Respect for Life?
We finally have our long-awaited president-elect, Barack Obama, after a long and skillful campaign that will go down in history books as one of the most masterful, get-out-the vote operations ever executed in American history. More importantly, though, we have had the honor of witnessing history played out in a way few of us ever imagined we would–the election of our first black president. This is a day of celebration and reflection for millions of Americans.
Then why do so many of us feel such incredible despair? It kind of feels like being invited to the most exciting party of a lifetime only to come down with the flu just hours before.
Mr. Obama has more than enough charisma, talent, and ambition for “change” to make anyone of us feel a “tingle up our leg” [Chris Matthews], but it’s what he lacks that leaves many of us Christians feeling deflated–respect for life.
His beautiful, vacant words seemed to have a cast a spell of delusion upon the masses, leaving the rest of us shaking our heads in disbelief, and asking the question, “Doesn’t anyone care about the truth anymore?” How is he able to convince Americans that he is more pro-life than McCain?
The answer in two words–willful ignorance. Our accessability to news is so widely distributed via email, internet, XM Radio, television, and of course, newspapers that there is no excuse to be uninformed about each candidates positions.
Yet this is precisely what happened. Reminds me of the old saying, “Don’t confuse me with the facts, I already made up my mind.”
Rebecca Noviello Pepper