A modest proposal for Obama's first Inaugural Address...

Lincoln_Obama (Tim) Filmaker Ken Burns endorsed Senator Obama for president, commending Obama's "moral courage" and comparing him to President Abraham Lincoln. Since Obama's election, many have made this same comparison pointing out the felicitous conjunction of Obama's Inauguration and the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday. Senator Diane Feinstein announced the theme of Senator Obama's Inauguration will be "A New Birth of Freedom" with words courtesy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Such comparisons are great theater, but sheer hypocrisy. Barack Obama is the leader of the bloodshed consuming our land and we all pat ourselves on our backs congratulating one another over our nation's great strides against racism? What is the injustice of racism compared to the slaughter of tens of millions of little babies?

Self-congratulatory about the end of racism in America, we point to a black champion of freedom we say bears the stature and moral authority of Abe himself. We look forward to sitting down with our families, having a good cry while we watch his Inauguration. Happily, no bloodshed has been required to reach our vision. Pull the lever for Obama and we all become heroes of truth and justice.

Obama's another Lincoln? Is he willing to do battle to end the slaughter of fifty million of our children by wicked oppressors? Is he preparing an Emancipation Proclamation for those little ones? Will he speak of them in his first Inaugural Address, warning his nation of  God's holy wrath unleashed against those who offend even one of His "little ones?"

What a wonder it would be if, to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday, Senator Obama were to model his first after Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address:

Fellow-Countrymen: One-eighth of our whole population are unborn children, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the wombs of their mothers. These slaves constitute a peculiar and powerful interest. All know that these children are the cause of an impending war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend these little ones' oppression and slaughter is the object for which the Democratic Party has made its name, being willing even to rend the Union to sustain that oppression. But the Republicans themselves claimed no right to do more than to seek a slow restriction of this bloodshed, and that half-heartedly.

Neither party expected the war over the unborn tearing apart the fabric of this Union to have either the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in the slaughter of their own progeny, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.

The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh."

If we shall suppose that American's butchering of little children is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both Republicans and Democrats a terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that the mighty scourge of war may not be required to bring an end to the slaughter of our children. Yet, if God wills that the loss of the lives of our living children on battlefields be required for the blood of the fifty million unborn children already slain and buried, if He refuses to relent until every drop of blood shed by Planned Parenthood shall be paid by another drawn with bullets and bombs, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to end the slaughter of the unborn, the newborn, frail, and elderly, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace in the wombs of our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives.

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Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “...For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. (Jeremiah 7:3-8)

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Senator Diane Feinstein announced the theme of Senator Obama's Inauguration will be "A New Birth of Freedom" with words courtesy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

I hope you sent your proposed speech to her:

http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.EmailMe

Self-congratulatory about the end of racism in America, we point to a black champion of freedom we say bears the stature and moral authority of Abe himself.

It is a bit ironic to me that Obama's black ancestors were over in Kenya during Lincoln's day, not slaves here.

What a wonder it would be if, to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday, Senator Obama were to model his first after Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Anything's possible, the way he's flip-flopped on other issues. We'd better get busy praying...

“The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

--Proverbs 21:1

Since I was already at her website, I decided to drop Dianne a line...

Senator Obama's Inauguration theme will be "A New *Birth* of Freedom," yet you champion preventing Americans from having the freedom to be born. Shame! Any comparison of the Obama administration to Abraham Lincoln is the height of hypocrisy.

--Michael McMillan

Senator Obama's web site was just down the hall from Feinstein's, so I wrote him, too.

http://obama.senate.gov/contact/

Since I didn't see “Abortion” listed as a selectable issue, I thought “Domestic Violence” fit much more accurately than the highly euphemistic and deceptive term “Reproductive Issues,” and told them so.

I doubt he has time to read his Senate mail anymore, anyway.

Tim,

Great article...

It's time now for giving up hope (probably for the next 20 years) in the executive branch, and thus the judicial branch on this issue.

OTOH, we need to convince a large majority, including democratic voters, that protecting the unborn is of the utmost importance. If we had even 40% of democratic legislators (national and state) to be pro-life, we could pass an amendment tomorrow.

There are many non-believers, minorities, union type dems, etc that vote democratic, but that could be convinced. This is where the battle should be fought for the next 4-8 years.

There are many non-believers, minorities, union type dems, etc that vote democratic, but that could be convinced. This is where the battle should be fought for the next 4-8 years.

The culture of any nation Brett, including its laws, is a manifestation of the inward beliefs of its people and the god they serve. Any attempt to change the law without changing the minds/hearts of men and women is futile. Laws don't determine, they reflect. Conversion is the task at hand.

The culture of any nation Brett, including its laws, is a manifestation of the inward beliefs of its people and the god they serve. Any attempt to change the law without changing the minds/hearts of men and women is futile. Laws don't determine, they reflect. Conversion is the task at hand.

Mark,

I don't disagree with you, yet there are times for political expediency. Some of these dem voters may in fact be believers that don't understand the issues (I'm always surprised by the ignorance). I also no for a fact that many unbelievers can and do believe abortion to be "immoral".

So, while conversion is one and the most important task at hand, a coherent argument for a just society is yet another.

One thing I regret is that the Republicans did not hold any significant hearing on the issue of abortion while they were in power.

OK so you know I like to goof off a bit and had a bit of a break this morning so in honor of Barak and his chief of staff Rahm I penned the following. I thought in keeping with the upcoming holidays and certainly reflective of the enamored and doting followers of our new deliverer-king.

O Rahm, O Rahm, Emmanuel

Please save our dying nation from hell

We’ve moaned under GW here

Until Obamessiah did appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

You’re chief of staff hurrah, we think it’s swell.

O come, Thou Rod of Barak and free

Our great land from Bush's tyranny

From nine months of torment women save

And send the parasites into their grave

O Rahm! O Rahm! Emmanuel

Obama’s here with FOCA, all is well.

Look at Obama, come and cheer

Elections done we have a mandate here

Away with all the gloomy clouds of night

The repressive Constitution put to flight.

O Rahm! O Rahm! Emmanuel

What color will our uniforms be, pray tell?

O come, thou chief of staff and fill the breach,

Put an end to all religion and hate speech;

Make safe the way for all today,

Why shouldn’t you get married if you’re gay?

O Rahm! O Rahm! Emmanuel

Christians object, but they can go to hell.

O come, O come, Obama with might,

Advance the ideas of your mentor Reverend Wright,

Conscript our youth, give them a new brown shirt

To those who disagree you’ll make it hurt

O Rahm! O Rahm! Emmanuel

Paint Baraks face up on the liberty bell.

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