I was sorry to hear of Congressman Henry Hyde's passing today. I met him a few times. He was an eloquent, ardent and invaluable defender of life.
His short political bio, from World magazine, today:
Former IL Republican congressman Henry Hyde, 83, passed away on Nov. 29. Hyde, who led the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, served 16 terms in Congress before retiring at the end of the last term. A stalwart pro-life conservative, the congressman in 1976 authored what became known as the "Hyde Amendment," which blocked all federal funding for abortions. Days before Hyde left office earlier this year, President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, declaring him a "powerful defender of life."
Cna you talk to us about the photo of you with the late, great Mr. Hyde?
Was this early in your pro-life career?Posted by: carder at November 29, 2007 3:43 PM
That photo was taken at a fundraiser for someone or some group I don't remember. Congressman Hyde was the draw. I'm guessing it was 4-5 years ago.Posted by: Jill Stanek at November 29, 2007 3:52 PM
I'm surprised that none of you has mentioned how AbFab Mike Huckabee was in last night's Republican debate.
That is a very charming, witty man.
(I say one nice thing about a Republican every year. I was lucky to get this year's in before the December rush...)Posted by: Laura at November 29, 2007 3:53 PM
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. AmenPosted by: Bobby Bambino at November 29, 2007 4:04 PM
Mr. Hyde sure will be missed by many.
Big shoes to fill!
Including Fred Snodgrass and Cherie Soskin, certainly.
We should thank God for giving us a man like Henry Hyde in these times and pray He will send us more people devoted to the truth and possessed to the strength to do what is right.Posted by: will at November 29, 2007 5:22 PM
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.
ETERNAL rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.
Congressman Henry Hyde will go down in U.S. history as one of the strongest voices and most tireless workers in the defense of the right to life of children in the womb. He will be sorely missed.
In 1981, after leaving the House Banking Committee, Hyde went on the board of directors of Clyde Federal Savings and Loan, whose President was one of many of Hyde's banker contributors. The Congress deregulated S&L industry in 1982, and Clyde began taking part in loans for luxury residences in Texas and bought a bank in the Cayman Islands, a notorious financial exchange for laundering money. Since 1984, when Hyde left the board, it was clear to the directors from the reports that the establishment had failed, but Hyde and others on the board continued to give inappropriate financial loans to cronies and insiders and make it possible for the establishment to overcharge the government on student loans. In 1990, the federal government put Clyde in receivership, and finally paid $67 million to cover deposits. In 1993, the Resolution Trust Corporation sued Hyde and other directors for $17.2 million.
Hyde had an extramarital affair in the late 1960 and destroyed a family.
Hyde was 41, a state legislator, and the father of four sons when the affair began in 1965 with a
29-year-old Cherie Snodgrass, who had a son and two daughters between the ages of 7 and 9 at the time. The relationship lasted until at least 1969.
The Snodgrasses divorced because of the affair.
---Leland Milton Goldblatt, Ph.D.
Most Distinguished Professor,
Peeked at your blog and was wonderng the relevance of the beautiful, scantily-clad women interspersed between the articles.
Thank you kindly,
Hyde's affair didn't come to light until he lead a self-righteous charge for Bill Clinton's impeachment.
At that time, Larry Flynt offered a million dollars for anyone who could out a Republican Senator as a cheater.
When Hyde was confronted with the evidence, he referred to cheating on his wife as "a youthful indiscretion," interesting, as he was 40 when the affair began.
I love it that his version of "defending family values" means that women who are willing to serve, fight and die for this country can't get medical care, but Henry's free to boink around.
Carder, I peeked at the blog too...and found the near-naked randomly interspersed girls odd as well. Maybe it's some kind of subliminal message..only not subliminal I guess. You're reading this seemingly legitimate article..and bam..naked girl..or maybe it's to keep attention. I don't really know. But it IS odd.Posted by: Elizabeth at November 29, 2007 9:58 PM
Boy!!Talk about the Nutty Professor ~ he's really a nutcase and as sick as some of the PC's. I guess there's no explaining some people and their ideas. I think we've got a lot of praying to do, these days.Posted by: One who's been there at November 29, 2007 11:28 PM
It would be interesting to learn how much $ the Hyde Amendment has cost us over the years.Posted by: SoMG at November 30, 2007 11:49 AM
Well, when the lives of 1-2 million Americans are priceless, that amount cannot even compare.
Isn't it amazing that on that day President Bush honored with a freedom medal another pro life champion, Dr. Biscet, jailed in Cuba for his pro life views?Posted by: mario at November 30, 2007 2:21 PM
You think the Hyde Amendment has prevented 1-2 million abortions?Posted by: SoMG at November 30, 2007 4:56 PM
That estimate seems looney to me. You think between one and two million pregnant women said: "Well since the government isn't putting up $300.00 for my abortion, I'm gonna grow the rack up thousands of dollars on hospital bills instead"??Posted by: SoMG at November 30, 2007 5:00 PM
Should read : "...gonna grow THE PREGNANCY AND rack up thousands of dollars...."Posted by: SoMG at November 30, 2007 5:12 PM
"Grow the pregnancy" seems to be a favorite phrase in your dialogue.
Is that how you counsel your patients?
"Grow the pregnancy"
Maybe we can continue with "Just add water". Or "Batteries might be included".
"We can expect technical difficulties."Posted by: carder at November 30, 2007 8:49 PM
Larry Flynt, who, according to feminist leader Gloria Steinem made his millions denegrating women in a manner that would never be tolerated by any racial or ethnic group. Remember the woman in a meatgrinder?
It says a lot about Clinton when a scumsucker like Larry Flynt speaks of his love and admiration for him.
Contrary to popular misconception, no one went after Clinton because of his affair, but rather because of perjury and obstruction of justice. Even Gloria Allred, feminist lawyer and a Clinton supporter agreed Clinton should have to answer for these offenses, ones she considered very serious.
You contradict yourself. In your 11:49am post you question how much the Hyde Amendment has cost over the years. In your 5PM post you indicate that the Hyde Amendment made no difference in the number of abortions. Which is it?
While we're on the subject of hypocrisy, what about that champion of women's rights, Bill Clinton, being accused of everything from exposing himself to rape? Worse yet, what about the silence of feminists when the women accusing him were trashed as liars, bimboes, trailer trash, and psychotics?Posted by: Mary at December 1, 2007 8:05 PM
While we're on the subject of hypocrisy, what about that champion of women's rights, Bill Clinton, being accused of everything from exposing himself to rape?
Yeah! ...And did you hear that the Pope's a Nazi and that Nicole Richie is carrying Osama's love child?Posted by: Laura at December 1, 2007 9:21 PM
Uh,no. Why, have you?Posted by: Mary at December 1, 2007 9:32 PM
“When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!’”
I'm sure that the chorus of voices never heard in this world welcomed Henry Hyde's arrival, led by a voice saying, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."Posted by: jtm at December 2, 2007 2:35 PM
You need a 'How do I look' overhaul.
I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Hyde's passing. I know he will be missed.
BTW, Jill, you look so pretty in that photo.