Welcome to Des Moines, Mr. President Reply

By Tom Quiner

In this 2007 Life Magazine photo, President Obama campaigns in Beaverdale, Iowa.

The President of the United States is visiting my neighborhood this morning. He’ll be at the home of members from my church. Some of my friends will be in attendance.

I had a 7 AM meeting at my neighborhood coffee shop this morning, Grounds for Celebration, where a couple of Secret Service agents where loading up on caffeine.

It’s all exciting, but I didn’t earn an invite. I wonder why?

Despite our differing political views, I welcome the President to Beaverdale, Iowa. (Beaverdale is the name for a neighborhood in Des Moines — surely one of the best places in the world in which to live!)

I honor the Presidency and welcome President Obama to my beloved state and neighborhood.

A friend of mine, a Democrat, asked if I could ask the President a question, what would it be? I don’t know that I have a question as much as an explanation for the difficult political climate in which President Obama operates. It goes back to Peggy Noonan’s question to which I referred in my post last night: does the other side have a good motive?

Abortion is the leading social issue that explains much about how conservatives assess the President and his Party’s motives .

They state that abortion should be rare, but safe.

But the legislation they have either passed or want to pass contradicts their rhetoric.

They refused to exclude abortion in the language of the mammoth healthcare bill they passed. True, the President signed an Executive Order preventing it, but an Executive Order does not carry the clout of clear legislative language such as the Hyde amendment.

The President is an enthusiastic supporter of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). This act would have devastating implications for Americans who revere the sanctity of human life. It would strip away conscious-protection laws. Doctors would be compelled to perform abortions, because abortion would now be considered a basic “human right.” Catholic hospitals would be forced to abandon Catholic principles … or close. The sheer quantity of abortions will only increase, contrary to the stated position that abortion should be rare.

It’s one thing for Democrats to say “although I’m personally opposed to abortion, I can’t tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body.”

It’s quite another for Democrats to say “you will be compelled by law to remove the life within a mother’s womb if that is what she wants.”

FOCA has not passed … yet.

Democrats took a big step toward the goals of FOCA, though, by ensuring that abortion was not excluded from the healthcare bill, the President’s Executive Order notwithstanding.

So, here is what I would say to President Obama:

“Mr. President, I hold your office in high esteem. I pray for you often. I pray that God keeps you safe. But I don’t trust your motives. I’m concerned that you want to impose a new value system on me, my Church, and my country, one that our Founding Fathers never envisioned, one that my Church never envisioned. I’m concerned that if you and your party get your way, Americans who have embraced traditional American values of God-granted rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, will experience economic sanctions … or worse … if they don’t accept your new order. I wish you well, Mr. President. Thanks for letting me voice my views.”

Does the “other side” have a good motive? 1

By Tom Quiner

No, the other side does not have a good motive.

Democrats despised President Bush and former Speaker Newt Gingerich.  They didn’t trust their motives.

Republicans despise President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.  They don’t trust their motives.

It wasn’t always this way in America, was it?

One of America’s great commentators on politics and culture, Peggy Noonan, talks about America shortly after President Obama’s election in 2008.  Watch the interview above for Ms. Noonan’s always astute insights.

A few gems: President Obama is NOT particularly eloquent. Print out his speeches and read them. They are not memorable.

By contrast, print out Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and you will get goose bumps.

She laughed at then candidate Obama’s infamous line that determining when life begins is above his pay grade. She said ask any teen age boy who’s buying a pack of condoms when life begins if you want the correct (and obvious) answer.

Ms. Noonan said a line from Pope Benedict sticks with her when contemplating her life and the world: “God is in charge of history.” She adds: “do your best … it’s not all on you, but do your best.”

Ms. Noonan calls for more grace in our political life … and sees a need to assume that the other side has good motives.

The rage against God Reply

By Tom Quiner

At the age of 15, Peter Hitchens burned his Bible and denied God’s existence.

At the age of 58, his older brother, Christopher, wrote a best-selling book, “God is Not Great.” If you didn’t guess, Christopher, too, is an atheist.  However, something happened to younger brother, Peter, along the way.

He changed his mind.

He became a Christian … again.

The younger Mr. Hitchen also wrote a best-selling book at the age of 58 called “The Rage Against God.”  The theme:  “how atheism led me to faith.”

I bet that makes for interesting family gatherings!

Whereas older brother, Christopher, believes religion has been the source of international conflict throughout history, younger brother Peter disagrees:

“They [atheists] have a fundamental inability to concede that to be effectively absolute a moral code needs to be beyond human power to alter.”

Unlike his brother, Peter Hitchens sees godlessness as the root cause of history’s most notorious examples of man’s inhumanity toward man:

“In all my experience in life, I have seldom seen a more powerful argument for the fallen nature of man, and his inability to achieve perfection, than those countries in which man sets himself up to replace God with the State.”

Germany and the Soviet Union quickly come to mind.

One of the Christian’s world most intellectual and articulate spokespersons, Fr. Robert Barron, weighed in on Mr. Hitchen’s book in the YouTube clip above.  Take a few minutes to listen to him discuss Peter Hitchen’s premise, that there’s an essential relationship between a healthy society and Christianity. Then listen to Peter Hitchen’s commentary below.

The courts and liberal pressure groups are gaining momentum in removing God from the public square in America.  They are systematically installing a different value system based on secular humanism.

Is that a good idea?

What will be the cost to America?

Listen to these commentaries … and weigh in with your own personal reflections. I want to hear from you.


This could be the Tea Party’s theme song Reply

By Tom Quiner

Like most of the world, I love the great musical, Les Miserables. The characters were far more multi-dimensional than I had ever seen before in musicals.  The multiple, interwoven plot lines kept me on the edge of my seat.

The classic song, Do You Hear the People Sing? reminds me of the Tea Party movement. With just a few tweaks, it would be perfect.