Punished with a baby

Punished with a baby July 4, 2008

Nat Hentoff is a non-religious liberal human rights activist. He is, however, consistent with these positions. He is pro-life. I have never understood what is liberal or in any way humane about supporting abortion. In fact, that a candidate believes in abortion makes me not believe him when he then pretends to be for the poor, the marginalized, the little guy. Not when they are willing to kill the poorest, the most marginalized, and the littlest guy at all. Anyway, thanks to commenter Sam for alerting me to this column by Nat Hentoff, who has real problems with supporting Barack Obama. From Opinion – Nat Hentoff: Infanticide candidate for president – sacbee.com:

On abortion, Obama is an extremist. He has opposed the Supreme Court decision that finally upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act against that form of infanticide. Most startlingly, for a professed humanist, Obama — in the Illinois Senate — also voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. I have reported on several of those cases when, before the abortion was completed, an alive infant was suddenly in the room. It was disposed of as a horrified nurse who was not necessarily pro-life followed the doctors’ orders to put the baby in a pail or otherwise get rid of the child. . . .

As I was researching this presidential candidate’s views on the unilateral “choice” that takes another’s life, I heard on the radio what Obama said during a Johnstown, Pa., town hall meeting on March 29 as he was discussing the continuing dangers of exposure to HIV/AIDS infections: “When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.

“But if they make a mistake,” Obama continued, “I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

That line is very telling for the pro-death philosophy: Having a baby is a bad thing, a punishment.

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  • What we haveto understand about Obama is that he understands personal autonomy ot be the highest good of human life. If having a baby limits that autonomy, the baby is bad.

    His commitment to individual autonomy means that he must see abortion as a positive good not, as some would have us believe, a necessary evil. Abortion, in his view, is a positive good because it helps secure the greatest good: the freedom to do whatever we want.

  • What we haveto understand about Obama is that he understands personal autonomy ot be the highest good of human life. If having a baby limits that autonomy, the baby is bad.

    His commitment to individual autonomy means that he must see abortion as a positive good not, as some would have us believe, a necessary evil. Abortion, in his view, is a positive good because it helps secure the greatest good: the freedom to do whatever we want.

  • Rose

    As I commented (late) on an earlier post:
    Obama characterizes his grandchildren as punishments.
    A sad contrast to his Kansas grandfather.
    I wonder if he makes the connection.

  • Rose

    As I commented (late) on an earlier post:
    Obama characterizes his grandchildren as punishments.
    A sad contrast to his Kansas grandfather.
    I wonder if he makes the connection.

  • CRB

    Given his remark, I have to say that I don’t want our nation to be punished, so I’ll be voting for McCain!!

  • CRB

    Given his remark, I have to say that I don’t want our nation to be punished, so I’ll be voting for McCain!!

  • Paul

    There are those who would die for their children and those who would ask their children to die for them.

    What greater contrast could there possibly be between the love of others and the love of self?

  • Paul

    There are those who would die for their children and those who would ask their children to die for them.

    What greater contrast could there possibly be between the love of others and the love of self?

  • Sam

    I’m Sam who posted Hentoff’s column. (I wish more folks would read Hentoff’s Village Voice columns on things like our torture of prisoners at Guantanamo.)
    Like Hentoff, I have problems with Obama; nonetheless, I want to say that I am voting for him over John McCain. Unlike Hentoff, I am a confessional Lutheran.

    Under the present circumstances, a president cannot do much about ending abortion; if it were not so, wouldn’t GW Bush have done more? There are no magic wands to wave, emancipation proclamations to sign, or even judges to appoint. Thus the odd logic that says that Obama is “willing to kill the poorest, the most marginalized, and the littlest guy at all,” also says that all abortions since 2001 must be imputed to the man on whose watch they occurred, GW Bush.

    But a president can do much to stop the killing by American soldiers around the world, such as what is going on in Iraq. Moreover, a president can do much to improve care for the poor, aged, and sick in this nation. Aren’t these legitimate pro-life issues? Shouldn’t a Christian be concerned about them? Because I anticipate that Obama will do much more in these areas than McCain, I will vote for him.

    If you think otherwise, so be it. Perhaps I’m wrong. I often am. But if you disagree, please try to explain how McCain – all by himself – will drive down the number of abortions in this country. And if you think he can merely by appointing pro-life judges, remember that because Roe v. Wade, et al., originated at the US Supreme Court, lower court judges he appoints cannot rule otherwise.

    Has McCain explicitly promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will explicitly reverse Roe? If not, why not? And why support him if he only talks about opposing abortion?

  • Sam

    I’m Sam who posted Hentoff’s column. (I wish more folks would read Hentoff’s Village Voice columns on things like our torture of prisoners at Guantanamo.)
    Like Hentoff, I have problems with Obama; nonetheless, I want to say that I am voting for him over John McCain. Unlike Hentoff, I am a confessional Lutheran.

    Under the present circumstances, a president cannot do much about ending abortion; if it were not so, wouldn’t GW Bush have done more? There are no magic wands to wave, emancipation proclamations to sign, or even judges to appoint. Thus the odd logic that says that Obama is “willing to kill the poorest, the most marginalized, and the littlest guy at all,” also says that all abortions since 2001 must be imputed to the man on whose watch they occurred, GW Bush.

    But a president can do much to stop the killing by American soldiers around the world, such as what is going on in Iraq. Moreover, a president can do much to improve care for the poor, aged, and sick in this nation. Aren’t these legitimate pro-life issues? Shouldn’t a Christian be concerned about them? Because I anticipate that Obama will do much more in these areas than McCain, I will vote for him.

    If you think otherwise, so be it. Perhaps I’m wrong. I often am. But if you disagree, please try to explain how McCain – all by himself – will drive down the number of abortions in this country. And if you think he can merely by appointing pro-life judges, remember that because Roe v. Wade, et al., originated at the US Supreme Court, lower court judges he appoints cannot rule otherwise.

    Has McCain explicitly promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will explicitly reverse Roe? If not, why not? And why support him if he only talks about opposing abortion?

  • CRB

    Sam,
    If you are interested in a fair, balanced critique of both candidates may I suggest you read these series of articles by military history professor, Victor Davis Hanson. I believe it is an intellectully honest assessment of the 2 men as well as an indictment of the truth-twisting liberal media.
    http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/

  • CRB

    Sam,
    If you are interested in a fair, balanced critique of both candidates may I suggest you read these series of articles by military history professor, Victor Davis Hanson. I believe it is an intellectully honest assessment of the 2 men as well as an indictment of the truth-twisting liberal media.
    http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/

  • Sam

    CRB, the article cannot justly be called “a fair, balanced critique of both candidates” since it barely mentions McCain (and then only to complain about CNN’s coverage of him and his wife). The article is a rehash of Hanson’s low opinion of Obama.
    Isn’t it significant, however, that at least in these articles Hanson does not criticize Obama’s views on abortion? If Hanson does differ from Obama on abortion (and who cares, since Hanson is not running for office), it’s apparently not for Hanson a critical difference.
    Hanson knows enough history and political science to limit his criticism of Obama to matters that a president can indeed influence. Abortion is not one of them.

  • Sam

    CRB, the article cannot justly be called “a fair, balanced critique of both candidates” since it barely mentions McCain (and then only to complain about CNN’s coverage of him and his wife). The article is a rehash of Hanson’s low opinion of Obama.
    Isn’t it significant, however, that at least in these articles Hanson does not criticize Obama’s views on abortion? If Hanson does differ from Obama on abortion (and who cares, since Hanson is not running for office), it’s apparently not for Hanson a critical difference.
    Hanson knows enough history and political science to limit his criticism of Obama to matters that a president can indeed influence. Abortion is not one of them.

  • CRB

    Sam, I’ll concede your points, but do you really want someone for Pres. who is tied to Islam? If you have a chance, please take a look at this video of an interview with Bruce Hershensohn. Hopefully, it will open your eyes to the threat we face and perhaps change your mind about voting for someone with the middle name,
    “Hussein”!
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=0rofCrNaD9Y&feature=related

  • CRB

    Sam, I’ll concede your points, but do you really want someone for Pres. who is tied to Islam? If you have a chance, please take a look at this video of an interview with Bruce Hershensohn. Hopefully, it will open your eyes to the threat we face and perhaps change your mind about voting for someone with the middle name,
    “Hussein”!
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=0rofCrNaD9Y&feature=related

  • What we haveto understand about Obama is that he understands personal autonomy ot be the highest good of human life.

    The second amendment and his entire economic platform notwithstanding.

  • What we haveto understand about Obama is that he understands personal autonomy ot be the highest good of human life.

    The second amendment and his entire economic platform notwithstanding.

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