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A President who does not act in good faith

by | Apr 3, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Peggy Noonan

There was so much going on last week, especially at the Supreme Court where ObamaCare received a careful scrutiny from the Justices that I didn’t have time to even briefly talk about a column written by the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. The headline cuts right to the chase: “Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest.”

Ms. Noonan writes very well, and at considerable length, meaning she raises a lot of questions. For our purposes here, let me talk about just one in our last post for Monday’s edition of National Right to Life News Today.

The primary thesis is that those “who are inclined not to like his policies” have moved from that to being “inclined not to like him.” Why?

In Noonan’s view it’s not the heat generated by presidential politics but rather

What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it’s his fault, too.”

Noonan cites some of Obama’s recent examples in which he has not acted in good faith. The first one, of course, is the mandate that groups, including religious schools and hospitals, provide health insurance plans that cover certain birth control drugs and procedures, even if this violates the group’s religious and moral beliefs. Prominent Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religious leaders and scholars have spoken out against this serious infringement of religious liberty.

Noonan talks about Obama, faced with “blowback” to the original January 20 rule

“offered a so-called accommodation that even its supporters recognized as devious. Not ill-advised, devious. Then his operatives flooded the airwaves with dishonest—not wrongheaded, dishonest—charges that those who defend the church’s religious liberties are trying to take away your contraceptives.”

Noonan offers other examples, most of which do not relate to our single-issue focus, but the point throughout them all is that they leave “a sour taste.” Her bottom line is “Mr. Obama has a largely nonexistent relationship with many, and a worsening relationship with some.”

True, to which I would add only one additional comment. This lack of “good faith” is part and parcel of this Administration, one that plays hard-ball politics even as it laments that Republicans are not accepting the President’s outstretched hand of friendship, and has from the beginning.

Can any pro-lifers take seriously such professions of a search for “common ground” from a President whose approach to ObamaCare was to deny up and down what was obvious: that it promoted the abortion agenda of his close and personal friend, Planned Parenthood, in ways as many as they were creative.

“Devious and dishonest”? To put it mildly.

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