Common Ground?


It appears that President Obama has survived and come out on top of the abortion/anti-abortion mosh-pit of public sentiment.   The news media  have all but placed a blessing on Obama’s call for moderation and common ground.   The President laid down his smoke screen of pro-abortion civility and reasonableness, which will certainly make any pro-life rebuttal look like uncharitable hate-speech.   

As far as the commencement address goes, I’ll certainly admit the man can make a good speech. 

If there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. … It is, of course, the Golden Rule — the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated.  The call to love.  The call to serve.  To do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those with whom we share the same brief moment on this Earth.

Politicians sure have a way of using Bible buzz-words that sounds so compassionate to the average American.   The words that come out of President Obama’s  mouth  have a ring of sincerity; they always convey a real person and personality behind them (or rather his speech writer is very good at expressing the Obama image).   You listen to these words and you find yourself sinking into a warm, fuzzy comforting place, involuntarily nodding your head at the reasonableness of it all.   On some issues I’m all there with him.  But suddenly, an image of a student’s mortarboard   taped with the outline of baby feet breaks the mind-meld you’ve allowed yourself to be entrapped by.  You slap your face and remind yourself that pretty, conciliatory words cover a lot of blood; that resistance is not futile.  (Trek references on my mind?  Yeah, I saw the movie this past weekend!)

Lest you think the President’s Notre Dame speech was all sweetness and light, he did allow one vague moment of condescension – the tiniest acknowledgement that, gasp, there are  Americans who will be unmoved in their commitment to pro-life principles. 

I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away.   Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.

Point on – they are irreconcilable.   But excuse me Mr. President – millions of us  do not have conflicting, contradictory opinions on abortion.   Our opinions are firm and unwavering.   So, I doubt we’ll be searching for common ground beyond recommitting ourselves to act with civility and compassion, while exercising our right to law-abiding resistance.    Let us be very clear that abortion is not an issue that will allow for the premise of equally valid, but contradictory positions.  No and hell no!

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