He won, you lost.
(Page 2 of 2)
“That is a conclusion with which I agree.”
Obama says “we must respect their point of view” and in the next breath says the minority view will have no impact on federal policy. Such callous disrespect for the minority has already become Obama’s MO.
“I won. I will trump you on that,” Obama said to Republicans who complained about the size of the stimulus bill. To pro-lifers who don’t want their tax money to finance the destruction of human embryos, he now says the same thing.
Obama justified this discarding of the minority view by citing the need to separate ideology and science. He proclaimed:
“Now, this order is an important step in advancing the cause of science in America. But let’s be clear: Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s also about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about letting scientists like those who are here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient — especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”
He made that statement seconds after saying, “And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society.”
It is impossible to “make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology” while simultaneously ruling out funding for human cloning because it is “profoundly wrong.” But apparently not for Obama.
Clearly, the president did not remove ideology from the discussion. He simply moved the line. Whereas the destruction of potential human life was the line not to be crossed, now it is “the use of cloning for human reproduction.” Why is the latter more “profoundly wrong” than the former? Obama offers no reason. He simply believes it is. The deep reflection evident in Bush’s speech is entirely missing from Obama’s. His is a declaration of personal belief, not an exercise of painstaking statesmanship.
Adding salt to the wound, the president did not have to do this. Existing funding for stem cell research has led to profound breakthroughs. Two separate possible cures for diabetes have been found, one based on adult stem cells, the other on embryonic stem cells. Research is barreling along, funded by the National Institutes of Health, private investors, European governments and U.S. states. Federally funded embryo-destroying stem cell research would be a drop in the bucket. Why offend the religious beliefs of millions of Americans for such a small contribution?
“When government fails to make these investments, opportunities are missed. Promising avenues go unexplored,” Obama said on Tuesday.
It’s not about whether the investments are made. It’s about who makes them. To the president, it is unacceptable that the federal government not be involved. The federal funding is a moral imperative based on Obama’s personal belief that government must do everything it can to promote good in every conceivable arena of life.
And so, pro-lifers must be forced to fund abortions and research that destroys human embryos. It is for the greater good. The government is not in the business of compromise and unity. Its duty is progress, as defined by the president (and public opinion polls). He won the election, so his moral values reign. It’s a zero-sum, winner-take-all game. What that means for pro-lifers is simple: You lost; get over it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?