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Crime and Punishment

I don’t agree with Obama on very much except I like the idea of ‘change.’ I’m kind of flexible that way, and I get tired of stuff easy.

Except French toast. But that’s a another story.

Anyway, since he has not been clear on what the changes would be if he were president, I can’t vote for a man who holds such vague ideals. I also have difficulty voting for someone whose whole name shows up as 2 or 3 misspelled words in my spell checker. But that’s another story.

A day or so ago Obama spoke from the heart [YouTube video clip], clearing up any misunderstandings as to where he and I differ so greatly:

“Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old,” he said. “I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”
–Barack Obama, March 29, 2008
Emphasis mine.

Punished with a baby?

And the other punishment he could think of was a sexually transmitted disease? These two come to mind as, by implication, similarly overly-severe punishments?

Man-o-man, do we ever see things differently. It is just so sad that anyone would think that way — and I know many people do — but horrible if that person were to be the most powerful person in the Free World.

I don’t like his concept of “mistake” nor of accepting responsibility for a mistake.

What happened to the concept of children being a blessing… even more so on the heels of a mistake? That’s called grace.

3 Comments

  1. Both Obama and Mrs. Clinton have no respect for the gift of a human life, as evidenced by their voting records on abortion issues. This is typical of most democrats.

  2. Uh… surely you can see his point? Perhaps punished was the wrong word, but kids having kids is just silly, the best thing of course is prevention, with good sex education.

    I also disagree with having no respect for human life, they have two children of their own…they simply see a bigger picture of education and things other than teenage pregnancy. How is the young father of the Palin daughter btw? Feeling just a wee bit pressured?

    Abortion shouldn’t be used as a form of birth control, but there are exceptional cases?

    Rape, incest etc?

  3. Not really wanting to get into an abortion debate here. People are free to express their opinions.

    I still feel Obama’s words came from his heart, his view of “unwanted pregnancy” and he and I see such matters very very differently, and I am deeply disappointed by his views as expressed at that time, and since.

    I, for one, do not think that underage pregnancy as “just silly” — it’s unfortunate in the seriousness of it, and the unpreparedness, but those are completely different issues than the enormity of the gift of a human life. There are millions of people who share my view that children are a gift from God and how we respond to that gift reveals a lot about who we are at that moment.

    I think the other commenter here was attempting to express that Obama and Clinton are far from feeling the same sentiment that children are a gift from God.

    I have not heard either of them express such sentiments.

    The argument about rape or incest is as old as the phrase “of course abortions shouldn’t be used for birth control” but of the 1,310,000 terminated pregnancies in the US in 2000, 1,244,500 of them were for exactly that: birth control. That is a hideous statement about personal responsibility if not a damning indictment of a society that has ceased to value the preciousness of children. That same year a mere 1% of the abortions (13,100) were for either rape or incest — neither category achieving 1% alone, making them statistically insignificant, yet policy is built around the protection of the 95% actuality of practicing birth control in this very unfortunate manner.

    I don’t judge or begrudge any woman who has had an abortion or a man who has asked woman to do so… I imagine the number of women who have done so is astronomically higher than statistics show and will for understandable reasons remain unknown. This is entirely between them and the Creator, and not for me to judge. Far from wanting to damn anyone for making such a choice, I would like it if our leaders and those with influence would speak regularly in honoring terms about children who are precious and valuable from the moment of conception, so that we can encourage our young people to make others-centered choices, not live so selfishly, and move on in a different direction than we have for the last 35 years; so that the world can right itself.

    But I also don’t believe I will live to see that.

    I know you mean well, but statements that include “of course” such as the statement “the best thing of course is prevention, with good sex education” do not seem to allow for flexibility of position. That it is a widely held belief does not in and of itself make it “the best thing” as a matter “of course.”

    There are other options.

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