President Obama spoke at the National Holocaust Museum in D.C. today on a new executive order that empowers executive branch agencies to crack down on technology companies who enable bad guy regimes to crack down on dissidents and restive populations.
Let’s set aside for a moment the chilling implications of that sort of thing being turned on U.S. citizens in the future should we wish to exercise our First Amendment rights of assembly, speech, and religion.* Truly terrifying that such is not a wholly incredible (in its true meaning, “not believable at all”) possibility.
But let’s instead, for the moment, focus on a couple lines:
“We are haunted by the atrocities we did not stop.” And he went on to say stopping such tragedies is “a core national security interest and core moral responsibility of the United States of America.”
Now he was speaking specifically about Syria, where the anti-U.S. regime is opposed by an array of anti-U.S. factions, but the action would apply to what Iran did to dissidents in 2009, etc.
But what about the very nearby holocaust of more than 50,000,000 Americans over the last nearly 40 years? Fifty million lives snuffed out in this country, with the government’s stamp of approval, many with government subsidy, and with a loud voice demanding that government pay for more, far more, than ever before.
That atrocity that our government perpetuates is, of course, abortion. How can we really be up-in-arms about a few thousand people dying loudly and graphically before TV cameras and cell phone cameras in Syria and Iran when we continue to allow millions to be slaughtered in the muted, blinded death chambers of the wombs of America’s mothers?
Motherhood does not go away when the child is aborted—neither does the pain, the loss, the tragedy, the atrocity, of abortion. Perhaps we should train some of our technology and “moral responsibility” on defending the most beautiful, innocent, and helpless amongst us.
And how cynical is it that the man who voted thrice against the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois, and who did more than anyone else to kill it, utters the words “moral responsibility” with regard to protecting anyone’s lives. Strange times, indeed.
*More on the potentially dim future for these rights in a post later on.