The jury’s still out on any decision. I think most people are swayed by oratory, charisma. A powerful presence. If not Obama, I want someone like him, but consider Ken Blackwell’s comments on Obama.
He’s a columnist for the New York Sun. He’s the 10% minority that isn’t lock-step behind America’s first serious black presidential candidate:
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
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
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
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.