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Keep Hope Alive: Response to "We all Woke Up With Hope"
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by Candyce Roberts, Vineyard Avenue,
on Jan 23, 2009
This is a highly ironic choice of words for the PW headline Friday Jan 23rd. Why? Because on this day, President Obama, chose to use the most powerful office in the world to send a message fully lacking in hope. He used his office and the good will of the people toward him to reverse the ban on sending tax payer dollars to fund abortion abroad. Did any Obama supporter ever dream that this would be his expression of HOPE on his third day in office? Did he ever say he was going to do this during the campaign? Did supporters envision he would act to restore our "damaged reputation" with nations abroad....by helping them kill their unborn children? Choosing to spend our tax money in this fashion is horrific in light of the economic crisis and the expectation Americans have had regarding the Administration's promises to help with "crises" in the mortgage, banking, health care and auto industries. Many people have lost jobs and homes. Many need health care. Many expected these to be top priorities during Obama's first hours in office. And yet what did he move on first? Abortion abroad funded by OUR tax dollars. I don't want my taxes spent this way. What hope is there in this act? The message Mr. Obama sends is one of heartless cruelty, not hope. If you voted for Mr. Obama and are astounded by this first act in office, let him know. If you never dreamed he would be taking your money and spending your hope to end the lives of innocent babies abroad, let him know. This taking of life has no comparison to the loss of life in the war. We were attacked by an enemy. We have a duty to defend ourselves and our way of life. Unborn babies are not enemies. They are the hope of the future. This is the hope we must keep alive. Candyce Roberts, Pleasanton