Presidential Prevarications

The Watchmen Report: September 3, 2009

News and Issues

Presidential Prevarications

The American

Heritage Dictionary
reminds us that to prevaricate means to “stray from or evade the truth; equivocate.” Sadly, President Obama

seems prone to do just that. On August 19, speaking via a conference call sponsored by the liberal group 40 Days for Health Reform, Mr. Obama accused

many of us of “bearing false witness” regarding government funding for abortion in the current health care proposals. Who is really

bearing false witness? Consider these responses:

“President Obama isn’t being straight when he says health care proposals

don’t provide government funding for abortion. They do. If Democratic plans are passed, your taxes will pay for abortions.”

(Washington Times, August 24, 2009)

“From having worked in the White House, I know how important it

is for a President to get his facts clear when he is speaking to the American people. Well, I am sorry to say, it appears that President Obama has not

done that regarding whether or not his health care plan would force Americans to pay for abortions.”
(Chuck Colson, August 31,


“Despite what Obama said, the House bill would allow abortions to be covered by a federal plan and by federally

subsidized private plans.”
(, August 25, 2009)

Dishonesty in leadership is serious business from God’s

perspective. If the purpose of these misleading statements is too soften Christian opposition to a government takeover of health care, obfuscating on

abortion is clearly a wrong-headed maneuver. Colson states emphatically, “But there are some things that Christians simply cannot compromise.

One of them is federal funding of abortion – which is nothing more than the killing of unborn children.”
We hope you share this conviction

and will remain unswayed by any politician who seeks to entice you to compromise.

Why Aren’t We Asking, “Does Congress

Have the Power to Impose Health Care Reforms?”

Carson Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of

Nebraska at Omaha, has written an important article entitled “Constitutional Questions About Health Care Reform.” He points out that, for the most

part, the spirited debate over health care reforms put forward by Congress and defended by the president have focused on whether the reforms would be

beneficial or harmful. We should be asking whether Congress even has the authority to impose the reforms it is crafting. He writes,

“For it is no small measure of the corruption of our public discourse that most political leaders and citizens no longer ask what

constitutional provisions, if any, authorize Congress to act when some of its members propose to ‘solve’ some national ‘problem.’ We are too often

preoccupied with policy arguments while simply assuming a congressional authority to act, as if the federal government had comprehensive

responsibility for the common good of the nation. Such an assumption, however, is alien to the Constitution. For Congress to mandate health insurance

coverage for the individual raises questions not only about the scope of the commerce power, but also about the constitutional liberties of


God help us as we embrace the notion that the federal government has comprehensive responsibility for our common

good. The more power we give bureaucrats, the less freedom we will retain.

Who Once Said Children Have “The Right to be Born?”

Senator Ted Kennedy said this and much more in a 1971 letter. The then pro-life senator wrote,

“Wanted or

unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized – the right to be born, the right to

love, the right to grow old…When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to

halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of


On March 12, 2003, the same Senator Kennedy voiced his opposition to a ban on the barbaric practice of

killing children who are partially born, partial-birth abortion. Without the Light from God’s Word to keep us on paths of righteousness, man,

sooner or later, will call “evil good and good evil” and trade light for darkness believing it to be light (Isaiah 5:20).

Prayer Points

Marriage, Health Care, Homosexual March, and Pro-Family Leaders

1. Please pray for the success of these efforts to defend marriage:

Maine People’s Veto ( – seeks to overturn the legislature’s approval of same-sex


Washington State Referendum 71 ( – seeks to

overturn Senate Bill 5688 which demolishes the state’s historical understanding of the definition of marriage

Washington D.C. ( – FRC Pastors’ Council member Bishop Harry Jackson has led a group of

pastors and community leaders to formally file a request for a ballot initiative to define marriage in the District as between one man and one woman

2. Please pray that Americans will reject a government takeover of health care and that if any reform is passed, it will be

pro-life, fair and non-threatening to our civil and religious liberties.
(Isaiah 10:1-2)

3. Please pray that the

homosexual march on D.C. (October 10-11, 2009) will be ineffective, and instead, used by God to expose the perverse nature of this dangerous

(Psalm 10:2-4; Rom. 1:24-32)

4. Please pray for two key family leaders at the Family Research Council – Dr.

Tony Perkins and Dr. Kenyn Cureton. Both will be traveling extensively over the next six weeks in defense of marriage, the family, and our religious

(Colossians 1:9-12)

Quote of the Week

“I am very doubtful

whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power

(C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man)

Word for the Watchmen

One of the foundational, guiding Scriptures of our Church Ministries Department regarding pastors is 1 Thessalonians

, where we are instructed, “to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake…” (NKJ). If the Lord Himself

instructed the Thessalonians to esteem their pastoral leaders “beyond all measure,” what does this say about His feelings about His shepherds

and about you? While we know that God is not always pleased with some of our behavior, I have no doubt that there are thousands upon

thousands of faithful pastors to whom the Lord is saying with great emotion in this day of wearying battle “you are my beloved son with whom I am well

pleased!” If the Father ran with joy to meet his putrid smelling prodigal upon his return home, how much more delight does He feel toward you as you

labor faithfully for Him in and out of season?

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives

for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed.”
As you are

being “consumed” in the work of the kingdom and in the defense of faith, family and freedom, please recall to mind often that you are held in the

highest esteem by the Father and by your fellow servants in Church Ministries at FRC.

Thank you for reading!

Dale Lee