Saturday, October 27, 2012

Abortion and Rape

Abortions that are the result of rape amount to fewer than 1 percent of all abortions. Yet the press treats these rare exceptions as central. What goes virtually unreported are the doctrinaire positions of liberal Democrats: They oppose waiting periods, parental notification, limits on sex-selection abortions, restrictions on late-term or “partial birth” abortions, and laws protecting the lives of babies “accidentally” born alive following botched late-term abortions. Has there ever been a political debate in which the pro-choice candidate was challenged about his or her positions on those questions?

It’s obviously a ghastly thing for a woman to be raped and to find herself pregnant as a consequence. What Mourdock was saying, if inartfully, was that the child so conceived is innocent, and doesn’t deserve to die because of the crime of his or her father. He understands that this is a tough issue. It makes everyone horribly uncomfortable. But the liberal answer — abort the child or else be accused of approving of rape — is a slimy abuse of tragedy and a disgrace to civil discourse.
- Mona Charen, National Review Online

Michael Coren has frequently said that, when people ask pro-lifers "what about rape?", what they are actually trying to do is to make the pro-life person look extreme. And then they can dismiss the pro-life position. Using the exception to make the rule. It never stands up.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Legal, Safe, and Rare - Sure!

Three months ago, 24-year-old Tonya Reaves stepped into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Chicago for an abortion, never realizing her life was in danger. It was. Planned Parenthood's abortionist perforated Tonya's uterus, and she bled to death hours later.

When investigators called the Chicago clinic, posing as a woman with concerns about the health risks of abortion, Planned Parenthood lied to the would-be abortion client and denied anyone had been hurt.


The ugly world of "choice"

From Abandoned by Monica Migliorino Miller:

Choice - that hideous choice. What kind of world can be founded on a woman's choice, codified by law, to reject her own child? Only a very ugly world. The world of the dead unborn is your world as long as you believe abortion is a right. But this world has nothing to do with real democracy or tolerance. I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said about slavery, "No law can give the right to do what is wrong. The foundation of a free people rests on the nobility of their moral action..."

This is the world espoused by the likes of Peter Singer. I recall a debate between Stephanie Gray and Professor Mark Mercer at Dalhousie University in 2011. Mercer argued that, if abortion is a woman's right, then the logical conclusion is to follow Peter Singer and claim that infanticide too is justified.

To which Stephanie replied that Dr. Mercer was correct in his logic, but "what kind of world do you want to live in?"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Honoured and Jailed at the Same Time

Celebrate these Diamond Jubilee jailbirds By Andrea Mrozek
It is hard to drink Champagne in handcuffs. However, this week at least two Canadians are going to try. Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner recently received Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals. Each member of Parliament has the opportunity to nominate 30 people and Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott nominated these two, among others.

What makes this unusual is that Mary Wagner is in jail, and it seems quite likely that Linda Gibbons will join her there soon - she is in and out of jail so often. The nomination of these convicted felons slipped by the censors at the Governor General's Chancellery of Honours and so we arrive at an unusually Kafkaesque moment where the state is both persecuting and applauding two individuals at the same time.

Of course, what they are serving time for remains the important question. Murder? Gang violence? Arson?

As it turns out, the two are serial . counsellors of women seeking abortions. Of course, there is no law prohibiting counselling against abortion - it's where they choose to do so that makes the difference.

Ontario and British Columbia both have injunctions that restrict the actions of pro-lifers. No other activist group faces this form of discrimination. The Occupiers in parks across Canada were allowed to trespass for weeks on end. Animal rights activists can throw paint on fur coats and pies at the minister of Fisheries and Oceans (as they did in 2010) with no lasting consequences for their movement.

But the "abortion distortion" as it is known to pro-lifers means that a double standard is applied when abortion is the subject at hand.

In 1994, a "temporary" injunction was set up around some abortion clinics in Ontario at the request of abortion providers, violating freedom of expression and assembly. These protest-free bubble zones, generally with a radius of 60 feet from the actual clinic, included public sidewalk space. Linda Gibbons peacefully and quietly enters those boundaries.

Those asking for the injunctions claimed that abortion protesters were intimidating and harassing clients and staff. They argued women who had already made a decision about abortion needed to be protected from messaging that might offend them.

Pro-lifers, on the other hand, have long argued that women choosing abortions are not getting full information and support.

It is true that the injunctions go back to a time when abortion protest was more heated, in the direct aftermath of the Morgentaler decision of 1988, when Canada's abortion laws were struck down.

Today, however, there is a much different movement of abortion protesters outside clinics. They hand out literature and in some cases, openly pray. Linda Gibbons, who has spent nine years in jail over the past two decades for refusing to stay outside of the bubble zones, has signs that read: "Why mom? When I have so much love to give."

This message may strike you as offensive, ineffective or a combination thereof, but it is certainly not criminal. Karla Homolka, Canada's notorious and violent sexual offender, didn't spend much more time behind bars than Linda Gibbons has.

Mary Wagner's crime is different: She was charged with entering a private Toronto abortion clinic and was released on probation, conditional that she not return. She did, and has been charged with breach of probation. Mary, age 38, is generally armed with pamphlets and roses. Again, whether this is worthwhile or effective is up for grabs. But pamphlets and roses are a far cry from guns and knives.

At the end of the day, it appears Canada has no trouble honouring criminals. The name of Henry Morgentaler will be known to most, as the doctor who performed illegal abortions and served several months in jail in the mid-1970s. He was received into the Order of Canada in October 2008.

Perhaps it's Canada's dedication to equality that now leads to two abortion protesters receiving a Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. Perhaps it's recognition that the decades-old injunctions are anachronistic and serve only to curtail Canadians' freedom of speech and movement for the dubious principle of not offending someone's sensibilities.

Ironically, in some cases, the road to justice requires jail time. Handcuffs and Champagne, all around.

Andrea Mrozek is the manager of research at the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada ( She also blogs at

C Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Monday, October 22, 2012

Issues that matter to women

Sandra Fluke, former Georgetown law student and now campaigner for President Obama, spoke to a total of ten people on Saturday in Reno, Nevada.

She is the woman who was in the news earlier this year for speaking out for free contraception from the government. I guess she has really hit the issues that matter to women, since her audience was so big.

Fluke takes center stage Reno

Anything about Sandra Fluke is simply not complete without commentary from Mark Steyn:

Sandra Fluke is one of them. She completed her education a few weeks ago — at the age of 31, or Grade 25. Before going to Georgetown, she warmed up with a little light B.S. in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell. She then studied law at one of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, where tuition costs 50 grand a year. The average starting salary for a Georgetown Law graduate is $160,000 per annum — first job, first paycheck.

So this is America’s best and brightest — or, at any rate, most expensively credentialed. Sandra Fluke has been blessed with a quarter-million dollars of elite education, and she has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children.
- Mark Steyn

Friday, October 19, 2012

Call Planned Parenthood for a Mammogram

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2012, ( – The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities.

The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms.

“There are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings,” the president had said, repeating a claim he had made earlier this summer in an interview with Glamour magazine. - Rebecca Hamilton,

Thousands of calls made to Planned Parenthood, how embarrassing for them. And yet, people in key positions, such as President Obama, continue to make the false statements about the abortion giant.

My particular best bit of information was a reporter asking Cecile Richards if she felt justified in taking a $400,000 per year salary, when the organization claims to be needing public funding.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Excerpts from "Abandoned"

Monica Miller arranged for the burial of the bodies of the aborted babies that she had pulled from dumpsters behind abortion clinics in Milwaukee. The ceremonies were carried out in funeral homes, and the bodies were buried in small caskets provided for them. One particular funeral involved three hearses to carry the caskets and they were followed by one hundred cars as they drove to Holy Cross Cemetery. Oncoming traffic had to be halted by police to make way for the procession. Passersby were heard to ask "who is being buried? it must be somebody really important or really rich!" To one passerby who asked this question, the policeman responded "no one".

A month after the Milwaukee burial, we stopped by the babies' grave to say some prayers....
Ironically, it was here among children who were loved, wanted and named that the aborted babies found a final home. Their grave was larger than the others and not yet covered with sod...
Many of the other children's graves had small toys and I was glad to see that someone left such a toy for the aborted babies. It was a stuffed toy rabbit wrapped in plastic to protect it from the rain. Through the plastic we saw a folded piece of paper fastened to the paw of the bunny with a rubber band.... A message was written in a swirling, feminine hand:

Please forgive me and maybe someday I can forgive myself ... I'll always wonder what you would have been, what you would have become. I can't stop hating myself right now, regretting the hardest decision I've ever made in my life, wishing I could do it differently now. But I can't. I will always remember this. It was a tough lesson to have to learn ... I pray to God and to you to forgive me so I can go on with my life and I swear to both you and the Lord that I will never ever do it again. Please forgive me so I can let go and go on!

The woman's note seemed to indicate she believed her child was buried in this grave. Her note expressed an intense feeling that she had abandoned her baby, something she sensed deep within her being. By burying the baby we had returned the child to his mother. The burial gave the baby a human place in the world. The awful tearing of human bonds caused by abortion knew a more perfect healing. On a lonely day, one woman had come to this site, and her act of love banished her isolation. In her sorrow the order of the world, rooted in human bonds, was affirmed. From out of all the nameless, faceless children buried there, the mother claimed back to herself the one who was her own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Voice of John

How do we get these movies to Canada?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Abortion and Breast Cancer

I have immense respect for this woman and, by golly, I am going to see if we can get her to come to Halifax. She came once before and spoke to a small pro-life conference. But this information should be heard by medical students at the university and by doctors who will be brave enough to listen.

There goes my life

Sometimes a song catches it all.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Excerpts from Abandoned

From Abandoned,The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, by Monica Migliorino Miller

To be pro-life is to be enveloped by a desperate, agonizing moment in history. As awareness of injustice grips you, you cannot free yourself and it is a suffering. Here was terrible loneliness. I felt alienated from the world, from my culture, my society. I even felt alienated from my country. Words like "liberty and justice for all" didn't seem real to me. I had a sense of painful separation. I had thrown in my lot with an unwanted people - and felt rejected with them. The unborn and I were one in the night of their abandonment. I felt the burden of being aware that a whole segment of the human family was denied their right to live.

As "clinically objective" as the term "fetus" may be, it is also a term that distances the unborn from the rest of humanity. It is depersonalizing, and when applied to the unborn, helps facilitate their deaths. It is far easier to kill something that is not in relation to you; the advocates of legal abortion deliberately utilize the term to cast the unborn out of relation to the rest of the human family. The language facilitates an alienation of the woman to her unborn child. It places the child in isolation from her and from all other members of the human family.
Abortion is about empowering women. In order for this to happen they must become autonomous in a deadly kind of way. Instead of drawing others into human communion, the abortion ethic demands that the woman first be alienated from those over whom she seeks to have power. Once the unborn are cast out of relation to her, they are cast out of relation to the entire human community. Once cast out of relation to us, members of this now-subhuman class may be annihilated iwth impunity.

Those who are inclined to acknowledge the humanity of the fetus, even if unconsciously, refer to the fetus as an ``unborn baby```or `child.`This language of recognition is not a pro-life contrivance; it flows from the inherent human bond between ourselves and the intrauterine person. The language discloses this bond and affirms it. Language that `humanizes`fetuses reveals the truth about them and us. They, along with us, are members of the human family. When we want to reject the unborn, we first reject them from the human family by naming them as something less than, or other than, human.

Abortion ad

Friday, October 12, 2012

Free Lecture on Abortion Law

Today at noon, I attended a free lecture at Weldon Law School. The speaker was Dr. Rebecca Cook from the University of Toronto law school. She was introduced as an expert in the field of reproductive law, having six degrees to her credit.

The half hour lecture was an exercise in psycho-talk. So many ways to talk about people's feelings - no such simple thing as saying the word "guilt" or "remorse". Everything was cloaked in the language of prejudices and stereotypes.

Dr. Cook began by saying that one in three women will have an abortion during her lifetime. So therefore we can assume that many of the women sitting around us have likely had an abortion. It seems that, because abortion is so common, therefore we have to deal with it and destigmatize it. At one point in the question period, one student remarked that women who have had abortions need to have their "coming out of the closet" moment and thus free all women, much like the LBGT community has done with their gender issues.

I jotted down a few remarks that struck me as particularly indicative of the speaker's ideology:

Criminal law determines the sexual moral order.

A woman should be treated with dignity, not as an instrument for the reproduction of the human race.

Risk of regret is inherent with every medical procedure.

Stereotypes are deeply imbedded, so we must really root them out.

We must be serious about dismantling prejudice and stigma.

Lack of access to abortion discriminates against the poor, and this is usually exhibited in racial discrimination.

* Canada is in company with only Cuba in having a progressive abortion law.

Teens are particularly vulnerable to stigmatization over abortion.

Women who have abortions are often "internally blemished" and need support.

Dr. Cook had a voice that was like chocolate. I was struck by the soothing tone and the odd melodic quality of her speech. It was sort of like a mantra. I suspect that this is a learned technique when speaking to groups whose psyches might need massaging.

Compared to the talk given last night by Stephen Woodworth on the definition of human life and Parliament's running from the abortion issue, like no other issue, this talk was the other side of the coin. Here we had declared the stand of the modern pro-choice woman. And you know what, it is all about me!

Absolutely no mention of the fetus, it gets no recognition. I wished that I had a video to jam into this session, the one that Stephanie Gray uses - the one that shows an actual abortion. You know, the one where you see the abortionist remove the little arm and then the little leg from the woman's vagina. Yes, it is gross but these women need to see what they are talking about.

Instead, all they have is words and psycho-speak. Words that hide the reality from their minds. They are running scared, these people. Any mention of abortion in Canada and these talks crop up, in an attempt to legitimize something that is horrific.

At one point, the speaker mentioned a case in Argentina where an 18 year old girl who was mentally deficient was trying to get an abortion (actually the authorities were trying to get the abortion for her) and two hospitals turned her down. Abortion to a certain point is legal in Argentina, but the speaker mentioned that the people involved in preventing the abortion were all Catholic.

Then she said that she had tried to write this chapter in her book without giving in to her anti-Catholic prejudices. The entire room laughed. To which she said "and I certainly do have anti-Catholic prejudices. I was not prepared to take on the Catholic Church, so I took on the Anglican Church of England instead."

Well, that might be a good choice since the Anglican Church is imploding rapidly over the issues of sexuality.

I wanted to ask this woman about the problem of guilt. The word was never once mentioned. Regret, shame were mentioned but never guilt. It seems that guilt has been eradicated from the vocabulary and the idea of stereotypes has been put in its place. If you feel guilty about something, it is because you have fallen prey to a stereotype. If you feel shame, it is because you have been discriminated into this position by society and we must work diligently to get rid of such prejudices.

I was sitting with an evangelical Protestant who remarked to me, when the lecture was over, that they were trying to deal with the psychological damage of abortion but they were completely neglecting the spiritual damage. It would seem that they have absolutely no belief in anything spiritual. Hence the intense desire to take on the Catholic Church, which may be the last institutional church proclaiming that we live for something beyond this life.

As I looked around the room, I counted 70 people present, one-fifth of which were men. I remembered the words of Angelina Steenstra when she walked in the March for Life last January in Washington, DC. She said the women's faces told her everything: she saw women mouthing thank you to her, she saw women with tears running down their faces, and she said she realised that she was looking at a completely post-abortive culture.

No amount of lecturing and papers and books on the stigma of abortion is going to help. Women will only come to peace on this issue when they can admit that they have done wrong and they seek forgiveness. The law is written on our hearts not to kill our brother, and we are trying to cover up the gruesome fact that we have and are killing our youngest brothers and sisters, our own children.

* How things are reversed depending on your position on abortion. In pro-life circles, it is called a shame that Canada keeps company with China and North Korea in having no protection for the unborn. Here in the law school, it is considered an honour to be in that league with Cuba of all nations.

There's a pro-life doctor in Halifax

Last night, a friend told me of a conversation she overheard this week. A woman revealed that she was pregnant, that she had two children already, that she had also previously had two abortions. When she went to her doctor, the doctor (a woman which is interesting in itself) said to her that she didn't want her to abort, but to carry this baby to term and give it up for adoption.

Wow, I don't know who this woman is or who this doctor is. But I am so encouraged that a doctor did what was right. I sincerely hope more doctors behave in similar ways with their patients.

Personally pro-life but ......

"I wouldn’t personally shoot a Mexican crossing the border into the United States, but it’s not my place to tell a Texas landowner what to do.

I wouldn’t personally drink and drive, but it’s not my job to tell you what to do.

I wouldn’t personally rape anyone, but hey, it’s not my business what you do in your own private life.

I wouldn’t personally hold up a bank at gunpoint for a joke, but I’m not going to tell you what’s ok and what’s not.

I wouldn’t personally leave my kid with an abusive babysitter, but I won’t tell you what you should do with your kid.

Basically, it’s wrong to kill innocent human beings. It doesn’t matter who they are or what position in life they have or what race or gender they are or what environment they came from. It doesn’t matter how old or young or developed or not developed they are. It doesn’t matter if we love them or hate them. It doesn’t matter if they’re convenient or expensive or hard to deal with. All that matters is that they’re human and we do not have the right to kill them. Civilized society agrees with this.

Except. Except in the cases of the unborn humans in our midst. The only differences they have from us are 1) their environment, 2) their level of dependency, 3) their development, and 4) their size and physical appearance. Since when are those qualifiers for the right to life?

Kristi Burton Brown in LiveActionNews

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pro-Choice - Yes!

Protesters from the 40 Days for Life vigil in Halifax spray-painted a billboard on Gottingen Street after their sit-in at the vigil.

365 Days of Choice
40 days of fundamentalist bullsh*t

And so here is Terry's story:

I just want to tell the world why I think abortion is WRONG!

I was faced with that "CHOICE" 27 years ago, and I will tell you that I am "pro-choice" ... I chose the CHOICE that led to LIFE! And I am happy to say that eight years ago, I got to meet my "choice", and plan to see him later this week!

It's one thing to say how inconvenient a pregnancy would be, or how it's not even a human being, but rather a clump of cells; rationalize it all you want ... deep down in your heart, you know it's your baby. I HAVE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE. I know the shame. I've had all the fears. I weighed the options, and thankfully, I chose LIFE! And I know at least four other people who are very happy because of it ... Kyle (my son), Chris & Lowell (his parents), and Joe (his younger (and adopted)) brother! But the happiest of all is ME!

Kyle is indeed the reason I participate in the 40 Days for Life Vigil, but this weekend I was also reminded of another reason. I have an elderly, mentally challenged. retarded, developmentally delayed .... you pick the label ... aunt who is dying. I am very grateful that I got to share my 49 years of her 81 with her! Imagine if abortion were as prevalent and selective as it is today back then ... I may never have met my Aunt Stella, who has had an enormous impact on my life! She is another reason I am faithful to the vigil, ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS! - Terry

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Personhood doesn't matter

I am reading Abandoned by Monica Migliorino Miller. She is a pro-life activist who has been working in the pro-life movement since Roe versus Wade was made law in the US. Dinesh D'Souza says this is "the beat book ever written on abortion."

I can't say the same since I haven't finished reading it, but I am struck by some paragraphs that are echoing in my brain, long after having read them. Miller used to do sidewalk counselling outside an abortion clinic in Chicago with another woman and one Saturday, they were approached by a woman who came out of the clinic. She was working there, welcoming clients who were coming in for abortions or for birth control, etc. She told Miller and her friend that she was a nun and that she did this work because she felt it was important to support women in their choices. It didn't matter which choice they made, it was more important to be there to support them. She was not moved by Miller's statements that the women were choosing to kill their children or by her the question "doesn't that matter to you?", since she had claimed that life was to be held sacred. No, it didn't matter. Here is her reasoning, scary as it is:

When Sister Mary declared,"We have to preserve the freedom to choose," this was not solely political or even feminist jargon. Sister Mary did not mean simply the freedom of a woman to choose abortion. She was referring to freedom in a much broader sense - the freedom to choose what to do for oneself, unconstrained by others or society at large. According to this ethic, the greatest human good is freedom of choice, and the greatest evil is the force that keeps someone from acting upon his or her choice. Thus, when choices are restricted, freedom is compromised. All that matters is the exercise of sheer human will. Human dignity and autonomy cannot be had without it. It seemed the sister was better acquainted with Jean Paul Sartre than St. Francis of Assisi.

This nun, this ex-nun, this run-a-way from the novitiate - whatever she was - had taught me a bitter lesson about abortion. She opened up a philosophy of choice and an argument for abortion that I had not imagined. I had come to believe that the controversy about abortion hinged on whether or not the unborn child was a person. Even the Roe v Wade decision itself had acknowledged that if it could be shown that the fetus was a person according to the meaning of the 14th Amendment then "the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment." Perhaps for many, maybe even the majority of those involved in the abortion war, this continues to be the central issue. But I suddenly felt overwhelmed. Abortion was, after all, about something even bigger than "simply" the right to life. Sr. Mary had revealed to me a whole new dimension to the abortion debate, born perhaps from a Nietzschian world - a world with no God of any kind and no moral standard. The prime value was human liberty and its exercise without restraint, and so, for Sister Mary abortion was a sacrament - Albany her shrine. (Albany was the abortion clinic where 'Sister Mary' worked)

- Abandoned, The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, by Monica Migliorino Miller

This means that the abortion debate really centers on the division between those who believe and those who don't. Religious faith is what gives most people their moral code; without it, moral relativism decides what is right and wrong. Although there are some atheists and agnostics who act in moral ways, most people who abandon religious faith give in to the belief that anything is alright as long as it doesn't hurt someone else. And, in a world without belief, the "someone else" in the womb simply doesn't matter, even if they are proven to be members of the human race.

I have often thought that what is really needed in our society is religious revival. Those who defend abortion are essentially defending their right to behave in any way they wish. And in order to indulge one's sexual desires, it is necessary to dispense with the Judaeo-Christian moral code, because then one is free from any constraints.

This was certainly evident on Sunday when 8 pro-choice protesters came to our prayer vigil for 40 Days. Queers for choice, LGBT supporters, young adults with shaved heads, multiple body piercings, threatening to engage in sex just to offend us - this is what it has come down to. Christian teaching holds that people abandon God in one of three ways: the world, the flesh, or the devil. And it seems that the flesh is the way to which most people succumb.

Fighting Ignorance

A pro-choice protester was overheard to say "For us, it's abortion; for chickens, it's an omelette." The remark drew laughter from one young man who was standing with pro-lifers at a 40 Days for Life vigil.

Basic biology - chickens produce one egg per day. Those eggs are only fertilized if a rooster comes around. Otherwise, the chicken lays an unfertilized egg daily. This is what we scramble or break to make omelettes. If a chicken has met up with a rooster, she will become broody and want to sit on those eggs. Those are the ones that hatch into little chicks.

As for women, the vast majority ovulate once per month. This egg is not seen externally as the eggs of chickens are. And once fertilized, which involves sexual intercourse, the egg becomes something very different from the unfertilized egg. It immediately begins cell division, has DNA completely different from its mother and father, and if left to develop naturally, will grow and exit the womb 40 weeks later as an infant.

That is very different from chicken's eggs and comparing the two, and then making a stupid joke, displays the kind of ignorance that many pro-choicers suffer from. And they hold signs that claim pro-lifers are ignorant.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Obama's second debate

I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this.

h/t Lone Star Parson

Friday, October 5, 2012

Black pastors on gay marriage

Coalition of African American Pastors Hold Press Conference Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage

"I am shamed that the first black president chose this road. Mr. President, I'm not going to stand with you and there are thousands of others across this country who are not going to stand for this foolishness."|

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One Crucial Difference between Obama and Romney

I never see anyone pointing out this obvious difference between Obama and Romney. Perhaps they don't see it, or perhaps they think it is irrelevant. But surely I am not alone in noticing how unconnected Obama is. This was glaringly evident to me last night after the debate.

Obama is embraced by his wife Michelle. Note there are no other family members present. And I am not talking about his daughters, who were probably at home in bed. But where are other family members?

Note the number of people surrounding Romney, his wife and sons, and grandchildren.

I think it makes a very big difference in the lack of family between this two men. Obama has only his nuclear family: Michelle and two daughters. Romney is connected with many people who are blood-related to him. One man understands the importance of family and how our society affects that family; the other man, Obama, seems to operate as a loner, not shaped by strong family ties.

Not that a lack of family means someone can't make wise decisions in the public sphere. But certainly a past of broken relationships (Obama was abandoned by both his biological father and his mother) will take its toll on one's personal and professional life.