Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama: The Great Disappointment begins

I wish I could have shared in the jubiliation over President Obama's inauguration. Sensible trade union laws. Good. Constructive engagement in the Middle East. Good. Closoure of Guantanamo Bay. Good. America's first Black president. Wonderful.

But as expected, one of his first executive orders has been to rescind the wise and necessary Mexico City Policy, which insists that foreign aid is precisely that and prevents it from being diverted into the pockets of croesus rich anti-natalist organisations to promote abortion overseas.

In a statement which oozes with fork-tongued mendacity, Obama declared:

"It is time that we end the politicization of this issue."

By giving a fat cheque to abortion groups.

"In the coming weeks, my Administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world. "

Common ground, my foot.

"I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies."

Oh, spare me.

But there's worse. Far worse:

"In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund."

Catholics United: Obama's shafted you.

And he's about to sell out countless Chinese and Vietnamese women as well.


Blogger David Lindsay said...

Will any more people die as a result of Obama's lifting of the ban on federal funding of abortion-providers abroad than would have died as result of John McCain's Bush-like poverty inducement (poverty being far and away the largest cause of death before as well as after birth - hopelessly poor women have abortions) and never-ending war (with, among so much else, all the abortions that follow all the rapes and prostitution)?

Obama, McCain and Bush are all as anti-life as each other, just in different ways. Well, mostly different, anyway. McCain is in favour of scientifically worthless embryonic stem-cell "research".

Like all Republicans, Bush delivered absolutely no change whatever to the abortion law (consider that in "godless" Europe, the usual upper time limit is 12 weeks, several countries outlaw abortion entirely, and by far the most liberal laws are in Americanised Britain and those lands to the east still caught up in the cult of Ronald Reagan).

If such a change ever did come to pass, then the white Catholics (who have decided every Presidential Election since 1976) and the white Evangelicals would simply declare "Mission Accomplished" and go home to the Democratic Party. Last year, the white Catholics, at least, simply did so anyway. The white Evangelicals will be next.

Meanwhile, much bitching about Douglas Kmiec - the conservative law school professor, strong traditional Catholic, associate of the Evangelical-related Pepperdine University, and Obama supporter - and his possible appointment as Ambassador to the Holy See.

The price of his support? Why ever ever not? Whom would we want instead as Ambassador to the Holy See, and why? The Democratic Party has no shortage of Catholics decidedly lacking in traditionalist credentials or Evangelical connections.

1/24/2009 7:27 AM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

You make some salient points, David. I can't quibble with them.

But I'm still very disappointed by the rescinding of the Mexico City Policy.

And hopping mad about the refunding of the repulsive by word for human rights abuses that is the dictator-loving UNFPA.

1/24/2009 5:44 PM  
Blogger Oli said...

Well, I wonder if this would mean the end of the EU funding that stepped in to fill the gap when the US pulled out...

one can only dream...

1/26/2009 7:57 AM  

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