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Obama the Mendacious

It’s good to be back. I just spent a week in Chuuk, followed by a week in the Philippines. Except for a few minor glitches, my vacation was wonderful. But now, it’s back to work. And there’s plenty of it.

Obama’s at it again. A while back, I criticized Elena Kagan for her deficiencies in moral reasoning. Now I can understand why he could nominate a person like Kagan to the Supreme Court, especially after looking at his recent actions. Kagan claimed that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a moral question of the first order. Obama has no problem with that because he has no particular moral compass, either. Before you get all upset, remember that he has often stated that he disagrees with partisanship and ideologues. Ideologues and partisans are those with strong convictions, often of the moral variety.

Today, we’re going to talk about abortion. And before you get all upset about that, I’m not going to mention God once, other than that.

Three months ago, Obama signed an executive order banning federal funding for abortion, as he had promised to pro-life Democrats. The executive order was intended to ensure that current law limiting federal funding for abortion is maintained and it is supposed to extend the restrictions to the newly created health insurance exchanges. Under the current law, federal funds cannot go toward abortion except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk.

But, he lied. At least according to a report by the U.S. Agency for International Development which estimated that more than $23 million in U.S. taxpayer funds have been spent on Kenya’s referendum on a new constitution, which would legalize abortion in the country for the first time. This, by the way, after Biden told the Kenyan people in a recent speech, “Let me repeat, this is your decision, your decision alone. And the people of Kenya must make this choice — a choice for Kenya by Kenyans.” So, Obama breaks his own executive order to use your money to influence a foreign election, one that makes abortion legal.

Not only that, but the Obama administration appears to be offering incentives to Kenya to approve the controversial new constitution, promising that passage would “allow money to flow” into the nation’s coffers. This, even though the Siljander Amendment makes it illegal for the U.S. government to lobby on abortion in other countries.

Development Alternatives, a group that has received almost $3 million from the U.S. government, openly supports “advocating for efforts to eventually legalize abortion in Kenya.” Another group, The Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review in Kenya, changed the wording of the Kenyan constitution’s abortion clause to make abortion more widely accessible – and has received over $180,000 from the U.S. Nine of the more than 200 organizations in Kenya that received money from the U.S. have been suspended from receiving assistance, the U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Katya Thomas in Nairobi told the AP Friday.

So, once again, we have another example of what a prevaricator this guy is. But perhaps more troubling is that Obama has no idea when life begins. One might have expected more from such a highly praised genius, the smartest president ever, a Harvard-educated lawyer. But no, he doesn’t have a clue. In his own words:

“This is something that I have not come to a firm resolution on. I think it’s very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs? So I don’t presume to know the answer to that question. What I know is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life and that that has a moral weight to it that we take into consideration when we’re having these debates.” (2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College Apr 13, 2008)

But I do. It’s very simple. So simple that even a Harvard man should be able to grasp it. Marcus Aurelius was on the right track when he said, “look things in the face and know them for what they are.” The answer can be found by considering three simple questions.

The first: Is it alive? When a sperm cell unites with an egg, the result is a fertilized cell. When all goes well, this cell eats, evacuates, and grows. It multiplies and becomes a many-celled creature. This creature can be called many things, zygote, blastula, fetus, etc. But as it grows, it goes through these stages. It has all of the attributes of a life.

The second: Is it human? Well, let’s be direct. When a man and a woman procreate, the offspring can be nothing but. When a human egg and sperm combine, the result is never a dog, or fish, or kitchen table. It can only be human.

The final question: Is it a part of the mother? The answer here is very simple; no. If one were to remove a person’s appendix and DNA type it, it would match every other part of the body. Same with a big toe, or a lung. However, if one took a DNA sample from a fetus, and compared it to a DNA sample from the mother, they would be completely different. What does this tell us? It tells us that that fetus and the mother are two distinct and different creatures.

So, the creature is alive, human, and not a part of the mother. None of this is rocket science, although it is basic biology. A subject, apparently, that Obama is woefully ignorant about. And for those who would cavil, like Obama, by throwing the word “potential” into the mix, don’t. It only causes you more problems. Obama talks about potential life. What potential means is “could be, but not yet.” So when you say potential life, you mean dead. When you say potential human, you mean not a human. Which then begs the question, “If not human, what?” Dog, cat, cow? The word potential causes more problems than it fixes.

To sum up, it’s alive, it’s human, and it’s separate. That’s the functional definition of human being. Without some really good justification, it’s wrong to kill human beings. And it doesn’t take a Harvard education to see that.

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  1. Lee
    July 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You do your father proud!

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