Saturday, March 08, 2008

From Mania to Marx

Anonymous posts:

This article is the perfect opposite to the Clinton/Dick Morris

I totally agree with this fella!

Ken Blackwell - Columnist for the New York Sun

It's an amazing time to be alive in America . We're in a year of firsts in this presidential election: the first viable woman candidate; the first viable African-American candidate; and, a candidate who is the first front running freedom fighter over 70. The next president of America will be a first. We won't truly be in an election of firsts, however, until we judge every candidate by where they stand. We won't arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender.

Now that Barack Obama steps to the front of the Democratic field, we need to stop talking about his race, and start talking about his policies and his politics. The reality is this: Though the Democrats will not have a nominee until August, unless Hillary Clinton drops out, Mr. Obama is now the frontrunner, and its time America takes a closer and deeper look at him.

Some pundits are calling him the next John F. Kennedy. He's not. He's the next George McGovern. And it's time people learned the facts. Because the truth is that Mr. Obama is the single most liberal senator in the entire U.S. Senate. He is more liberal than Ted Kennedy, Bernie Sanders, or Mrs. Clinton. Never in my life have I seen a presidential frontrunner whose rhetoric is so far removed from his record. Walter Mondale promised to raise our taxes, and he lost. George McGovern promised military weakness, and he lost. Michael Dukakis promised a liberal domestic agenda, and he lost.

Yet Mr. Obama is promising all those things, and he's not behind in the polls. Why? Because the press has dealt with him as if he were in a beauty pageant. Mr. Obama talks about getting past party, getting past red and blue, to lead the United States of America .

But let's look at the more defined strokes of who he is underneath this superficial "beauty." Start with national security, since the president's most important duties are as commander-in-chief. Over the summer, Mr. Obama talked about invading Pakistan, a nation armed with nuclear weapons; meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong II, who is murdering and starving his people, but emphasized that the nuclear option was off the table against terrorists - something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s. Even Democrats who have worked in national security condemned all of those remarks.

Mr. Obama is a foreign-policy novice who would put our national security at risk. Next, consider economic policy. For all its faults, our health care system is the strongest in the world. And free trade agreements, created by Bill Clinton as well as President Bush, have made more goods more affordable so that even people of modest means can live a life that no one imagined a generation ago.

Yet Mr. Obama promises to raise taxes on "the rich." How to fix Social Security? Raise taxes. How to fix Medicare? Raise taxes. Prescription drugs? Raise taxes. Free college? Raise taxes. Socialize medicine? Raise taxes. His solution to everything is to have government take it over. Big Brother on steroids, funded by your paycheck. Finally, look at the social issues. Mr. Obama had the audacity to open a stadium rally by saying, "All praise and glory to God!" but says that Christian leaders speaking for life and marriage have "hijacked" - hijacked - Christianity.

He is pro-partial birth abortion, and promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on it unconstitutional. He espouses the abortion views of Margaret Sanger, one of the early advocates of racial cleansing. His spiritual leaders endorse homosexual marriage, and he is moving in that direction. In Illinois , he refused to vote against a statewide ban - ban - on all handguns in the state.

These are radical left, Hollywood , and San Francisco values, not Middle America values. The real Mr. Obama is an easy target for the general election. Mrs. Clinton is a far tougher opponent. But Mr. Obama could win if people don't start looking behind his veneer and flowery speeches. His vision of "bringing America together" means saying that those who disagree with his agenda for America are hijackers or warmongers. Uniting the country means adopting his liberal agenda and abandoning any conflicting beliefs.

But right now everyone is talking about how eloquent of a speaker he is and - yes - they're talking about his race. Those should never be the factors on which we base our choice for president. Mr. Obama's radical agenda sets him far outside the American mainstream, to the left of Mrs. Clinton. It's time to talk about the real Barack Obama. In an election of firsts, let's first make sure we elect the person who is qualified to be our president in a nuclear age during a global civilization war.

I must agree that we are suffering from a bit of "Obama mania". I think that everyone is so tired of George W. that we are being persuaded by the "anything but Bush" mentality. McCain's biggest obstacle will be Bush's personal endorsement. There are very few died in the wool, partisan voters left in this country. I view Americans as more "intelligent" voters today who look beyond party rhetoric to the character and personal views of the candidates.

Let's face it...we are headed for a major recession. Six hundred dollar checks mailed in May will barely offset the "price at the pump" for most of us, let alone stimulate an economy which has hit all time lows. The "sub-prime" mortgage scams were another failed attempt to stimulate our economy by asking Americans to once again, roll the dice. Well, they did and 95% lost.

No candidate wants to address the real problems with our economy... graft, corruption, kick-backs, political perks and secret deals. No one can survive in DC unless they play the game. What game you ask? Go rent "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and study it. Fifty years ago it was considered entertainment. Today, it should be considered a "documentary film in the reality category". Today, the only difference is that the little man can never win against the political machinery that exists.

Karl Marx once noted in his writings that, "No democracy has ever survived throughout all of history, because a true democracy will feed upon itself, until it is completely consumed by the freedoms on which it is based."

Think about it.



Anonymous said...

"I view Americans as more "intelligent" voters today who look beyond party rhetoric to the character and personal views of the candidates."

Who cares about a candidates personal views? We are voting for president? The only thing that matters is his or her political views.

And if Americans are so intelligent why did W twice get elected, including once by a majority?

Anonymous said...

Disappointed in Mississippi:

I care about personal views of our president. There is no way in hell a person's personal views cannot influence his political views. If you believe that, dream on.

Thank goodness SOMEONE raises some questions for thought about Mr. Obama. He has, indeed, been treated as a celebrity rather than a political candidate. Obama mania is now starting to fizzle out as Americans are taking a long hard look at his core values, beliefs, and minimal experience; not to mention his super liberal take. What is sad is that Mississippi is yet once again highlighted in front of the entire nation this week and the state will be Obama all the way. Not because the voters here are informed and have carefully compared candidates based on their experience and policies, but because they are voting for Obama because of his race. Now, I know there will be some folks screaming here to say I'm wrong, but let's face it. Everyone knows its the truth.

Wouldn't it be nice for our MS residents to not just vote based on race, but to take the time to investigate and make a choice based on facts??

I am Republican, but I can guarantee you, that on Tuesday, I will cast my one vote for Hillary Clinton. Hell, McCain has not impressed me, I may just vote for her in the big one!

Anonymous said...

buyer beware!!!!
I went to Smart Style Sat. night for a cheap $13.95 haircut. When i checked out my total was 24.95 for "specialty styling." I told her she didn't style my hair and she replied that the layers are what made the price go up. She said $13.95 was just for a man's haircut. trying to be a nice lady, i paid. On monday, i called the 800#. Everything the stylist said was a lie! The csr gave me a credit on my credit card. I hope they will do an audit on this salon. There's no telling how many nice people have been taken advantage of.

Anonymous said...

I don't know anything about hair salon rip-offs, but now I'm really confused about the election.

I want to do the Right Thing and vote for the Right Person, regardless of race, gender, or party affiliation. But I'm seeing that others may be voting just for RACE alone, and that bothers me. I

I was in a local business this morning, and one of the other patrons in line was a local female black "activist"---for lack of a better word. She was very vocal in her support for Obama, even though no one around her had mentioned politics to my knowledge. Her comments were clearly directed towards me and any other white person within earshot, and she plainly stated:" We are going to make history tomorrow!"

Now, I could have taken that the wrong way, but chances are that she meant that a Black Man was finally getting a shot at the White House. And that may be so, but is she voting for him because he's black, or because he's the most qualified? I wanted to reach out and tap her on the shoulder and tell her that her opinion had possibly caused me to change mine! I had planned to vote for Obama in spite of his race. Now I'm not so sure.

Why do I hesitate to vote for someone purely because he's black? Because of the reaction from others whose motives are race-based. And HATE-based. I know that there are checks and balances that ensure that a President cannot act upon a whim, but that doesn't prevent local officeholders and citizens from abusing a perceived "entitlement."

I may not vote at all.

rd said...

There are a lot of issues here but I'll just touch on the health care. I am all for taxes going up if health insurance goes away. It could mean a better bottom line and better health care. Right now money is getting swallowed up in endless insurance overhead and liability protection. It getting harder and harder to buy and less and less of the amount you pay actually goes to the quality of service. Many European countries have better systems. Our country has done a lot right and they have copied us in several regards. Problem is that now we are getting left behind becuase we don't look at their successes and copy them when it is a good idea.

Southern Girl said...

I saw Obama's preacher on TV... he's a racist and a tax thief. Just watch fox news and you will see him. Fox is actually exposing him for who he is.

Anonymous said...

But Fox is a white conservative's network! I don't consider Fox to be the most reliable or most objective source for news commentary. Like my reaction to the black woman that I heard ranting about her pro-Barack stance, I feel just as strongly about uber-right-wing folks who are spouting the opposite message. Who can we believe? WHO CAN BE TRUSTED TO SPEAK AND ACT FOR EVERYONE?

Anonymous said...

Relax, it was on the far left NBC news and CNN as well. Obama's pastor is being investigated. He is a complete racist and a tax thief. The truth is the truth no matter who tells it.

rd said...

On the news issue ... however you feel about Fox vs. CNN, overseas Fox News is Fox who? I didn't meet many people that had heard of it much less watched it. I watch CNN to learn about what we are saying about the rest of the world and listen to the BBC to find out what they are saying about us. The comparison is quite entertaining at times.

I can't offer a deep opinion about Fox becuase I don't bother to watch it. I find it a bit suspicious though that they have to keep reminding their viewers that they are "fair and balanced" and "we report you decide " at the top of every hour.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Fox fan. Watch'll like it.