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January 12, 2017

*The one act that defined President Barack Obama*

By Peter Heck <http://www.americanthinker.com/author/peter_heck/>

It is fitting that presidents give farewell messages.  But given the venue
and setting President Obama had chosen, it was fairly easy to surmise that
this would be a final political rally and national lecture.

I will simply recount the one lasting legacy of Barack Obama that will
always be emblazoned in my memory.  When I think of him, I will think of
this.  When I reflect on his promised era of hope and change, I will be
drawn to this image.

Despite your personal feelings on his coolness, his character, his
charisma, or his competence, Barack Obama will forever be the president who
worked diligently to put the gun of government to the heads of the Little
Sisters of the Poor, demanding that they either pay to destroy children in
the womb or be crushed.

You can't candy-coat that.  You can't hide it.  You can't pretend it wasn't
what it was.  For 177 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor has been a
large Roman Catholic religious ministry that takes vows of chastity,
poverty, obedience, and hospitality.  Serving the Kingdom of God on earth
in over 30 countries, they have one stated mission: to care for
impoverished people as they near the end of their lives.  As Ashley McGuire
describes it, "The only fight they go looking for is to make the last days
of some very downtrodden people brighter and happier, to send as many
people into the next life surrounded by love, not garbage."

Barack Obama knew that, *personally*.  Regardless, he instructed his
administration to rewrite executive regulations nine separate times to
ensure these nuns be forced to either violate their conscience by helping
distribute abortifacients or be fined $70 million a year and out of
existence.  Their beliefs, their ministry, their cause, and even the
incredible work that they do were secondary to President Barack Obama's
devotion to funding and expanding the destruction of infants with tax

The president's own lawyers admitted in court that there were compromises
available that would have met their objectives while sparing the Sisters'
consciences.  But President Obama refused.  Using the coercive power of the
state to compel nuns to pay for abortion drugs became an issue of pride for
this small man.

His obsession was so out of touch that the Supreme Court, divided as it is,
issued a unanimous ruling telling Obama he must find another way.  When
Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins hands with Clarence Thomas to rebuke your
fixation with forcing nuns to violate their conscience, you have reached
the pinnacle of ideological extremism.

After 22 years of torture in a Cuban prison for his refusal to sign a
government document supporting Fidel Castro, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
became a Nobel Laureate and advocate for human rights.  Before his death,
he said of the Little Sisters of the Poor, "They know what my body knows
after 22 years of cruel torture: that if they sign the form … they will be
violating their conscience and would commit spiritual suicide.  If they did
this they would forfeit the true and only wealth they have in abandoning
the castle of their conscience."

That President Obama failed to ever respect that eternal truth is both
pitiful and shameful.  And it's why I'm beyond elated to bid him a
permanent farewell.

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