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Lawyerly Obama Good at Bush Bashing, Bad on Morality, Cloaked in Self Righteousness

May 21, 2009

After Obama’s Notre Dame speech on abortion, Time Magazine’s Amy Sullivan likened Obama’s approach to “If you’re not with us, then let’s sit down over cookies and talk about it.”

But on George Bush, Dick Cheney, Gitmo and waterborading, lawyer Obama is mad and dying to get even with his predecessor and set the legal record straight.

Dick Cheney said, “In the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground.”

But at Notre Dame and elsewhere, the lawyer in Obama, and the teacher in Obama, has always listened to all sides: even the terrorists side (can we still call them that?).

1.2 million abortions were performed in the U.S. in 2005, 25% below the all-time high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990.

There were exactly three terrorists “waterboarded” by the United States.  None suffered permanent harm.  All are alive, well fed and well cared for, by all accounts from both Democrats and Republicans.

But the president who has said he would rather look forward than back, took to the stage today to look back and dig deep.

Obama skated past the Notre Dame graduating class on Sunday, offering middle ground in the face of one million or so deaths every year.

Then today the President adamantly, vehemently defended the rights of a few hundred prisoners that are all probably terrorists.

On Sunday he was happy to discuss the continuing policy of the United States to kill over 1 million babies every year. Today he is outraged that the United States waterboarded three men that, many say, had information of a mass attack to kill Americans.

It just seems to us, that President Obama’s moral outrage at the Bush Administration lacks some reality and consistency of legal thinking….and might just be more political than moral preaching or legal fact finding.

Related:
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39% Say U.S. Legal System Too Worried About Individual Rights Over National Security

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Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/21/chen
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
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Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Obama and Abortion: I Support all Points of View Just Not Life

May 21, 2009

Summoned to Notre Dame to address the graduating body, our President waded right into the abortion debate by offering this courageous assessment:  “the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature.”

This typical politician’s way out — I promise to respect you as I defeat you — is perhaps the best we can hope for on most matters. Say, on global warming we disagree, but we can decide to respect the good faith of the guys who think the cars and light bulbs are burning up the world. It may sound idiotic, it may lead to a destruction of our economy, it may upend civilization as we know it, but what the hey, we can be civilized about this. There must be some nicer way of telling someone you think he is an idiot.

But how can we be expected to apply this to abortion?

Read the entire essay:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/05/21/civil-lies

Notre Dame, Obama, Abortion: Wallowing in Vanity, Selfishness

May 19, 2009

Most graduation speeches are a mix of piety and optimism designed to ease students smoothly into real life.  The best have humor.  Some genuinely inspire.  But only a rare few manage to be pious, optimistic, evasive, sad and damaging all at the same time.  Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, is a man of substantial intellect and ability.  This makes his introductory comments to President Obama’s Notre Dame commencement speech on May 17 all the more embarrassing.

By Archbishop Charles Chaput
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Let’s remember that the debate over President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame was never about whether he is a good or bad man.  The president is clearly a sincere and able man.  By his own words, religion has had a major influence in his life.  We owe him the respect Scripture calls us to show all public officials.  We have a duty to pray for his wisdom and for the success of his service to the common good — insofar as it is guided by right moral reasoning.

We also have the duty to oppose him when he’s wrong on foundational issues like abortion, embryonic stem cell research and similar matters.  And we also have the duty to avoid prostituting our Catholic identity by appeals to phony dialogue that mask an abdication of our moral witness.  Notre Dame did not merely invite the president to speak at its commencement.  It also conferred an unnecessary and unearned honorary law degree on a man committed to upholding one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in our nation’s history: Roe v. Wade. 

In doing so, Notre Dame ignored the U.S. bishops’ guidance in their 2004 statement, Catholics in Political Life.  It ignored the concerns of Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, Notre Dame’s 2009 Laetare Medal honoree – who, unlike the president, certainly did deserve her award, but finally declined it in frustration with the university’s action.  It ignored appeals from the university’s local bishop, the president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, more than 70 other bishops, many thousands of Notre Dame alumni and hundreds of thousands of other American Catholics.  Even here in Colorado, I’ve heard from too many to count.

There was no excuse – none, except intellectual vanity – for the university to persist in its course. And Father Jenkins compounded a bad original decision with evasive and disingenuous explanations to subsequently justify it.

These are hard words, but they’re deserved precisely because of Father Jenkins’ own remarks on May 17: Until now, American Catholics have indeed had “a special expectation, a special hope for what Notre Dame can accomplish in the world.”  For many faithful Catholics – and not just a “small but vocal group” described with such inexcusable disdain and ignorance in journals like Time magazine — that changed Sunday. 

The May 17 events do have some fitting irony, though.  Almost exactly 25 years ago, Notre Dame provided the forum for Gov. Mario Cuomo to outline the “Catholic” case for “pro-choice” public service.  At the time, Cuomo’s speech was hailed in the media as a masterpiece of American Catholic legal and moral reasoning.  In retrospect, it’s clearly adroit.  It’s also, just as clearly, an illogical and intellectually shabby exercise in the manufacture of excuses.  Father Jenkins’ explanations, and President Obama’s honorary degree, are a fitting national bookend to a quarter century of softening Catholic witness in Catholic higher education.  Together, they’ve given the next generation of Catholic leadership all the excuses they need to baptize their personal conveniences and ignore what it really demands to be “Catholic” in the public square.

Read the rest:
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Obama Scored Big at Notre Dame; Shame on this University For Being “Used”
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Let’s Vote: Do Americans Want To Continue Abortion or Not?
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Obama’s Immaculate Deception on Abortion at Notre Dame
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Saying What’s Necessary to Win
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Notre Dame is In My Blood; Allowing ND To Be “Used” Offends Me

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Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Notre Dame Gives Obama “empty-headed rock-star worship”

May 19, 2009

Now, back to Mr Obama, or Saint Barack as he perhaps ought to be known. I recently received a missive from a regular correspondent who writes in to abuse me, rather heavy-handedly, though often enjoyably rudely, every time I am uncomplimentary about Mr Cameron. Her latest epistle chides me for being unenthusiastic about Mr Obama, saying I have now been shown to be wrong about this – as if Mr Obama’s election victory over the decrepit, baffled John McCain cancels his faults and makes him right on everything. This is not, as it happens, an argument. But even so…

Some of you will have seen that Saint Barack ran into the first serious public hostility of his career on a visit to Notre Dame University, an old-established Roman Catholic college of some reputation, in South Bend, Indiana. The headline on this posting refers to the shouts which echoed across the hall as he addressed the student body and picked up an honorary degree, against the opposition of many American Roman Catholics. They are right to oppose these unjustified and mistaken compliments. I do not think Mr Obama seeks genuine compromise with this great Christian institution. I think on the contrary that he hopes to co-opt it into his machine, and compromise it so that it moderates its opposition to him.

I also do not think that ‘Yes, we can’ is much of a response to the accusations of abortion opponents. It reminds me of the general empty-headed rock-star worship which became such a feature of Mr Obama’s campaign. What, in this instance, does it mean? So far as I know Mr Obama’s attitude towards abortion is at the extreme end of permissive, as he will no doubt show when he picks his candidates for the Supreme Court, the USA’s potent and unelected third legislative chamber.

Read it all from Peter Hitchens:
http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2009/
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Obama Scored Big at Notre Dame; Shame on this University For Being “Used”
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Let’s Vote: Do Americans Want To Continue Abortion or Not?
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Obama’s Immaculate Deception on Abortion at Notre Dame
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Saying What’s Necessary to Win
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Notre Dame is In My Blood; Allowing ND To Be “Used” Offends Me

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Barack Obama apparently blesses and thanks the graduates of Notre Dame….Sunday, May 17, 2009. Center is board of trustees chairman Dick Notebaert.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Obama Scored Big at Notre Dame; Shame on this University For Being “Used”

May 19, 2009

Seldom does dawn rise on an America where the morning’s New York Times displays a more intuitive grasp of a story than the New York Post. The coverage of Barack Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame, however, was such a day. Where the Post headlined an inside spread with “Obama In the Lions’ Den,” the Times front page was dominated by a color photograph of a beaming president, resplendent in his blue-and-gold Notre Dame academic gown, reaching out to graduates eager to shake his hand or just touch his robe.

It was precisely the message President Obama wanted to send: How bad can he be on abortion if Notre Dame is willing to honor him?

We cannot blame the president for this one. During his campaign for president, Mr. Obama spoke honestly about the aggressive pro-choice agenda he intended to pursue — as he assured Planned Parenthood, he was “about playing offense,” not defense — and his actions have been consistent with that pledge. If only our nation’s premier Catholic university were as forthright in advancing its principles as Mr. Obama has been for his.

Read the rest from the Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124269
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Obama’s Immaculate Deception on Abortion at Notre Dame
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Saying What’s Necessary to Win
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Notre Dame is In My Blood; Allowing ND To Be “Used” Offends Me

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Opinion from the Washington Post

President Obama’s speech at Notre Dame yesterday is another sign that pro-lifers are slowly winning the political battles over abortion. It was not the speech of a man who is confident that his position is right and popular. It was the speech of someone who is trying to minimize a problem–which is what the association with abortion assuredly is for the Democratic party.

More voters have left the Democrats over abortion than have joined it. And the public has been moving in a pro-life direction for years. (The latest Gallup poll even has a majority of Americans calling themselves pro-life.) Obama wants to defend a status quo in which abortion is effectively legal through all stages of pregnancy and abortion policy is sealed off from democratic decision-making. He even wants to make taxpayers pay for abortion. So at Notre Dame, he handled the political difficulty deftly. He didn’t try to make the case for his views on abortion and related issues. He just plead for mutual understanding, civility, and the search for common ground. All of those are perfectly valid goals, of course, but they are also the ones you’d expect to see emphasized by the side that’s defending a politically dangerous position.

Pro-lifers often get annoyed when they see politicians with hard-line records in favor of legal and subsidized abortion talk, as Obama did, about how much he wants to reduce abortion. But that type of rhetoric, however little follow-through it generates, is itself a concession to the moral and political force of the pro-life case. The more politicians who favor unrestricted, subsidized abortion talk about what a tragedy it is, the more they undermine their own premises. If it’s such a terrible thing, why fund it? Why not allow states to try different methods of discouraging it, including restrictions?

Obama has handled the politics of abortion deftly. He is doing the best he can from a position of weakness.

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Let’s Vote: Do Americans Want To Continue Abortion or Not?

May 19, 2009

The hard political fact for abortion advocates is that in a society where words matter, the “pro-choice” movement is in reality what might be called the “no-choice” movement. Whatever else can be said about Roe v. Wade, the idea that a “woman’s right to choose” was freely chosen by Americans — as was true of every other basic right in the nation’s history — is fundamentally false. The American people have specifically been refused an opportunity to choose abortion policy. Instead, liberal activists chose to go through the courts. One suspects this is because abortion advocates fear an electoral result that in some fashion mirrors precisely the results Gallup has discovered — a majority opposed to the tenets of abortion as outlined in the judicial fiat that is Roe v. Wade.

Read the rest from the American Spectator:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/
05/19/the-no-choice-president

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Obama’s Immaculate Deception on Abortion at Notre Dame

May 19, 2009

We probably stand in the minority, believing that when it comes to a decision to kill or not kill a baby there should be no middle ground –as the president wants.

“We are guaranteed “life, liberty and” etc.  Without life and the protections afforded by the law to life, there can be nothing else.

No middle ground.

But Notre Dame offered and Obama accepted an honorary degree and an opportunity to speak — something Obama is eminently qualified to do.

Using lawyerly logic, he skipped right over the discussion of conception, and life, and the right to life and offered a “middle ground” —

Time Magazine’s Amy Sullivan likened Obama’s approach to “If you’re not with us, then let’s sit down over cookies and talk about it.”

Paul Kengor wrote for the Weekly Standard:

“This should have elicited gasps from an educated audience. After all, one of Obama’s first acts as president–on January 23, the day after the annual March for Life in Washington–was signing the Mexico City policy. That means that groups like International Planned Parenthood will be subsidized with taxpayer dollars to perform and promote abortion overseas–to vigorously push for legalization, at all stages of pregnancy, in countries that have banned the procedure. Under relentless assault are nations like Mexico itself, home of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an image every faithful Catholic knows.This unique form of American “foreign aid” was notably excluded from President John Jenkins’ reverential statement glorifying Obama’s commitment to human rights.”
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Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Monday night, “Obama pulled it off.”

Pass the cookies.

In the courtroom of the Catholic Notre Dame, students and faculty hailed their new savior as the articulate leader he is.

But to us, in the minority, there is blood on the president’s hands…..And we should know by now not to judge by his words but by his actions.

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By Cal Thomas
The Washington Times

Put aside the question of whether a distinctly Catholic institution like Notre Dame should award an honorary degree to a man who stands against any restrictions on abortion. Put aside the notion of academic freedom, which liberals favor as an intellectual premise, but rarely practice when it comes to conservative speakers, whom you very rarely see at the lectern at any U.S. commencement ceremonies this time of year.

Focus, instead, on President Obama’s remarks and whether he is serious, or can be made so, about actually reducing the number of abortions in America, which, according to the National Right to Life Committee, has reached 50 million since its legalization in 1973.

Don’t put aside, however, the argument that there is only one reason to even want to reduce the number of abortions and that is that what is being killed, terminated, evacuated (choose your term) is, in fact, human life.

At Notre Dame, the president gave an eloquent and well-crafted speech, full of Christian rhetoric and self-deprecating humor. He made a strong case for civility in the abortion debate, but curiously noted the advance in civil rights legislation came only after confrontation, some of which turned violent. Without that confrontation, he seemed to suggest, there might not be laws that liberated blacks and made it possible for him to become president.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20
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Numb skulls at the top: Obo, Biden and Pelosi; Dumb, Dumber and the Other

May 18, 2009

My Aussie friend said recently, “Keep your sense of humor, Mate, you’ve got numb skulls at the top.”

The top Yank has now proven to be, depending upon your point of view, a pragmatic realist or a flip flopper.

We’ll close Gitmo.  We’ll end military tribunals.  We’ll get out of Iraq (and fast).  We’ll release photos of “torture” and detainee “abuse.” I didn’t hear Jeremiah Wright.  There’s middle ground on killing or not killing babies.

We can spend borrowed money to create jobs, cure the environment, get global education and health care and never mind the debt….

The L.A. Times says this all makes Obama a hero: he has learned what to say just when he needs to say it, then shrugs and says, ce’est la vie….

Joe Biden has now disclosed the location of the “secret undisclosed location.”  Now it is not secret or undisclosed: it is just a location like any other.

Biden’s mouth gets him into hot water but what he said about his basement may have violated the law: if the location was a “classified” place, well, Biden’s future secret undisclosed location could be Leavenworth.

Except that Biden is a know serial sayer of stupid stuff and everyone forgives him.

Even in advance.

Nancy Pelosi may have accused the CIA of breaking the law by saying they lied or witheld the truth from Congress.

She’s number three in line — after dumb and dumber.

Keep your sense of humor!


http://michellemalkin.com
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Related:
Obama Must Be Lonely At The Top

L.A. Times:
Obama puts pragmatism over promises
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Saying What’s Necessary to Win

May 18, 2009

“Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?” he said. “As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”

That was Barack Obama at Notre Dame on Sunday.

A very liberal president at a very liberal university saying what people want to hear: we can all get along.  There is middle ground.

But those words could have come from “moderate” Republicans like Lindsay Graham too.

Graham said on Sunday that he wanted Republicans to win: and was ready to fall back and make concessions on some issues like abortion.

So leaders in both parties seem ready to say what it will take to get elected.

Gone is the man or woman ready to say what he or she really believes, it seems.  And stick to those positions.

Meanwhile more voters now seem to be saying that abortion is wrong….

A few years after George Bush said, “You are either with us or against us,” nobody seemed to be with him.

The lesson many politicians learned, and Barack Obama more than most, was to just say what makes people feel good.

We’ll close Gitmo.  We’ll end military tribunals.  We’ll get out of Iraq (and fast).  I didn’t hear Jeremiah Wright.  There’s middle ground on killing or not killing babies.

We can spend borrowed money to create jobs, cure the environment, get global education and health care and never mind the debt….

The pendulum may be swinging the other way……Back toward reality.

At the White House today Barack Obama will be faced with reality in the form of Benjamin Netanyahu who really does believe President Ahmadinejad when he says he wants to erase Israel from the map.

Middle ground could come with some expense.

America one day soon may again favor a politician of principle that tells us the ugly truth about his or her beliefs, gets elected, and sticks to his or her principles…

Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/18/vi
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s-at-sc-gop-convention/

Related:
Understanding America’s Shift on Abortion
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Understanding America’s Shift on Abortion

May 18, 2009

The abortion debate is a shape shifter, its contours twisted by politics, culture, timing and the very language pollsters use when they ask people how they feel. So when the folks at Gallup announced that for the first time more Americans are pro-life than pro-choice, there are all kinds of ways to misunderstand what that means.

 By Nancy Gibbs
Time Magazine

First and foremost are the labels, which cloud the issue by oversimplifying it – that’s why the advocates picked them. Most people are neither pro-choice nor pro-life, but both; we cherish life, we value choice, and we trade them off with great reluctance. Good luck explaining that to someone politely requesting a binary answer over the phone.

But if we place any stock at all in those labels, something dramatic has happened. In 1995, when Gallup started asking the question, the split was 56-33 in favor of abortion rights. Now the lines have crossed, and 51% call themselves pro-life while only 42% say pro-choice. It’s a shift that stretches past personal convictions and into legal constraints. For 35 years, a majority of Americans have wanted abortion to be, essentially, legal with limits. But the movement towards greater restraint is clear. In the mid 90s, when pro-choice forces were especially dominant, only 12% believed abortion was always wrong: that number has nearly doubled. At either extreme, slightly more people now believe abortion should be illegal under all circumstances (23%) than legal under all circumstances (22%). (See a TIME graphic on the growth of crisis pregnancy centers.)

 

So what’s changed? Gallup attributes the new numbers to Republicans purifying their views: 70% now call themselves pro-life, up 10 points in a year. But that’s to be expected; when fewer people call themselves Republican, the party condenses into a pool of true believers. It’s the people in the middle who are constantly weighing which restrictions are reasonable. A new Pew poll finds that while a majority of independents said abortion should be legal in most cases as recently as October, just 44% do so now. This may inspire some introspection on the part of political operatives in both parties who attribute the Republicans’ present frailty to its orthodoxy on social issues. The GOP may have fielded some hapless messengers, but their message, on abortion at least, may be closer to the mainstream than Democrats care to acknowledge.

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From Fox News

President Obama is “in the minority” with his abortion views, the leader of a group protesting the president’s Notre Dame commencement address said Sunday. 

Rev. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, told “FOX News Sunday” that the reason students and Catholic leaders are protesting Notre Dame’s decision to award an honorary degree to Obama is because they believe it’s the latest indication that the country is “trivializing abortion.” 

Pavone was reacting to a new Gallup poll that shows more Americans calling themselves “pro-life” than “pro-choice,” by 51-to-42 percent, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1995. A recent FOX News poll also showed more people describing themselves as pro-life for the first time since 2004. 

“The nation is becoming more and more pro-life and they’re realizing that … abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy is just not where the American people are today, it’s not where they’ve ever been,” Pavone said. “The president’s position on this is in the minority.” 

Even if Obama is in the minority on the issue, supporters of his address Sunday on the Notre Dame campus say that’s no reason to protest his visit. 

The Rev. Richard McBrien, a theology professor at Notre Dame, told “FOX News Sunday” that the invitation “in no way” connotes support for all his positions. But he said Obama stands with the Catholic Church on other key issues. 

“There are other positions he has taken, whether it’s on immigration or poverty or whatever, which are entirely consistent with Catholic social teaching,” he said. “If we required 100 percent agreement with the Catholic Church of official teaching from everyone who speaks at or gets an honorary degree from a Catholic University we would not then have any politician from either party.” 

A small but vocal group of students and Catholic leaders staged protests against the president’s address Sunday. Pavone had planned to lead a prayer vigil with students in response to the speech.