Mario Diaz

We know President Obama is very gifted when it comes to talking the talk. We also know that it is highly unlikely he will walk the walk. However, the real problem is that, despite this knowledge, you can still find yourself believing what you think you are hearing him say.

Let me explain.

President Obama’s rhetoric is so empty it allows you to project your best aspirations into it. Concerned Women for America (CWA) exposed this very early in his presidency. You may recall that the President said on the campaign trail that, although he was “pro-choice,” he wanted to find some “common ground” with pro-life Americans, suggesting he wanted help reduce the number of abortions (about 4,000 a day) performed in this country.

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He was right. That would be common ground; we don’t want any babies aborted, so to save even one is a real joy. Naturally, when CWA President Wendy Wright was invited to the White House for a meeting to discuss that “common ground,” she accepted. But she was quickly “put in her place” when she tried to give some input as to the best approach to reducing the number of abortions.

Melody Barnes, the Director of Domestic Policy Council and a former board member of the radical pro-abortion group Emily’s List, led the meeting and corrected Miss Wright, saying, “It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.” The goal is to “reduce the need for abortions” (emphasis mine).

I know any reasonable person would think that if you reduce the need for abortion, you would have fewer abortions, but you would be falling into that trap again — projecting your good intentions into their rhetoric. You see, they just want women to have abortions when they want them. The number of abortions is of no concern to them; they could be 40,000 a day as long as that is what the women “want.”

That, as you can imagine, is not “common ground” and it exposes again the danger in taking President Obama at his word. What he means and what you hear might be diametrically opposed.


Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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