Contributing editorial: Obama’s Notre Dame Speech

From contributing author Lucy:  “Obama’s Notre Dame Speech”

Consensus, conscience and conflicts….these three words came up it Obama’s speech to Notre Dame graduates in South Bend, Indiana over the weekend. The speech was artfully woven into a charming and emotion-generating treatise that sounded reasonable and surely fit the bill for a graduation speech, but I have to wonder at how the tapestry of well-chosen sound-bytes will look on the “wall of American ideals.

First the combination of ideas he expressed are a clash of colors that don’t go together….how can you merge “conscience” with “consensus” and not have conflict? He stated in his speech that in order for us to work through these pesky conflicts like abortion, embryonic stem cell research and gay marriage we have to find common ground and work together in common efforts.

First, we hear a lot about “consensus” in our culture…everyone thinks of it as a good word…an admirable goal. Looking into what it means I discovered that it means unanimity; in complete agreement. For Marxists it is a ruse; an attempt to disguise the conflict in a society….to give the impression everyone is agreeable and on the same page when in reality the factions still exist under a thin veneer of state-imposed party line. Margaret Thatcher states that “To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” To reach consensus on whether or not the government can give the right to choose to end the life of another human being based on choice seems to me only attainable if one side agrees to give up.

On the other hand President Obama states that our society should “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause and make sure that all of our health care policies are ground in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of women.” Huh? This is the president who just rescinded the “conscience clause” protecting health care workers from violating their conscience in medical procedures and practices. When he talks about “clear ethics” whose ethics is he talking about? Ethics that have been established by “consensus”; a consensus reached by squashing any opinion that might violate the “equality of women?” Does that “equality” include female unborn babies?

He acknowledged in his speech that “at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” Yes, protecting innocent life cannot be reconciled with choice…in my book “choice” can never trump life, so what are we left with? Conflict. Clearly the president stated that he wasn’t going to change his position so where does that leave us in the consensus? He promised Planned Parenthood that one of his first priorities would be to pass the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and I have not heard that he has backed off of that position…a position that would nullify any state restrictions on abortion…including the ban against partial birth abortion; parental notification, and informed consent laws to name a few. He overturned the Mexico City Policy freeing up tax dollars to fund abortions abroad…not much consensus there.

He talked about the same old rhetoric that committed pro-abortion folks always fall back on….reducing unintended pregnancies (he eliminated abstinence funding…abstinence is the only sure way to eliminate unintended pregnancies by teaching kids how to live intentional lives free from pregnancies before marriage); making adoption more available (if children were allowed to live, there would be more to adopt); and support for women who choose to give their babies life…yet his administration has yet to give funding for that purpose.

President Obama talked about not demonizing the other side, but it was his administration that released a memo about “single-issue” individuals (like those who are against abortion) as being possible domestic terrorists.

It seems clear to me that the “tapestry of words” so cleverly delivered in his speech at Notre Dame would offend the sensibilities of most people of conscience. The consensus he wants is to destroy the conscience of most Americans in order to eliminate conflict. This is not the America I know. Lucy

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