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!