Monday, March 31, 2014

When Barack Obama Stands Firm

American Thinker ^ | 3/31/2014 | Karl Ushanka
In times past, both Presidents Truman and Reagan took principled stands that resulted in global stability and lives saved. Specificlally, two determined anti-communist presidents confronted the Soviet Union in such an aggressive manner that it disturbed even their closest advisors. The Berlin Airlift looked impossible in 1948, as did the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) in 1983. Nearly everybody – opponents, advisors, the media and the public – thought these policies were beyond the nation’s capabilities. And they were proved wrong.(snip)While president, Obama has not yet stood apart from his party or advisors. To find an example of daring leadership on the part of Obama, you have to go back to his days in the Illinois State Senate.(snip)Illinois Senate Bill 1095 was named the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA). It was modeled after the federal version that was introduced in 2000. The BAIPA legislation was triggered by the 1999 revelation by Jill Stanek, a labor and delivery nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, that infants born alive after failed abortions were being “shelved” and left to die. Ms. Stanek, who had witnessed this procedure, was terminated in 2001 for going public. After her termination, Christ Hospital continued the shelving procedure.(snip)This is where Illinois Senator Obama’s fearless three-year stand on principle began. Illinois Senate Bill 1095 was introduced in February 2001. Senator Obama, sitting on the Judiciary Committee, voted “No,” and the bill later failed to pass the Democrat-controlled House. "We at Planned Parenthood view those as leadership votes," said the abortion company's Illinois president and CEO, Pam Sutherland.
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