The First Family has enjoyed a marvelous White House experience during President Barak Obama’s first year in office. Moonlight walks in Paris. Swimming in Hawaii. Backstage access to concerts and grinning pictures with the great and near great from every field of achievement. Even a dog for two beloved daughters.
But the American family has not fared well under the care of our first parents. In fact, an overview of the impact of Obama’s policies on the family after a year in his care reveal that today, the American family faces a bleaker outlook because of the impact of intrusive, expensive and irresponsible policies enacted often in service of leftist philosophies.
On no two issues is this clearer than abortion and marriage. Despite presenting the soft-side of liberalism during the campaign, Obama has proved himself to be the most radical president ever elected.
Ironically, while 1.2 million Americans came to celebrate his historic Inauguration that same number died in abortion clinics since he took office. A disproportionate number of stilled heartbeats were those of unborn children who are black. Most figures — those from pro-life and pro-choice advocates — agree that black mothers are three times as likely to get abortions as white mothers, who receive almost 54 percent of abortions.
While Obama may consider abortion “above my pay grade” to understand, that has not stopped him from attempting to force every American to pay for abortions and to force medical professionals who do not wish to participate in them to violate their consciences and perform abortions or face the threat of legal action.
This is change you can bereave in. The Senate version of the health care bill will include $10 billion annually for “community health centers.” These — without a doubt — will refer for abortions under the expanded roles envisioned for them by Obama. Thus, the 87 percent of U.S. counties that do not have abortion centers will be forced to facilitate them.
Americans reject — by nearly 3-1 — being forced to pay for abortion-on-demand. In fact, Americans, by 51percent, say they are pro-life. But those Americans are suffering under the tyranny of taxation without representation as pro-life members of the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, have been ignored.
In these days of failing businesses and a trade imbalance, abortion has become one Obama choice for a taxpayer funded export. Within days of taking office, President Obama shattered the Reagan-era Mexico City Doctrine which required that the more than 600 groups receiving State Department taxpayer funding not promote or perform abortions abroad. Thus the United States takes the lead in funding the UN Population Fund, which will enrich the abortion multinational corporation Planned Parenthood. It seems an unnecessary bailout as Planned Parenthood already makes more than $100 million in profits annually.
As a result, U.S. taxpayers now help foot the bill for millions of forced abortions in China and for elective abortions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These are people who could use life-saving, rather than life-ending, medical care.
Obama’s slavish devotion to abortion as public policy was seen early in his administration when he opened the door to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which has proved dangerous and cancer causing, despite the fact that adult stem cell research has yielded life-saving treatments.
But signs of such radical devotion to abortion were available during his campaign. Last year, the Democratic Party Platform guaranteed the right to abortion “regardless of ability to pay.” And most tellingly, in crafting the platform on which Obama was to rest, Democrats dropped the “rare” from its goal of making abortion “safe, legal and rare,” a decades’ old mainstay.
In 2000, Democratic platform language stated, “The Democratic Party is a party of inclusion. We respect the individual conscience of each American on this difficult issue, and we welcome all our members to participate at every level of our party.” That language was also dropped when Obama was the standard bearer.
For some Democrats, perhaps life is not a beautiful choice.
The story is no different when it comes to traditional marriage. Despite a beautiful Obama family portrait, the Obama administration is taking a wrecking ball to the foundation of all civilizations since the beginning of time.
President Obama vows to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act that Bill Clinton signed in 1996. It was passed by 342-67 in the House and 85-14 in the Senate. Nothing in the Obama agenda has commanded — or is remotely likely to command — such strong bi-partisan support. But Obama is hollowing out the act he swore to enforce, even before he formally repeals it.
Americans don’t want this. Whenever they are given the chance to vote — as they did in 31 states — Americans have voted to affirm true marriage.
Still, the President is using the federal work force as a battering ram to break down marriage. He named John Berry as head of the 2-million plus federal civilian employees. Mr. Berry is an outspoken gay activist whose previous position was head of the National Zoo. Berry’s top legal aide, Elaine Kaplan, another homosexual, seem committed to redefining tolerance into celebration of the gay lifestyle.
Also under fire is the military’s “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” policy. It was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic President in 1993. But Obama promised homosexual activists that he would end that approach.
Other experts will note how the American family will suffer if a Democratic agenda of increased health care costs, cap and trade taxes on food and energy and job losses continue under Obama’s watch, not to mention the threats to national security we all face.
With all that on his plate, the President’s obsession with abortion and the redefinition of marriage is becoming alarmingly clear to most families in America.
Look for 2010 to give rise to a new depth of pro-family activism that could radically impact the November elections.