January 22, 2009

From the Desk of Phil Burress
President of Citizens for Community Values

Citizens’ E-Courier · January 22, 2009

Reflections on Inauguration Week

Celebrations and Concerns

As we all have heard countless times, this has been an historic week for all Americans.

There is, to be sure, cause for celebration and thanksgiving. Most notably, we have witnessed the symbolic crushing of a racial barrier. As President Obama poignantly and properly noted, we have sworn into the nation’s highest office a person whose race just 60 years ago would have prevented his own father from being served at a lunch counter. Hopefully in our nation we are past the point where persons of any race vote for or against a candidate on the basis of skin color.

High on that list of celebrations, too, is the simple truth that we have witnessed the 44th consecutive peaceful transfer of power in this nation. And we are ever so thankful that we celebrated these ceremonies and observed that transfer without a successful attack by terrorists.

I must honestly tell you, however, that even with so much for which to be thankful, my concerns today outweigh my celebrations.

In our January Citizens’ Courier we outlined then President-elect Obama’s stated positions and record on many of the nation’s most important social issues. Most of our descriptions of his positions in that issue came directly from his own transition Web site, Change.gov. His declarations and his record revealed one of the most anti-life, anti-women, and anti-family persons ever to fill a federal office.

On Day 1 of his presidency, the positions outlined on Obama’s transition site were transferred verbatim to the Agenda page of his presidential Web site, Whitehouse.gov.

Witness a sampling of what President Obama has on his Agenda for your family:

Under “Civil Rights,” in the first sub-section entiled “Support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered) Community,” President Obama leads with his own accusatory quote from a June 2007 speech:

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

And then he promises to…

  • “Expand Hate Crimes Statutes…”
  • “support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act…”
  • “Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples…”
  • “…repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions…”
  • “Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage…”
  • “Repeal Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell”
  • “Ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation…”

With respect to continuing the holocaust of abortion, his Agenda is equally explicit:

  • “Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose…”
  • “…has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration…”
  • “…opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case (Roe v. Wade).”
  • Under “Supporting Stem Cell Research” the President reminds citizens that he was a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, “which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos…”

I must repeat: The above is not our interpretation or conjecturing about President Obama’s agenda. These are quotes taken directly from President Obama’s own Agenda as posted on his presidential Web site, Whitehouse.gov.

Sources close to the president warn that he will not wait for the Legislature to act on parts of this Agenda. AP White House Correspondent Jennifer Loven believes that President Obama will first act on his radical agenda through Executive Orders – “overturning the so-called Mexico City policy that forbids U.S. funding for family planning programs that offer abortion; and lifting President George W. Bush’s limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research,” among others.

However, do not expect such executive orders today – the day of the huge March for Life in Washington D.C. If President Obama responds at all to the thousands gathered there to plead for the lives of the unborn, he most likely will emphasize his desire to reduce abortions through more liberal adoption policies and comprehensive sex education to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Yet President Obama remains staunchly “pro-choice.” He continues to refer to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which will reverse every pro-life measure at the federal, state and local levels put in place to protect the unborn since the passage of Roe v. Wade, as a “priority.”

This “pro-choice/anti-abortion” position is not viable! It is a policy that has led to the death of 45-plus million precious human lives since the passage of Roe v. Wade.

To grasp the fallacy of this reasoning, transfer the argument into the battle that was raging in our country during the mid-1800’s. Then the issue dividing our nation was protecting the liberty of African Americans who were being bought, sold and owned in slavery in many states. There were many elected officials in our nation at that time that claimed to be against slavery in principle. They would not, themselves, own a slave and sought to reduce the practice. But they understood the economic inconvenience that abolition of slavery for the nation would bring to business owners in certain parts of the country and thus felt that slavery should be a constitutionally protected choice. If we had accepted anti-slavery/pro-choice as a justifiable position at that time, where would we be today? Certainly, we would not have an African American in the highest office in the land.

It would have been wrong to allow American citizens the choice to deny others the basic right to liberty, a right that our founding fathers recognized as inalienable and thus guaranteed in our Constitution. Likewise, no one should have the choice to deny to anyone that even more basic and inalienable right – life itself.