Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Apropos of the approaching "regime change"...

"Despite some Catholics’ claims to the contrary, the new president’s approval of legalized abortion is unmistakable. Unlike Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry, Barack Obama refused to make even verbal gestures toward compromise or nuance during the presidential campaign. The flatfooted line he delivered at the Saddleback Forum—that a decision about when life begins is “above my pay grade”—proved that he has internalized the peculiar logic of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, which cast laws against abortion as government’s unconstitutional intrusion into private metaphysical decisions. But his earlier line that he didn’t want young women “punished with a baby” proved that he has also internalized what stands behind those decisions: a worldview in which life is not a gift but a burden to be shouldered only when we will.
On abortion, Obama is the complete man, his support so ingrained that even his carefully controlled public speaking can’t help revealing it. He’s not a fanatic about abortion; he’s what lies beyond fanaticism (emphasis added). He’s the end product of hard-line support for abortion: a man for whom the very question of abortion seems unreal. The opponents of abortion are, for Obama, not to be compromised with or even fought with, in a certain sense. They are, rather, to be explained away as a sociological phenomenon—their pro-life view something that will wither away as they gradually come to understand the true causes of the economic and social bitterness they have, in their undereducated and intolerant way, attached to abortion."
-Joseph Bottom, First Things

"Without the natural law to inform [Obama's] eloquent phrases, they don't mean anything. "Peace" isn't built on violence against the weak. "Unity" isn't acheived without objective truth. "Freedom" can't survive the slavery of sin. "Rights" aren't coherent if they cancel each other out. And true "hope" doesn't exist in a country unless a person can be born into it without an attempt on his life.
The source of America's promise lies in unfolding respect for rights and goods determined by God. That's the measurement of hope. But where those rights and goods are uprooted or redefined by politicians in an affront to God and harm to man, that's an index of despair.
In his victory speech, Obama spoke of realizing the "dream" of America's founders and said Americans "may not get there in one year or even one term, but America-I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you-we as a people will get there." But where is "there"? Is it the fulfillment of a dream or the beginning of a nightmare?"
-George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

This January 22nd, March for Life!

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