January 17, 2009

Happy Impose My Religion on You and Erase Reproductive Freedom Day

2009 Five Presidents, President George W. Bush...Image by BL1961 via FlickrIn case you haven't heard, one of Bush's final acts in office was to declare today, January 18, "National Sanctity of Human Life Day." As Free Thinking reminds us, "George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a 'uniter, not a divider,' is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion." After watching this man's final press conference, I am not sure he could do or say anything that would surprise me at this point. The man is either seriously mentally ill (and I mean no offense to others with serious mental illness) or a liar without a conscience. Maybe we will find out if he tries the insanity defense during his war crimes trial (yes, I am still hoping that our elected officials will do the right thing here).

Here is Bush's proclamation, with comment (ok, rant):
All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
Human life, like all life is the product of a lengthy natural process called evolution. No gifts, creators, or magic needed. And to suggest that non-human life is unworthy of protection is simply arrogant.

You may think you have the right to speak for all Americans, but you sure as hell don't speak for me. No person, born or otherwise, has any "special place and purpose in this world," including you. We make our own purpose by how we live our lives.

As for "speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us," how do you reconcile this with your tax cuts to the wealthy, your unjust war in Iraq, or the debacle that was Hurricane Katrina. You godiots sure do talk a good game about how compassionate you are when it comes to fetuses, but the moment someone is born, you abandon them.
The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
Protecting the innocent is the most basic duty of government, huh? I thought government's most basic duty involved discrediting one's enemies, lining one's pockets, and imposing one's will on others. Perhaps I've been led astray over the past 8 years. I agree that your administration has been committed to many things (e.g., cronyism, wiretapping, propaganda, manipulation, torture, incompetence, etc.), but these have precious little to do with human life.

You could have pushed to outlaw abortion, but you didn't. Don't get me wrong - I'm actually glad you didn't. But if you really believed all this nonsense about unborn children being persons which are somehow more deserving of protection than those of us who have been born, I would have thought you might have put more effort into completely abolishing reproductive freedom instead of just blustering about it so much.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.
Yes, America is a caring nation. No more or less caring than any other nation, but caring nonetheless. You see, your patriotic nationalism not only flies in the face of reality but has actually been quite harmful to America's place in the world. You may prefer to be guided by your values, such as they are, but many of us would much rather pay attention to the data once in awhile. What about a little pragmatism? What about doing what works when it comes to health care, education, or public policy? Instead of wallowing in your superstition, real or feigned, how about recognizing that deliberately ignoring data to pursue fantasies suggests that your precious values could use some work?
The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
Does this include children of...(gasp)...welfare mothers? How about children adopted by gay parents? And just what is this "noble cause" to which you refer? I realize this is more code your your fellow Christian extremists, but how about remembering that you were supposed to represent ALL OF US!

I suppose that is too much to ask. After all, you seem to have no recognition whatsoever that really wanting something to be the case does not mean that it will in fact be so. Enough of this magical thinking already! What happened to effort, hard work, and going where the data lead?
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

Good riddance and here's hoping the door does in fact hit you on the way out! But seriously, W, I do hope to see you again. I hope to see you on the news every night as you are investigated for war crimes and a host of other criminal abuses of power committed by your administration. I hope you face the full extent of the law you have tried so hard to subvert. I hope the American people rip their heads from the sand and hold you accountable. In doing so, we will show the world that you have not been acting on our behalf and that no one is above the law.

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