Saturday, August 16, 2008

Barack Obama is No Harry Truman

During his presidency, Harry Truman had a sign on his desk carrying the motto:  "The Buck Stops Here."  The sign, of course, symbolized that the chain of command went no further.  Truman explained in his farewell address that "the President - whoever he is - has to decide.  He can't pass the buck to anybody.  No one else can do the deciding for him.  That's his job."

And that's the job that Barack Obama is running for.  But in a televised interview today, Rev. Rick Warren asked Obama at what point an unborn child gets "human rights."  Obama passed the buck stating that "whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity . . . is above my pay grade."

With all due respect, Senator Obama, there is no "pay grade" above the presidency.  And if you are elected to that office and there is a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court during your term the buck is destined to stop with you.

Obama knows that, of course, but played the "I don't know" card because he was speaking to a group of Pro-Life evangelical Christians.  He was and is trying to fudge the truth about his pro-abortion position enough to fool some of them into voting for him in November.  Don't fall for it.

John McCain, asked the same question at the same event, chose to answer it.  He said that a baby's human rights began "at the moment of conception."

If you're Pro-Life and the abortion issue matters to you, the buck stops with each of you in the voting booth this November.  John McCain (whatever his faults) is the only choice you have.

(FYI - the photo above is actually the sign from President Truman's desk.  The photo comes from this entry at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum's website, which tells a bit more about the sign, if anyone is interested.)

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