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My Take: Obama pledged to dial down the culture wars. What happened?
The author says that Obama has let down antiabortion Democrats.
September 6th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

My Take: Obama pledged to dial down the culture wars. What happened?

Editor's note: Michael Sean Winters writes the blog "Distinctly Catholic" for the National Catholic Reporter and is the author of "God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right."

By Michael Sean Winters, Special to CNN

Four years ago, anti-abortion Sen. Robert Casey addressed the Democratic National Convention.

“Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion,” he said. “But the fact that I am speaking here tonight is testament to Barack’s ability to show respect to the views of people who may disagree with him… he’ll pursue the common good by seeking common ground rather than trying to divide us.”

The next day, speaking to fellow anti-abortion Democrats, we all admitted we had been moved to tears by Casey’s speech.

As candidate and as president, Obama promised he would try and heal the culture wars.

”Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause,” he said in 2009 at the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic university, “and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women.”

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He retained the White House faith-based office President George W. Bush had created and even increased funding for religiously affiliated charities.

This week in Charlotte, Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, addressed the convention. Nearly all the politicians who spoke celebrated the party’s commitment to legalized abortion, offering some of the biggest applause lines of the convention.

Anti-abortion Democrats were crying again, but they were not tears of pride.

It has been clear for some time that President Obama’s campaign has concluded that they were never going to win the same levels of support among moderate, white, working class voters that propelled him to victory in 2008. Whereas in 2008, he was seen as a remedy for the bad economy, Obama is now seen as the cause, or at least not as the cure.

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So the president is re-litigating the culture wars he promised to salve in 2008. It’s one way to keep the Democrats from having to talk about the 8.3% unemployment rate.

And, so while one expected the Republican Party to be engaged in the culture wars, instead it is the Democrats, feeding off President Obama’s decision to bait-and- switch, that are stoking those wars.

Last November, President Obama met with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference. Obama said that he understood the Catholic Church’s concerns about a new White House contraception mandate that requires employers to provide no-cost contraception coverage to virtually all their employees. That includes those who work at church-run organizations like schools and hospitals.

Fixing this problem wouldn’t have been difficult. Obama could have expanded the exemption and allowed women who work at Catholic institutions to get contraception coverage through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Instead, the president announced there would be no change in the conscience exemption.

What happened? Women’s groups besieged the White House with complaints and the Obama campaign needed the fundraising support of pro-choice groups like Emily’s List. And so, Obama picked a thoroughly unnecessary fight with the Catholic Church.

The HHS mandate was the straw that broke the Church camel’s back.

But Obama’s Justice Department had earlier entered a Supreme Court brief arguing that churches had no special protection in the hiring and firing of their pastors, only to have the Supreme Court unanimously reject their view.

Then Obama’s Health and Human Services Department denied a grant to the bishops’ conference program to help the victims of human trafficking because church agencies would not provide or promote contraception, even though the program got high marks from HHS staff.

This week’s convention speeches are more evidence that Obama is still pursuing a strategy of exciting the base and suburban women and forgetting about culturally conservative Democrats.

“[The president] believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” first lady Michelle Obama said to thunderous applause.

It is possible the strategy will work.

For every culturally conservative Catholic voter Obama loses in western Pennsylvania, he may pick up the vote of an affluent, politically unaffiliated, nonchurch-going and decidedly pro-abortion rights woman in the Philadelphia suburbs. She might be in a position to write a check to his campaign as well.

And it’s true that some Republican actions have made it easier for the Democrats to rally the pro-abortion rights faithful.

In the key swing state of Virginia, the Republican legislature and governor passed a law requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion, leading many centrist voters to conclude that it is the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are extreme on abortion. In Congress, Republicans tried to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

What may work for Obama, however, will prove disastrous for his party.

It is difficult to see how Democrats will ever reclaim the House unless they win back the seats once held by anti-abortion Democrats like Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania , Bart Stupak of Michigan and Steve Dreihaus of Ohio. All three of those seats went Republican after anti-abortion groups targeted them because of their vote in favor of health care reform.

Branding the party as rigidly pro-choice, and even refusing to include “big tent” language on abortion in the party platform, will not help Democrats reclaim the House, so we can all look forward to more culture wars in the future.

Abortion rights groups and the Obama campaign may have cut off their nose to spite their face by reigniting the culture wars. No one looks forward to four more years of squabbles between a GOP-led House and President Obama.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Michael Sean Winters.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Barack Obama • Politics

soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. lynnmarie2u

    I and many many others have no problem with people who have faith,believe,etc. The issue is when the few have the need to pummel those that do not. The issue that face this country are not religion,not abortion. The issues that face our nation are job growth,healthcare,education,etc.The games both sides of the aisle have been playing needs to stop. They are hired to represent ALL the American citizens,not just a few,not just one gender,etc.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Bhawk

    Did one ever think he could.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  3. SoldierOfConscience

    Before making your choice in december, remember the truth is BLACK and WHITE not a vast gray

    Somebody is either GOOD or EVIL.

    Choices made by people are either GOOD or EVIL (e.g. illegal aliens crossing the border)

    Support GOOD not EVIL.

    Peace

    September 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Kris

      Well, *that's* a very complex nuanced view.

      September 7, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  4. ..

    Remember President Barack HUSSEIN Obama's complete name

    Remember 9/11

    Remember USS Cole

    Peace,

    September 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Wow so now a persons middle name is a detriment? How intentionally stupid are you willing to be?

      September 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Al

      Err please remove the American Flag from your home. You DO NOT in anyway represent the American Spirit..you may represent the KKK or Nazi party...but not the American Party. Your comments reflect the ignorance and bigotry and hate that hurts America. Just because his name has Hussain he is evil? Wow..sad person as an American.

      September 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • alock

      go away, trolling will get you nowhere

      September 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • tlm

      You are too stupid for words...peace!

      September 7, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • ..

      All I know is –

      muslums created 9/11
      muslums do ji-had
      muslums want to impose sharia
      muslums want to oppress their wimmen

      So I dont like them

      September 7, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  5. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Timothy Richardson

      I read your Post and your Right on one thing. You stated that you look Foolish to the World. I am NOT of this World as Jesus is NOT of this World. I would rather be a Fool to the World than Damned to Jesus. Jesus is EVERYTHING to me and always will be. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the ONLY way for Eternal Life, you my Friend I will Pray for. For the way your going in this World, you will have ETERNAL HELL FIRE! I will Pray for you is all I can say!

      September 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • hal 9000

      To be clear, my reply was to the original poster "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things".

      September 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  7. therealpeace2all

    Reblogged this on peace2alldotme.

    September 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  8. heathergirl1234

    “[The president] believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” first lady Michelle Obama said to thunderous applause.

    So does she support the ban on transfats? Or Bloomberg banning drinks larger then 16 0unces? I mean it is my body right? Surely if I have the right to decide for myself to have an abortion, surely I can decide to eat food with transfats or drink a 16 ounce soda!

    Right? It's my body after all!

    September 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @heathergirl1234

      So... you are attempting to equate things like 'trans-fats' and being pro-choice on abortion as the same thing ?

      You might want to re-think that one a bit, -heathergirl1234

      Peace...

      September 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Hear, hear Heather. Liberal hypocrisy is evident here.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Grace

      Heather, you nut. If you want to drink 32 ounces of soda in a single sitting, go to town! Because you know what? You can buy multiple servings and drink as much as you want. Drink 400 ounces for all I care.

      Strangely, combining an appendix operation, three Tylenol and an ice pack will not similarly combine to result in an abortion. NO combination of available medical treatments will result in an abortion other than a doctor either performing an abortion or giving you an abortifacent.

      So while you still have the freedom to ignore the government advisory and drink yourself silly on Dr Pepper, a woman CANNOT overcome a restriction on abortion.

      September 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • tlm

      Wow...equating a life changing medical decisions with transfat is just about the most idiotic thing I have read today and this site is crawling with toads.

      September 7, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  9. dnokc

    Why isn't this front page news CNN? This should be news to those not of faith as well. One, of many peeves I have with Mr. Obama is he will pander to a person or group, then put them on the shelf! Look at the whole God controversy, regardless of which side of it you were on. Look at Israel, again regardless of which side you were on. For goodness sakes look at Oprah...used her up and on the shelf she went!

    September 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  10. Reality

    What happened?

    As with the 2008 presidential election, abortion will be the deciding issue in 2012 and that is why it is front and center on the Democratic Party's platform.

    Added details:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    i.e. IF THE PILL AND MALE CONDOMS WERE USED PROPERLY, ABORTION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AND OBAMA WOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • tlm

      With every presidential election the Republicans make this an issue. It is their base, it is who they pander too. Since you folks want to make contraception illegal I ask you then what?

      September 7, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  11. Dinah

    Women will have abortions whether or not they are legal. You can't stop us. You never could. It's because of this that more women died of illegal abortions than men in the Vietnam War, and why it was the Italian Mafia's number one business. You can either provide them legally so that women can have the safe medical care they need, or you can make it illegal and go to the past.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Reality

      The reality of se-x, contraception and STD/HIV control: –

      from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

      – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

      Followed by:

      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      September 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Dinah, how 'bout abstinence? will that work to avoid need for morally ghastly alternatives?

      September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  12. SoldierOfConscience

    I watched the dummycrap convention. The planned parent hood lady.

    her agenda (and that of the dummycraps) seems to be

    – Doesnt matter whether birth control kills unborn humans or not, just go for it
    – legalize all kinds of deviancy, doesnt matter if society goes down the hill

    Yeah... go for it. watch me oppose it though.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • sam

      Ooh, 'deviancy'. Scary. Let me guess: that can be defined as 'stuff I don't like or believe', right?

      September 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      devaincy = anything other than 1 man + 1 woman, for life. easy divorce, g @ y stuff, p 3dophile, bestial, all in same category.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      SoldierOfConscience= P.rick.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Soldier

      Aren't moronic religious nuts like you supposed to wait until it's way later to attempt revisionism?

      September 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      SoldierOfConscience sounds evangelical and uneducated.

      A more fitting name would be "Soldier of Con Science" (which is Creationism).

      Come to think of it, I think I smell a disgruntled ex Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer . . .

      September 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Im not a creationist. way to jump to conclusions.

      September 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      Kill unborn humans? Hardly, prevents a glob of undifferentiated cells from potentially forming into a baby, yes. The GOP really needs to end all this nonsense that life begins at conception. I posit that we only have an ethical/moral obligation to sentient beings

      September 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      @SOC,
      Ever wonder why you god seems to hate all the same things you do?

      September 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Russel, 'mass of undifferentiated cells' eh? Please answer the following with YES or NO only

      1. Embryo is alive
      2. Embryo is composed of human cells
      3. The DNA present in Embryo is unique, i,e, not present in any other human
      4. The Embryo is not harming the mother or any other humans

      If YES to all four above, it is a unique human in existence that is not harming other human beings.

      PEACE

      September 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @SoldierOfConscience

      And when else would a person be required to give up bodily autonomy to act as a life support system for another?

      Also, number 4 is not a yes or no question, and you know it. Don't be disingenuous.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Hawaii,

      re: Question 4 im talking about the vast majority of the cases which are healthy pregnancies ok? in case of complications let the doctors decide and the lord be with the mother/father/babies

      About life support system, whats the difference between this and we supporting the 2 month old toddler in every possible way? Or dad after divorce paying child support when he could be using his money in other ways? YEAH PEOPLE SUPPORT OTHER PEOPLE. Coz they have responsibilities.

      September 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Soldier

      "re: Question 4 im talking about the vast majority of the cases which are healthy pregnancies ok?"
      Ohhh so we should only talk about things that help your questions, and ignore situations that don't.

      Also, parents choose to keep a child after birth. It isn't that difficult to give up parental rights and put the child into foster care or adoption agencies, so that failed. Child support isn't giving up BODILY AUTONOMY.
      Seriously do you purposefully ignore certain things, or is it just natural at this point?

      September 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Jarvis Jasper

      Soldier of Crazy, get some help

      September 7, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • tlm

      All I can say is wow....you are delusional at best. I think this speaks to your nonexistent moral compass.

      September 7, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Hawaii, ("only talk about things that help your questions, and ignore situations that don't.") No.

      In case that the mom is in danger or in case of 1ncest or r@pe where its psychological trauma and we dont want victim reminded of this every day, then it is OK to do something. but if not any of the above then ab0rt1on, birth control, everything else that will affect the conceived preborn human should be made illegal. is that OK? That was what I meant.

      September 7, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  13. Michael Sean Winters

    I thought we had a deal that men would get to decide whats best for a women. "What happened? Women’s groups besieged the White House with complaints" and Obama gave in. What a weak President, to give in to women who think they should get to decide whats best for their bodies themselves. God gave men the power over women and they should obviously use that power to control a womens reproductive rights, as in, when a man wants to get you pregnant, he will, just shut up and get back in the kitchen till we are ready for you.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Is that you, Bill Deacon?

      September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      I think this was an exercise in Irony. Not Ironing which of course is a womans job, right Michael?

      September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Send that to Jen McCreight, Michael. Damn that b.itch needs a slap in the face. Atheism+ is worse than the Holocaust.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  14. tuvia

    !!!!

    B"H

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    September 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • old ben

      This is bull sh it. Also this Jonathan Pollard is a highly unstable traitor. Keep him where he is.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. tuvia

    !!!
    B"H
    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • old ben

      This is bull sh it. Also this Johnathan Pollard is an unstable traitor. Would be a danger to anyone if allowed to roam free again in society. Keep him where he is.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  16. Bill Deacon

    What Happened? You got hosed by hope and change is what happened

    September 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Russell's Teapot

      No more different than all that 'compassionate' conservatism nonsense

      September 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  17. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    So the president is supposed to fix the economy, run 2 wars plus other incursions, try and fix the multi.tude of problems domestically and you want him to fix the culture war too?

    Here is an idea for all you anti-abortion types. Support a campaign of s.e.x education and contraception. Short of that you are not against abortion you are against s.e.x.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Julie89

      Ask all the Medical Marijuana Cancer Patients that are terrorized daily by a draconian administration with no compassion..!

      September 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      While I agree with your issue Julie, what does it have to do with the opinion piece or the point I made about it?

      September 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "So the president is supposed to fix the economy, run 2 wars plus other incursions, try and fix the multi.tude of problems domestically and you want him to fix the culture war too?" You forgot that he has to do it all with one hand tied behind his back, aka the republican filibuster, and he has to do it all in under four years or the republicans who drove the car off the cliff will repo the wreck and start parting it out for personal profit.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Talk about a false choice. For me, life begins at conception. So many kinds of birth control are morally indistinguishable from ab0rt1on. Your statement, to give you an analogy:

      IF YOU DONT WANT MURDERS TAKING PLACE, LEGALIZE ROBBERY.

      September 7, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  18. Oh, look. Another book author trying to boost sales of his worthless book. Woo.

    Mr. Winters has written a worthless opinion piece.
    He does nothing but pretend he "knows" why the President did any particular thing when it is very clear that Mr. Winters doesn't know a damn thing about any of it.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  19. William Demuth

    What happened?

    Really?

    The right whipped the inbreds into a frenzy over nothing

    You will see real progress once he is reelected. Then the Jeebus freaks will be pummeled with regulations limiting their power over others.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  20. Rational Libertarian

    Obama is a d.ouche, but I respect his pro choice stance.

    September 6, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Huebert

      What he said.

      September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
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