13 February 2007

What's Obama really like?

As Barack Obama begins the attempt to liken himself to President Abraham Lincoln, one might wish to consider Obama's voting record on the most basic of rights, that of the right to life:

As an Illinois Senator Obama had the unstinting approval of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council for his dependable support of pro-abortion legislation. Now, after a short two years in the U.S. Senate, Obama has earned 100% ratings from pro-abortion groups across the board, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Organization for Women.

In 2002 he voted against a bill to protect or offer medical care to babies that survive botched abortions. Prior to that he opposed an Illinois State ban on partial-birth abortion, and refused his vote to a bill mandating internet pornography filters in schools.

In 2006, Obama cast his vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment. “Personally, I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said the day he voted against defining marriage as between a man and a woman. [more]

As he announced his bid for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, the presidential hopeful said:

It was here we learned to disagree without being disagreeable - that it's possible to compromise so long as you know those principles that can never be compromised; and that so long as we're willing to listen to each other, we can assume the best in people instead of the worst.
I'm not entirely sure that makes a great deal of sense. If you cannot compromise the principles, is it really possible to have a campromise at all?

Obama went on to admit: "I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness - a certain audacity - to this announcement." He's certianly correct here. "I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington," he continued, and what amazes me is that even with this in mind a great number of Americans will cast their vote for him.

The young senator speaks well and holds himself well. He has charisma and charm and knows the words to speak. The troubling part is this: the words he speaks denies the truth that he will let a newborn child die because an abortion attempt failed.

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