Universal Values?

This is a family blog with benign ramblings about the day to day adventures of being a mom. I have steered clear of political statements or voicing my views on any controversial or hot topics. However, the old saying, 'if you don't stand for something, you will fall for any thing' keeps ringing in my ear. I feel compelled to express my deep concern about Senator Obama because I see so many people falling for the propaganda. Many of our friends and family are conservative leaning but are planning on voting for Obama. Let's face it, John McCain is not a great choice and it is pretty disappointing that this was the best the Republican party could come up with. I have numerous faults with McCain, but for me it has come down to choosing the lesser of two evils.

Obama is an amazing speaker and brings a message of hope at the surface level. I have found myself captivated by him and considered voting for him early on. He seems to be a uniter until you really study what he stands for. As the campaigns have progressed and I learned more about his positions and things he has said, I can not align myself with him. I am appalled by Senator Obama’s remark that he would not punish his daughters with a baby if they made a mistake. This lack of value in the sanctity of life and his brazen talk within this clip shows what Barack Obama really stands for. He stands for abortion at all cost, even partial birth abortion. As a mother and a nurse that assisted families with the incredibly painful loss a baby or inability to have one, how could I possibly vote for a man who considers a baby a punishment? I encourage you to watch this video and this one on my sister's blog to see who Obama really is in his own words.


In his 'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address Obama states, “Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all."

Since when do I have to translate my values into universal values? What part of democracy says that I can’t vote for legislation that agrees with my values, religion-specific included? Democracy requires that values are put forth and the citizens vote on if they agree or not. Democracy as defined by Wikiipedia says it is “a form of government in which the supreme power is held completely by the people under a free electoral system… Furthermore, freedom of political expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are essential so that citizens are informed and able to vote in their personal interests." The mere notion that he would use the term universal values in the context of abortion where the fundamental division is due to the value of an unborn child is an example of his smooth double speak. What he is really saying is that the religiously motivated have to change their values to mainstream values of today because their argument for life holds no weight without God as the creator in the discussion.

Who's "universal values" would we use? Obama's? Atheist? Muslim? Buddhist? Prime time TVs? Clearly not Christian values, even though nearly 80% of Americans identify themselves as Christian. If we apply this rhetoric of "universal values" meaning a mainstream or popular value to history, would the civil rights movement or equality for women happened? The mainstream/universal values of the time were not in favor of these movements. It was people bringing their personal interests/values to democracy. We see equality for all as a "universal value" today but it was a very different "universal value" when the Constitution was written. If we remove the concept of universal worth of each person, where would we be? If we use some vague sense of "universal values" with abortion, you would have to argue that the value would be placed on the life of the individual (baby), not fixing the "mistake" that a woman made and giving her the "right" to end that life. To follow along his argument as to why I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to all. The answer is simple. Equality and universal value for all. Why is it my right to choose if a life created can be ended? On a universal level, regardless of faith or lack there of, electively choosing to end a baby’s life due to a mistake I made is not my authority.

Senator Obama and I have very different values and ideas of democracy. In addition to not valuing the life of an unborn child, he does not value the American Dream. Max and I have invested 13 years of struggle and sacrifice to arrive at the doorway of our American Dream. Senator Obama proposes to spread our American Dream around. Well let me ask if he plans to spread around the nearly 160 THOUSAND dollars we have taken on in student loans to get to our American Dream and that we will be paying back for 30 years? We also disagree on the value of a non-government run health care system. This doctor and nurse who are intimately intertwined with the health care system can wholeheartedly tell you that Obamacare is a bad idea. Has your government done a good job with Social Security or Medicare and Medicaid? Inserting layers of government and removing the capitalistic drive for the best will reduce our health care system to the suboptimal level of other socialized systems.

Obama is an incredible orator, but he is a double speaker. He claims to be a Christian but does not vote for values of Christ, mocks the Bible, and shares a Liberal Unitarian view. Psalm 127:3 "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward." I guess he is just translating his values into “universal” ones. I urge you to read and find out exactly what Obama stands for. You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. He is not a center leaning Democrat but a strong abortion proponent with shady associations and a socialistic economic and health care plan.

20 comments:

Monday through Sunday said...
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Abbie said...

Amen sister. In my head I was jumping up and down and screaming and clapping for you while reading this. I was just too lazy to actually get up and do that.:)
Just another thing that connects me to you my friend. Thanks so much for sharing so passionately!

Grammy said...

Right on Katie! I have been proud of you throughout your life for so many reasons and this post definitely makes me proud. You are eloquent in your passion and state the case very well. I'm so glad you and Max looked a little deeper into this man and what he stands for. Love, love, love you guys.

Pamela said...

Katie -

I have been following your blog since I signed up to Courtney's. It is such fun to see your lives - so different from my own right now.

I can tell you that I was clapping and cheering and pounding my keyboard in agreement over this blog post! I even called my husband to come and read it. Very well said and well researched.

I couldn't agree more and have the exact same frustration over the "hip and young" Obama family that seems to be hypnotizing our generation.

If people can ignore the mainstream media and actually do their homework, I think that the hip and young Obama wouldn't be so cool anymore...

Awesome post - thanks.

Pam

SCOTT BURROUGHS said...

Amen sister!!! I couldn't have said it better myself! And thanks for linking to my blog. I really hope and pray that the American people do their homework before voting this election.

LaVon & Kara said...

Well said!

Monday through Sunday said...

I have two blogs and have linked back to this post on both of them. I hope you do not mind. This REALLY blessed me. This post is so well written and thought out. I love it!!! :)

try2bAsunbeam said...

Exactly! Well said! This is a time when people want their ears tickled...They don't even see that thorns are doing the tickling...

Monday through Sunday said...

This is hard to watch...but...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRpIf2F9NA

Frasypoo said...

Very passionate ....
Its hard to think of a child as a punishment is' nt it?

Randi Jo :) said...

great job! found you from Melanie - I'm gonna link to you in a blog post soon. :)

MandM said...

Well Said! You articulated sentiments that I found difficult to convey to Obama supporters here in democratic California. Love it! Mel

emily said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this! Excellent. (and thanks again, Melanie, for pointing me here :)

Lacey said...

You don't need to convince me..I am right there with you...thinking the same things, and scared out of my mind that he will probably actually win this race. What a sad four years we may have ahead of us.

Kristy said...

thanks for sharing...and posting! I agree wholeheartedly!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Max was going to make more than 250 thousand a year!

MKHKKH said...

Anonymous- He is not. Not even close, but it is naive to believe that Obama can enact his health care plan and other programs without effecting you. Taxing the elite 5% will not cover it. He plans to tax small and big businesses alike. Do you not think those taxes will be passed on to you? Companies will increase their product's price and decrease raises to their employees. Why should those that take the risk and burden of a business be punished for success, at any level? That is the core that drives our economy.

Subscribing to the ideology that it is the governments job, not the individuals/businesses job, to decide what piece of the pie you get is socialism and flies in the face of the American Dream and the principles this country was founded on.

P.S. You should leave your name to show accountability for your comments. It is easy to say anything as an anonymous author but takes courage of your convictions to speak with a name.

JeffsJots said...

BRAVO, great blog!

Jessica said...

Katie, WOW!!! I am thinking a lot of things that the others have already said! This is one of the MANY reasons you are my friend! Someone sure did raise you right! ;-)

And I just have to say, as an eligible beneficiary of Obama's redistribution of wealth plan, it is fundamentally WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, and I am NOT excited about the prospect of his presidency, and instead more worried than ever!

Thank you for sharing! I am so impressed by your passionate words!!

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