The president of the United States is supposed to be a leader. All the way back to George Washington, the Father of Our Country, the implication was that this leadership role encompassed far more than just performing the duties delegated to the executive department of the federal government.
The chief executive amongst other things was in a sense looked up to as the spiritual leader of the country.
This is not to say that the commander-in-chief has or should ever also hold an office in organized religion simultaneously with the presidency.
However, throughout U.S. history the mantle assumed by the president has been one of moral leadership, which has typically been more by example of word and deed than legislation.
Washington was known for his stalwart devotion to God. In his first national Thanksgiving address he declared:
“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
Washington also exhorted others to learn “the religion of Jesus Christ” and was renowned for the unashamed fervency of the entreaties he brought before the Almighty in prayer for his nation.
In his farewell speech he mentioned the Christian faith 8 times and remarked, “And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
Almost 220 years have passed since the first president left office. And the moral principles espoused by the current American president couldn’t possibly be in sharper relief against Mr. Washington’s.
Where the inaugural chief executive appealed to others to follow Christ, the present insists “We are not a Christian Nation.”
Where the former saw value in life and championed biblical precepts like children are blessings, the latter calls them “mistakes” which he would not want his daughters “punished” with.
The rabidly anti-life example set by Barack Obama (and others of his ilk) has indeed created a culture of abortion which was destined to foster demons like Kermit Gosnell, who believed he could kill with immunity.
The allegations made against the aged Philadelphia abortionist, convicted Monday May 13, 2013 on multiple counts of first degree murder, included “drugging and tying a woman up who had decided against the abortion and then forcibly performing it against her will” as well as “grisly infanticides that involved Gosnell snipping the spines with scissors of babies who had purposefully been prematurely born so they could be killed moments later.”
The plain and simple fact is that Mr. Obama is not only pro-abortion, he is an advocate of infanticide as evidenced by his refusal to support the Born Alive Infant Protection Act when he was an Illinois state senator in 2001. Arguing against the measure Obama stated:
“Whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – child, a nine-month-old – child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place.”
If one extrapolates Mr. Obama’s position to its logical conclusion, that children who survive failed abortion procedures are not “a person,” therefore “not entitled to …protections,” it makes Gosnell’s conviction on the counts of murdering born alive infants ironic, if not hypocritical.
At least insofar as Barack Obama’s worldview is concerned. So much for the president setting a decent moral example for the country.