Did Red Envelopes Move Obama from Red Leanings?

It took a lot of guts for President Obama to publicly reverse campaign promises at his 100 days press conference and tell the pro-abortion crowd that “I think that those who are pro-choice make a mistake when they…suggest that this is simply an issue about women’s freedom and that there’s no other considerations…The Freedom of Choice Act is not [my] highest legislative priority. I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of the anger surrounding this issue is to focus on those areas that we can agree on. And that’s where I’m going to focus.”

It takes a big man to make such a statement about moving away from FOCA. Additionally, those who mailed in their red envelopes also deserve praise for getting him to pause and consider that the issues of abortion (and micro-abortion — directly attacking human embryos) are not just a matter for scientists (materialists), a matter where the ends justify the means. The issue is a matter of the values that define us: an issue where the culture’s values matter as much as cold techniques that use freedom as an excuse for anything.

Seemingly oblivious to it, President Obama — within the very same press conference — created the foundation from which perhaps he can reverse some of his earlier bad social decisions and reverse the hypocrisy within which he still walks. Discussing waterboarding of terrorists, President Obama said: “Waterboarding violates our ideals and our values. I do believe that it is torture. I don’t think that’s just my opinion; that’s the opinion of many who’ve examined the topic. And that’s why I put an end to these practices. I am absolutely convinced it was the right thing to do… because we could have gotten this information in other ways, in ways that were consistent with our values, in ways that were consistent with who we are…. You start taking shortcuts, over time, that corrodes what’s best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country.” The same argument against abortion could be made by replacing the word ‘waterboarding’ with ‘abortion’ and replacing ‘torture’ with ‘murder’. Watch…

“[Abortion along with human embryonic stem cell research] violates our ideals and our values. I do believe that it is [murder]. I don’t think that’s just my opinion; that’s the opinion of many who’ve examined the topic. And that’s why I put an end to these practices. I am absolutely convinced it was the right thing to do…because we could have gotten this information [or healing] in other ways, in ways that were consistent with our values, in ways that were consistent with who we are…. You start taking shortcuts, over time, that corrodes what’s best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country.” Yes America, there is reason for hope…. There’s no reason a U.S. President can’t say these words about abortion if he can say them about torture.

Be as suspicious as you may over President Obama’s motives for backtracking on FOCA. Was he just trying to keep poorly informed Catholics within the Democratic party with false hope? [Disclosure: I’m a registered Independent.] Has the leadership read the tea leaves and realized the party is about to be punished with mass defections? Being an optimist, I send President Obama my thanks. I prefer to believe the future is not written in stone, that humans are partners with God in determining the future. The future is determined by today’s actions, above all prayer and fasting. A second wave of red envelopes would also help to remind President Obama of the values of our country; that people are greatly upset that abortion continues to “corrode the character of our country”. The second round could remind him: “In case you mistook my silence last time.”

People of hate see nothing wrong with direct attacks upon innocent human life or direct attacks upon the importance of traditional marriage. “Many who’ve examined the topic” for thousands of years are in agreement… abortion is the taking of innocent human life and produces a culture of death that corrodes everything. Additionally, the reason so many pseudo-feminists (“pro-choicers”) think only of abortion, in Obama’s own words, “simply [as] an issue about women’s freedom and that there’s no other considerations” is because the Marxists taught them to think that way. They know human relationships only in terms of power struggles (hate). Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx’s collaborator, believed the Marxist/atheistic revolution could only work and take hold with the abolition of the family. He taught that the revolution had to start with the abolition of the family (cf. Schooyans) because marriage was just another form of the assertion of power. Thus, women were “forced” into pregnancy and so needed greater freedom from marriage. The U.N. continues these false ideals under the guise of feminism (cf. Schooyans) as the rest of the world suffers homosexualist attacks on true diversity (male and female) from their State supreme courts.

The problem with most Marxists (really just materialists who deny God and authentic human values) is that they can’t believe in love. Everything is about power politics. They believe only in what their eyes can see and have little value for past wisdom. Everything is about change and revolution. They treat others as only means to an end or have been used by others so much they just won’t believe in love anymore. They’re a lot like secularists. Neither can live fully human lives because neither lives in love. They are simply diminished persons — living like animals, slaves to passions. To be human is to live in love, suffering for others, living for others. Humans are made to be God’s image and likeness and God is love. We can’t say we are fully human, fully in God’s image, if we withhold love from the unborn humans who await our love. Instead we become like animals when we choose to kill the innocent or when we seduce them into bestial behavior. As Marxists and Secularists fail to realize their own humanity, they fail to realize it in others, hence abortion thrives.

It is nice to see Obama indicate that he may be moving away from ideals that were ultimately inspired by Marxists. Let’s increase our prayers for him. And let’s keep those red envelopes going.

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  • Warren Jewell

    I placed this originally at topic title Interesting Insight in the Faitha nd Life forum. It really belongs here:

    Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J., a frequest contributor to First Things magazine, has this to say at the First Things On the Square blog.

    It concerns how Barack Obama, as a non-political man, just might not be so pro-abortion as he seems – just spineless about giving in to left-wing radicals. Attacking him about his Christianity over abortion, as main example, gives him great pause.

    Take a look.

    And, by the way, being a book-oriented reader, I have had very few periodicals that I insist on reading; in fact, less and less in numbers over time. But, Father Richard John Neuhaus’ First Things I always keep subscribed to, read it cover to cover, and daily read the On the Square blog and the First Things staff editors’ and writers’ blog. I consider them must-reads for their orthodox Christianity, mostly Catholic in orientation and always interesting, intelligent and even exciting.

  • goral

    In order to enhance his popularity the President has to move toward some of the groups that he’s been marginalizing. Strategically it’s a well calculated move.
    It actually gives him more power.
    As Mr. Tsakanikas so poignantly stated in the last paragraph, Marxism is about power. So while it may appear that the Prez. is moving toward love of the innocent he’s actually becoming a stronger Marxist.

    I think I will also send him his favorite color envelope – red.

  • dennisofraleigh

    Says Mr. Tsakanikas:
    “The problem with most Marxists (really just materialists who deny God and authentic human values) is that they can’t believe in love. Everything is about power politics. They believe only in what their eyes can see and have little value for past wisdom. Everything is about change and revolution.”

    The same could be said for the so-called “pro-choice” feminists and the ranks of PPFA, NARAL and their ilk. It’s all about power. Their world is black and white: male v. female, and who is going to exercise power over whom. Abortion isn’t about life, it’s about power. Notice how often they repeat the mantra “reproductive rights” in defending their position. We (the men) in their skewed universe “force” women to get pregnant and through laws “force” them to carry their (what?) “fetus” (there are no “babies” in Abortionland in which “pro-choice” dwells).

    If the Prez is so interested in the sentitivities of pro-lifers, why has he provided us with a veritable parade of appointees whose positions on abortion have been shown consistantly sympathetic (if not outright enablers) to the “Choice” cause. Has he made as much as one appointment so far that has evoked so much as a bat-squeak of protest from NARAL, PPFA, MSNBC, etc.?

    POTUS Obama can make all the noises with his mouth he wants about what his priorities are, etc. I say watch his hands carefully to see what legistlation he signs/vetoes, what executive appointments he had made and will make, and who he fingers to fill the Supreme Court vacancy (not to mention dozens of Federal judgeships left vacant at the end of the GWB admin. just past). So far the score has been Abortion 25, Pro-Life 0.

    Prez Obama is nothing if not cunning. He didn’t get as far as he has in politics by doing the “honest Abe” thing. He’s a smooth talker with charisma and he knows it, and is going to exploit those attributes to the max. He probably saw the red envelopes and figures he ought to say something to placate the pro-lifers. Talk is cheap, Mr. Obama.
    Oh, by the way Mr. Prez, while your at it, if you *really* want to do something to show us pro-lifers that you *really* feel us a worthy group to dialogue with, please have Homeland Security Commissar Napoleon-Aint-No take us off the “potential terrorist” watch list, would ya?

  • http://www.fatimashrine.com Peter M. Calabrese

    Ok but what he said was that it was not hi highest priority. He didn’t answer the question as to whether he would do it within the year. true he has backed off on his campaign comments to PP, but he has yet to really go back on it and he has filled hi Cabinet not with ho-hum yes I’m pro-Choicers, but radical hardcore abortion supporters.
    Of course I agree it is better this way thatn having FOCA and there is always hope but as I read the opening chapter of President Obama’s book on hope I ma seeing little more than a hardcore radical liberal as opposed to someone who wants to provide hope for all.

  • Cheryl Dickow

    Obama doesn’t have to worry about making abortion his highest legislative policy because he has made sure that every woman he has appointed will take care of that for him. He’s covered himself quite well on the issue.

    Denise Bossert’s article All The President’s Women is a MUST-READ!

    http://woman.catholicexchange.com/2009/04/01/820/

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