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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Obama . . . You are an A-Hole!

Over the last three days, Barak Obama has given us a vivid insight into his careening ambition to be a prophet-politician draped in salvific empty rhetoric, and into the darkness of his ideological heart.

Check out what he said on April 16th about violence in society after the horrible shooting spree at Virgina Tech. He quotes Bobby Kennedy:

Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded. . . . Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and munition they desire.

And his glosses:

That this society is still riven by violence, that we continue to be degraded by murders and crime and all manner of abuse perpetrated on our children and Bobby Kennedy is right: we tolerate it. . . . But I hope that it causes us to reflect a little bit more broadly on the degree to which we do accept violence, in various forms, all the time in our society. We glorify it, we encourage it, we ignore it, and it is heartbreaking and it has to stop. . . . .There is the violence of children, whose voices are not heard, in communities that are ignored.
. . . So there's a lot of different forms of violence in our society and so much of it is rooted in our incapacity to recognize ourselves in each other - to not understand that we are all connected that we are all connected, fundamentally, as a people -- that as I said at the convention in 2004 that 'I am my brother's keeper' and 'I am my sister's keeper.' And that those who may not look like me, or talk like me, or worship the same god that I do, are nevertheless worthy of respect and dignity and a sense of common humanity. . . . We pray that parents, family and friends will find strength and comfort in knowing that God is looking down on them, but I also hope this is a day of us reflecting on where we need to go as a nation. . . .
How can we restore a sense of decency, how can we protect against a coarsening
of the culture? How can we push back against the cynicism and hopelessness and despair? . . . But what [reflecting on violence] can do is address that other violence I spoke about, what it can do is make this country live up, a little bit better, to its creed. It can make sure that children who don't have opportunity do have opportunity. . . . Somebody said that the way we do that [build a better America] is by electing me, I appreciate you saying that, but let me say this: this campaign - and this I mean - this campaign cannot be about me, it is a vehicle for your hopes, it's a vehicle for your dreams. If you make a decision that change is gonna happen, then change will happen. . . . Dr. King ... gathered people together and said, 'Don't lose hope. The arch of the moral universe is long and but it bends toward justice."

Then, on April 18th, Barak Obama had this to say about the Supreme Court upholding the Federal ban on Partial Birth Abortion - perhaps the most cold blooded, grotesque and legal form of violence in American society which we are expected to tolerate and glorify as "A Human (Woman's) Right":

I strongly disagree with today’s Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women. As Justice Ginsburg emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman’s medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient. I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women.
Thanks Obama for showing us all (see the comments) just how deep the darkness is in that thing on your sleeve you call a heart. For the record, Obama "strongly disagrees" that the following violence should not be banned in America, that this particular violence is acceptable and should be tolerated, that the law should make it easy for this tolerable violence to occur, and that we should glorify it as a "women's right to choose." The following is taken from Justice Kennedy's majority opinion:

"Here is another description from a nurse who witnessed the same method performed on a 26½-week fetus and who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee:'Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed thebaby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal.Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus. . . .The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a highpowered suction tube into the opening, and sucked thebaby's brains out. Now the baby went completelylimp. . . .He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta.He threw the baby in a pan, along with theplacenta and the instruments he had just used.'"

For this, most of all, Obama, You are an A-Hole!