The first lady of America took the grandstand in a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. As the emails flooded into my cache, with the pros and cons, I wrote back to one sincere young lady: "She looked beautiful and proves that she's nearly as much a consummate skilled politician as her husband. She almost makes you forget that her husband supports killing babies and destroying natural marriage. Almost ..."
In comparison to Mrs. Romney's sincere and impassioned speech in support of her husband last week, Mrs. Obama's speech was more glittering and glamorous. She skillfully moved through the controversial issues of abortion and homosexual marriage by drawing comparisons between the two leading candidates without ever mentioning her husband's opponent's name during the subtle attack on his candidacy.
Mrs. Obama's efforts to pit the rich against the poor also fall short of the mark, when we consider that both candidates and their families are not poor people. The president and first lady are not poor by a long shot. Both candidates also have humble beginnings in their ancestries. Neither the president nor the governor have ancestors who have been slaves in America, by the way.
What the first lady didn't mention is the high number of jobless families, and the astronomical debt her husband has run up in the name of entitlement during his tenure. This debt will fall on the backs of our children, at least those who don't end up contracepted or aborted or not conceived in the first place.
However, after saying all of this, we can admit that both Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Obama have delivered stunning and memorable speeches in support and defense of their husbands. Women can be proud that two intelligent women are at the forefront of this year's elections.
Women should also be very wary of an agenda that is very harmful to the female and family populations of America, which is the agenda that Mrs. Michelle Obama, the first lady of America is promoting. The current administration supports programs and initiatives such as homosexual marriage and the HHS Mandate which delivers harmful chemical and medical procedures that are linked to strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer and a host of other ills that are harmful to the lives of babies and women.
The question that is continually being asked is: "What diseases do abortion and unnatural contraceptives cure?" Pregnancy and childbirth are not diseases, so how can abortion and harmful contraceptives help women? Who is on guard for the civil rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for women and babies who are being hurt, maimed and slaughtered in the name of birth control and abortion?
Of course, Mrs. Obama stayed away from these issues as much as she possibly could during her speech. It would be amazing if the women of America, if the voters of America could step away from the glory and the hype for a moment and put some of these questions before the first lady and the president of the United States.
I'll end with this one ... All that glitters ain't gold.
Alveda King is director of the African American Outreach for Priests for Life.
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