After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this: the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion. Isn’t this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the “political prisoners” and harass the deeply religious?
President Obama’s supporters say he’s not out to get the Little Sisters of the Poor. To escape federal punishment that threatens to end to their charitable work they need only sign a piece of paper. But that’s also how it worked in Communist states. There too, the persecuted could sometimes get the government off of their back by signing away their principles.
Obama’s supporters also say that the administration released the terrorism-abetting Lynne Stewart not out of solidarity with her, out of “compassion.” But why compassion for someone who, without remorse, helped a bloodthirsty terrorist advance his murderous mission and not for The Little Sisters of the Poor? Leftist ideology has driven the administration’s moral compass seriously out of whack.
I’m not saying that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have taken American into Communist totalitarian territory. But they do seem to be nudging us down that terrible road.