By Dave Andrusko
Before examining in depth the terrific speech pro-life GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered this morning to the Values Voter Summit, let me set the stage by quoting three of his observations:
“In 53 days, we have a choice between two very different ideas about our country – how we were meant to live, and what we were meant to be. …No politician is more skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries. Nobody is better at rebuking nonexistent opinions. Barack Obama does this all the time, and in this campaign we are calling him on it. …’We’re all in this together’ – it has a nice ring. For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.”
For pro-lifers THAT is getting to the heart of what is at stake in the nip and tuck race between pro-life Mitt Romney and pro-abortion Barack Obama. (An important aside: the “mainstream media” is already talking about Obama’s second term appointments, hoping to persuade you the election is already over. That is known as the wish being father to the thought.)
There are two very, very different ideas about “how we are meant to live, and what we were meant to be.” It is not an exaggeration to say President Obama and the Abortion Establishment are joined at the hip. And why not? Both believe there are never enough abortions and that any—repeat—any limitation is unacceptable. Democrats were once known as the party of compassion for the “little guy.” But they have no time for the littlest Americans.
Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan see unborn children in a far different way, as members of the community who because they are utterly helpless above all others have a call on our consciences. “We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice,” Ryan said today. “Every child has a place and purpose in this world. Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life.”
Everyone counts, not just the “planned and the perfect.” And it is a stain on the honor of a society that forgets that foundational truth.
“No politician is more skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries,” Mr. Ryan said. A Republican ‘war on women,’ anyone? Judged purely on his record, the President would soon be scanning the want ads. But his genius is to impute to others the behavior to which he is most susceptible. When this is pointed out, Mr. Obama turns criticism of his words and actions into an indictment of America, rather than of him.
Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.”
Actually, the President HAS lifted hand, not in defense of the babies, but against them. Americans. His commitment to the abortion agenda of PPFA and NARAL Pro-Choice American, EMILY’s List, etc. is simply unparallel.
We wrote at great length about the Democratic National Convention, a pep rally for the kind of people who think Planned Parenthood is just wonderful for killing over one-quarter of the 1.2 million unborn babies aborted in American each and every year. As Rep. Ryan said this morning
“Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party.
“In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion ‘safe, legal and rare.’ But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion – at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.
And they call pro-lifers “extremists.”
One other important component for us: the Obama Administration’s shameless attack on religious liberty—the Obama Mandate. Ryan said
“This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you’re going to do things the government’s way.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it.
“As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens – in defense of religious liberty
The speech is very much worth reading in its entirety—and sharing. You can do so, and watch the video of Rep. Ryan speaking, at http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/09/14/transcript-video-paul-ryan-speaks-at-values-voter-summit.
When you finish, I guarantee that you will be inspired, motivated, and fully aware of all that is at stake in less than two months.
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