Sunday, April 03, 2005

Democrats Support "Quality of Life", not just "Culture"

We have a new slogan to deal with. The "Culture of Life".

With the passing of Terri Schiavo, President Bush has urged supporters:
"to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. ... In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life."
But what are they talking about? What is this so-called "culture of life"?

As has been reported, this term is a code word. As reported:
To many analysts, the resistance to Washington's role illustrated the challenges Bush and other social conservatives face in forging consensus for a "culture of life" agenda that includes issues such as abortion, embryonic stem cell research and end-of-life cases.

So basically, the Republcans are most concerned about those brief moments when people are formed during sex and before birth, and the moments prior to death. These are the religious moments, periods of time when the soul is deposited into each individual, and times when the soul departs for heaven or elsewhere at the end of life. Mystical moments one might say.

But Republicans have failed to spend any attention on the 70 or so years between these times. They haven't made our youth a priority. They haven't concerned themselves with healthcare. They aren't worried about our Seniors. They ignore poverty and instead dwell on rewarding the wealthy. They shock and awe their way to international domination and scoff at others who wish to consult our allies. They abuse the environment with relaxed regulations for polluters and cynical laws about healthy forests. They threaten our very civil liberties and cover-up abuse of prisoners of war.

America needs to know. Republicans are hung-up on the moments of birth, sex, and death. Democrats care about that and everything in between. You make the call.

We need new leadership in America that is in touch with reality. That supports the culture of all Americans. Not just those being conceived and those passing away. Living in America is more than just a series of "precious moments."

Bob

4 Comments:

Blogger Marie said...

TOUCHE'!

9:18 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

Thank you Marie! You are my most loyal reader and have been a great help to me in setting up this blog! Now...what is that HTML you use to make the different color type fonts ? :)

Bob

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Mansueto said...

The term "Culture of Life" is not "code" to practicing Catholics. The term comes from Pope John Paul II's acclaimed 1995 encyclical letter, "The Gospel of Life." In that letter Pope John Paul movingly set forth the Church's belief in the "incomparable worth of a human life" and in compelling fashion explained why, in light of that belief, all abortion is instrinsicly evil and must be opposed. The letter called on Catholic politicians to oppose laws that legalize abortion. John Kerry obviously has not taken the reasoning in the letter to heart. Why he has not he has never stated. He couldn't say why if he tried becuase the truth is there is no morally sound justification for the taking of defenseless, totally innocent human life. The real reason underlying John Kerry's position is of course that the abortion industry (Planned Parenthood, NARAL, etc.) is incredibly well-financed and has a virtual stranglehold over Democratic fund raising.

I voted Democratic all my life until I came to see that I cannot in good conscience vote for a party that advocates the legalization of killing innocent human beings. I am not alone in this regard. There are millions of Americans -- more than enough to have made the difference in the last election -- who would vote Democratic but for the party's love affair with abortion. Please don't give me the "I'm personally opposed but" line. If you're opposed, really opposed, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

3:33 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

Daniel,

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I am not qualified to debate Catholic ethics.

However, I am sure that you would agree that ethical people would agree that proactive war is contrary to your beliefs. This President has failed in that subject miserably.

I am sure that protection of the environment is also part of your ethical beliefs. Once again this President has failed America.

I am sure that you would believe that having the wealthy bear the burden for the poor is also part of a just society. And this President has failed the poor and the disadvantaged.

I am sure that you would believe that capital punishment is not something that the Catholic Church, unlike our President, supports. In fact this President flaunted his executions while Governor of Texas.

I am sure that you would believe that condoms play an important part in the control of the spread of disease in America as well as in Africa and the rest of the world. And this President has interfered with the delivery of condoms and financing of family planning in the midst of deep poverty in Africa.

And just maybe, you might give some consideration to the women of the world who are subject to rape in Darfur, abuse in many parts of the world, and unequal political rights in many other portions of the world.

And just maybe, you will realize that while abortion appears large on your own horizon, that there are many issues that rise above that issue including destruction of the environment, war, and poverty.

And just maybe, you will realize that other religions exist in America, and that John Kerry was running for President of All Americans and that his obligation would thus be to represent everyone.

Bob

9:29 PM  

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