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I don't know if it's really fair to call Barack Obama a flip-flopper. A flip-flopper changes his mind about an issue, like John McCain did about offshore drilling. Obama does something a little different. He takes both sides of an issue at the same time and then acts like anyone who points it out is waging some personal attack against him. Obama then "fine tunes" his message according to the interests of whatever group to whom he is talking. If he's talking to his left-wing anti-war base, Iran is a tiny country and almost no threat to the USA. If he's talking to the Israelis, Iran is a grave threat. Obama has used this method of misdirection on almost every major issue, resulting in the bizarre circumstance where, the more you listen to Obama speak, the less you know about where he stands. He is both for and against capital punishment. He is both for and against the Second Amendment. He is either for or against increasing the Social Security payroll tax. He is either for or against increasing the capital gains tax. His tv ads say Obama is a taxcutter, but he is proposing more tax increases than any president in memory. He condemns the Bush deficits, but then says deficit reduction is not a priority for his administration, because there are too many "investments in America" (new government spending) he wants to make. He vilifies the Bush economy, but then plots the worst course imaginable in a shaky economy, big tax and spending increases. On and on it goes. Where it stops nobody knows. At the end of the day, his principles are almost unfathomable. It's no small wonder then, that his poll numbers are dropping (and no, Barack, it's NOT racism, you whiny baby).
So why should we expect anything different from Obama on the sticky issue of abortion ? We shouldn't, and what we have received from Obama on this issue has been, well, Obama-esque. Everything and nothing. Here's a relevant excerpt from Rick Warren's Saddleback forum:
WARREN: Now, let’s deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?
OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.
Note that Warren didn't ask Obama when life begins, he asked him for an opinion on when a baby gets human rights, and Obama weakly refused to offer one. I'd think even the most strident pro-choicer would say the baby gets human rights after it's born. A strident pro-lifer would say the baby gets human rights at conception, as McCain did to the same question. Obama acted like Warren's question required him to play God. It didn't. It required him to make a decision. Decision-making is pretty important for a president. Having a president who shrugs and says "beats me" isn't really the ideal. A president should know his own mind and communicate it to America, or else he shouldn't be running for president. Somehow, saying "change" over and over isn't enough. Here's how Obama communicated his position on abortion at the Saddleback forum:
OBAMA: But let me just speak more generally about the issue of abortion, because this is something obviously the country wrestles with. One thing that I’m absolutely convinced of is that there is a moral and ethical element to this issue. And so I think anybody who tries to deny the moral difficulties and gravity of the abortion issue, I think, is not paying attention. So that would be point number one.
Ooh. Impressive. Obama is SO wise. He's "absolutely convinced" that abortion is "a moral and ethical issue". Well, no sh*t, Sherlock. I bet Obama is also convinced that the Russia-Georgia conflict is a "foreign policy" issue. He's just brilliant, isn't he ? Let's continue with Obama's abortion discourse:
OBAMA: But point number two, I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe v. Wade, and I come to that conclusion not because I’m pro-abortion, but because, ultimately, I don’t think women make these decisions casually. I think they — they wrestle with these things in profound ways...so, for me, the goal right now should be — and this is where I think we can find common ground...how do we reduce the number of abortions? The fact is that although we have had a president who is opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down and that is something we have to address.
Yippee !!! Obama declares a position !!! He's pro-choice !!! Strike up the band. But then he immediately qualifies it by saying that although he's pro-choice, he's not pro-abortion. Yeah, that makes perfect sense. It's not like there's any connection between being pro-choice and actual abortions happening. No, no, the one has NOTHING to do with the other, just like Hitler had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Obama even offers proof (of something. I'm not sure what) by declaring that abortions have NOT gone down under our current pro-life president, George W. Bush. Aha !!! There are a couple problems with BO's observations, though. First, abortions HAVE gone down during the Bush administration, and second, even though Dubya may be pro-life, the LAW is still pro-choice, so Dubya's personal preference doesn't mean squat. Big duh, Barack.
Now for the piece de resistance of Obama Saddleback claptrap:
WARREN: Have you ever voted to limit or reduce abortions?
OBAMA: I am in favor, for example, of limits on late-term abortions, if there is an exception for the mother’s health.
Right. I have a question. If Obama favors limits on late term abortions, why does his ENTIRE VOTING RECORD say precisely the opposite ? Obama has always voted pro-abortion. ALWAYS. He has voted against banning late term partial birth abortions. He even voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and then slandered the National Right To Life Committee when they pointed it out. He called them liars when they were telling the truth. He called them liars when it is Obama himself who is lying. Obama has been going around accusing author Jerome Corsi of "just making stuff up" in Corsi's anti-Obama book, Obamanation. I suggest Obama stop "just making stuff up" regarding his record on abortion.
At Saddleback, and also to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Barack Obama was afraid to admit his actual radical stance on abortion, because he knew it wouldn't be well received, so he LIED. He evaded. He JUST MADE STUFF UP.
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