My buddy Brad Vasoli wrote in the Philadelphia Bulletin about Dawn Johnson’s nomination to become Assistant Attorney General:
President Barack Obama has nominated Dawn Johnson, a law professor with a record of vehement support for abortion, to become assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Johnson teaches at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and once served as former President Bill Clinton’s acting attorney general. She has made a number of diehard comments on the abortion issue such as, “There is no ‘father’ and no ‘child’ – just a fetus.”
OK. What’s wrong with the world when someone can say those words and be allowed in the White House for anything other than a tour?
What’s wrong with a President who nominates her to a seat of power?
This got me thinking about our President. I always think back on Barack Obama’s statement that he doesn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby.”
It hit me anew how grotesque a statement that really is. It is a faithless and selfish comment that solely defines another person as a hindrance or a help to your own happiness.
Sartre famously said, “Hell is other people.” I guess Obama would say “Hell is other very small people.”
I’ve found in my life that I’m happiest when I’m not focusing on myself but on others. I don’t see my children as punishments or stinky little burdens with diapers dragging to their knees.
I truly attempt not to view other people in a cost/benefit analysis framework. I don’t judge people on what they do for me.
To do so seems to me to be an incredibly selfish and sad view of the world. And while Johnson may say there’s no father or no child, Obama takes it a step further as if to say there’s only a father or a child if their value to him warrants their existence.