President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame today despite protests by some bishops, students, alumni and others. At issue is the president's stand on abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research which are in direct conflict with Church teachings. Of course everyone has the right to peacefully protest in this country, but this situation in Indiana seems so insignificant compared to the legislative and judicial situations in Washington DC. While protesters and a full media contingent gather on Notre Dame's campus because of a speech, legislators who occasionally remind voters they are technically Catholic are in post-election mode. They continue to ignore their alleged faith to support abortion-on-demand and federal funding for medical research that seeks to create human life only to destroy it. While the extremists on both sides debate whether a pro-choice president should be given a piece of paper by a pro-life institution, the deck is stacked against the next Supreme Court Justice being someone who will recognize that Roe vs. Wade is the creation of an activist court and not a true interpretation of the Constitution. President Obama won 54 percent of the Catholic vote in 2008 which contributed strongly to his overall victory. That victory combined with the Democratic Party's control of Congress, effectively eliminated any chance of limiting abortions or preventing our tax dollars from funding embryonic stem cell research for at least two years. While the controversy continues over whether Catholics should listen to a commencement speech; Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and other pseudo Catholics are ready, willing and very able to approve a Supreme Court nominee who will undoubtedly continue the David Souter tradition of liberal rulings instead of strict Constitutional ones. And once President Obama has finished his speech and tucked his honorary degree into his pocket he will go back to the White House and continue to sign executive orders and make appointments that further his own agenda. The next protest against that, the one that really matters, will be held in November of 2010.