A Proposal for Obama’s Inaugural Address

For full version, go to Bayly Blog: Out of Our Minds, Too

What a wonder it would be if, to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Senator Obama were to model his first after Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address:

Fellow-Countrymen: One-eighth of our whole population are unborn children, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the wombs of their mothers. These slaves constitute a peculiar and powerful interest. All know that these children are the cause of an impending war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend these little ones’ oppression and slaughter is the object for which the Democratic Party has made its name, being willing even to rend the Union to sustain that oppression. But the Republicans themselves claimed no right to do more than to seek a slow restriction of this bloodshed, and that half-heartedly.

Neither party expected the war over the unborn tearing apart the fabric of this Union to have either the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in the slaughter of their own progeny, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.

The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.”

If we shall suppose that American’s butchering of little children is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both Republicans and Democrats a terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that the mighty scourge of war may not be required to bring an end to the slaughter of our children. Yet, if God wills that the loss of the lives of our living children on battlefields be required for the blood of the fifty million unborn children already slain and buried, if He refuses to relent until every drop of blood shed by Planned Parenthood shall be paid by another drawn with bullets and bombs, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to end the slaughter of the unborn, the newborn, frail, and elderly, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace in the wombs of our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives.

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Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “…For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. (Jeremiah 7:3-8)


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