At this late point

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It is amazing that so many people are still completely unaware of the ‘Freedom of Choice Act’, and the ‘Born Alive Infants Protection Act’, each of which clearly represent Sen. Barack Obama’s commitment to rendering an entire class of human beings unworthy of human rights.

The pro-life world is very aware of the record and the threat to existing laws. The mainstream public that follows not alternative news but main network and daily secular news sources admit to hearing nothing at all about these acts to this point.

So the news ‘ghettoes’ continue….people hang out in the news communities that most reflect their views, or they trust the major networks to deliver news they need to know. Both models fail to give a complete picture of where the most important issue in the culture figures into the long term future.

I have been asked in the past three days (especially… click here to read whole article and make comments



If you haven’t voted yet

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Look, briefly, at two things.

In case you missed it earlier here in the Forum, consider this: Click on the English video (unless you want to hear it in Spanish). It’s short, doesn’t take long. But since it’s time to vote, stick with it and watch as best you can. Because the man elected to the presidency may very well be in full support of what you see in this video.

And just to be sure how strong and sure his support is, look at this brief video.

Then see if you can reconcile the two.

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Why some resisted the Obama bandwagon

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Multi-millionaires back Obama

There’s no question the candidate has great appeal. He’s intelligent, impressive, has great momentum. Joining his campaign has been a movement more than a political act for many people.

But some were compelled to resist, in spite of the ‘coolness factor’, because of the human factor. Here’s a good explanation by one of them.

Let’s start with the Declaration of Independence crafted by the Founding Fathers.

That the specifics of that historic moment might be lost on excited legions gearing up to vote is sad. That it’s not lost on those who seem to own the current patent on Change is disturbing.

The Declaration of Independence could be viewed as the mind to the Constitution’s body. Or, the blueprint to its structure. In it, the Founders enumerated rights ranked in an order of priority—even… click here to read whole article and make comments



They want to take Obama where?!

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It’s no surprise Democrats are certain of victory in Tuesday’s presidential election. And it follows that they’re thinking ahead on what direction the new administration will take.

But this WSJ headline is a bit startling, nonetheless:

Liberals, Sensing Victory, Try to Pull Obama to Left 

A phalanx of liberal think tanks and interest groups — anticipating a Democratic victory on Tuesday — are mobilizing to push Sen. Barack Obama to the left of his campaign positions.

Push Sen. Obama to the left? He was rated the most liberal senator in the Senate by the National Journal. There was nobody left of him. Are these unchartered waters?

Wait….it says “to the left of his campaign positions”. So this phalanx of liberal think tanks and interest groups see Obama’s campaign promises and statements as drifting more to the center. Maybe for political expediency.

Here’s… click here to read whole article and make comments



What matters

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Note, there’s not a question mark after that.

This election has been all about that, for everybody actively involved or watching from the sidelines, but keenly this time around, about what matters (or doesn’t) to them. That would seem to be the case in every election when people vote their values and preferences, right? It’s different this time.

For so many fervent supporters of Sen. Obama, nothing matters but his persona. All the revelations coming out in recent days, the 2001 interview about his view of the Constitution and his philosophy of “redistributive justice”, the associations of his associations (William Ayers dedicating one of his books to RFK’s assassin; former PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi at a dinner with Obama on tape the Los Angeles Times won’t release; ACORN…), the statement that his policies would bankrupt the coal industry…..just don’t matter. Obama symbolizes change from whatever they don’t like about now, and just don’t care… click here to read whole article and make comments



Aside from the importance of judges

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Once you understand the powerful impact unelected, unaccountable, activist judges have on the nation’s laws, the Knights of Columbus want voters to be aware of the impact of a single executive decision one of the candidates has promised to make as his first act in the White House.


Here’s a letter from the KofC leader summarizing:

It has been a difficult struggle, but the pro-life movement has accomplished many things since the Supreme Court’s decision to preempt all state and federal laws regulating abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973.  While achieving the ultimate goal of overturning Roe remains somewhere in the future, we have been able to achieve many small successes along the way:

• the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions;

• the federal law banning partial birth abortions, which was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in… click here to read whole article and make comments



Just who is doing the ‘elegant theorizing’?

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Some people might immediately think of Sen. Barack Obama when it comes to ‘elegant’ arguments or speeches, and that can certainly be said of him.

But this argument is between Catholic intellectual scholars about what is less and less aptly referred to as “the Catholic vote”. This particular round is from George Weigel.

I take it as an iron law of controversy that when three tenured law professors like Nick Cafardi, Cathy Kaveny, and Doug Kmiec fret in print about “intellectual siren calls” and “elegant theorizing,” something other than real argument–moral argument or policy argument–is afoot.

Pause for thought….get that distinction up front, to understand what true argument is (in the classical sense) and what sophistry can mask as argument by weaving words elegantly.

A serious, bipartisan, national debate about the ways in which people of goodwill in both political parties can work together to build a… click here to read whole article and make comments



You can’t fool a wordsmith

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 Wendy Button John Edwards

It’s usually the wordsmiths who fool the people. This time, the speechwriter left the campaign, seeing through the rhetoric.

Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.

What’s that pull quote from? The informative blog by Wendy Button, former (and recent) speechwriter for Sen. Obama, and before him, Senators John Edwards and Hillary Clinton. This was a Democratic insider who was, finally, ostracized.

This drift started on a personal level with the fall of former Senator John Edwards. It got stronger during the Democratic National Convention when I counted the substantive… click here to read whole article and make comments



While the press are talking about Palin’s relevance…

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Gov. Sarah Palin is talking about some matters of fundamental importance to mainstream American families. Some of which are getting no coverage. Especially when it’s about life and family values and special needs.

Sarah Palin gave a remarkable policy address last Friday, relatively little noted by a mainstream media more interested in giving in-depth coverage to such pressing public-policy issues as the cost of her wardrobe and the possible ramifications of the latest Saturday Night Live skit. One might think that given all of the caterwauling about Gov. Palin’s lack of policy substance on the campaign trail and in interviews, a policy speech on an issue she has repeatedly stated would be at the top of her agenda as vice president — a plan to end the neglect of children with special needs and their families — would garner some serious attention.

At least the editors of NRO gave it that.… click here to read whole article and make comments



Media and religion and politics

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Those didn’t used to mix in polite conversations, at least the second two. Now, they’re all intertwined. As they should be, given that our Constitution and the values of the founders were based on the Christian belief in God. And that the culture formed around Judeo-Christian ethics. Society has been ordered around religiously informed voices in the public square, debating and defending the ‘inalienable rights endowed by our Creator’.

Trouble is, when the ‘conversation’ or debate in the public square is determined by those who control the major means of social communications, the ‘talking points’ get skewed and the language is distorted to shape public opinion.

Thank God for the internet and alternative media these days.

Questions like the ones here at GetReligion get more of a hearing.

You see, it’s almost impossible — in an era defined by political battles over moral issues like abortion, gay rights and… click here to read whole article and make comments


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