March 31, 2008

The Shortcomings Of Obama

Ken Blackwell - Black NY Sun Columnist - Warns about the Shortcomings of Obama.

3/18/2008 12:46:04 AM

This is the entire column from Ken Blackwell a black 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 frontrunning 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 civilizational war.


Richard said...

Wow, Jan, this guy Blackwell is not being very straight with his readers.
He said that Obama talked about invading Pakistan [as an example of his poor judgement in foreign affairs]. That comment came from a debate in which Obama was asked if he would unilaterally attack Pakistan if bin Laden's location there was confirmed. Barack's answer was that he would only move against bin Laden IF the gov't of Pakistan was unable to participate in capturing or killing bin Laden. At no time has he ever endorsed any kind of unilateral attack on the sovereign country of Pakistan.
Bw [Blackwell] made a stink because Obama would meet with the leadership of Iran with no preconditions. Readers should note that the Iraq gov't has recently ended a week of entertaining that very leader. What say Bw? As for a novice President putting our national security at risk, the experienced group in charge has succeeded in creating hundreds of thousands of new enemies of the US through its policies and has ruined the credibility of the US around the world. They have also removed more than a third of the National Guard and their equipment from the US when we've never needed them more.
Bw calls our healthcare system the strongest in the world. For whom is it strong? The healthcare industry? Yes. It's not strong for my mom, not for my cousin, not for my nephew. I'm paying 25% more this year for less coverage. We are last, Mr.Bw, among the industrialized countries in the world in what we receive for our health dollar and in the percent of our population protected by insurance.
Bw glosses over how Senator Obama will pay for much of what he wants to do for America with the phrase "raise taxes". In fact, much of what Obama wants can be paid for by allowing the Bush taxcuts for the rich to expire ....taxcuts that Sen.McCain called "reckless and favoring the rich" when he wasn't running for President. Bw characterizes an Obama gov't as "Big Brother on steroids". Where was Bw as Bush doubled the number of gov't employees while quadrupling the number of contractors we employ [NOT counting the overseas war related contractors]?
Bw says we need to acquaint ourselves with the real Obama. I agree. Yes, but to do that you'll need to look beyond Mr. Bw.

Jan said... said that we will need to look beyond Mr. Blackwell in order to acquaint ourselves with the real Obama. I've looked in many directions, and nothing I see convinces me that there is any more to him than what we already know, and there is a lot more about him that many don't know..yet.