I watched a rare bit of tv (cringe), surfed the web, and heard a lot about the president calling Middle East leaders and having meetings. Nothing on FOCA. Clearly the man has reneged on his Major Campaign Promise to the Minions of the Culture of Death. Convert? Trickster? Preoccupied?
The old thread has rotated into the archives (though feel free to comment there, too). But let’s keep this discussion up in our line here.
It looks as if the president is steering some debates away from old lines. I recall his inaugural address remark about the debate on large versus small government being superceded by an argument for a government that works. Pragmatic, in a way that we haven’t seen from politics since the late 60′s.
I would be concerned about the pro-life movement losing a chance to wedge in on this opportunity. The bishops and the neocon pundits have framed abortion back into scare tactics. By trumpeting a bill that’s been buried for almost two decades, and trying to drum up energy and effort over it, they should have been very, very sure this bill was a real threat.
They’ve forgotten, it seems, basic civics. Congress approves a bill, then the president signs. But first, it has to get out of committee. But first, the president’s new government needs to be approved. And maybe the priorities are digging the nation out of a capitalist-gone-wild adventure … not to mention two wars.
Unfortunately, abortion on demand is the law of the land. An entrenched legal tradition, especially one that evokes so many strong feelings, is not going to be allowed to scuttle the good feelings of a First 100 Days. It’s just not. Politicians may be running Washington, but these people have brains.
I’m still standing on my prediction: this bill sees no light of day in 2009. Napkins for egg, please, to the bishops and pundits who insist this legislation is a danger in a nation that’s already seeing a generation-long decline in abortion rates.
Too bad we can’t vote on the leadership in the pro-life movement. I have a sense they won’t fare too well after a few months have passed. The bishops have continued to marginalize themselves, and this in a realm–public politics–that is the domain of the laity.
I suspect that the new lessons will be hard to learn.