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Bush proclaims today 'National Sanctity of Human Life Day'

Thinking fetuses everywhere can rejoice, while those of us of the post-born variety shall continue to suffer under this Administration. Wake me up when the irony train arrives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Today’s proclamation:

“Our Nation was founded on the belief that every human being has rights, dignity, and value. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we underscore our commitment to building a culture of life where all individuals are welcomed in life and protected in law.

America is making great strides in our efforts to protect human life. One of my first actions as President was to sign an order banning the use of taxpayer money on programs that promote abortion overseas. Over the past 5 years, I also have been proud to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and a ban on partial-birth abortion. In addition, my Administration continues to fund abstinence and adoption programs and numerous faith-based and community initiatives that support these efforts.”

I guess it’s too much to expect the President to understand the irony of his proclamation.

What about all the sanctity of lives obiliterated in Iraq? Iraqi citizens and our own troops aren’t on his list of the lives he is concerned about with today’s declaration. No need to list them anyway, since actions speak louder than words, so little matters such as not giving your soldiers adequate body armor (or even enough bullets) pretty much says it all.

Come to think of it, Dear Leader wasn’t known as the Texecutioner for nothing. He really knew how to determine the sanctity of life back in the day.

During his six years as governor of Texas, Bush presided over more executions than any other governor in the recent history of the United States. Tucker was executed in 1988 and was the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984 — the first in Texas since the Civil War.

Bob Geiger has more to say about this outrageous proclamation (which coincides with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, no less).

Bush then goes on to brag about all the steps his administration has taken to …”protect human life” while neglecting to mention the many safety-net programs cut in his most recent budget. Likewise, he says nothing about his party’s 2005 blockades of a minimum wage increase and low-income heating programs and his refusal to even acknowledge a health care crisis that systematically leaves millions of elderly Americans and children with no ability to stay healthy.

That’s those wacky Republicans: Love the fetus, hate the child.

…It’s also a damn shame this stirring resolution comes too late for the 2,224 U.S. military dead in Iraq or the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been sacrificed in the name of Bush’s “culture of life.”

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