The Real Candidate Behind
Obama's Superficial Appeal

by Dave

Kenneth Blackwell

Kenneth Blackwell

Obama is another case of things not being what they appear to be.

In a recent opinion piece in the New York Sun, columnist Kenneth Blackwell, who is the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow for Public Policy at the Buckeye Institute in Columbus, Ohio, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, warns Americans to look behind the polished veneer and the charismatic speeches to the candidate that is there. And he warns that candidate is one America cannot afford to put in the White House.

Here's what he had to say:

"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 US. 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 or an American Idol finalist.

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; contrast that with meeting without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to destroy Israel and create another Holocaust; and Kim Jong Il, 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 or two 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 passing a statewide 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 even 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."



In this election, the only candidate who meets that criteria is John McCain.

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Obama's Superficial Appeal

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I'm Lovin' McCain More Every Day
by: Bob

This falls in the category of "be-careful-what-you-wish-for." I remember saying "anybody but Hillary..."

But Obama would bring liberal fascism in the highest degree to America.

"We're from the government, and here to help...with what you eat, what you say, what doctor you see... And kumbaya with Ahmadinejad and his ilk."

I'm lovin' McCain more every day.

No way no McCain
by: Anonymous

MCCain is more of Bush, and will go to war with the entire middle east. another WWII.

No Way, No How, NOBAMA!
by: Anonymous

I think you're missing the point.

First of all, that garbage about McCain being more of Bush is just that . . . garbage. McCain has tangled with Bush a number of times, on a number of issues. You've been hypnotized by the Obama campaign rhythmically repeating that more of the same line, which is exactly what they're hoping for.

But the really big point that you're missing is that the U.S. cannot avoid this war. Islamic extremists are just as determined to wipe the U.S. off the map (or at least convert us all to Islam) as Ahmahdinejad is to wipe Israel off the map.

The only question is do we fight them where they live, or where we live? Frankly, given their predilection for blowing up innocent women and children, I'd prefer that to happen across the pond, and not on our school buses and in our shopping malls and churches. I don't want to have to worry about roadside bombs planted in the US, waiting to blow up the school bus as it comes by.

SO . . . given that the U.S. WILL BE in a war with these extremists for many years (until one side is defeated), who would you rather have leading this country?

A proven war hero who has served his country admirably for fifty years, or a newcomer with no record of accomplishment who hasn't even been alive that long? One who has said, "If things take an ugly turn, I will side with the Muslims."

No Way, No How, NOBAMA!!

What Now? After Analysis I am Perplexed.
by: Anonymous

Now that we have elected a man who is not suitable
for the U. S. republic (not only my opinion) what do we do now?

Is there any means short of violence which would make him a hero that can be used?

His character is much lacking due to my analysis
and is probably one of the most dangerous people
in our government due to his character!!

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