A proclamation in the name of dubya was issued from the White House yesterday. They are consistent in their cluelessness and obsessive in serving their base:
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 15, 2009
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
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.
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…
Timeout: Could someone explain how teen abstinence is part of “promoting a culture of life” and yet there’s no mention of the horrors of war?
The proclamation continues:
…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.
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.
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.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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I encountered this same attitude up close and personal during the closing days of the last campaign:
…A large sedan plastered with republican and anti-choice bumper stickers pulled to a stop as we walked down the street on our canvass. A little old lady (very spry) jumped out and asked us who we were. We told her we were canvassing for Obama. She told us, “Wait a minute, I’ve got something for you.” She pulled forward out of traffic, then jumped out of her car to open the trunk. We stopped our walk in the opposite direction and turned to walk toward the car. As she opened the trunk she turned to look for us and started, saying, “You scared me!”
“You know I’m pro-life.” I replied, “I take it that means you’re against the death penalty and war?” “Oh no, it’s about murdering babies. Do you believe in God? Are you saved, is Jesus your savior? What church do you belong to?” I replied, “I don’t. I’m Jewish.” Without missing a beat she asked, “What about Israel?” I replied, “What about it?” She handed us each a flier and asked us to read it, saying, “Pray on this. I know you’re doing what you believe in.” She turned to go back to her car and we each said, “Have a nice day.”
Evidently starting a war based on lies doesn’t figure in their equation.
Irony impaired in perpetuity.