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McCain v. Obama at the Saddleback Church Civic Forum

Posted by Ryan on August 17, 2008

Last evening, the evangelical mega-church, Saddleback Church, had a “civic forum” with the candidates to discuss issues Pastor Rick Warren wished to hear about.  It was not a debate in the usual sense.  The format was excellent: about 50 minutes a piece, one candidate at a time using the same questions with the same audience for roughly the same amount of time without hearing how the other responded.  On a coin flip, Obama went first followed by McCain.

There is a sense that McCain looked strong and decisive, while Obama looked measured and at ease.  I didn’t watch the whole thing.  I popped in here and there.  I thought McCain looked good and answered with authority.  Everyone knows Obama can speak, so McCain’s performance beat the lowered expectations… that concept helped get Bush two terms!  McCain’s not my favorite politician (even slightly misquoting Reagan’s “[take] down this wall!” remark), but he did not hurt himself at all in this event.  In fact, I agree with those who say that he even won.

Much of the “analysis” afterwards on the cable networks dealt with the potential gaffes.  In my opinion, Obama had the biggest gaffe of the night on the issue of abortion:  he really did utter the phrase “above my pay-grade” in response to a question about his opinion as to when unborn babies should get legal protection?  I guess until he’s President, right, then he’ll be paid enough?  The Empty Suit strikes again!

What a ridiculous answer and one which will hurt him with evangelicals and pro-life Catholics!  To all those who doubt: life begins at conception — that’s not a political opinion or a moral issue, it’s a scientific fact.  That is a premise on which we all should agree.  Politics and policy come next and everyone’s opinion matters.   McCain handled it right and his pro-life beliefs make him the choice for evangelicals in this election.  Obama will not sway the one-issue pro-life voters into voting for Obama-style social welfare (which they like), when Obama is openly pro-choice.

LA Times photo.

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Early Down’s Alert Brings Up Abortion Issue

Posted by Ryan on June 21, 2008

A new antenatal test currently in trial stages can indicate whether or not a couple is going to have a child with Down’s Syndrome at about the seventh week of gestation.  Some believe this would definitely lead to increased abortions of those children.

We’re beginning to enter that world we all talked about 10-15 years ago when we asked “what if” science could find out things like this for the benefit of new parents before the child is born, or even change characteristics to create cafe-style children looking like we want them to, etc.  We’re not at the latter point yet, but probably will be within our lifetime. 

Yet, in this particular scenario (and most other ones of this nature) the child gets left behind.  It’s Down’s today, but what if tomorrow it is homosexuality or susceptiblility to multiple sclerosis or even (to some vein parents) an unwanted recessive eye color?  Isn’t this what the Nazis tried to do — weed out the weak in society for the strength and convenience of the living? 

Yet, shouldn’t the parents know everything they can about the health of their child before he or she is born?  It’s a potentially slippery slope when we start gauging the value of a child before he or she has a chance to be born if that means terminating those who are deemed weak or inconvenient after a couple initially had the intent to keep the child.

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A Nadir for a Macabre Pro-Choice Society

Posted by Ryan on April 18, 2008

This story is scary crazy.

I’m not going to post any pictures regarding Yale University’s Aliza Shvarts’ macabre “art project” where after artificially inseminating herself and inducing a miscarriage numerous times, she used the byproduct as part in each of her “art” works.

That is about as sick and twisted a thing as I’ve heard come from our university system, or anywhere else since Nick Berg.  Her own description of her project reveals a person so desperate to get noticed making a truly and deeply macabre point that it is less a struggling artist’s manifesto and more evidence that this woman is in need of serious therapy, Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors or anti-depressants, not monthly abortifacients nor a national audience. 

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Planned Parenthood’s Fundraising Mess

Posted by Ryan on March 16, 2008

The Advocate, a pro-life student magazine at UCLA, has been making phone calls to Planned Parenthood branches in seven states trying to embarrass and ultimately discredit the organization.  It’s the same tactic used by the ACLU and their ilk in looking for ways to discredit everything they can.  Yet, the lefties don’t like when you use their own tactics against their causes.   

In Idaho, it is legal for one party in a phone call to secretly tape that phone call… and what a recording The Advocate captured!  The Advocate requested to make a donation to Planned Parenthood if the money would only be used to abort African-American babies— logic being that affirmative action would stymie the caller’s own children from getting into a good college.  It’s a completely ridiculous premise, absolutely racist and insulting, yet Autumn Kersey, the Vice-President of Development and Marketing for Idaho’s Planned Parenthood, was actually excited to receive the donation!  

Here’s the unbelievable transcript and story.

The Advocate, like many other pro-life groups, knows that there is a disproportionate number of African-American babies that are aborted each year: some even call it “black genocide” since so many African-American abortions are paid for by the government.  Planned Parenthood, already a horrible disgrace, should be under investigation for these kinds of racist acts.  Who knows if this is an isolate incident?  Maybe they’ll take money from anyone requesting anything, as long as the unborn are the target and their pockets are filled with their 30 pieces of silver.  

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Rudy Giuliani’s Good Strategy

Posted by Mike on January 30, 2008

Rudy Giuliani made the right decision when he decided to skip Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina to focus on Florida. The fact that his strategy was unsuccessful does not change the fact that the alternative would have been even more difficult to pull off.

At this moment, the Republican Party is not a conservative party; however, it is still a pro-life party. Any pro-choice candidate faces an uphill climb in a Republican primary. This is especially true in Iowa and South Carolina and generally true in New Hampshire. Rudy had no chance of winning any of these states. If he had campaigned heavily in these states, he certainly would have lost and resulting negative media attention and lost momentum would have killed his candidacy before it even reached the Sunshine State.

That’s not to say he had much of a chance in Florida either, but focusing his attention there was at least a plausible strategy. Unlike Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Florida is home to a large number of New York transplants who hold the Mayor in high regard. These voters, coupled with what Rudy hoped would be a split vote among a large field (similar to the large field in the earlier states) gave Rudy his only chance, small as it may have been, to win. It did not work, but that does not mean it was the wrong strategy.

If a mediocre football team with no passing game focuses on the run and still manages to lose to the New England Patriots, chances are, the strategy was not the reason for losing. OK, that’s a bad hypothetical because the Patriots cheat, but the point still stands. A pro-choice Republican lost in a pro-life party. It wasn’t the strategy that killed his chances. Pun intended.

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