10 Reasons why Obama is WRONG for America
by Greg Quinn
June 10, 2008
The 2008 Presidential election may go down in history as one of the most
confusing elections in many years. The
Republican race took off with candidates that would make us proud to be
Americans, and Republicans, but they lost momentum and dropped out too early.
The Republican candidate who was behind early on came out on top in the
long haul. And, the Democratic
ticket started out as mass confusion and has only gotten worse.
We near the Democratic Convention and the Democrats apparently are only
now deciding whom they want as their candidate.
Their choices were difficult. A
feminist attorney with a shady past and a scary future as our nations President,
and an even worse choice, a candidate whose motto of “change” could lead to
changes that would harm the very future and security of our nation and our
I asked a fellow political analyst and good friend of mine, who wishes to
remain unknown, to assist me in the analysis as to the credibility, or lack
thereof, of Barack Hussein Obama. Obama
is a candidate whose oratory skills outweigh his substance, and his rhetoric
substitute for his obvious lack of experience.
Of any candidate presented by any party for President, Obama represents
the choice that most endangers the stability and future of our great nation.
But ours is not an analysis based upon theory, race, or prejudice of any
kind. It is based on a factual
analysis of the candidate, of his message, and of his credentials to become the
leader of the greatest nation on Earth.
Below is the analysis of my friend. I can add nothing to what he has here, but to applaud his efforts to effectively expose the most dangerous candidate in the race, Barack Obama.
Much has been made recently about the rise of Barack Obama in the nation’s
consciousness as a political figure, and more importantly, as the next potential
President of the United States of America.
Aside from all of the political left’s fawning over Obama as the
“he-is-us” aspects of his background, his so-called Kennedy-esque persona,
his politically correct lineage as the child of a racially mixed marriage, and
his “soaring” rhetoric, the question remains of just how much we really know
about this person who could very well become the next leader of the most
powerful nation on the face of the earth. It
is amazing how quickly some in America would cast their vote for someone that
they know so little about, someone who could so easily affect every aspect of
their lives, and blindly trust that their lives will improve.
If any of these left-leaning voters were to be put into a situation where
the lives of their children were left in the hands of an unknown stranger, they
would possibly make different choices before putting their children at risk.
Since we are now dealing with the prospect of a virtually unknown
stranger becoming the “daddy” of the nation, we should all collectively take
a second look and a reevaluation of this man who would be President of the
United States of America.
Obama’s Unspecific Platform
– One of the first places people go to find information these days is to a
website. It is a quick and easy method, but not always reliable.
For a political candidate, it is fair to say that the candidate himself
(or herself) would be fully aware of their own website’s content and would
fully endorse what their website says, or more importantly, does not say.
A good reading of Barack Obama’s official website shows that he treats
issues in a way that he “defines” an issue, states that he will solve the
issue, but gives no real details of what his solution entails.
Many of his so-called solutions are utopian, how things “should be”
rhetoric that conveniently ignores or dismisses real-world obstacles that he
would invariably face if put in the Oval Office.
Obama is a Democrat – This
may seem like a simplistic reason to decide against voting for a candidate, but
it is worth contemplating. The
Democratic Party’s approach toward governance is an increased intrusion into
the personal lives of those governed. The
Democrats now control both houses of the legislature, and should they win the
Executive branch of the government, the left wing legislative agenda will be
turned loose with a willing bill-signing president, and there will be no
checks-and-balances on the passage of legislation that will most certainly
unreasonably intrude upon our personal lives.
Consider the areas of taxation, education, sex education, religious
freedom, and welfare, among many others, and consider how much less you as a
citizen will have a voice in these areas, and how much more the federal
government will infuse itself into these areas.
Obama and “Change” –
Barack Obama has skillfully used wordplay throughout his campaign, in his
speeches, interviews, and literature. The
word that he uses the most is “Change”, and when he makes a speech it
appears on the podium he speaks from and on the signs posted behind him.
Much of the oratory that he is lauded for is laced with the word
“Change”, and he very skillfully couples it with the word “Courage”,
implying that anyone who is not willing to “Change” is a coward.
Personally, I believe there are things that have brought this country to
its greatness, and much of that involved persistence and tenacity of a bed rock
standard or ideal, not a wavering willingness to “change” things by taking
the easy way out in the face of difficulty.
There are many great things about this nation and our laws that Obama
will “Change” just for the sake of “Change”, and more importantly, to
use “Change” as a way to put a left-leaning spin on legislation.
It is important to remember that not all things need to be changed. This country runs the risk of throwing the baby out with the
Obama Folds Under Pressure –
Barack Obama wins high marks for his aura as a politician.
The media has praised him for the way that he transforms a crowd into a
idol-worshipping gushing hysteria of applause and adoration.
He seems to be well rehearsed and slick in his performance as long as he
controls the script and the venue. There
are, however, several cracks in his veneer as of late, as has been seen in the
debates with Hillary Clinton, pointed questions from interviewers, and
explanations he has been obligated to give regarding his association with Rev.
Jeremiah Wright and former terrorist William Ayers.
When confronted in these situations, you will see Obama’s slick
communication skills degenerate into a halting speech pattern, use of bad
analogies, and a tendency to endorse both sides of an issue.
If we are to assume that a person generally “walks the talk”, then we
can safely assume that Obama will most certainly fold under the pressure he will
find in the presidential office when dealing with our sworn enemies, potential
military conflicts, and national disasters that pit one needy group against
Obama’s Upbringing and
Influences – It is impossible for any person to not be influenced by their
parents, the people with whom they associate or affiliate themselves with, their
education, and their political influences.
No matter how palatable Obama may appear as a person, it is important to
remember that he was raised by a far-left mother, influenced by a Marxist
African father, educated in an Islamic educational secondary school system,
received his degrees from left-leaning universities, associated with radical
figures such as Wright and Ayers, and has been influenced and endorsed by the
likes of Teddy Kennedy. No one can
have such a background and not be fully immersed in leftist and radical
un-American ideology. To believe
otherwise is to dismiss all evidence of a person’s history and its likelihood
to influence their future decisions and performance.
Although many people have overcome bad upbringing and have clearly stated
their recognition of working to overcome bad influences in their lives, Barack
Obama clearly does not denounce his past influences, but rather embraces them.
We can be assured that he will lean upon those influences in the future
and that they will be integral to the way that he deals with any decision he
will make as president.
Obama is not patriotic –
Much can be observed about a person from the outward display of their behavior
and demeanor. Although it is easy
to give someone a “pass” on outward appearance, in Obama’s case it is very
telling of what he truly believes regarding patriotism toward America.
For example, one of the first pictures early in the campaign that shows
all of the Democratic candidates during the Pledge of Allegiance, Obama is
standing with his hands folded in front on him and he is not stating the Pledge
along with the rest of the candidates and the audience.
Likewise, many have observed that Obama does not like to wear a pin of
the American flag on his lapel as do all other American political candidates.
Obama’s wife has characterized America as a “mean” country and one
in which she was not proud of until just recently, and only because there is now
for the first time a black candidate put forward for consideration. We can almost certainly conclude that Obama himself holds the
same beliefs. If we see someone who
willingly allows themselves to be viewed as unwilling to show deference to the
country for which they aspire to lead, in what manner they will run the very
same country? It is about like
asking the garbage collector to pledge allegiance to the local land-fill.
Do you want a president who will treat you like a garbage collector?
Obama’s Inefficient High Priced
Programs – Obama is committed to introducing a long list of new government
programs that will most certainly become permanent fixtures of our society in
the future. Examples of this
include universal health care, give-away education programs, liberal immigration
policies, an oppressive energy policy, and many others.
It is obvious from history that any program that has been run solely by
the government has become too costly, very inefficient, and largely unsuccessful
in its operation. Yet these
programs have been here to stay for decades and an albatross over successive
generations of Americans. For
example, the Social Security system of our country was fully funded at one time,
but as it’s coffers grew, the Democrats saw a pile of cash that could be
utilized toward other programs for which they were unwilling to raise taxes to
fund. Over time, add in a host of
other additional undeserving recipients of Social Security benefits, and soon
you have a national program which is now unfunded (pay-as-you-go), close to
insolvency, highly inefficient in its operations, and a huge burden upon future
generations of Americans. The
programs that Obama wishes to introduce to the U.S. mindset will create a
mentality of the “nanny state” that Great Britain fought for years to rid
itself of, and remains saddled with to this day.
That sort of national mindset reduced Great Britain from its once
formidable international status to that of second-tier power status.
The United States of America would do well to take a lesson from the
history of our good friends in England.
Obama Will Raise Taxes – We
are assured by Barack Obama that he will raise taxes on the American public and
American corporations. Without
getting into the scheme for who is taxed at what rate, which pre-assumes that
raising taxes is a good idea to begin with, let us first consider the
feasibility of tax increases from a macro-economic standpoint.
The United States is currently in a recession and will be for the next
two years. Likewise, the U.S.
currency has devalued against other major currencies by almost half over just
the past year. These two factors
alone make life much harder and unaffordable for the average American taxpayer
because prices are higher and jobs are not as plentiful because employers are
watching their expenses. Any
economist worth their salt would tell you that it is not wise to reduce the
supply of money in the market under such circumstances, yet the Democrats with
Obama at the helm will most certainly do that very thing.
The result will be slow business growth, a long period of high
unemployment and high energy and food prices, which will push job seekers to
look for higher paying jobs and induce employers to raise wages to stay
competitive with their workforce. All
of these results are inflationary and will create an upward spiral of wage and
price increases over the next decade. In
a free market economy, the very worst thing that can be done is to introduce
unwise controls on the economy. Increased
taxes are a form of economic controls because taxes reduce
the supply of money in the marketplace, and at a time when the exact
opposite is needed. One of the
things that Obama wishes to “change” is who spends your money, and it will
not be you, but rather the U.S. government with Obama holding the purse strings.
Obama, The Environment, and Energy
– Democrats love to harp on the twin “evils” of fossil fuels and non-green
environmental practices. There has
been a lot of attention placed upon the need to secure biofuels such as ethanol
as a way to reduce petroleum consumption, air pollution, and “global
warming” caused from burning fossil fuel products in our cars and power
plants. Obama believes that
biofuels are the path to energy independence and his platform has this as
something he will vigorously pursue as president.
However, we are beginning to see and hear increasingly more scientists,
energy experts, economists, and agriculturalists send up red flags about the
dangers of converting to a biofuel dependency.
For example, purely from an economic standpoint, it is obvious that the
supply of grain worldwide is finite and has competing consumers for fuel
production, human food supply, and animal feed-grain users.
It has become apparent that grain prices have increased dramatically as
grain has been diverted to the use for fuel production.
Land which was once used to feed people and animals is now being used to
produce grain for fuel, and farmers are being pressured to increase grain yields
by over-fertilization techniques and woodland-to-farmland conversion.
The result is that the average American pays higher prices for food at
the grocery store, the environment is degraded by introducing hyper-production
of farm production techniques, and countless dollars are funneled toward
creating a fuel technology dependency which is extremely vulnerable and more
expensive than other forms of energy. Obama
is dead set upon pursuing this course despite all of the warning signs that have
surfaced recently. We could count
on this energy program being another flawed attempt at governmental involvement
in something that the government has no expertise in governing.
Obama is Inexperienced – As
a final consideration, despite the positions that Obama may take on various
issues, it is plain to see that he is simply inexperienced as a leader.
Obama has never run a business or held an executive political office.
When Obama supporters are polled at debates on what types of significant
accomplishments that Obama can point to in his history as a legislator, they
clearly cannot point to any one Obama accomplishment at
all. He has a history of voting in a very liberal manner, but he
has introduced no legislation of his own, nor has he transformed any of his own
ideas into legislation for consideration by his legislative peers.
Likewise, he has sat on numerous committees and subcommittees, yet has
largely been either absent or uninvolved with them due to his presidential
election campaigning activities. So
what we have here is a person who has held political office but has not fully
engaged in the work of that office, and has merely used it as a stepping stone
toward his real goal of being President of the United States.
This is the case of a job applicant with a fairly decent looking resume,
but no underlying content to back it up. The
job of President of the United States is one that we all should look for the
very best candidate to fill, one with a history of real accomplishments, and not
one who merely has a well written resume.
There are plenty of emotionally-based reasons that one might choose to vote
for or not to vote for Barack Obama. Those
types of reasons, while valid for the individual who holds them, are not the
types of reasons that have hard cold logic to back them up. America needs to wake up and begin to use the unadulterated
pragmatism that has made this country great in the past.
We cannot afford to place our future in the hands of someone who is
merely a good orator, or one who we believe “his time has come” as a
minority candidate, or one who is the leading candidate of the opposition party
simply because it is currently an anti-Republican political climate.
We as voters must practice the pragmatic thought process of selecting our
next leader based upon what makes good sense, and not what sounds good or feels
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent, we can do better than
Obama. The fact that you are
reading articles on Gunblast.com shows that you have an interest in the future
rights of gun-owners. I’m not a
soothsayer nor do I need to be in order to make the following statement, but
only repeat what the candidates state as part of their platform. Obama and Clinton will seek anti-gun laws that will impede
our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
In this Presidential election, unfortunately, we only have one choice in
a candidate that can win the election. I
say this not just because I am a Republican, as McCain was not my first choice.
But, John McCain is the ONLY choice that gun-owners have to protect our rights
as Americans. But if something
within you is so unsteady that you simply must vote for a Democrat, then by all
means vote for Hillary Clinton. She
would be a horrible President, and would push our nation backward instead of
forward. But, at least she is not a
racist, doesn’t condone teachings of terrorists, is patriotic, and has
political experience. This is an
important election. Vote wisely.
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