Bailey’s ready to rock – are you?
“Come on, did you think America was going to turn itself around in just one election? Get real.”
While I recognize that the title seems hyperbolic, I aim to make the case that the Obama administration runs the most anti-life, and pro-death, government that the United States has ever had. I think the government’s last three-plus years, have given rise to the most lackadaisical support of life, we have ever seen. Many times, over and over again, we have seen the president and his sycophants either endorse death, or attempt to excuse away the death of others, both innocents and people who have lost their lives as a direct result of the administration’s policies.
One of the most flagrant disregards for the ultimate sacrifice of others, was the slap in the face delivered to some fallen soldiers’ families. As Commander-in-Chief, and the person who has the ultimate say on military matters, one might think that having a soldier under your command lose their life, one of the very least things you could do would be sign a condolence letter to the soldiers’ families. Not Obama. He has repeatedly been shown to use an auto-pen for form letters of condolence to soldiers’ families.
Obama has also authorized, and carried out, the assassination of an American citizen by drone. Granted, the assassinated had aided and abetted terrorists, but he was still an American citizen, with the supposed rights of a trial by his peers, and due process. Whether or not Obama actually felt bound by these rights, seemed not to matter – he sent the drones anyway, and gave the go ahead to kill, without trial. A step, with which even Salon, taken aback, actually said was a “…step beyond where even George Bush would go”.
Should I bring up the “Fast & Furious” scandal, which the administration is still hoping will somehow, just, go away? Giving his testimony before Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder, bluntly refused to apologize to or to even acknowledge, slain border agent, Brian Terry’s family. As he sat before the House Judiciary Committee, wriggling and struggling for words that would somehow allow him to tell the truth, and avoid any blame, Holder was given an opportunity to provide documents and evidence to the Committee, which it had requested for months, and he repeatedly offered nothing. Even though memos and other documents implicated Holder and his lieutenants in the scandal, instead of finally taking responsibility for the thousands of Mexican deaths and the death of Brian Terry – Holder merely offered excuses.
Sidenote: Holder’s testimony was in the late Spring of 2012, and as of late Summer 2012, there still has not been an apology or acknowledgment of responsibility over the failed gun running operation.
We were witness to one of the most recent, and telling examples of this seeming pre-occupation with death, at the Democratic National Convention. A party platform that relished the thought and promise of widespread, and easy, on-demand abortion was center-stage. While some pundits tried to defend this with the thought that, “Well, the democrats have no record to run on, and the economy is atrocious – let the Democrats turn to social issues…” And so, from all the social issues that the Democrats could have turned to, and supported – from the poor, the homeless, bettering care for returning veterans – the Democrats turned to the snuffing out of lives to build their platform. A spokeswoman from NARAL (Nancy Keenan), Planned Parenthood, and the infamous Sandra Fluke, were only a few of the participants at the DNC, proud to trot out the “right to” abortion, masquerading as a human-right. Maybe we should have expected this when a president who supported infanticide won the last election?
Finally, in the newest flirtation in the left’s macabre and twisted relationship with death, awareness was given to the administration of a threat against embassies and consulates in the Middle East. Approaching the anniversary of September 11th, and with warning of Muslim backlash against a movie about their Prophet – despite as long as a 48-hour window of warning – the Obama Administration did nothing. Rumors of unarmed and massively under-gunned security at the American facilities fell on deaf ears, and led to the deaths of an ambassador (and his body’s subsequent desecration) and deaths of numerous other personnel. Despite the raising of an Arabic-language flag, espousing the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood, over an American embassy in Egypt, and the taking down, ripping apart, and burning of the Stars and Stripes, the administration still insists on continued billions of dollars in aid to the Egyptian government. Obama has issued an apology to anyone upset by Americans exercising their right to free speech, and the American media, still in love with the Obama administration, sought to excoriate Mitt Romney for issuing a presidential statement that Obama would not, or could not, bring himself to issue. A muted response has been the administration’s reaction to spreading violence and breeches at other embassies and consulates. In Libya, the post where murdered ambassador Chris Stevens lost his life, Obama has dispatched the Marines – 50 of them…This, as news sources report an angry crowd of hundreds threatening the American embassy in Yemen, and as warnings go out to other embassies to remain on guard.
So, what should we make of all this? Ordering an executive “hit” on an American citizen, an attempt to excuse away a federal agent’s death without taking any responsibility, a platform leaning heavily on abortion for support, and a very weak response to deaths of State Department personnel – it all points, to this author, to an administration that simply does not value life. This administration seems to use, squelch, or squander lives for whatever purpose, then toss them aside with their roles fulfilled. Life is nothing more than a means to achieve any number of ends. Use it for political gain, use it for votes, use it to send a message to our friends (or our enemies) – it does not really matter what the aim is, because there will always be more life to continuously throw at the problems. It is all so macabre and counter to everything we as Americans value, isn’t it? History books and our teachers tell us American men and women fought noble wars, and freed people from oppressive regimes, so that they could follow their own destinies and achieve what they could. Freed people from oppressive regimes, would no longer would have to worry that their lives would be used up or wasted by regimes who wanted the oppressed people’s’ blood and sweat for their own greedy and destructive purposes. Risking American lives, and losing so many, was ultimately worth it, so that others might enjoy the sanctity of life and personal freedoms that we Americans held in such high esteem. Now, it seems like such a sad day to see so much blood and destruction being wastefully used, for so little to show for it.
Ann Romney gave, in my opinion, one of the finest, and most wide-reaching speeches of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. In it, she dodged any partisanship, and gracefully told the nation why Mitt was the perfect person to begin turning back the current administration’s destructive and disruptive policies. Ann reached out to any number of groups and people, and connected with each one, by sharing a few short stories or personal beliefs of her own.
For the poor: Any number of hardships Ann faced are relatable. She shared her own modest upbringing in Michigan. She told of how she and Mitt used an old door as their “desk” to read and study on, and how their dining room table was an ironing board, as they lived in a cramped basement apartment. She mentioned the working fathers, putting in extra time for their kids. She mentioned the working mothers who struggle to pay for the clothes for children going back to school. She showed us that there is proof that despite hardships, it is possible to rise above any financial hardships.
For the mothers: Ann talked about the late nights, helping with kids’ book reports. She talked about the sick kids and the late-night calls to doctors. She spoke about how much harder the already tough job of motherhood is becoming. She mentions the duties and responsibilities that a mother will come to expect, from their own aging parents’ needs, to the needs of the mother’s own children. Especially important, was her mention of the expectations and tough jobs of motherhood that needn’t be made any harder still, as this current administration has done.
For immigrants: Ann talked about how her father came from Wales to the United States, at only 15 years old. How he then built a business, and even became the mayor of his town. She shared how she was only two generations removed from Welsh coal mines, and the types of jobs which had some of the lowest life expectancies in the world, where the miners would expect to die of things like black-lung and silicosis. Her father left his country as a young adult, and achieved the American dream, and now his daughter could be the country’s First Lady.
For survivors: It’s a well-known story that Ann is a survivor of both breast cancer, and multiple sclerosis. While she only touched on her battles with the two diseases, to see anyone who has battled with either of them, so alive and boisterous, should give other survivors a model to admire. She had a glint in her eye as she spoke, especially whenever she spoke about her husband or her kids.
For children and young adults: She seemed – motherly. She reminded me of my own mom, telling stories about when she was younger and met my dad, and sharing the things that we, as kids, did, that drive parents a little crazy. She brought up the “…rainy winter afternoons, in a house with five boys screaming at once.” She was honest, and she was forthright, and she struck me as the type of women, we would all love to have live next-door to us. She came across as the lady who would always “accidentally” make an extra dozen or so cookies and bring them over.
To me, her speech was the quintessential strength of a woman – no simple thing as a disease would do anything more than merely slow them down. When she spoke and told that crowd, and us, that no one else would work as hard as Mitt Romney, so that we can work a little less hard, and made a promise that he “would not fail” – more than any other commentator or politician – I believed her. Why? Because even if Mitt were to, for some reason, falter, I would know she would have his back.