Obama and “the Fear of God” for McCauliffe By Mark Meckler
“Nothing makes me more nervous than when my supporters start feeling too confident,” President Barack Obama said yesterday during a rally in support of Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. “So I want to put the fear of God in all of you.”
It’s an interesting – and revealing — phrase as the President throws the weight of the White House behind someone who so cavalierly disregards human life. McAuliffe admitted during a speech at George Mason University that he opposes any restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks gestation, an extreme position out-of-step with most Americans. When a Weekly Standard reporter ask him about his support for taxpayer-funded late-term abortions, he flippantly responded, “It’s a beautiful day out, huh?”
His Republican rival, Ken Cuccinelli offers a stark contrast for Virginia voters. A liberty-minded fiscal conservative and opponent of abortion and the HHS Mandate, Cuccinelli – in many ways – represents everything McAuliffe despises. The President himself characterized Ciccinelli as an uncompromising ideologue belonging to an “extreme right wing faction.”
But who’s the extremist?
Obama wants the “fear of God” to garner support for a radical pro-abortion candidate who’ll force religious taxpayers to pay for abortion and contraception regardless of their deeply held beliefs, a grave violation of their constitutional liberties. He wants the “fear of God” to suddenly fill those who belong to the party that denied putting the existence of God in their national party platform three times.
Only if you understand two very important things about the President:
He has a grotesquely inflated view of the importance of government.
The HHS abortion-pill mandate, the “minimum standards ” for health insurance (which include, for example, requirements that single, fifty year-old men buy maternity coverage) represent a government-knows-best philosophy taken to new extremes – at the expense of fundamental individual and economic liberties.
He has an inflated opinion of his own role in government
. When George Washington took the first oath of office, he humbly referred to God at least a dozen times during the short ceremony – alluding to “prayer,” “providence,” “divine blessing,” and the “Great Author of every public and private good.” When our current President evokes God, it is to assert his power, as he did recently when speaking to a group of rabbis about Obamacare.
He claimed, “We are God’s partners in matters of life and death.”
Traditionally, the “fear of God” was the “beginning of wisdom,” but to President Obama, the “fear of God” is simply a get-out-the-vote tool to help secure his grasp on power.
Mark Meckler is the President of Citizens for Self-Governance, and was the c0-founder and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.