Pick Your Issue

So, it’s generally agreed that someone who supports the KKK is automatically disqualified from being President of the United States. Not that it’s illegal to support the KKK. Not that the Constitution bans that person from running for office. It’s just that I don’t know anyone who would actually vote for such a candidate.

And I mean I don’t know a single person — liberal, conservative, Christian, agnostic, gay, straight, man, woman — I don’t know anyone who would actually pull the lever and vote for a candidate they knew supports the KKK. That’s totally understandable for everyone I’ve talked to. That one issue alone is an automatic disqualification.

But there’s an organization out there, founded upon horrifically racist premises, whose agenda is the termination of human life. That organization is Planned Parenthood, and — for everything else positive I can say and have said about him, Sen. Barack Obama supports Planned Parenthood.

Perhaps Sen. Obama doesn’t know that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger believed “inferior races” were a form of “human weeds” and a “menace to civilization”. Perhaps he’s unaware that in 1939, Planned Parenthood launched a “Negro Project” — with the assertion that “The mass of Negroes, particularly in the South, still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among Whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.” She and other leaders of Planned Parenthood said things far worse than this, but you get the point. If you want to investigate further, you could pick up a copy of George Grant’s book Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood.

Unlike Ms. Sanger, I do not believe that Sen. Obama is a human weed. Nor is my Puerto Rican born brother-in-law. Nor is my African-American friend Kerry Clark. Nor is my first-generation Mexican-American mother. Nor are any people of color. Nor are the disabled, deformed or the mentally challenged. None of us are weeds, none of us need to be purged from society. All of us are made in the image of God and should be valued dearly by all of us. Killing people is never the answer — whether they are fully-grown or unborn.

Let me add here that I am not a fan of Sen. McCain’s stance on pre-emptive war. I’ve explained before what my position on war is and how I arrived at it. If you want to go back and read my explanation, you can find it here, here, here, here and here.

Still, if I have to pick a single issue — and since we’ve all agreed that there are certain single issues that we all would allow to disqualify an individual candidate I don’t have any embarrassment about saying this — my issue is abortion right now. The best estimates I’ve heard say that since the War in Iraq began, somewhere between 89,000-97,000 civilian deaths have occurred. Now, I believe that one civilian death is too many. So, please don’t think that I’m saying this is okay.

However, in that same time period, approximately 6,500,000 unborn children have been aborted…in America alone.

That number has gone up since you started reading this post.

So, you pick your issue. I’ve picked mine. I cannot vote for Barack Obama.

8 Responses to “Pick Your Issue”

  1. tlhanger Says:

    Anyone that knows me, knows that has been my single issue during this entire campaign. I really didn’t know the number of abortions during this time was around that figue, that makes me extremely sad. And it makes me sad for our country too.

  2. Matt Dabbs Says:

    Amen.

  3. Dee Andrews Says:

    I agree. For a lot more reasons than that.

  4. Jill Says:

    In case we needed any more support for the fact that Sen. Obama supports Planned Parenthood, here it is from his campaign website.

    http://www.barackobama.com/2008/01/22/obama_statement_on_35th_annive.php

  5. Smockity Frocks Says:

    :::standing ovation:::

  6. Keith Brenton Says:

    The approximately 90,000 died as the result of the decision of one President. The millions have died as the result of the decisions of millions of young women who no longer have a moral compass. Both decisions are wrong. The results are tragic beyond numerical comparison.

    But you have nudged me to re-think pragmatism as the deciding factor between two candidates and two parties.

  7. Matthew Says:

    Interesting, you make some good points.

    http://www.matthewmorine.com

  8. David Says:

    Thank you for this post, and for reminding us all not to let abortion drift into our blind spot.