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The "when does life begin?" question wasn't always above his pay grade.

I know, you're all shocked. It's like the sun actually rises in the East. That's how crazy this revelation is. Well, Don Surber was able to ferret out this little nugget of fantastic-ness from back in 2001:

On the Illinois Senate floor, Obama was the only senator to speak against the baby-protecting bills. He voted "present" on each, effectively the same as a "no."

"Number one," said Obama, explaining his reluctance to protect born infants, "whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we're really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a -- a child, a 9-month old -- child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it -- it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute."

If only Obama had the same proficiency at lying as Bill Clinton, he'd be having no problems here. It's a shame for him, isn't it? And let's not even get started on courage. He may be filled with all the hope-changeyness in the universe, but this guy has got about as much spine as a jellyfish.

Of course, this is irrelevant, right? The real issue here is that McCain cheated, and poor little Obama wasn't given the same opportunity to prepare. If only he'd been able to study beforehand and start preparing answers. Unfortunately, he was too busy catching some killer waves in Hawaii to bother.

In all seriousness though, I think that this just proves my earlier thesis. He's terrified to let Americans know where he really stands on controversial issues. So he's desperately trying to remain as vapid and ambiguous as possible. And of course, the question was not easy to answer. But he's a constitutional scholar, for crying out loud. He's a Senator running to be President. In his job as a Senator, he should be able to make tough decisions like this. No one said being President would be easy, and that once you're inaugurated you'd suddenly mysteriously have all the answers. But you do have to take a stance, and make a decision, and be able to live with the fact that it will sometimes be the wrong one. Can the Obamamessiah handle that? My guess is no, he can't. He's bought into the hype already. As far as he's concerned, he is the Anointed One here to save us all. He can't give a wrong answer. So when people start questioning the things he says and does, he is completely flabbergasted by it. I almost feel bad for the guy... he's been surrounded by too many "yes" people.

In any case, if Obama thinks that he'll be able to make it through this entire election without anyone finding out about his radical liberal positions, he's dead wrong. He got into the wrong profession if he didn't want to have to deal with this kind of stuff. It's just the way it goes. Yes, every vote you record in the Senate can possibly be held against you in the future. Yes, everything you say will be picked apart and analyzed. And why shouldn't it be? You want to be the guy who will decide which direction this country will go in for the next four years. Americans have a right to know where you stand. They can agree or disagree... but they have a right to know.

And Obama, you owe us that much. Is honestly and enough backbone to be willing to stand up and say, "This is what I believe in", too much to ask from you? It certainly seems so.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin


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Comments (7)

Here-Here!... (Below threshold)


This whole thing makes me s... (Below threshold)

This whole thing makes me sick, and the thing that really makes me want to chunder is the fact that about half the voting public is with this guy. And don't tell me it's because they only notice surface things because if it was all about the "30 second bio", McCain would wipe the floor with BO in the polls and on election day.

Whatever I do on Nov.-/8/2008, it will be in the name of stopping the horrible, horrible human being, B. Hussein Obama. He is surely as evil as the "doctors" who rip those helpless little bodies apart, and throw them down the drain along with another portion of our nations' soul.

God help us but, then again, why should he?

A chance to address a tough... (Below threshold)

A chance to address a tough question and Obama votes "present" once more.

He has a history of avoiding the tough issues and this is just one more of those examples.

The President can't vote present.

That kitchen is too hot for Obama.

[singsong] Cassy Double Pos... (Below threshold)

[singsong] Cassy Double Posted [\singsong]

One of your best Cassy. </p... (Below threshold)

One of your best Cassy.


Luckily Warren didn't ask "... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Luckily Warren didn't ask "when does life begin?" as that's not the issue. No one with any knowledge of biology is going to say that the egg or the sperm is dead and then comes to life when they merge. It might be correct to say that a unique human life begins at conception. That's the point when the DNA makeup of that life is set.

Rick Warren asked the correct question, "At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?" That's really the issue and because it asks only for a person's view it's answerable by any competent adult. Ok, with the exception of Obama. Apparently Obama's own opinion on this issue is above Obama's pay grade.

Under US law human rights are awarded by the government once a human life takes a breath on it's own. That first breath is considered the breath of life. Under current law the moment that human life takes it's first breath it's a human child under the law. It no longer matters if the mother wanted to abort the child or not. It no longer matters if the doctor tried to kill it prior to that first breath. It's now a human child and it's committing homicide to put it in an environment where it can't survive, just as with any infant.

What we need is a prosecutor with the guts to bring charges in such a case. I doubt the current supreme court will consider this abortion, as to do so would require overturning the only clear legal definition of when a baby becomes a child under the law.

I submit this: If ... (Below threshold)
ed davis:

I submit this:

If a scientist creates a single cell organism in a lab and it survives for a nano second, the headlines will scream "Life artificially created by researchers".

The key word in that fictitious headline is life.

We all know they would say that. Until it came time to backtrack. Otherwise, blastocoels would have to be recognized as being "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these..."

So much for Obama and the "least of these" bullshit. I think by "least of these" he means the poorest voter who wants to vote for another two generations of handouts.

I also hold this truth to be self-evident, that Obama is just plain slimy.






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