Government / Politics

Political grandstanding, the pro-life movement & the 1950s


If you paid attention to the speech President Obama delivered to Planned Parenthood this week (the first sitting U.S. president to do so), you may have heard something about pro-life advocates and the 1950s.

What you don’t hear, however, is media criticism of sensational, political pandering. For four and half years, we have heard the constant complaints from President Obama about the state of Washington politics. The GOP won’t compromise. Republicans are the Party of No. Not enough civility. Too much political rhetoric. These are some of the things Mr. Obama loathes or so he says.

Yet we find ourselves in a familiar, political landscape. Democrats and Republicans talking down to each other, or about each other in a very public forum.

President Obama is not responsible for all of the political bickering. That is foolishness to believe that. But, he is responsible for his words and actions. Like Mitt Romney or not, he was right when he said, “Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses.”

For too long we have heard President Obama and congressional Democrats act like they are innocent in this political gridlock. Liberals who constantly preach “progress” and “moving forward” either fail to account for or do not care that at least half of this country is not ready for the change they want. How do you expect Congress to act on your liberal agenda, Mr. President, when they represent half a country that doesn’t agree?

Roe v Wade was decided on very questionable legal grounds, to say the least, exactly four decades ago. Yet, the POTUS and liberal allies continue to denigrate those in the “minority” who oppose killing unborn children. They claim pro-life advocates reject women’s rights. The reality is, first of all, women are not being deprived of the right to choose. Roe v Wade is the law of the land. Secondly, the pro-life movement supports protecting the innocent lives of the unborn. It’s political dishonesty to suggest otherwise. Rather than an open, honest dialogue on the issue, we have resorted to name-calling. And that is shameful.

So when President Obama says,”The fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,” he is promoting a culture of unity, right? This is the same political candidate and leader who claimed he wanted to rid Washington of partisan attacks and pettiness. The GOP certainly is culpable in this political bickering, but this does not give President Obama or Democrats a free pass to continue the pettiness because the other guy is doing it.

Roe v Wade is likely here to stay. It certainly seems that political pettiness is here to stay too.


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