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The Right to Taxpayer Funded Abortion

Imagine if Mitt Romney gets elected, makes polygamy legal and mandates mission trips for young people.  I think we would be pretty shocked at the bold establishment of religion coming from the white house.  Yet we did not have that same gut reaction when Obama established his religion from the white house and got it passed without the required majority support through budget reconciliation. 

This is why the conservative movement has been so unprepared to handle charges that they are oppressing women or denying people rights when we object to being forced to pay for abortion.  Being told that by me not paying for someone else’s birth control, I am denying them the right to birth control is like telling a jungle native that they must be born again and put Jesus in their heart.  It just doesn’t translate.  The argument that healthcare is a right and society must therefore provide it is so ridiculous that conservatives reject it automatically.  But for Obama and social justice, liberation Christians it is gospel truth.

I checked, healthcare isn’t in the constitution.  But neither are puppies, and there are certain things you just have to be cautious about when arguing against.

What is in the constitution is religion and guns.  In fact, the private ownership and practice of both are enumerated rights.  What if I am too poor to afford a gun?  What if my community is too poor to support a church?  How is it that social justice does not then require the government or society to purchase my gun for me?  And as simply as that, for the non-liberation theologian, the idea of society owing me healthcare is defeated.

So why doesn’t this concept fall so easily?  If you listen to the liberal argument, Georgetown is denying Sandra Fluke the right to birth control by not buying it for her.  The right has a “war on women” because we want to protect the religious liberty and conscience of churches and religious organizations.  Conservatives have already ceded the rights of the religious employer in a secular field.  And how easily we let go.  I often wonder if Ben Nelson, Democrat from Nebraska who sold his conscientious objection to abortion funding for an earmark, ever wishes he could buy back his soul.

To understand the religious connotations of social justice in healthcare and why this religion shamelessly trumps the constitution, you have to understand liberation theology and James Cone.  Cone was required reading at Obama’s church.  Cone divided his teaching into dogmatic and methodological teachings.  The dogmatic teaching was the paradox that there is no universal truth.  Not even revelation in the Scriptures is absolute truth.  In fact, God is not in control and the very evidence of that is the existence of racism.

Cone’s methodological approach was contextual-dialectic.  What this means is that scripture has value in the way it relates to the reader’s context.  For Cone, this meant that the value of scripture was how it confirmed his own perception of racism against blacks.  From his perspective, there was no value in the original, contextual meaning of the scriptures.

Apply this to Obama’s thinking, and it makes sense that he would think Jesus wanted him to raise taxes, or that healthcare is a social justice right that trumps the constitution.  It also explains a lot about the ambiguity of Obama’s faith, his comfort level with the Muslim faith, and why he is so eager to impose his liberation theology on the country.  Obama is what the media keeps trying to convince us Santorum is.  Obama is a religious fanatic who is seeking to impose his beliefs on the country.  He is not alone, social justice and liberation theology is the spine of the liberal movement in the United States.  Documents like the constitution have value only to the extent that they endorse the liberal readers personal context.

That is why when a religious employer refuses to buy abortion pills for their employees, they are actually denying that employee the right to have abortion pills and are stealing her rights.  This is truth from the liberal perspective.

If Conservatives are going to successfully defend the constitution, perhaps James Cone should be required reading for us as well.


Culture of Plausible Deniability

Last night between 8:00pm and 8:45pm the most honest person on your television set may have been Congressman Joe Wilson.  It certainly wasn’t President Obama. In town hall fashion, Wilson was the house member who forsook normal government civility and dared to call Obama a liar.  Ironically, this was only shortly after the President called half of the country liars for imagining that government healthcare might have to ration limited resources.  When Obama said that they were going to call out people who give misinformation about his healthcare plan, was he exempting himself from this threat?

Obama said that his healthcare plan wouldn’t increase the deficit.  In order to cut Medicare costs by $500 billion without shorting doctors, they already plan on increasing Medicare funding by $245 billion in deficit spending.  Since it’s going to happen anyway, Obama decided not to count that.  That was the obvious falsehood.  The not-so-obvious falsehood is that Obama is using the most optimistic numbers his DC accountants can provide and ignoring outside independent sources.

Obama said his plan will not use federal dollars to fund abortion.  If only it were true.  Let me explain the shell game.  Obama says no federal dollars will be used for abortion.  Obama says no federal dollars will be used to fund the public option, because it will be self-sufficient on the premiums it receives.  This allows Obama to cover abortion on demand with the public option while saying that no federal funds are used for abortion.  It’s not paid for with federal funds, it’s paid for with premiums paid by the customers. Obama then says that they will provide federal dollars to those who cannot afford health insurance and subsidize them so that they can pay the premiums.  In the end, the federal government gives dollars to Americans, who then use those dollars to buy into the public option that will cover abortion. But in Obama’s mind he can plausibly deny that he is using federal dollars to pay for abortion.

If you doubt me, look at what has happened every time an amendment has been offered that prohibits the public option from providing abortion.  Look at what will continue to happen every time this amendment is offered.  And then look at the Capps amendment that specifically guarantees that the public option will cover abortion on demand.

Obama said his health plan won’t cover illegal aliens.  Here is where the vilified Joe Wilson sounded more like a member of the British House of Commons than a member of the US House of Representatives.  When he spouted “You lie!” towards the President, I paused in a moment of shock because I couldn’t tell if those words were coming from the TV or directly from my own mouth.  I figured it out when Pelosi shot daggers from her eyes towards the right of my screen and not directly at me.

When Republican Dean Heller from Nevada offered an amendment to HR 3200 requiring verification of citizenship status before someone could obtain benefits from the Democrat health plan (just like they do for any other government assistance), it was defeated on party lines.  Now why is that?  Obama says his plan won’t cover illegal aliens, but they refuse to do what is necessary to ensure that it doesn’t.  Do you see what is going on here?

It is a pattern that is becoming more and more recognizable.

During the campaign, the biggest names surrounding Obama could all be found in one place: under the campaign bus.  Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, his own grandmother, and others suddenly were mere acquaintances.  When Obama was elected he hired a string of people who didn’t know they owed back taxes, including new head of the IRS Tim Geithner.  In fact, IRS chief Tim Geithner claimed he made an honest mistake on his tax return.

Just recently, Van Jones resigned after discovering that signing the petition to investigate George Bush for causing 9/11 meant that he thought we should investigate George Bush for causing 9/11.  But Obama remains unscathed by these blunders.  As easily as Van Jones claimed he never agreed with his younger self, Obama can claim that he has no idea about his friends’ and employees’ past.  In the same fashion, he has been able to successfully tie HR 3200 to Nancy Pelosi and act as though his plan is different.  I will believe it when I see it.

Of course, this has become the modus operandi of the Left.  At the same time Pelosi was getting the class of 2006 elected on claims of a Republican culture of corruption, William Jefferson of Louisiana was plausibly denying that he knew about the hundred grand of bribe money in his freezer, Harry Reid was plausibly denying culpability for government improvements near land he had just purchased, Charlie Rangel was plausibly denying that he knew anything about his illegal rental tax shelters, and the combination of Frank and Dodd were plausibly denying that the government had screwed up with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and something needed to be done about it.

Now we have lost 2.5 million jobs since the stimulus was enacted, but  Obama claims he has created or saved over a million jobs.  Obama again last night blamed is $1.58 trillion deficit on the last 8 years.  ACORN has turned in their own members from Florida for voter fraud, claiming that this proves they are an honest organization.  Obama got alot of mileage out of bringing up the Iraq and Afghanistan war last night.  Interestingly, some of the senators who applauded the loudest were Democrats who voted for the wars before they voted against them.

From his staff picks to his policy, Obama has made something completely clear.  The buck stops somewhere before it reaches his desk.  He has surrounded himself with socialists and self-declared communists who have radical ideas about healthcare, but he himself makes speeches to children as though he were a conservative capitalist.  He talks about limited government, personal responsibility, and vast right wing mythology, but eventually America will become weary of this culture of plausible deniability.

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