Over at the Reclusive Leftist Violet notes the banality of the media’s Joe Wilson obsession:
Almost 24 hours later, that’s still the picture. Look at this snapshot of Memeorandum from 6:40 pm today. The top nineteen stories are about the shouting Congressman. Nineteen. Then there are a few stories about the speech itself — waaaay down the page — and then it’s on to John Stossel.
Personally I figure it’s because they don’t want to cover the Acorn stories, but that isn’t what really gets Violet upset this is:
By the way: my favorite part of the speech? The part where Obama lumped in abortions with death panels and illegal aliens and other crazy-ass shit his healthcare plan would never pay for.
No Violet is vehemently pro-abortion and uses a term “Godbags” that I frankly don’t care for, but she is a honest and honorable person of the left for all that. She saw though this president months ago and as a person of the left saw betrayal coming.
I think however when it comes to abortion her fear is misplaced and any optimism is not warranted on our part so I left the following comment on her blog:
Violet I wouldn’t get all worked up about the abortion statement.
As a person vehemently opposed to abortion I can assure you that when he said that he was lying through his teeth and no serious person opposed to abortion believes a word of it.
So trust me, although we both know that this president doesn’t do honesty too well abortion would be a bridge too far for most of his acolytes.
And if it turns out I’m wrong then that wouldn’t signal a change on the left concerning abortion (although I’d like it to be) it would signal that support for President Obama has officially morphed into a religion, and that would be the worst development yet.
You know I really wonder if the Obamacult is strong enough to overcome almost any actual position. You never know.
BTW I can’t take credit for the tag “obamacult” on wordpress, that honor goes to the lefty blog semidi who used it twice last year. The Hillary people saw this first and recognized it for what it was.
Found this on HotMES it may have a rule 5 photo but it has a golden rule story:
“My doctor told me there is nothing you will ever regret about having the baby, but he was like, ‘You may regret not having the baby.’ And I was like: That is so true. And it just hit me.
Now it’s true that she doesn’t declare that abortion shouldn’t take place but that is was wrong for her, considering what she was being told that right choice is a big thing:
“I definitely thought about it long and hard, about if I wanted to keep the baby or not, and I wasn’t thinking about adoption,” … “I do think every woman should have the right to do what they want, but I don’t think it’s talked through enough. I can’t even tell you how many people just say, ‘Oh, get an abortion.’ Like it’s not a big deal.” …
The American Papist is pleased as well.
The People article is here.
It will be interesting if this makes her fade away, of course if she wants positive media attention she can always pull an Annie Lennox and attack the Pope.
You know that in a district where there hasn’t been a republican congressman since 1890 and is 64% black it might be politically necessary for a newly elected republican to support the president on some key issues. Even if Abortion is paid for in it..
But Don Surber reports that when congressman Anh Cao says he is a Catholic, unlike say a John Kerry or a Nancy Pelosi he means it:
“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice, ” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives.
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career, ” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man’s life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’ “
This is what a true Catholic Looks like.
…I’ve read so far is from George Jonas called Thoughts from an ex-fetus
We consider the ancient Spartan model barbaric, for instance, although in some ways it was much like ours. Spartans, too, regarded letting children live or die a private choice, although they did involve father in the decision, not only mother, and extended it to born children, not just fetuses. Another difference was that Spartans, instead of relying on vacuum suction, threw unwanted children off a mountain called Taigetos.
For Spartans, “unwanted” meant “substandard.” For us, it means “inconvenient.” We don’t want standard or even super-standard children if they cramp our style.
Living in an epoch that is selfish as well as matriarchal, our lifeboats are no longer marked “women and children first,” only “women first.” We invent euphemisms, such as “choice” for killing, and sophomoric dilemmas, such as pretending not to know when life begins, to ensure that nothing hinders Virginia’s quest for Santa Claus. No obstacle must interfere with her goal of self-fulfillment — least of all an issue (as it were) of her healthy sexual appetite.
The whole thing is spectacular.
…are likely very upset that GM is going bankrupt today and that combined with what appears to be a horrible air disaster (hopefully not but it’s very early in the reporting) could push their counteroffensive against the pro-life movement off of the lead story on the cable networks etc.
In terms of news Mr. Tiller’s murder is significant but next to GM’s Bankruptcy (which ironically took place as I typed this sentence) it is almost a non-story.
The Sotomayor nomination would have been a chance to re-introduce the news but the lefts own attempts to minimize her abortion position and her “poor choice of words” assure that this will not become the big abortion fight.
Again this is very cynical, but true. I don’t think the Tiller assassination (and it WAS a vile act of assassination) is going to break through but it will be taken out of the lefts pocket as needed in the future.
For those who are salivating at the chance to use the Murder of George Tiller to attack Christians or defend the killer, let me quote the relevant passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
II. Good Acts and Evil Acts
1755 A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, and of the circumstances together. An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting “in order to be seen by men”).
The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts – such as fornication – that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.
1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)
As the passage above shows, the church never defends such an act (sorry lefties), nor can a believing Catholic attempt to defend it. The other McCain is exactly right on this. It is true that abortion is akin to murder but it is even more true that murder is akin to murder. Justifying it is no different than Groucho’s telling Mrs. Claypool that he was with another woman because she reminded him of her.
It reminds one of the fetus isn’t human nonsense, lets avoid such stuff altogether. It’s simply doubletalk without the greasepaint mustache.
For all of those who try to make the Abortion compromise business as the president suggested or argue about “hey how can you vote for War and be Catholic” lets play the “Safe legal Rare game”:
You can use that phrase with the word “War”
War should be “Safe”…for civilians.
“Legal” because a country has to right to defend itself or defend its future.
and “Rare” because War should never be the first resort.
Ok now try that with:
Slavery, or Torture, or genocide.
You can’t use that phrase with it because they are intrinsic evils. The same is true of abortion. It just doesn’t work.
This is the argument that should come out every time. This and Nordlinger’s question on why should Abortion be rare if it isn’t wrong?
Update: Added links