Last week, as reported by Pajamas Media and Politico, President Obama threw a Hail Mary pass, so to speak, in the debate for his health care reform plan (though he has none). He sat in on a conference call with rabbis across the country. His goal was to convince the rabbis to speak to their "flocks" as he called them, and tell them that "We are God's partners in matters of life and death, quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die." That from the piece in Politico written by Ben Smith.
Obama ended the call, without taking questions, and wished the rabbis "shanah tovah". Happy New Year. The high holidays aren't for a month, but never mind that tidbit.
Remember when he told Pastor Rick Warren that the abortion issue was "above my pay grade" while he was campaigning? According to the Pajamas Media article, "The 15-minute morning briefing was sponsored by the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism, and included rabbis of all persuasions. Although the RAC hosts the call each year, participants had never before heard from a sitting president."
The next conference call was to 140,000 clergy of all faiths. "I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness," he said. He called the death panels, " just an extraordinary lie" and said it is not true that illegal aliens would have insurance and that there would be no government takeover of health care or cuts in Medicare benefits for senior citizens.
"These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation and that is that we look out for one another," he said. "That I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper and in the wealthiest nation on Earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call."
Wealthiest nation on Earth right now?
I agree it is moral for all to be insured for health care. That does not, however, mean that I support his public option solution. That does not, despite his self-righteous tone, mean that his opinion of reform solutions is superior to those of the GOP.
Remember when the far left and Obama, too, enjoyed ridiculing President George W. Bush for 'wearing his religion on his sleeve'? I don't think there was really any doubt that Bush sincerely held his religious beliefs. Obama?
It is wrong for either party's politicians to insist that clergy tow the line and spout political agendas to their 'flocks'. For believers like Obama, it seems it's ok for Democrats and if it is his own agenda. That is hypocrisy over a very personal time - the time set aside for Americans to worship.