Obama answer to Warren served the same strategic aim as his objection to calling all born babies "persons": Both were expedient tactics intended to protect what Obama knows is the ultimately untenable legal justification for killing unborn children.
Obama's answer to Warren said on its face: Some humans have human rights, some humans do not.
When I recently interviewed Rick Santorum on my Web-based program "Online With Terry Jeffrey," Santorum's statements on the right to life had the opposite strategic aim of Obama's: Santorum wanted to expose the untenable legal justification for killing unborn children.
Santorum told me he believed both slavery and abortion were evils that at different times in our history had wrongfully been legalized even though they blatantly violated the natural law acknowledged in the Declaration.
He said he agreed with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s argument in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail that a just law is a law that comports with the natural law or the law of God, and an unjust law is one that doesn't -- and that segregation laws were unjust because they violated the natural law.
It was in this context that I asked Santorum a question about whether human beings have a right to life from conception. He gave an answer wholly consistent with the principle of the Declaration.
"Every person, every child conceived in the womb has a right to life from the moment of conception," said Santorum. "Why? Because they are human, genetically human, at the moment of conception ... so it's a human life."
Santorum then rebutted Obama's answer to Rick Warren. "When Barack Obama is asked, you know, is a child in the womb a human life? (He says,) 'Oh, well, that's above my pay grade,'" said Santorum.
"I don't think you'll find a biologist in the world who will say that that is not a human life," said Santorum. "The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well, if that person, human life, is not a person, then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say: No, we are going to decide who are people and who are not people."
Politico and the National Journal both quickly posted headlines accusing Santorum of playing the "race card" on Obama. He did not. What Santorum did was act like a leader by stating the plain truth about the greatest civil rights issue of our time, knowing full well it would anger powerful forces in our political and media elites that want to keep it legal to kill unborn babies.
Think how much good Obama could do if he spoke up for the rights of the most defenseless of all human beings with half the passion and candor of Rick Santorum.
And that, of course, is precisely what presidents are paid to do.