August 14, 2008

Obama No Messiah to the Unborn

Bill Luse says of Obama, "I've always thought he was a suave suit over an empty vest, but it appears that millions of people who call themselves Christian are prepared to vote for him."

With respect to the life issues, there is absolutely no reason to vote for him over Al Gore or John Kerry. Obama is to the pro-life cause what Richard Nixon was to eliminating corruption in government: i.e. not particularly helpful.

Bill O'Reilly surprised me yesterday, which he rarely does, when he said the question he'd most like to ask Obama is how he can have "found Jesus" and still be for partial birth abortion. For this to come from O'Reilly, who speaks much more about terrorism and national security than unborn children or Christianity, is telling. But O'Reilly sees it as a key to understanding Obama, whom for Bill is still a mystery.

I don't see Obama as mysterious as I did before the primaries. I now see him as someone with a yen for socialism but who excels in being politically palatable to centrists via externals like speech and looks. What makes someone mysterious and attractive are those who have an underlying philosophy, a way of seeing the world, but who are open to "new data". Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan was a Democrat who was open to new data; he warned of how the collapse of the black family was going to have far-reaching effects in terms of poverty and disintegration of inner cities. As an example from the other side, Willam F. Buckley was a conservative who was for legalizing drugs. Moynihan was excoriated, predictably, and like Pope Paul VI who was excoriated after Humane Vitae, lowered his profile. Pope Paul VI never wrote another encyclical and Sen. Moynihan never bucked the Democratic establishment again, at least not on the primary issue of our time (although at least he did say that partial birth abortion "comes as close to infanticide as anything I have seen in our judiciary.")

So guts interest me, presumably because of my lack thereof, but only guts with intelligence and self-restraint. McCain has guts, but it is guts without philosophy, guts without self-restraint (Feingold-McCain law is unconstitutional), guts for the sake of guts. The warrior ethic, but without the leavening of depth.

I'll definitely vote for McCain but without much enthusiasm. His philosophy seems to be neither conservative or liberal but some sort of hybrid based on his gut instinct on a given issue. He's against lobbyists so he limits free speech. He's weak on stem cells, which means his stand on the life issues is not due to principle. He admits to not knowing anything about economics. I don't trust him not to give away the store due to global warming. None of these things bothers me individually so much as they bother me collectively. I don't think he has much of coherent world view. "Mister we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again."

So the wealthiest nation in history kills a million of its children annually, but Jim Wallis would prefer we focus on a government solution to poverty. Even though abortion would not go away with the reversal of Roe v. Wade, that reversal would likely save more lives than any income redistribution plan. I've heard it said that we long for a scapegoat and that Christ ascended the cross in order to be that scapegoat, to show us how capable of evil we are that we might repent. If nothing else, the acceptance of abortion is the clearest proof since Calvary that humans are tragically flawed and capable of great evil.

Got a phone call from Ham of Bone who told me about his former evangelical pastor who has "drunk the Kool-aid" of his new mentor Jim Wallis, and who now supports Obama and eschews the fundamental issue of life.

He (Bone) humorously said he called that I have might schadenfreude for the miscues of the "junior circuit" as I refer to the "upstart" American League, he applying it to the Protestantism vis-a-vis Catholicism. But I felt no schadenfreude as evangelicals and Catholics are indispensable not only to the pro-life cause, but in seeing the kingdom of God as something that can't be measured in purely materialistic terms.

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