Note, there’s not a question mark after that.

This election has been all about that, for everybody actively
involved or watching from the sidelines, but keenly this time around,
about what matters (or doesn’t) to them. That would seem to
be the case in every election when people vote their values and
preferences, right? It’s different this time.

For so many fervent supporters of Sen. Obama, nothing matters but his persona. All the revelations
coming out in recent days, the 2001 interview about his view of the
Constitution and his philosophy of “redistributive justice”, the
associations of his associations (William Ayers dedicating one of his
books to RFK’s assassin; former PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi at a
dinner with Obama on tape the Los Angeles Times won’t release; ACORN…),
the statement that his policies would bankrupt the coal industry…..just
don’t matter. Obama symbolizes change from whatever they don’t like
about now, and just don’t care about the details of his life or even
his policies.

For fervent advocates of the sanctity and dignity of life for every
human being, the details of the two presidential candidates’ principles
on life and human rights matter above all else. Because a health care
plan or national security policies or economic growth charts matter
only to citizens who are living in this country. And the key to that is
the word ‘living’.

Barack Obama’s promise to enshrine the Freedom of Choice Act so radicalizes abortion on demand wrought by Roe, it
means the rights and benefits Obama is promising the underprivileged
are completely denied the entire class of human beings he deems
unworthy of privileges at all. His extreme position on this represents,
fundamentally, his version of American ideals.

Robert George describes a culture under such a government:

Barack Obama’s America is one in which being human just
isn’t enough to warrant care and protection. It is an America where the
unborn may legitimately be killed without legal restriction, even by
the grisly practice of partial-birth abortion. It is an America where a
baby who survives abortion is not even entitled to comfort care as she
dies on a stainless steel table or in a soiled linen bin. It is a
nation in which some members of the human family are regarded as
inferior and others superior in fundamental dignity and rights.

In Obama’s America, public policy would make a mockery of the great
constitutional principle of the equal protection of the law. In perhaps
the most telling comment made by any candidate in either party in this
election year, Senator Obama, when asked by Rick Warren when a baby
gets human rights, replied: “that question is above my pay grade.” It
was a profoundly disingenuous answer: For even at a state senator’s pay
grade, Obama presumed to answer that question with blind certainty. His
unspoken answer then, as now, is chilling: human beings have no rights
until infancy – and if they are unwanted survivors of attempted
abortions, not even then.

Everything else that matters depends on this first.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....