Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cutsie Answers Are Not Befitting A Presidential Candidate

The weasel of the day award goes to Barack Obama. (I know you are terribly surprised.)

In today's Q & A session with Rick Warren the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee "side-stepped a pointed query about abortion on Saturday by 'mega-pastor' Rick Warren during a televised forum.

Asked at what point a baby gets 'human rights,' Obama, who strongly supports abortion rights, said: '… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.'"

'Above my pay grade?' What kind of cutsie answer is that? Are we supposed to think that Barack is appealing to a higher authority in this case? Which higher authority? Obviously he isn't referring to God or he would already know that what he went on to say was way outside of the bounds.

"He went on to reiterate his view that it was important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies."

Really? Says whom? Which authority has ordained that it is important to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies?

You can't have it both ways. You can't decide that there are too many unwanted babies and not know when those babies deserve human rights. Apparently Obama doesn't think that the decision that there are too many unwanted babies is 'above his pay grade.' What a jerk. (I'm working really hard to keep this rated G.)

Too bad he didn't answer the question in the way that his voting record would answer it for him. But of course he couldn't without looking like a complete monster. Not only does Barack Obama not believe that human rights begin for a baby in the womb, he also doesn't believe that they extend to babies born alive in botched abortions. He prevented the passage of the Born Alive Infants Protection Bill in the Indiana Senate. Perhaps he wanted to avoid this issue in general by supporting partial-birth abortions too?

I guess he is pretty lucky that his momma wanted him enough to keep him. But wait, she didn't have a choice - Roe versus Wade hadn't been inflicted upon the unborn in our nation when this "great moral champion" was born. Lucky him. There are over 45 million babies who didn't get that chance.

I love what Jill Stanek had to say about Obama's attitude toward abortion:

Obama stated pro-life proposals must be "amenable to reason."

OK, Sen. Obama, let's reason. Explain why you support abortion for whatever rationale, at whatever gestation, by whatever means. Explain why you support infanticide, if banning it might interfere with abortion.

Then, since you brought it up, explain how, despite all that, you think Jesus should vote for you, either now or in the hereafter, particularly given His statement, "It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck than to face the punishment in store for harming one of these little ones."

In the classic words from Bill Cosby's Noah routine, "How long can you tread water?"

The foil to this 'comic' man who would be king that we have in Obama is found in his opponent John McCain.

When he was posed the same question he didn't pussyfoot around.

"He said a baby’s human rights began 'at the moment of conception … I have a 25-year pro-life record.'" You don't need a higher pay grade to answer the question. It has already been answered. You just need to read the manual. (Perhaps if Obama did read the manual a little more often he also wouldn't have such heretical universalist notions about salvation?)

Oddly, I see a pattern developing. When asked a question of vital national importance, Obama likes to dance around giving "nuanced" answers that hide his true agenda, while McCain gives a concrete answer that lets you know exactly where he is coming from. When faced with a global situation that affects US security, Obama gives a politically correct admonition for both sides to be nice while McCain cuts to the chase and denounces the aggressor and talks about the possible consequences that these actions will bring upon the aggressor.

Obama is playing President. We need someone who can be President. In the classic words from my state's motto, "esse quam videri", 'To be and not to seem.' Our world is too dangerous for people playing a game - and Obama's cute answer today just shows that he doesn't get it.

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