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100 protestors a storm, 10,000+ a non-story. WTF?


Protests await Obama's Notre Dame speech
Activists promise to disrupt president's appearance; 19 protesters arrested


The article began (excerpts from article are in bold):

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ventures to America's foremost Roman Catholic University, where the country's deep divisions over abortion and stem-cell research have moved to the forefront in a time of war and recession.

A storm blew up immediately after Notre Dame invited Obama to address Sunday's commencement exercises. It still rages, with anti-abortion activists promising to disrupt the president's appearance, where he was to receive an honorary degree.

A storm? The article would seem to indicate that this was an event of epic proportions. I expected to read about the thousands of protestors waiting outside of Notre Dame to protest Obama’s arrival. It seems that the word storm may have been a bit of an overstatement; maybe more of a light afternoon sprinkle.

Students opposed to abortion rights attended an open-air Mass on campus and an all-night prayer vigil to protest Obama's visit, and 200 people prayed at a packed Alumni Hall Chapel. More than 100 people met at the school's front gate and held anti-abortion signs while Obama flew from Washington to Indiana.

More than 100 protesters gathered and 23 marched onto the campus Saturday. Police say they arrested 19 for trespassing and four were also charged with resisting law enforcement.

We have a story where 100 protestors gathered and it makes the news. We have tens of thousands of protestors on April 15th and the media was all but mute on the issue. Could it be that abortion is popular and taxes aren’t, I doubt it. It’s just a case of the media picking and choosing what to report on.

Choosing to report on the Notre Dame issue allowed Obama the opportunity to look like a moderate. There was no such silver lining to the tax protests as they illustrated him as a tax and spend liberal. The media has made a conscious effort to portray Obama in a light most favorable, when they can get away with it.

Take for instance this quote from his speech at Notre Dame:

Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." But he still implored the University of Notre Dame's graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop "reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition."
In Washington on Sunday, the head of the Republican Party said Obama should be denied the honorary degree.


A ripe collection of platitudes and non-positions always leaves me feeling a little ill. But in one of those rare moments of agreement if found myself nodding my head. Not at the last part but when he noted that the two views are irreconcilable. You either believe in the sanctity of life from conception or you do not. There is no middle ground in this debate and that is the reason it is such a hot button issue.

Unfortunately Obama has chosen the pro-abortion side. He waxes moderate but as I stated there is no middle ground on this issue. The recent polls have shown that America has begun to slide back towards the anti-abortion side for the first time since the poll was started.

It leaves me with some hope that Americans are starting to get it; life is sacred, all life. I leave you with these positive and encouraging poll results:

'Pro-choice' is overtaken
Obama's appearance at Notre Dame would appear to be complicated by new polls that show Americans' attitudes on the issue have shifted toward the anti-abortion position.
A Gallup survey released Friday found that 51 percent of those questioned call themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42 percent "pro-choice." This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as "pro-life" since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.

Just a year ago, Gallup found that 50 percent termed themselves "pro-choice" while 44 percent described their beliefs as "pro-life."

A Pew Research Center survey found public opinion about abortion more closely divided than it has been in several years.

Pew said its latest polling found that 28 percent said abortion should be legal in most cases while 18 percent said all cases. Forty-four percent of those surveyed were opposed to abortion in most or all cases.

Gallup said shifting opinions lay almost entirely with Republicans or independents who lean Republican, with opposition among those groups rising over the past year from 60 percent to 70 percent.

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