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Obama's Vain Beginning [Alan Keyes]
WorldNetDaily ^ | January 23, 2009 | Alan L. Keyes

Posted on 01/22/2009 10:34:13 PM PST by EternalVigilance

Never forget the difference between good-sounding reasons and good sound reasoning. That was one of the first admonitions I remember hearing from my debate coach in high school.

Barack Obama's address at the high-priced ceremony marking his first day as an occupant of the White House is a masterful symphony of good sounding reasons, filled with allusions to America's founding principles, high ideals and high-minded purposes. Yet in the whole of it, there is not one shred of reasoning based on those principles, not one line that takes true account of their content and deliberately connects it with the view of government he articulates, or the wisps of policy he rhetorically flourishes. He uses words that evoke the founding ideals to give his assertions an aura of legitimacy, but he does not accept them as the starting point for deliberate reasoning that would justify those assertions. He respects their usefulness, not their authority.

Though Obama cleverly exploits the positive emotions still evoked by references to our founding ideals, he speaks without regard for the understanding that justifies those emotions, the logic that transforms them from good feelings to reasonable convictions; from vague hopes to truths which inform our lives and deserve our allegiance; and that we can sustain in the face of great sacrifice, pain and danger, even unto death. Because he refuses to acknowledge the vision of faith and reason actually articulated in our founding documents, his effort to portray the hard work and sacrifices of previous generations falls woefully short, in terms of truth and effectiveness:

(Excerpt) Read more at worldnetdaily.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial
KEYWORDS: alankeyes; bhoinauguration; bhospeech; keyes; obama; vanity

1 posted on 01/22/2009 10:34:14 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Obama = empty suit

How long til the American public realizes it?


2 posted on 01/22/2009 10:35:18 PM PST by cowdog77 ("Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: All

There’s a bit longer version here:

http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1960&posts=1


3 posted on 01/22/2009 10:37:32 PM PST by EternalVigilance (God is watching and listening.)(The Personhood Imperative: www.BanAbortionNOW.com)
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To: cowdog77

The devil loves to fill the void in empty suits.


4 posted on 01/22/2009 10:38:50 PM PST by EternalVigilance (God is watching and listening.)(The Personhood Imperative: www.BanAbortionNOW.com)
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To: EternalVigilance
...masterful symphony...

And the band played on. Or did they?

5 posted on 01/22/2009 10:40:09 PM PST by period end of story
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To: EternalVigilance

mark


6 posted on 01/22/2009 10:40:25 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Role of the press: Republican scandal - prosecutors; Democrat scandal - Defense attorneys.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I wake up each day asking myself How in God’s name did we elect this guy? He indeed appears to prove Lincoln correct by continuing to fool some of the people all the time


7 posted on 01/22/2009 10:44:54 PM PST by Steelfish (Our Winning Video)
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To: EternalVigilance

If he felt so strongly about Obama, maybe he should have, I dunno.... RAN A BETTER CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM!?!


8 posted on 01/22/2009 10:46:13 PM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: cowdog77
At least 43% of the electorate votes Democrat; hence, they believe that FDR was a saint and that Obama will deliver them to riches and glory. They will NEVER think that BHO will falter nor that communism, in the hands of a Democrat, is abhorrent to our republican government.
9 posted on 01/22/2009 10:48:20 PM PST by Thommas
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To: cowdog77
"How long til the American public realizes it?"

Never. Their attention span is too short, and by the time the media finishes spinning everything he says as being the most glorious words ever spoken by an American president, Joe public doesn't even remember what it was that he said. They just go to bed knowing that any day now everything that is wrong in the world is going to be all better because the messiah is in control of things.

10 posted on 01/22/2009 10:51:19 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: EternalVigilance

obviously this man has something on his mind.
I say kudos, yet it is a bit long-winded.
I would hate to think in the future this could be used against him , yet, he speaks the truth.


11 posted on 01/22/2009 10:52:20 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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To: TypeZoNegative

Poor Alan Keyes, being a Constitutional conservative, has no support from the NRC. These days, one has to be a LIBERAL RINO, like Johnny McCain, to get the party’s endorsement.


12 posted on 01/22/2009 10:54:32 PM PST by Thommas
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To: Nathan Zachary

dead on the money Zach. yep, as long as the beemers are running fine and their damn $$$coffee drinks are hot the sheeple will just keep lapping up the crap that the MSM and hussein feed ‘em.


13 posted on 01/22/2009 10:56:33 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: EternalVigilance

All that, and he tells himself his prayers every night...


14 posted on 01/22/2009 10:58:18 PM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: EternalVigilance
Obama rejects God, tradition, morality and the family. He rejects the right to life and didn't mention in his inaugural and the omission, I think, speaks to his lack of understanding of the intimate connection between life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For without life, none of the others are even possible. For that reason, he will never be MY President. We have a profound disagreement about such a fundamental value and of course concerning all the other ones I mentioned above and I cannot in good conscience, lend my support to policies that violate everything I believe in. My principles are not for sale and even though I may be powerless to stop his subversion of all I hold near and dear, I will never cede on timeless truths as long as breath remains within me, coming as it does from God, the only One to whom I pledge true allegiance.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

15 posted on 01/22/2009 10:59:28 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: EternalVigilance

The majority of people are trained to feel not to think. High minded words and their smooth delivery by a young black Hollywood rhetorician invokes the idea of justice and equality without so much as an attempt at proof or reasoning a proper course of action. The public has been bamboozled by a sly and gifted orator and a devious media. They, the public, will get what is owed because they watch too much feel good, “we will take care of you,” “trust us” TV. No use crying.


16 posted on 01/22/2009 11:03:24 PM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Blind Eye Jones
Obama is an empty suit - he is a sophist and skilled at dazzling us with words. But there is no real substance behind the man and people will eventually tire of hearing him. He has not said one thing that is true or even comes close to it. But with lies, throughout history, unscrupulous and ambitious men have risen to great heights. But in the arc of history, they are like chaff on the wind.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

17 posted on 01/22/2009 11:07:37 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: cowdog77
How long til the American public realizes it?

It will take a miracle, the school system has dumbed us down and the media covers for him.

18 posted on 01/22/2009 11:08:39 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Irish Eyes
He'll be around a decade. We have too many deluded people in this country and right now, I don't see any one who can defeat him. A Republican would have to overcome the media and the pop culture to do that. Its just too big a hurdle to surmount.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

19 posted on 01/22/2009 11:11:50 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

http://www.loyaltoliberty.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How to tell a bad tree

by Alan Keyes

Simple logic:

Jesus said “by their fruits ye shall know them.” We take this to mean that a tree is bad because its fruit is bad, but in fact it’s not a statement about what determines the objective condition of the tree. It’s a statement about the empirical basis for our knowledge of its condition. If the tree bears bad fruit, it’s a bad tree. Any fruit that comes from it is bad, since a bad tree cannot (does not have the power to) bear good fruit.

Christ’s assertion seems contrary to possible human experience. Don’t we find bad cherries growing side by side with good ones? If we remember the story of Adam’s fall from Grace, however, we can easily understand Christ’s instruction. Eve looked at the fruit of the tree of knowledge and judged it to be good based on her (human) faculties of perception and understanding (it looked ripe and luscious and good for food.) But according to the word of God, the tree was bad. Eating its fruit meant death. God’s word reflected the objective nature of the tree with respect to Adam and Eve. For them, it was a tree of death. The badness of the tree was not caused by the fruit. Rather, the objective nature of the tree gave rise to the badness of the fruit.

So how can we know that a tree is bad; by judging its fruit in light of God’s word rather than relying on information derived exclusively from our own faculties. Using Obama as an example, one of his fruits appears to be making sure that abortion and infanticide are sanctioned as right and lawful. God’s will for us condemns the taking of innocent human life. Obama’s fruit is contrary to God’s will, and therefore bad. But a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. Therefore Obama is a bad tree. This means that all his fruit is objectively bad; however it may look to us. We cannot cherry pick the fruit of a bad tree once we have determined its objective condition. This puts the lie to the actions of those so-called Christian leaders who think we can support Obama when he does what is good, and oppose him when he does wrong. According to Christ’s criterion, no fruit that he produces can be good. Though it looks good, and may produce what seem to us to be good results, according to Christ’s rule of moral reasoning, his fruit is bad because he is bad.

If we had the time to step back and take in the whole picture, we would better understand the sense of this. Back in the 1930s Adolf Hitler helped revive the German economy, reduce unemployment, improve the infrastructure, encourage scientific research and development and many other “good” things. Each such “good” policy increased his popularity and expanded his support, contributing to the cult of adulation that empowered him to implement policies of holocaust and aggression. Those policies morally depraved the German nation, and plunged the world into total war. Objectively speaking, the elements of German society that accepted what they saw as good results from the Fuhrer made Eve’s mistake. Of course, they didn’t realize the truth until Germany lay in ruins, defeated and literally demoralized.

I think the difference between God’s knowledge and ours lies in this: he has intrinsic knowledge of the objective condition of each tree at every moment, even before its fruit appears. Our objective knowledge depends on our experience. In his word he tries to share the fruits of his intrinsic knowledge with us. But since his guidance arises from a way of knowing that transcends the preconditions and categories of our understanding, we cannot know with certainty that his guidance is correct until our experience verifies it. Of course, if the experience involves our destruction, the satisfaction of certainty won’t last for long. Is this one reason the Psalmist declares:

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes

(Psalm 118:8-9)


20 posted on 01/22/2009 11:15:14 PM PST by EternalVigilance (God is watching and listening.)(The Personhood Imperative: www.BanAbortionNOW.com)
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To: Irish Eyes

Hve you seen the youtube - there were a couple of threads about it today - of 0bama getting angry when one reporter softballed a question while 0 went to “be friendly” with them in the White House?

It was EXTREMELY revealing. Very. His anger was palpable - his voice change - his demeanor changed - his body showed his anger - all because of one little question. And it looked to me as though he was trying to control his anger.

The man is a freaking ticking time bomb. The sooner he explodes the better. He’s a dangerous psychopath.


21 posted on 01/22/2009 11:20:38 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: goldstategop

Beautiful and well spoken comments and I agree 100%.


22 posted on 01/22/2009 11:21:46 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: goldstategop

Check out the video when he gets angry at one reporter. He practically comes unglued. The man will defeat himself. I just he does it very soon. The words “wicked” and “evil” are not excessive when describing him.


23 posted on 01/22/2009 11:23:16 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Really good but simple writing there. I sent it to a few people.


24 posted on 01/22/2009 11:23:17 PM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: Irish Eyes
Obama's and the communist Democrats' growing the government even more than it is will really wreck the economy.

And then maybe we can Let Sarah Palin begin the down-sizing of this huge 3.2 trillon massive government the Democrats have burdened America, capitalism and Free market with.

If everyone read this book there would be no Democrats/socialism or big government which is the cause of all problems : Free to Choose

The international bestseller on the extent to which personal freedom has been eroded by government regulations and agencies while personal prosperity has been undermined by government spending and economic controls.

25 posted on 01/22/2009 11:53:53 PM PST by Democrat_media (Socialism will destroy a country economically.Why are Democrats for Socialism?)
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To: Thommas

The pathetic quality of public education in this country has made us vulnerable to the ‘tyranny of the majority’.

We send our children off to school and the brainwashing begins in kindergarten. We’re not taking the time to teach our children values that remain true in good times and bad. We don’t teach self reliance, and we haven’t taught them to question the propaganda spewed in the classroom.


26 posted on 01/23/2009 12:43:45 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: TypeZoNegative

So he lost to Obama. He can still criticize him.


27 posted on 01/23/2009 2:31:52 AM PST by RPTMS
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To: cowdog77

Obama=”the Kid’s Table” President.


28 posted on 01/23/2009 3:07:18 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: goldstategop

Amen, and may God Bless.


29 posted on 01/23/2009 3:36:36 AM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: Thommas

You do have a point. The mainstream country club Rino GOP has a tendency to Blackwell VERY good, VERY conservative minority politicians. If they had their way, they would have Blackwelled Jindal. If they Blackwell Jindal nationally over some milquetoast like Pawlenty, they can kiss my ass when it comes to any support whatsoever.


30 posted on 01/23/2009 3:40:51 AM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: Carley

I get annoyed with the school indoctrination thing. As a parent, it is our responsibility to teach our children our value system, why have we let the schools do it? People can only do what you let them do.

How many parents sit and talk to their kids about government? What our responsibilities as citizens are? When your kid got his first paycheck did you go over it with them and explain the taxes to them? Do you as a parent explain the principals that our nation was founded on? Do you take the time to talk to them about what is going on in this country and put it in context to their lives so they have a better understanding of what they will be faced with when they are adults.

I have always told my kids, be respectful and polite. You are in school to learn academics, however, while they are your teachers, I am your parent and when it comes down to it, I make the rules, they start with their opinions outside of academics and it is against what we value in our house, you tell me and I’ll take care of it.

Having said that, I live in a conservative area and the school reflects that. As a matter of fact, during the election, they had a representative from the Republican and Democratic parties come and talk about their party platforms. Apparently, the attendance was more than expected and they, the students tore the Dem a new one, especially with regard to abortion.


31 posted on 01/23/2009 4:24:37 AM PST by panthermom
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To: EternalVigilance

Thank you. A great read.


32 posted on 01/23/2009 4:37:07 AM PST by Crolis (Kill your television!)
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To: TypeZoNegative

My knowledge of Keyes is that he campaigns on the eternal truths, the values that made the nation great, the majority of Americans seem to have no interest in hearing that now. Would you have Keyes run a phony campaign? I suspect there is no other way for the man to be elected to any important office. If George Washington reincarnated announced for the presidency now he would probably do no better than Keyes or Ron Paul. The state of the American electorate is pathetic.


33 posted on 01/23/2009 5:12:19 AM PST by RipSawyer (Great Grandpa was a Confederate soldier from the cradle of secession.)
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To: EternalVigilance

...Extremely well written...


34 posted on 01/23/2009 5:14:04 AM PST by rbmillerjr (2012: A GOP Conservative or I'm out)
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To: EternalVigilance

"James Madison, known as the father of the Constitution, was right when he said that justice is the aim of government, the aim of civil society: not freedom, not prosperity, but the determination to do what is right, as God enables us to see the right. In his disregard for the vision of justice that shaped the founding of the United States, Obama reveals the shoddy inadequacy of his vision for America, his fanatical commitment to the tawdry and ultimately self-centered materialism that binds and deforms his leftist ideology at its core. Except for this, he would have understood that before power, before prosperity, even before the Constitution framed our national institutions for liberty, America's true greatness was given, by God's Providence, in the moment when the leaders and people of the 13 original states, living in what Europeans then considered a savage, backward wilderness, committed themselves to form an independent nation that derived its identity from their common acknowledgement of the existence and authority of God."

Unfortunately, Alan, Obama didn't learn that at Columbia or Harvard. And his parents didn't teach that to him either. It is unlikely he will learn that from his buddies at MSNBC. What's worse is that the people who voted for him didn't learn that at the public schools they attended. They are not allowed to learn that.

35 posted on 01/23/2009 5:41:19 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: panthermom

How great that your school system is respectful of conservative values. In our community any teacher that didn’t spew the left’s position was not given tenure.

We worked hard to teach our children the value of life too and my daughter especially was not afraid to speak up.

My son’s high school freshman english teacher used the book of Genesis for the first semester. Can you imagine using the bible in a classroom now. The teacher wouldn’t even be allowed to have a bible on the desk.


36 posted on 01/23/2009 6:34:53 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: Carley

Although the community is changing, we have been fortunate. The vast majority of our teachers live in the community and their children attend the same schools. FCA and Younglife our the biggest of all of the school clubs. I think because we are all so intertwined the school then represents the heart of the community.

I have a Sr. and a Jr. and one in the 6th grade, I do see the writing on the wall though and we will be leaving. Our area is changing quickly. The teachers are becoming frustrated as well, the people moving in don’t feel the same sense of commitment that has been the tradition.

People just don’t realize the hard work that goes into making a great community and school, I guess they assume it just happens. They see our success, then of course want to be a part of it. But they want to be a part of it on their terms, they complain and then they can’t understand why we are now not the school/community we once were. The disrespect I am hearing about towards the teachers now is absolutely appalling. My children have known most of their teachers their whole lives, through church, friendships and other activities. The new people have no ties with any of us, nor do they want any. The big complaint is we as a community and the teachers do not know how to relate to them. I guess now that they’re here we have to change for their comfort instead of them embracing what has been a proven success.

We are outta here.


37 posted on 01/23/2009 6:59:45 AM PST by panthermom
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To: NYer; redgolum; cpforlife.org; Coleus; wagglebee
Keyes:"Whatever words he speaks in the service of his power and ambition, Obama has articulated views and pledged himself to policies that resist and reject the renewing influence of grace."
38 posted on 01/23/2009 7:15:10 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Barack Obama's address at the high-priced ceremony marking his first day as an occupant of the White House is a masterful symphony of good sounding reasons, filled with allusions to America's founding principles, high ideals and high-minded purposes. Yet in the whole of it, there is not one shred of reasoning based on those principles

He speaks in sound bites. There is no substance to anything he says ... whatsoever. He is a 'made by the media' president.

39 posted on 01/23/2009 7:54:17 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: little jeremiah

There are a lot on Obama. Do you have a title or a link?


40 posted on 01/23/2009 8:33:26 AM PST by beachn4fun (Mr.& Mz. O - the New Mr. & Mz. Clinton)
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To: beachn4fun

Here’s one, it only starts when 0bama gets angry, I’ll see if I can find more.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2170219/posts

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17831.html

I saw a 3 1/2 minute one that was very telling because first 0bama was all cheery and friendly and as soon as a quesiton was asked his entire demeanor, body language, tone and “vibe”, if you will, changed.

Hmm - can’t seem to find the longer video, if I find it I’ll post a link here or maybe someone else will.


41 posted on 01/23/2009 9:55:11 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: EternalVigilance

This article makes me want to donate money to Keyes’ latest political organization/slush fund. Who knows, maybe a freeper here and there might even benefit.


42 posted on 01/23/2009 10:50:29 AM PST by Bosh Flimshaw
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To: NYer

He likes metaphors and clichés which mean nothing. The speech was filled with logical contradictions and nonsense which Keyes is right to point out. But when Obama is criticized for errors in fact and logic, the media calls the conservative critics racists and mean-spirited as if there is something hateful about being logical and factual. Obama's first order of business was to sign U.S. funding for abortions in foreign countries. That is insane. No U.S. tax money should be paying for that abroad. Obama lowers the standards and values of the United States to the "self-centered materialism" he learned at Columbia and Harvard. God, the Bible, divine and moral law go out the window. Along with your tax dollars.

But the media adores and worships Obama.

43 posted on 01/23/2009 11:58:14 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: EternalVigilance

bookmarked


44 posted on 01/23/2009 2:24:40 PM PST by BlueDragon (the beatings will continue until morale improves!)
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To: cowdog77

Youth voters didn’t want a father-figure, they wanted an older-boyfriend figure.

They got it.

But the guy’s not competent to hold this position; he’s the Wal-mart greeter for the U.S. at best.


45 posted on 01/23/2009 3:13:38 PM PST by 4Liberty (Discount window +fractional reserve banking = moral hazard + bank corporate welfare + Inflation tax)
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