Monday, May 18, 2009

Silver Tongued

I was hoping for a miracle. I was praying for a miracle. That is why I could not keep from watching the President speak at Notre Dame, yesterday. He has a very good speech writing team, or should I say, slick? The Evil One is so clever and so able to twist words and make them sound reasonable. I was so very disappointed, as I watched and listened. Obama sounded so very reasonable and I was surprised that he did indeed address his position on abortion that is in such direct opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

But just imagine for a moment if these were the same words applied to slavery, or the extermination of the Jews by Hitler. Would we be able find "common ground" on slavery? Would we be able to view Hitler's views with "open hearts, open minds and fair-minded words?"

These are the exact words used by the President when speaking to a Catholic audience at Notre Dame regarding the "abortion controversy". They were delivered by a silver tongued fiend to an audience that gave him a standing ovation. Disgraceful! Disappointing! Abominable!

". . . when we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think like we do or believe what we do - that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground."

"That's when we begin to say, "Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions."

"Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words." Print Friendly and PDF


Katie said...

You are braver than I. I could not watch . . . I knew I would get too upset. Plus, after Fr. P's homily at mass I had a renewed hope and I just did not want the words of the president to ruin that!

Walter said...

Hey Mau,

Well...I don't think it's a surprise that the President's speech "sounded" so eloquent. That is how he won the presidency anyways...what great policy feature or service background did he have to run on? When I heard his speach in Chicago to announce his candidacy for president I knew he was going beat Clinton and anyone the Republicans threw at him. My problem is not the words of the speaker (because it is no surprise where he stands) but the minds of the listeners. If people can be swayed by eloquent words changing their beliefs on such a morally unambiguous subject shows more about the lemmings listening and less about the person speaking.

Natalie said...

I've given up watching the man. My very liberal SIL who loves Obama actually believes it is us Catholics who are the lemmings following an "archaic institution" that has no idea what the "real world" is about. I don't even bother trying to talk to her anymore because she has flat out called all Catholics "idiots." I still pray for her, but mostly my brother who has to live with it.

Maurisa said...

Brother, you are so right and have beat me to the punch for my post tomorrow.

Tonya said...

I'm afraid my response has been to shut my ears and cover my eyes and click my heels (like Dorothy). My heart breaks for our country as we are so willing to follow someone just because he looks nice, sounds nice and says the PC things. I almost can't stand to think of what our country will be like for our children.

Michelle said...

I thought the exact same thing: what is a good compromise on slavery? How do you find common ground? Can you work together with the slave owner for, say, better health care for slaves? To reduce the number of new slaves bought and sold every year - or perhaps to ensure that only children born of existing slaves become slaves and not random people kidnapped on the streets of Calcutta.

I also like Creative Minority Report's post about WHY we want to "reduce" the number of abortions? If there's nothing wrong with it, why reduce it?