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"Something deeply fraudulent"

That's the CatholicHerald's response to Obama's speech in Ireland:

Wilkie Collins said that the way to grip an audience was to "Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait", and nobody does it better. I was impressed. But I have to say also that I think there was something deeply fraudulent about the whole operation. Not so much in his implied claim to be the kind of Irish American that the Irish voter back home identifies with. The real implied claim was that his values were Irish values. And his real values, quite simply, are such that if at College Green he had spelled them out in any detail, that adoring crowd would have become at first embarrassed, and then hostile. It may be that support for the Catholic Church in Ireland is not, given its recent history, what it was (though Mass attendance is still among the highest in Europe). But Catholic values and beliefs are another thing entirely. And those values and beliefs are very far from being Obama's. As I have written before in this space,

"... across the whole spectrum of contemporary moral issues, he is passionately committed to a series of views which run directly contrary to those of the Church. All this has caused at least one Catholic bishop (there are probably others) to call him anti-Catholic.

"As a Senator, he supported sex education, to be provided by Planned Parenthood, to children of five years old. He consistently voted for abortion, including partial birth abortion. He voted (twice) against Bills prohibiting public funding of abortions; he voted in favour of expanding embryonic stem cell research; he voted against notifying parents of minors who had undergone out-of-state abortions; he voted for a proposal to vote $100,000,000 for the funding of sex-education and contraceptives (including abortifacients) for teenagers; he opposed the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act" on the Senate floor and in 2003 killed the bill in committee. This would have outlawed "live birth abortion," where labor is induced and an infant is delivered prematurely and then allowed to die."

The fact is that Irish America (whether individuals are orthodox and practising or not) is the heartland of the pro-life movement. And to see that Irish crowd in College Green gripped, held in the palm of Obama's hand by his formidable oratorical powers so that Irish voters back home could observe his triumph was a spectacle that made me feel distinctly queasy. It was nothing less than blatant electioneering, and I hope that Catholic voters see through it.

My hope is that Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Secularist and every kind of voter see Obama as someone who's been committed to blatant electioneering since he was elected... and that they'll promptly boot his butt out of office come 2012.

H/T The Anchoress on her FB page.


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Comments (9)

Barry is anti something alr... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Barry is anti something alright. Born of political ambition and fraud. His higher calling is to himself and a new world order of secular humanistic rule.

Paddy Obamalala was too del... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Paddy Obamalala was too deluded into thinking they love him and his rhetoric. The truth is that the crowd had stopped off and had a couple of pints on the way and they would have cheered and laughed at Prince Charles. (Charles has been known to hold many a audience in the tender palm of his hand dontcha' know.)

The Jug Eared Fraud is just... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

The Jug Eared Fraud is just that....Whatever Jug Ears says he is, he's not....

Now if you call the JEF a narcissistic racist American hating Marxist pathological liar, then you are on to something.

Any Irish folk that have not seen through his deception must be really deaf dumb & blind.

Calling Obama "fraudulent" ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Calling Obama "fraudulent" really is an insult to fraud.

The Camelion is all things ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The Camelion is all things to all people. And his 'values' are just as adjustable, depending on the crowd.

Pandering to a conservat... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Pandering to a conservative crowd means that there is no way they are going to adore his socialistic ways or prior actions in the IL Senate or as a US Senator.

He is quite literally the turd in the punchbowl.

I could not help but wonder... (Below threshold)
Burt:

I could not help but wonder if the group that the president claims family ties to, were some of the same group that the British Royalty saw as terrorists. Might be seen as a breach of protocol to visit them.

As a fallen Catholic, I am ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

As a fallen Catholic, I am allowed to say that I don't understand how anyone can be a Catholic and a Democrat. Abortion is a key tenet of both institutions, one is for it and one is against it. It's an important issue for both. Both institutions are pretty authoritative. The conflict is irreconcilable for anyone with more brains than Pelosi. I don't get it.

I used to be a Democrat, too, years ago.

I knew it -that faux messia... (Below threshold)
Don L:

I knew it -that faux messiah and rusty halo business was just a ruse -he's really a Manchurian candidate for pope.

Can't wait until his new rules for baptising babies requires they be held under water for hour -for spiritual reasons of course.




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