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Posted on 03/08/2008 2:47:48 PM PST by K-oneTexas
The Top Nine "Changes" Barack Obama Would Make as President
By John Hawkins
Friday, March 7, 2008
"All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward." -- Ellen Glasgow
As people who have followed Barack Obama closely over the last few months have long since realized, there has been very little substance to the man's campaign besides his determination to lose -- oops, I mean "end" -- the war in Iraq.
If you boil Obama's appeal down to its essential core, most of his supporters seem to like him because he's a relatively young, charismatic, black man who talks a lot about "change," "unity," and the "audacity of hope."
But, what does that tell you about how Obama would behave if he gets into office? Very, very little. After all, pretty much anybody, from Napoleon, to Fidel Castro, to Mickey Mouse could run on a platform of "hope," "change," and "unity" because it's so broad and meaningless.
Of course, that doesn't mean that Barack doesn't have an agenda. He most certainly does have one, but it's just an agenda that he tries to avoid talking about because the better Americans get to know him, the less appealing he's going to be.
So, with that in mind, let me take you through a short tour of some of Barack Obama's radical beliefs. In all fairness, I should note that he has flip-flopped on some of these issues after his Barney the Dinosaur style "I Love You, You Love Me" campaign for the presidency got into full swing. But, experience has taught us that you can put a lot more stock into what a politician says before he starts trying to desperately convince middle America to vote him into the White House, than after.
#1) Weakening America's Military: Barack Obama has pledged, among other things, to make defense cuts during war time, to cut spending on national missile defense, that he won't weaponize space, to slow development of future combat systems, and to seek a "world without nuclear weapons." Is this a man who can be trusted as Commander-In-Chief?
#2) Losing the War in Iraq: Obama is promising to throw away the hard earned gains our troops have made in Iraq by immediately removing combat brigades each month, regardless of the situation on the ground, and by having all of our "combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months."
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff publicly warned Barack and, for that matter, Hillary that they could create a "chaotic situation" with their policy that could take the "gains we have achieved and struggled to achieve and turn them around overnight." Come on, Admiral, don't you know that Obama isn't going to listen to what the military has to say about a war when there's an election to be won?
#3) Gay Marriage: Although Barack Obama claims to oppose gay marriage, in 2004 he said that he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the only thing keeping the courts from imposing gay marriage on the whole country. If you want to see gay marriage become the law of the land in your state, no matter what the voters think, vote for Obama.
#4) Pro-Partial Birth Abortion: It's never a surprise to find a Democrat who's a big fan of abortion, but Obama goes above and beyond the call of duty. He had a perfect rating of 100% from NARAL in 2005, 2006, and 2007, opposes "notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions," and he even opposed banning partial birth abortions. If you want to see as many women as humanly possible in this country putting their own children to death via abortion, vote Obama.
#5) Legalizing Marijuana: Obama, a former (we hope) druggie, who has admitted to using marijuana and cocaine, has said that he favors "decriminalizing marijuana." Perhaps you can't blame him for wanting to make it easier for people to get drugs since, after all, he used them and look how he turned out. If Barack gets into the White House, one day mothers all over America can tell their children that they'll never be anything in life if they use hard drugs and those children can reply, "Well, at least I can be President!"
#6) Handing 845 billion dollars of your money to other nations: Obama's Global Poverty Act would commit the United States to spending, over the next 13 years, 845 billion dollars more than what we already do on global poverty. Obama followed that up with a release that said in part, "It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty..." If Obama actually believes that not only is the United States capable of "eliminating extreme poverty," but that we should actually make that utopian dream a "priority," then he's far too naive to be in the White House.
#7) If you think George Bush is a big spender, you haven't met Obama: Even though the United States is already running a deficit, Obama is planning to push a whole host of new big government programs including a "10-year, $150 billion program to establish a green energy sector," a "$60 billion National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank," and a "nearly universal health care plan (whose annual price tag he low-balls at $50 to $65 billion)." If you're all for tax and spend liberalism and watching the deficit spiral even further out of control, there's no one you should want in the White House more than Obama.
#8) Amnesty and your tax dollars for illegal aliens: Believe it or not, John McCain, the Republican who is most closely associated with catering to illegal aliens, is actually well to Barack Obama's right on the issue.
Obama favors drivers licenses for illegals, wants to give illegals welfare and Medicaid, wants to let them participate in Social Security, opposes making English our national language, and he favors a comprehensive approach to illegal immigration, AKA amnesty, that even John McCain now claims to oppose.
#9) Gun Control: Obama is a perfect example of the stereotypical, liberal gun grabber. Obama has pledged to "Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons," has "opined unequivocally that D.C.'s ban was 'constitutional'," and in 1996, Obama, in a survey, "supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." If you're an opponent of the 2nd Amendment, who believes law abiding citizens shouldn't be allowed to defend themselves, Obama is your man.
John Hawkins is a professional blogger who runs Conservative Grapevine and Right Wing News.
#5 - Legalize it and tax it
According to a Mr. Sinclair, you left out
#10...When elected, Obama is going to reinstate that old Illinois tradition of back seat romps in the limo...nationwide. Makes Clinton look like a saint!
Nine reasons to vote for McCain...like him or not!
Unless Hussein is promising amnesty and a free car how can McCain be "well to the right of Obambi on this issue?
But I suspect that when the issue comes up, McCain will have to be more responsive to a massive Talk-Radio/letter-writing/e-mailing MASS campaign to keep things sane, at least more-so than Obumbi.
Another solid contribution from conservative John Hawkins.
There should be no doubt about it. With Obama in the Oval Office America will be set on a leftward course that will advance liberalism beyond anything we’ve come to know.
What on earth makes you think that the pushers and buyers would actually follow tax or other regulation laws, given their demonstrated penchant for criminal activity?
I agree, but that leaves him 1 for 9, which shouldn't get him into the starting lineup.
#5 - Legalize it and tax it.
Why stop with marijuana and cocaine? Might as well add meth, and heroin too. If were going to mess up our children this will be the way to do it. Get them all addicted then keep jacking up the taxes.
Look at cigarettes as an example.
If it’s your child who cares, If it’s my - child no way. I think that’s how Obama looks at the problem.
the price would be so low that the profit motive that keeps pushers with weak product or trash would stop and only the tobacco companies would have the dope so to speak. they are all ready to proceed with pot sales.
Self interest. That and being undercut by the legal/taxed sellers.
Al Capone and his boys didn't continue selling untaxed booze once prohibition was repealed.
The criminal activity was a consequence of the illegality of the product. You don't see beer distributors doing drive bys over territory.
The War on Drugs has done more to erode liberty in this country in the last 25 years than any other single issue.
Nothing would be better than to legalize/decriminalize ALL drugs. Find ways to regulate distribution/sale of the hardest ones.
But the criminalization of marijuana is a joke. Even the late great Buckley advocated legalization of it. It’s simply not harmful enough to justify any regulation stronger than cigarettes (less so, really.)
Drug war is a mess and about as successful as the War on Poverty. All durgs must be made legal or all drugs banned. If you want to ban them each and every Ameican must be tested weekly and those who fail the test should be sent to “The Camps” where hard labor and anti-drug popaganda can change them into good happy workers. It will not work.
Really, there is no difference between Obama and McCain. Or, at least, that is what some people on this site claim...
You are right, of course. But too many people around here would rather hold on to their grudges than do what is better for America.
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