Monday, November 3, 2008

She Should Have Died Hereafter

Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died this morning of cancer. She was 86 years old.

Many are expressing sympathy for Obama at the tragic timing of this loss: this woman who practically raised him should not have died at this moment, not when he's on the eve of what may very possibly be his historic victory in tomorrow's presidential race.

I've come to the inescapable conclusion that I'm just not as nice as some people are.

I can't forget that Barack Obama threw this woman under the bus when he was defending himself for having spent twenty years listening to the hate-speech of Jeremiah Wright. It's okay--I was raised by a racist," seemed to be the subtext of that supremely ugly moment.

Nor can I forget that Dunham, frequently described as a "feminist," probably helped shape Barack's extremely liberal pro-abortion views.

I also can't help but wonder if perhaps losing his grandmother at this moment might temper down some of the unbelievable hubris of Obama's campaign, which has been running around crowing about the "righteous wind" at their backs. Sorry, but anyone who all but salivates over the possibility of more and more abortion, all of it paid for by US taxpayers, doesn't have anything righteous at his back; maybe a realization that God is still the author of life and death and can choose to take life away even at inopportune moments will ultimately be beneficial to Obama's immortal soul, if not to his planned victory party in Chicago.

Shakespeare knew this better than anyone. In Macbeth, when Macbeth is informed that his wife had died, Shakespeare has him reply with this famous speech:

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Time will tell whether tomorrow will see the election of the nation's first Abortionist-in-Chief, or whether Birnam Wood is even now moving toward Dunsinane; it would take almost as strange a circumstance for McCain to pull a victory out of such a widely-forecast defeat.

I have, of course, offered a prayer for the repose of the soul of Madelyn Dunham; it is my custom to say such a prayer when I hear of any death. But I can't see as tragic the expected and peaceful death of an elderly woman who was granted by God time to prepare for it; the real tragedy will be the deaths of the millions of unborn children who will die should her grandson become our leader, and should he, as he has promised, elevate only pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court. We are poised on the edge of that much greater tragedy, so my failure to see Mrs. Dunham's natural and expected death as a significantly tragic (though naturally sad, of course) thing is probably due to some defect or other in my character.

Update: Readers from the "Instaputz" blog, please read here before leaving the sort of comment that I will delete.


Charlotte said...

I was thinking the same thing as you, truth be told.

Anonymous said...

Your character is fine. You even prayed for her. How many people did that for her today, let alone a complete stranger?

Anonymous said...

Sorry to post as anonymous (I'm a fan of your blog and a daily reader), but I don't feel like getting a storm of comments tonight on my own blog, because believe me, I've got stuff over there that the Obama fans would have something to say about too. Anyway, to the commenters who think you're being a jerk, I am giong to say something even more unkind - I'll say what some of us are REALLY thinking, whereas you at least tried to put a charitable spin on the situation by praying for her. OK, so here goes: Some of us pessimistic, nasty, sarcastic conservatives think the timing of Obama's Grandma's death is a tad suspicious. The sympathy factor will surely help win Obama more votes, now won't it?

Christie Groth said...

I feel like such an outcast these days standing on my own iceberg because I see them both as pro-choice. I see one as just not giving a flip and the other as a master of the "selection process"...which is actually disgusting in my opinion...not to mention embryonic stem cells.... One baby is not any less worthy of life than another but the government is going to say it is! Here's a link with the facts and they are the true facts. Much of what we even hear about Obama and late term abortion and not signing for drs in the room is a total fabrication and it's pretty sad that we have gone to that measure as Christians. I see McCain as EXTREMELY pro-choice.
I wish I could agree that McCain is pro-life but he just is so far from it in my mind I have no respect for him on the issue. I do on many others...but not life.
Please read it all so you don't think I am anti-life, a total nut, or anything...

Irenaeus said...

You can delete this if you think it's too over the top, but for about 2 seconds -- heck, maybe longer -- the thought crossed my mind that he flew to Hawaii to have her death hastened in some way. It's just too perfect, and The Politician Struck By Tragedy often receives a sympathy vote bump.

Probably not the fact of the matter, of course, but really...she passes just before the election?

Daddio said...

Well stated, Red. Sad, yes. Tragic, no. Remember, tragic would be something like 9/11, which Obama refers to as the "tragedy of 9/11", not the "vicious, unprovoked massacre of 9/11 that began the War on Terror" that it really was. "Tragic" would be if the buildings fell down due to high winds and poor construction. 9/11 was not a "tragedy", it was a TERRORIST ATTACK.

Ooh, I really got off on a tangent there, didn't I?

Red Cardigan said...

Irenaeus, I'll leave it, because some others have voiced this thought, too. I don't believe that myself--but what I do believe is that it's sad that Mrs. Dunham wasn't well enough during the campaign to be a presence in it, as John McCain's ninety-year-old mother has been, or to give interviews to reporters about what Barack was like when he was young.

Someone pointed out elsewhere that she was the only one who could have done so. His mother and father are both dead, as is his stepfather; even his grandfather is dead. So the only person who really knew the young Obama has now left this earth as well, and even someone who heartily disagrees with everything Obama stands for such as myself can agree that this is sad--I don't think there's ever been a presidential candidate with almost no close family left.

luke said...

you wrote: "Sorry, but anyone who all but salivates over the possibility of more and more abortion, all of it paid for by US taxpayers, doesn't have anything righteous at his back"

No evidence is provided by the author to support such a vile charge. Where and when has Obama ever expressed hope for "more and more abortion, all of it paid for by US taxpayers." This is a crude slander.

Scott W. said...

No evidence is provided by the author to support such a vile charge. Where and when has Obama ever expressed hope for "more and more abortion, all of it paid for by US taxpayers." This is a crude slander.

So I take it you think abortion is evil?

Irenaeus said...

Luke, crude slander? Really? That the best you could do? How much time did you spend thumbing through the thesaurus to come up with that phrase?

It's actually well-phrased, if acerbic, and it's not slander. To wit:

Are you the only visitor to America in these days who is unaware of the things Obama has promised and indeed done??? Did you read any other posts from this blog, or any of the thousands of others documenting Obama's promises to, in effect, be the most pro-abortion president in history? Gone is the Clintonesque language of "safe, legal and rare."

He's promised to sign FOCA, which would make abortion through all nine months the law of the land. He would take the few meagre federal funds away from pregnancy support centers while continuing and increasing funding of Planned Parenthood. Pro-life demonstrators would have life made rather difficult for them. Documentation:

Hot Air: Comprehensive Argument against Obama (see the abortion component of the file, with youtube clips of Obama promising horrible things)

George Weigel at Newsweek on Obama as the perfect pro-life nightmare

The Pro-Life Case against Barack Obama...and Doug Kmiec

Either you don't care about abortion, in which case you are evil and wouldn't care about the above anyway, or you've missed all this, in which case you are either willfully ignorant or accidentally ignorant.

Red Cardigan said...

Thanks, Scott W. and Irenaeus, for addressing Luke's comment. I'll leave it because he uses a name and raises a point; I disagree with him, obviously, but I have no problem with commenters who disagree, provided they're not simply shouting or engaging in kindergarten behavior.

Luke, the point you dislike is, perhaps, a bit of hyperbole. But as Irenaeus has pointed out, Obama *is* for taxpayer funding of abortion, for tearing down restrictions states have passed, and for increasing access to abortion, all of which will increase the number of children killed by abortion. It's hard not to see Obama as an enthusiastically pro-abortion politician, since everything he says on the subject leads to that interpretation.