Friday, October 17, 2008

Novak Makes The Point On Life McCain Failed To Ask Obama

Those of you familiar with my position on the issue know that I don't particularly like my own party's politicization of the abortion issue to the extreme or the Democratic Party's extremist, lifeless position. Sen. John McCain clearly is not one comfortable talking about the issue, but given the extremist position of Sen. Barack Obama, he comes up short when he fails to point out the obvious. An ailing Robert Novak doesn't, however, miss the point. Novak reminds us in his latest column about an exchange Obama had with a voter in Western Pennsylvania (yeah, that's the same region Rep. John Murtha (D) just described as being racist) on the abortion issue. Novak writes:

He was cruising along in the question-and-answer format, when a woman asked his view on abortion, but what he said surely did not please his pro-life supporters:

"Look, I've got two daughters -- 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

Obama's formulation raised the hackles of evangelical leaders across the country, including Richard Land, who said, "Pro-lifers don't see a child as punishment." Obama's approach to a hypothetical problem contrasted sharply with the way his Republican vice presidential opponent, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, subsequently handled a "real-life " situation. Shortly after Obama's town hall comments in Pennsylvania, Palin announced that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant, would give birth to the baby and would marry the father.

Novak surmises that McCain missed a big opportunity in his debates with Obama in failing to ask him if he really believes the birth of a baby is a punishment. I agree. Such a thought has never entered my mind. Indeed, Obama's indifference to infanticide was apparent in his opposition as an Illinois state senator to legislation protecting the life of an unborn fetus in those rare cases where a fetus is born alive as a result of a late term abortion procedure. Beneath the facade, I believe Obama is as cold-hearted of a person as you could know. This is a man whose disappointment with his own mother led him to choose not to visit her as she lay dying in a hospital bed of cervical cancer. This is a man who travelled to Kenya to visit his father's native land, to promote his future presidential bid and to make promises to assist the impoverished country, while not offering a dime to his penniless, half brother living in a hut there. His attitude towards life in general says much about his character. He talks a good game in the abstract, but he falls far short in practice.

1 comment:

Shofar said...

Last night I watched the McLaughlin Group. They were going back and forth over who won the McCain-Obama debate and all the other ad nauseum clap trap that political talking heads spew when a comment by Eleanor Clift real hit me. She stated that when BO is "installed" as president.

For those who do not know Clift, she was a stanch supporter of Hillary during the Clinton years and once called the US military "mercenaries."

Her slip of the lip by stating "installed" instead of "elected" may seem inconsequential to some, but it is very telling of the liberal media's view of BO. The possible election of BO is sounding more and more like a coronation rather than an inauguration.

Two hundred thirty-seven years ago we fought a war to throw off the shackles of kingship. The Declaration of Independence states, "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their [the citizens] right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security".

As we head into the final days and weeks of this election, ask yourself if you are willing to give up more and more of your rights, money, and freedoms. Ask yourself if you are willing to negate all the efforts, sufferings and loss that our parents and grandparents endured to make this country what John Winthrop called in 1630 "a city upon a hill" to be watched by all nations.

If we allow our country to sink into the morass of socialism, if we allow our country's ideals and principles of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to be jettisoned for the sake of ease while, we as a nation, endure the tempest of the storm we face, we will be as Winthrop wrote, "We shall shame the faces of many of God's worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us til we be consumed out of the good land whither we are a-going."

Our children and grandchildren deserve to be handed a nation that allows for personal freedom, dignity and responsibility. Not a nation were the government decides where to live, how to live and what to think.