Conservatives Crushing on Obama
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My inbox was stocked full this weekend with reports and opinion pieces about why even Republicans have a crush on Barack Obama. It is a fascinating little trend – and even I have fallen in line. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with Obama’s policies nor do I want him to run the country, but there is something endearing and dare I say – inspirational -- about him. He’s been compared to Martin Luther King and JFK – I can’t say his words don’t resonate with the same, shameless hope. His rhetoric is refreshing but could only be acceptable if it were backed by sound experience and policy.
I see him as cultural leader. The world needs people like Obama – who represent a genuine spirit of optimism. Optimism, however wonderful and necessary, can be unrealistic. (I’m not a pessimist – just a realist!) He is refreshing – what people want to hear after these years of war and terrorism. But that is why an Obama presidency would be a decision based on instant gratification. We want peace and change and hope NOW.
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No matter how eloquently and powerfully he puts it, Obama cannot deliver that to us. His policies lead to a place of less sovereignty. Hope cannot withstand jihadists – and change is inevitable. It’s easy for any Democrat to piggyback off an unpopular Bush White House and Obama’s done it well – highlighting his trademark decision not to support ascending on Iraq in 2003.
Your average voter may think that made him “wise.” But, in all reality, it made him foolish for not acknowledging what we thought was a massive threat. Getting back to it, I found a Republicans for Obama web site, which was quite disturbing. Obama talks nauseatingly about bi-partisanship and fogs over his actual record of extreme liberalism.
According to an article today by Salena Zito, a Pew Research Center study shows that Obama is perceived as more liberal than Clinton among Democrats, yet is seen as more moderate than Clinton among Republicans. It goes to show that Republicans are unaware of how left Obama is. He’s done a great job camoflauging himself as moderate hasn’t he?
In fact, here is a list to help you understand:
• 100% from Planned Parenthood
• 100% from NARAL
• 0% from the Illinois Association for Right to Life
• 0% from Americans for Tax Reform
• 100% from the NAACP
• 8% from the American Conservative Union
• 100% from the NEA [teachers union]
• 100% from Children's Defense Fund [Hillary's old group]
• 100% from NOW
• 88% from the American Immigration Lawyers Association
• 0% from the Federation for American Immigration Reform
• 100% from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees
• 100% from Americans for Democratic Action [gold-standard of old lefty groups]
• 0% from NRA
• 'A' from Illinois Citizens for Handgun Control
There is a place for Barack Obama – to lead a social justice movement or heck, be an inspirational speaker across the country – but “Commander-in-Chief” sure ain’t it. In the debates last week, Obama said it is “important to be right the first time” but how many chances has America had to see if he usually is? He may be inspirational but look at his record and see how wrong he was almost every time.
As Peter Whener in the Washington Post wrote today:
Barack Obama is among the most impressive political talents of our lifetime. If he defeats Hillary Clinton, the question for the general election is not whether he can transcend his race but whether he can reach beyond his ideology.