still support it? Would the sentiment have changed?
If the Republicans hadn’t been so awful in ’78 and if Reagan hadn’t made the speech as the loser at the Convention, would America have moved so far to the right? Would they have elected someone from the right twice?
If Jodi’s father hadn’t lost his life knowing that two different people were willing to donate their kidney to him, would Jodi have felt inspired to give her kidney to save another person’s life?
Losing is a time for learning. It gives us a harsh feedback in regards to our failures and shortcomings. To commemorate the start of college football this year I will quote Coach Lou Holtz, “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”
Right now we are still considered losers. The most liberal and radical politicians that have ever been in control are running our country. That is a terrible thing! However, look at all that has happened in the past two years. America is being awakened to the principles that make it great.

We are in a defining moment that wouldn’t have come without the pains of the last twenty years. Like the smooth stone that flies true, we must be chipped, cracked, and worn before we are ready for our purpose. Make no mistake; our purpose isn’t to win back Congress, but to take back our country. That doesn’t happen in the chambers of a Washington building, but in the hearts and minds of Americans. This is our call and our responsibility…if not us, then who?


Filed under: jodi spoor, losing, lou holtz, partial birth abortion, Ronald Reagan

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  • John Carey September 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Great post Right. You are correct that we learn so much when we fail or lose. We learn what mistakes were made and what we need to do to correct them.

  • Gorges Smythe September 3, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Excellent post.

  • Steve Dennis September 3, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    Great post! You are correct, there are lessons to be learned in defeat, the great question is, what do you take from defeat to and how do you apply it in the future? We have made great strides since the election of Barack Obama in opening up the eyes of the people.

  • Right Hand Man September 3, 2010 at 5:41 AM

    Thanks for the comments. One thing is for sure, America has had plenty of failure as of late to learn from.

  • Reaganite Republican September 3, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Right on John, and I'd go so far to say that success can make you stupid- in 1940, most considered the French Army superior to the Wehrmacht, including a majority of the German High Command.

    But they didn't adopt tanks and tactics of maneuver like their opponents did… because they won WWI and thought they were very clever.

    And success didn't do much to help GM, did it…

  • Right Hand Man September 3, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Thanks for the comments Reaganite Republican. I agree with you…you could also say that early success with the blitz made the Germans arrogant and therefore stupid as well.