To the Devil with Above My Paygrade

I continue to be stunned at this thing. I’ve heard a number of people describe Obama’s answer about abortion as thoughtful or professorial. Let’s take the answer apart quickly bit by bit.

First, he says the question of when life begins is above his pay grade. That is an astonishingly lame way to answer the question. You could say that about nearly any question of right or wrong. Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Any other above-my-pay-grader could ask, “What is justice? What is right? What is wrong? What are rights, really?”

Second, he gave the talking points of the party. Personal decision. In consultation with pastor, husband (which really isn’t their position), doctor. Not taken lightly.

Just apply that set of standards to doing anything else wrong. What about the decision to prohibit one’s daughter to marry a black man? “I made that decision after reviewing it with my spiritual advisor. It was very personal. Not done lightly. I’m sure you all can understand. The question of race mixing is really above my pay grade. Who can judge?”

The answer wasn’t thoughtful or professorial. The answer was relativistic and typical of the type of justifications we employ when we don’t want to deal with something tough.