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Obama, the Artful Dodger

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posted on May, 17 2009 @ 12:51 PM
Is President Obama evading hard decisions on gay marriage and abortion?

Obama is determined to avoid a "culture war" over the choice, White House aides and Democratic lawyers say, and he hopes to select a candidate who will not galvanize conservative activists over wedge issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. - James Oliphant and David G. Savage - May 16, 2009 Los Angeles Times

Abortion, gay marriage complicate Supreme Court selection

What are his positions? Is he afraid of "triggering a culture-war attack"? Or is he afraid of losing a substantial percentage of his voting block, socially conservative blacks and Hispanics that favor his give away programs but disagree with gay marriage and abortion?

Obama once backed full gay marriage

Obama clearly stated that lack of support for full marriage equality was a matter of strategy rather than principle.... - Eric Zorn -

Are we to understand that our president is a man of strategy but not principle? Why not strategy based on principle?

Obama changed views on gay marriage

Obama's Gay Marriage Flip-Flop

And what of his position on abortion?

"We're tired of looking at abortion as on an equal level with other issues. It's not," Father Pavone told the same Fox program, while noting that Obama's honorary degree was in law. "Law is for the protection of human rights. The president admitted on the campaign trail he doesn't know when the child (fetus) gets human rights. How can you defend human rights if you don't know who has them?" - Priests for Life national director Father Frank Pavone

Anti-abortion outcry before Obama visit

And what of the president's history on the issue?

Barack Obama on Abortion

And where are the voters?

These are the people who don't want to go back to the days of back alleys and coat hangers, but who also find abortion morally repugnant. - Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Is it possible that the majority of Americans are not hard left or hard right on the abortion issue? Do we require reason and compromise? Did the voters elect Obama as a rejection of the "decider" presidency?

Obama Abortion Agenda Solidifies Pro-Life Majority at the Center

Obama’s speech at Notre Dame has become an outlet for anti-abortion groups who have been waiting for a chance to pounce on a president they view as far left on the abortion issue. In effect, they’re forcing him into a fight he never wanted to have. “Barack Obama made no secret of trying to win over Catholics and Evangelicals,” said Jill Stanek, an anti-abortion blogger. “We’re trying to take that territory back.”

Notre Dame speech key for Barack Obama with Catholics

How long can he ride the fence? Will we ever know his personal stance? Do we need to know his personal stance? He has imposed his will and vision on the economic crisis, why not here? Is he waiting for the next election cycle to be over before showing his hand? Was he elected as a "man of strategy but not principle"? What is his current strategy on these issues? "Don't ask, don't tell?"

My opinion is he has no dog in this fight. The only influence the abortion and gay marriage issues have on Obama is how his policies on these issues will affect his re-election bid. Yes he is considering re-election now, he has to. If the economy continues to tank it will be too late. I look for him to move to the right toward a Pro-Life and civil union stand. I think most homosexuals will accept civil unions and the Pro-Choicers will continue to support a liberal over a conservative. He certainly will not be running against anyone more liberal than himself in 2012. He aims not to please but to appease. And with that "hope and change" are gone and it's "business as usual".

[edit on 17-5-2009 by Hemisphere]

posted on May, 17 2009 @ 01:17 PM
Well, if you look at him deeply enough...

What are his opinions?

All the stuff he says seems to be digested political nonsense.
I have no idea what-so ever what his personal opinions are on almost everything.

What have we heard but for a thought about football?

posted on May, 17 2009 @ 05:40 PM

President Barack Obama confronted the abortion debate head-on Sunday at Notre Dame, acknowledging that differences over the issue are largely irreconcilable but appealing to both sides to search for “common ground.” - Carol E. Lee - Politico

This from today's Notre Dame commencement:

“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 . . .It has both moral and spiritual dimensions,’” Obama said. “So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies. Let’s make adoption more available. Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term.” - President Obama

Here's the entire article:

Obama calls for 'fair-minded words'

I find his statements once again appeasing and diplomatic and not totally pleasing to either camp. He is firmly mounted on the fence. Perhaps that is his heartfelt position. Perhaps many Americans are there on the fence with him on this issue.


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