Still guest blogging for Pinky until she is back from Hawaii.
In the news: On Friday, President Bush made a proclamation that kind of blew my mind. Here it is:
On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society.
America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and our country remains committed to upholding that founding principle. Since taking office, I have signed legislation to help protect life at all stages, and my Administration will continue to encourage adoption, fund abstinence education and crisis pregnancy programs, and support faith-based groups. Today, as our society searches for new ways to ease human suffering, we must pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects the sacred gift of life and upholds our moral values.
Our Nation has made progress in its efforts to protect human life, and we will strive to change hearts and minds with compassion and decency. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day and throughout the year, we help strengthen the culture of life in America and work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 20, 2008, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
- GEORGE W. BUSH
When I read this my first thought was, "Is this a prank?" Because really - is there anybody out there with a track record like his (human rights abuses, war criminality, shredding constitutional rights, etc.) that would allow themselves to speak publicly about "defending the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society" or "respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being"? Of course not! Any normal person would feel too ashamed.
I was confused enough that I finally called Daisy to ask him about it. Well Daisy explained to me that President Bush is not contradicting himself at all. He said that my confusion was coming from the fact that people like President Bush just have a different definition of human life. He said President Bush and his friends only believe in the sanctity of human life in that time frame beginning with conception, right up until 1 second before you're born.
Okay, that helped a lot. You know, politics wouldn't be so hard to understand if politicians would just include definitions and explanatory footnotes whenever they try to say something.
Posted by Kim
[ Bunny: Kim said "President Bush and his friends only believe in the sanctity of human life in that time frame beginning with conception, right up until 1 second before you're born." I would also add: "From the moment of birth on, your body belongs to the state." ]