I was on a conference call with Congressman Randy Neugebauer a little while ago. He’s the one who shouted, “It’s a baby killer” Sunday night during Bart Stupak’s speech imploring his members to oppose the Stupak Amendment (yes, that’s right).
Congressman Neugebauer needs our help. The Left is calling for him to apologize on the House floor, and he is adamantly indicating he’s not going to.
“For what?” he just said during the call. “I called this healthcare bill exactly what it is. I’m not ashamed of what I said because what I said was the truth. I won’t apologize for doing the right thing. I’m not gonna do it. When did it become wrong to speak out for the unborn, the group that has no voice unless we stand up for their rights? I’ll apologize when they repeal this bill.”…
As Neugebauer explained in his statement, he wasn’t calling Stupak a baby killer; he was saying the healthcare bill is a baby killer. This is true. He also said there was a lot of shouting going on at that moment on both sides of the aisle. His voice just got picked up on mic.
Here’s more from Congressman Neugebauer…
One of the reporters on the call asked Neugebauer about decorum. He explained:
The untold story is the amount of speech that has been limited throughout this entire process. We had a 2 hour limit on debate, divided equally between Democrats and Republicans.
Decorum? What I believe is if we have important legislation we should have sufficient time to debate and offer amendments. If we’re not going to talk about it or answer any questions, that’s not democracy. I believe the proper decorum is for this bill to have been debated on the House floor. I think one of the problems is we have these rules and processes. and what we’ve done in deny the American people sufficient representation
One thing that upset me is I should have been able to get up and talk about it. So why should I be kept quiet? If I have to speak out in other ways I’m going to do that.
Meanwhile Bart Stupak is becoming a jerk. Neugebauer said on the call he had apologized to Stupak and explained the situation, and Stupak had accepted his apology. But now, according to CBS:
“Randy did call and apologize. He said it wasn’t directed towards me personally. Well, if that’s the case then it must have been directed to the rest of the members of the House. I would hope Randy would just clear it up and take to the House of the Floor and say, ‘look I didn’t mean to offend anyone. If I did, I apologize,’ Stupak said….
“That’s what he should do and that’s what I would expect him to do,” he told moderator John Dickerson.
The fact is, Bart Stupak, the Democrat members of the House are for the large part baby killers, now including you. I think that’s why Majority Leader Steny Hoyer doesn’t think a public apology is necessary. He doesn’t want “baby killer” to get too much attention.
Neugebauer said Republican leadership is standing with him. I actually love this, although I’m sure Congressman Neugebauer finds it nerve-racking. This guy is great. This is a hill I’d die on, too. Here’s how he closed the call:
I’m under attack, but we’re not going to play defense here, we’re going to play offense. I work for the American people. Liberals may not like what we’re doing, but so be it.
One thing I’ve learned is if you want to do something right, you need to plan to be under attack. I’m an ole boy from West Texas, and if you want to play rough, I’ll play rough. If you want to play tough, I’ll play tough.
The Left is saying nutty things about me. If standing up for the unborn makes me a wacko right-winger, then I’m going to be a wacko-right winger. I’m one voice that will stand up for liberty and freedom.
We need to support Congressman Neugebauer on both the blogs and by donations. I just gave $30. Please consider donating what you can. I’m sure any amount will be appreciated.