By Dave Andrusko
I don’t think it’s a state secret that President Obama’s ego is (shall we say) secure which may account for what seems to the outsider (that would be me) a stunning lack of awareness of context when says various truly remarkable things.
Just this afternoon a friend at National Right to Life passed along a column written by the ever-intelligent, ever-vigilant Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist. She is writing about a Q & A President Obama had with up and coming leaders in Africa in which the young people brought up various “atrocities” they wanted Obama to talk to various heads of state about so that these practices could be brought to an end.
I’ve already used the phrase “you can’t make this stuff up” once today, but… Here’s Ms. Hemingway’s lead:
President Barack Obama told a group of young African leaders on Monday that harvesting organs from humans that are killed as part of an African ritual was “craziness” and a “cruel” tradition that needed to stop. He warned of dehumanizing marginal groups of humans and of the problems that arise when “you are not able to see someone else as a human being.”
And, as I am forced to reiterate more and more often these days when pro-lifers cite what pro-abortionists actually say, she is not making this up. This is what Obama said in response to a question at the Young African Leaders Initiative [YALI].
(Hemingway was kind enough to transcribe part of what the President said, from an hour-long video posted on YouTube by the White House.)
“Persons with albinism in Africa are being killed and their body parts harvested for ritual purposes,” a young woman from Kenya said. Naturally, President Obama harshly condemned the behavior, observing “the idea that a society would visit violence on people because of pigmentation — that’s not a tradition that is worth preserving. That’s tomfoolery, that’s craziness. It’s cruel.”
Mr. Obama went on to say
“Young people, you can lead the way and set a good example. But it requires some courage because the old thinking, people will push back at you and if you don’t have convictions and the courage to be able stand up for what you think is right, then cruelty will perpetuate itself …If there’s one thing I want YALI leaders to come out with is that notion of you are strong by taking care of the people who are vulnerable, by looking after the minority, looking after the disabled, looking after the vulnerable. You’re not strong by putting people down, you’re strong by lifting them up. That’s the measure of a leader.”
All of this in the context of the President distinguishing between good traditions–which should be honored and preserved–and bad traditions, which should not be.
At the risk of stating the superabundantly obvious…
#1. Would it be okay if they just killed people with albinism but didn’t harvest their organs? Of course not!
Likewise, killing hapless, defenseless unborn babies is a hideous betrayal of human rights. But descending into the pit to harvest their organs–to look for new experiments so that not any fetal tissue or organ is “wasted”–is the very definition of uncivilized. It is literally beyond the pale even for the Planned Parenthood set.
#2. The President rightly underscores our greater understanding of and support of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. But unborn babies with a whole range of disabilities are killed because of those disabilities. I wonder if in the tons of experiments using intact fetal organs if some of them “order” organs from babies who had various disabilities?
#3. The overarching point of the President’s remarks was the importance of new thinking–the importance of young people stepping forward to lift up their countries. Traditions that single out and oppress women are examples the President specifically cited that must be jettisoned.
Could that, should that not be extended to unborn babies killed because they are female? Is that not the ultimate “bad” tradition?
Real leaders look after the needs of the disabled, the vulnerable, and minorities, the President said.
“You’re not strong by putting people down, you’re strong by lifting them up,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s the measure of a leader.”
Perhaps that’s one reason that as best we can tell why the President has not seen any of the five videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. If he did, he would have to look at himself in the mirror and ponder his words.