In Praise of Barack Obama

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Via the AP comes this news that Barack Obama has changed his mind, and is rejecting at least some of the extremism of NARAL, Emily's List, and other radical abortion organizations. The money graf:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says "mental distress" should not qualify as a health exception for late term-abortions, a key distinction not embraced by many supporters of abortion rights.

In an interview this week with "Relevant," a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain "a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother."

Obama then added: "Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term."

Read on...

Of course, Obama's position here is only confined to late-term abortions, and thus only puts him slightly to the right of Bill Clinton on this issue, but in line with the vast majority of Americans who believe that late term abortions ought to be generally illegal. It should also be noted that this is diametrically opposed to everything Obama has ever said and every vote he has ever cast on abortion prior to this point, including his criticism of the Supreme Court's decision which upheld a federal law outlawing partial birth abortion and his refusal to vote to protect children who survive abortions and are born alive, so many conservatives will no doubt strongly suspect (with good reason) that this is mere election-year pandering.

Furthermore, given Obama's stated model for Supreme Court justices (Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer), pro-lifers should not expect that Obama will actually appoint any Supreme Court justice who would find any law that restricted abortion in any way to be Constitutional. In other words, there's still literally no reason that any thinking pro-lifer should *vote* for Barack Obama.

But that doesn't mean that Obama should not be lauded for rejecting the extremism and the fanaticism of the worst elements of the Democratic base like NARAL, Emily's List, and Planned Parenthood. It is good to know that whatever Barack personally feels about abortion, he has recognized that certain extremist groups with their extraordinarily liberal positions do not deserve to be part of the national conversation, and for that Obama deserves to be praised. Hillary Clinton, for one, would never have done anything like this. Her husband vetoed the Partial Birth Abortion Act twice and by all accounts Hillary treated the Emily's Listers and NARAL extremists like they were important and respectable people. Barack Obama knows better. Good for him.

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I'd be much more comfortable with this if I thought there is at least a small possibility that he actually means what he says this time and isn't just spewing some poll-tested, focus-grouped posistion. I hope he does mean this, though.

Stand up, and let's acquit ourselves like men.

I was thinking the same thing.

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Does anyone believe this? Obama voted against the born alive protection act. To remind people if a baby survives an abortion this act compelled the doctor to try and save and keep the child alive. BABY'S WERE BEING LEFT TO DIE!!! I weep just thinking about the pain they felt in their very short lives.

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lost in a landslide at 38.

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the popular vote is irrelevant unless you want to make a case for Al Gore winning in 2000. The popular vote in 1988, according to Wikipedia was 53.4% for Bush and 45.6% for Dukakis, which is hardly a landslide if you ask me.
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and you could add the next two largest states to Dukakis and he still loses in a landslide.

Now, as to popular vote, I guess 9 points is not a landslide except as compared to the past few squeakers. But 9 points is a big win. Not a nail biter.

fair?

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This quote was from an interview with a Christian magazine, "Relevant". Do you think he would have said this if speaking to NARAL? Typical pandering, nothing more.

I can see Bambam now, microphone in one hand, pointer finger of other hand in the air, checking wind direction to decide which side of an issue he will be on today. (Slick Willie Style)

When a well documented liar opens his mouth, everything he says is suspect.
I would suggest gaging such a person's words against his actions.
If they agree, cool. Bubble in the center. (on the level, for those from Rocky Mount)
This guy's words and his actions (voting record) do not line up, not even close.

Draw your own conclusion.

Regards

of anything Barak Obama says anymore, and having just read the post: "An Inconvenient Life" by breeanneh, I'm again sickened to the core knowing there are people in the world so utterly soulless as to consent to allow an infant to die without any attempt at heroic medical intervention to save its life.

He toucheth the mountain - and it smokes

As a "Constitutional Professor" Obama is either willfully ignorant or deceitfully pandering. The language in the bill which he is a co-sponser for says only "health." It provides no further definition of the word. Thus, when the law comes before the Supreme Court, which it will, the Supreme's will look to precedent and they will find according to: The Supreme Court on Abortion: A Survey
by Mark Tushnet, from Abortion, Medicine, and the Law, Third Edition, 1986, pp. 162

"The final stage of pregnancy under Roe v. Wade occurs after the fetus becomes viable. After viability, the state could regulate or prohibit abortions unless they were ``necessary, in appropriate medical judgement'', to preserve the life or health of the woman. This standard must be read, however, in light of the Court's decision the same day in Doe v. Bolton, that clinical judgement ``may be exercised in light of all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age -- relevant to the well-being of the patient

(emphasis mine)

Barring any clarifying language, the law as written would allow for "emotional distress" as a reason for even a late term abortion.

Someone needs to correct this onslaught of feel good journalism:

First, Relevant is a progressive Christian Newspaper.Their masthead has this: God+Life+Progressive Culture

Second: When will the subject of Obama's Callous Indifference to those born alive after an attemped abortion be discussed. He prevented a bill from progressing at the State level and voted against a Federal bill which even NARAL didn't lobby against.

Middle of the road, I do not think so. Opportunist - Yes.

Christian values - when necessary

Obama's term for a human born alive after an attempted abortion - a fetus.

"Look, I got two daughters - nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

From the mouth of Obama, and now he is saying what?

Check out his voting record on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act - he voted AGAINST medical intervention if a baby was born alive during an abortion procedure.

He is a lying radical who will say anything to open the door. Do Not Let Him In.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18647

Attempting third stage ignition and acquisition of new guidestars.

At this point with all the positions he has taken and the supporters he has disowned, you could run him against himself. Old Obama vs New Obama.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

But Joli', given your increasing use of beyondGCcomprehension obscurities, might it be what you are adding to the coffee? Or is the chicken paying the price for teen years' chemical concerts?

ha

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www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

Newsame™. That is the perfect name. New and Yet the same = Newsame™. The more he changes the more he is Newsame™

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chopped liver?

And here I thought Barack was just a regular ole run of the mill moron, and now you and Dave have him an addicted to drugs moron?

pilgrim will be the tie breaker

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
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"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

gamecock has rhyme going for him with newsane rhyming with that middle name that must never be mentioned.
otoh David Hinz has logic going for him with the proverbial 'Is it new or is it the same?' Sorta like 'Is it real or is it memorex?'

Bein' a midwesterner I guess I'll give the push to logic over rhyme.


Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business … frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise.Ronald Reagan

on the top step, waving his arms in the air in victory [hey! Where did these boxing gloves come from?]

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don't you bump no mo with no big fat woman?

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www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

positions, but I lost fair (comes in October) and square.

But at least I was Hinz's inspiration, kind of like the apple was newton's!

Eve, please take a gummy bite on me!

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

You have three stages that get used in sequence. As they are used up you discard them. Usually just letting them fall and or burn up. Also a typical spacecraft will use several guidance systems. An inertial system using laser gyroscopes, and an optical system that locks on known guide stars.

Obama's first stage was the Chicago machine and local power groups. They are long discarded.

His second stage the nutroots and various special interest groups. He has burned the antiwar, anti abort, anti security you pick it he has burned the dem lefty coalition groups at this point. Thus second stage burnout and jettisoned.

Now he has to acquire new guidestars and initiate his third stage.

At this point he is so far from where he started his positions aren't recognizable. The man who was against the war before anyone, defended the right to kill children that had survived birth, and referred to children as punishments, is not in the race. Or so he would have us believe.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

jonlester and dave may try and re-write your stages. They are on a editing rampage to the Fourth power!

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

we all know how well that worked out for Coke™ I wonder how it will work out for The Obamessiah™

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Obama's people are all probably drinking the imitators product.


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

amstel light, diet coke and kool-aid

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer columns
www.theminorityreportblog.com
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - The Chief Justice

based upon who he is talking to. this is what we know about Democrat candidates for President... they will say one thing in the midwest, south and west, and another thing in the east based upon what the audience wants to hear. the MSM will report only what they want the readers to hear. Talk radio and conservative bloggers have been the only reliable source of information on their lies and deceptions. This is why there hasn't been a Democrat national candidate elected in years. They just don't know how to campaign, with their on the one hand... on the other hand style, since the age of talk radio and the internet. They are, generally, forced to campaign on a pack of lies, because the base has the money (Soros, Move ON, etc.) and they are to the left of Chavez, which won't get them elected, because the American electorate is center-right.

"But that doesn't mean that Obama should not be lauded for rejecting the extremism and the fanaticism of the worst elements of the Democratic base like NARAL, Emily's List, and Planned Parenthood."

You're kidding, right? Right?

Obama hasn't rejected anything. He's simply made a statement. Given his mendacity and his history on abortion, why should--how could--anyone believe anything he says?

 
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