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An Ugly, Up-Close Look at the Dems
Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez

Posted on 09/08/2012 5:46:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

Michelle Obama, in her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last week, explained that her husband "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care."

If you're anything like me, you would like to believe the first lady on general principle. "Just say no to drugs"; "Read"; "Exercise": These are good messages that have come from first ladies, including this one. Life is more complicated than simple slogans, however, and in this particular narrative, she was putting a spin on the redefining of religious liberty that's occurred under her husband's administration.

The Obama administration's position is not so much "women are more than capable of making our own choices," but that the price of women's freedom is the curtailing of religious liberty, because women's freedom is dependent on the treatment of fertility as a disease, and the idea of pregnancy as something to be shunned and prevented.

Currently, Obama's Justice Department is arguing in federal courts that business owners must go along with health care that covers contraception and abortion, regardless of their religious beliefs about such delicate matters. Women's "freedom" under the Obama administration forces some Americans to make a choice between integrity and compliance. Faith-based institutions that simply can't give in will face crippling fines -- conveniently after the election.

"Freedom" in this understanding is actually nothing but a secular ideology that drives religion to the margins, more a matter of ceremony than the "indispensible support" our first president considered it. The Health and Human Services insurance mandate represents a political enshrinement of the sexual revolution by government diktat, which makes clear that despite all the talk of "choice," the "freedom" of the Obama administration is something very different from what is commonly understood.

Not everyone came off as mainstream as Mrs. Obama in spinning the policies and philosophy of her husband's administration. An opening video frankly stated the latter: "Government is the only thing we all belong to." Speakers included an army of abortion-rights activists, including the president of NARAL and representatives from Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, as well as the pro-choice women of the House and Senate.

And in a transparent effort to win back single women voters who voted Republican in the 2010 elections that put the House in Republican control, the Dems put Sandra Fluke, a "reproductive rights" celebrity, on in prime time to scare voters. Fluke insisted that should Obama lose the election, Rep. Paul Ryan would be a "a vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms."

I can imagine this might be believable to a voter who doesn't have the time to investigate the claim, which has become a persistent, albeit appalling mischaracterization of the Protect Life Act that the House voted on almost a year ago. Democrats and abortion-activist groups have been making hay with it, dubbing it the "Let Women Die Act."

Despite images that Democrats continue to paint of women dying on hospital floors, of nameless, heartless pro-life doctors and other hospital workers who would let them do so, the act sought to prevent health-care providers who are opposed to abortion on religious or moral grounds from being forced to participate in the process. A pregnant woman in an emergency room is protected too, by federal law that the legislation would not have undone; the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requires hospital workers to do whatever is necessary to stabilize the condition of both the mother and her "unborn child" (the wording in the law) in an emergency room.

The shrillness of the Dems' claim -- along with terrible convention optics that included a floor debate over whether God could get a name-drop in the party's platform (he ultimately was included and appeared to be booed) -- betrays the extremism of the president and his party. Some questions voters should ask include: What, Mr. President, do you mean by freedom? When you talk about women's health, you mean abortion, don't you? What does that really mean for a religious believer with objections? What does religious freedom mean to you, anyway?

The Obama campaign opened up to us in Charlotte. These next weeks require a more careful look, without the stage and the props. Now is the time to cast aside the pomp and circumstance and insist on a robust accounting of ideas and their consequences. Elections are about stewardship, and our politics will only ever be as responsible as voters are about the rigor with which they make their choices.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abortion; firstfamily; hhsmandate; michelleobama; prochoice; womenshealth

1 posted on 09/08/2012 5:46:31 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Excellent Post.


2 posted on 09/08/2012 5:51:39 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Kaslin

I still see a battery on her shoulder. “I dare ya”.


3 posted on 09/08/2012 5:54:52 AM PDT by JPG (Make it happen.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

And don’t forget, only the Democrats fully support reproductive rights for married male homosexual couples. Well, them, and NAMBLA. Thanks Kaslin.


4 posted on 09/08/2012 5:58:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kaslin

believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care

Yeah, me too. But you can quit demanding that everyone else pay for it and you can quit being baby killers.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 6:00:55 AM PDT by Adder (No Mo BO)
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To: Kaslin

One thing was plain to see. Obama and Michelle are not the only ones involved in this death cult called the Democrat party.

The party of Heathens, Baby killers, and taxes.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 6:09:16 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

This is why they have to say such ugly things about their rivals...to equivocate the ugliness in their own hearts.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 6:13:30 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Kaslin
...believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care

Talk about "begging the question" as a fallacy. This "argument" assumes there's only one body involved, the mother's. The unborn child's body is also involved. More than "involved". Remember, in the ham and eggs breafast the hen was involved but the pig was committed. Here the unborn child's entire life is decided and he/she gets no say.

There's another unheard voice, too. The father's. If a man and woman conceive, she may kill the unborn child or decide to have it with the man being held financially responsible. He has no say, no voice, no "choice" in the matter. Men, stand up for your rights.

8 posted on 09/08/2012 6:17:30 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Kaslin
Michelle Obama, in her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last week, explained that her husband "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care."

But, not paying for it.

9 posted on 09/08/2012 6:17:30 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Venturer

I’m absolutely amazed that Jews are in such denial. The democRAT party is their enemy and yet, they continue to support Obama!

I thought the DNC convention debacle would convince them that they are SUPPORTING THE WRONG PARTY after the booing of God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

WAKE UP, JEWS!!! This is history repeating itself. - for cryin’ out loud!!!


10 posted on 09/08/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: Adder

Bump for later FB link-sharing. Another blow to my lib Friends.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 6:19:52 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: demkicker

Wake up Jews?

Wake up DEMOCRATS.

Wake up AMERICA.

This is our last chance.

If enough people vote for Obama to put him back in , OUR COUNTRY AS WE KNOW IT IS DEAD.


12 posted on 09/08/2012 6:20:49 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
This is our last chance.

No, this is THEIR last chance. If they win, it will just move us closer to settling this bullsh!t once and for all.

People are fed up.

13 posted on 09/08/2012 6:39:11 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Kaslin

The DemonRats can be summed up as thus:Abortion On Demand(at ANY time during a pregnancy)and COMPLETE GOVERNMENT CONTROL of EVERY ASPECY of YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


14 posted on 09/08/2012 6:40:40 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: ez

What hearts ?


15 posted on 09/08/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Kaslin
Michelle Obama - Queen Of The Whiners & Snivelers

Who among us (except liberals isn't sick of hearing this woman's voice?


16 posted on 09/08/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: ez

If you disrespect anybody That you run in to
How in the world do you think Anybody’s s’posed to respect you

If you don’t give a heck ‘bout the man With the Bible in his hand
Just get out the way And let the gentleman do his thing. . .

If you’re walking ‘round Think’n that the world Owes you something ‘Cause you’re here
You goin’ out The world backwards Like you did When you first come here

Keep talkin’ ‘bout the president Won’t stop air pollution
Put your hand o’er your mouth When you cough, that’ll help the solution. . .

Respect yourself, na na na na na, Respect yourself

- The Staple Singers 1971


17 posted on 09/08/2012 8:02:39 AM PDT by maxsand
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To: Kaslin

The democrat party is two dimensional.. length and width no depth....
AND thats the good news...


18 posted on 09/08/2012 8:05:16 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin
Oh what a mess the 19th Amendment has caused.
19 posted on 09/08/2012 8:06:10 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: bandleader
The DemonRats can be summed up as thus:Abortion On Demand PAID FOR BY US TAXPAYERS - (at ANY time during a pregnancy)and COMPLETE GOVERNMENT CONTROL of EVERY ASPECY of YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I inserted five words you forgot.
20 posted on 09/08/2012 8:17:11 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Venturer
I missed a lot of the speeches at the RNC but it did not seem they spent much time talking about Obamacare or the Obama administration's war on freedom of religion. I don't understand their reticence.

According to the liberal nun, Simone Campbell, who spoke at the DNC, the Catholic bishops have denounced the Ryan plan. That effectively aligns them with the Democratic Party for this election. She had in mind a letter written on behalf of the bishops by the bishop of Stockton. It seems that their main concern is that the Ryan plan would make it harder for illegal aliens to get tax credits and food stamps. (It may be that those "tax credits" are actually payments of money to people who don't have to pay any income tax.)

So the bishops who know that re-electing Obama would mean that mean that Catholic institutions will be required to provide free birth control, and that the Democratic Party wants to force doctors to participate in abortions even if they have moral objections to it, that they will be forced in a year or two to choose between submitting to Obama's dictates at the cost of abandoning their moral principles or of giving up their hospitals...they are willing to see that happen because they think the Democratic Party is better at giving benefits to illegal aliens?

Priorities, priorities.

21 posted on 09/08/2012 8:28:59 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Dilbert56
If a man and woman conceive, she may kill the unborn child or decide to have it with the man being held financially responsible. He has no say, no voice, no "choice" in the matter. Men, stand up for your rights.

That is why the "choice" for men and women is before you have sex. I told my boys when they were growing up that the choice of having sex out of wedlock may affect you for the rest of your life. If you get a girl pregnant and you do not marry her, their Dad and I would insist they do so, then you will for the rest of your life have to deal with the mother of your child, till the day you die you will be involved with her. Make the right "choice".

22 posted on 09/08/2012 8:29:16 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin

What does freedom mean to a Democrat?

Free sex, and freedom to take other people’s money and spend it on yourself. Those are the only ‘freedoms’ they care about.


23 posted on 09/08/2012 8:47:06 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: Iron Munro

She doesn’t even know how to stand gracefully like a real First Lady does


24 posted on 09/08/2012 8:54:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: unixfox

No, this is THEIR last chance. If they win, it will just move us closer to settling this bullsh!t once and for all.

People are fed up.

***

Civil war will invite invasion & nuking.

China/Russia/clients would be fools not to invade when all of the USA is glued to their TVs watching the revolution being televised.

1) China takes Taiwan, & we send carrier groups to Taiwan

then

2) Russia from the north
3) Cuba into Florida
4) Venezuela/China from Mexico

etc, etc, etc ...

Civil war will be the end of this nation. Sin is proportional to the number of enemies we have.

We got plenty.

Bank on it.


25 posted on 09/08/2012 9:48:26 AM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: ROTB

Civil war will invite invasion & nuking.

China/Russia/clients would be fools not to invade when all of the USA is glued to their TVs watching the revolution being televised.

1) China takes Taiwan, & we send carrier groups to Taiwan

then

2) Russia from the north
3) Cuba into Florida
4) Venezuela/China from Mexico

etc, etc, etc ...

Civil war will be the end of this nation. Sin is proportional to the number of enemies we have.

We got plenty.

Bank on it.

I think you're correct.


The pain you feel today is the strength you'll have tomorrow.

26 posted on 09/09/2012 4:01:46 AM PDT by rdb3 (Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth.)
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