I was having a conversation with a friend tonight. We ranged across many topics, frivolous and deadly serious.
In light of some of the controversy already surrounding Gov. Sarah Palin and her teen daughter who is pregnant, my interlocutor quoted Sen. Barak Obama.
But bear with me.
You may recall that Sen. Obama in Johnstown, PA, at the end of March, responded to a question about sexually transmitted diseases among young girls. Sen. Obama stressed sex education and contraception.
Tonight on cable news shows I saw more than one strategist/spokesperson/wonk, those coincidently more on the side of the platform of the Democrat Party, when the subject of Gov. Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy was introduced, immediately launched into a jeremiad against "abstinence" education in the face of the dire problem of teen pregnancy. [See below for the video.]
I suspect this is a now a distributed talking point.
The idea was that only if enough contraception is distributed can we get this under problem under control.
The fall back position is, obviously, abortion on demand, even for minors and even without parental consent.
Abortion is the real Golden Milestone, almost "sacramental", in a certain sector of the public forum.
But… back to the quote.
My interlocutor reminded me that Sen. Obama was on record saying about his own daughters:
"I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information."
Is there a contrast between the fundamental views of the different candidates?
I mention these things simply in passing.
Meanwhile… here is the video of Wm. Kristol reacting to Mort Kondracke’s devious non sequitur: