Thursday, June 05, 2008

"his policy is basically to raise taxes at home and to surrender to our enemies abroad."

Great editorial in today's Investor's Business Daily. The quote I used to title this post very neatly sums up who we'll get when/if Obama is elected. And, as the editorial also points out, if any criticism or tough questions are condemned as being racist, it's likely he will be elected. :-(
Historic First Or Carter Redux?

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Decision '08: Barack Obama is the first African-American presidential candidate of a major political party. It is a historic accomplishment. Unfortunately for us, it's his only accomplishment.

As Martin Luther King might put it, we have been to the mountaintop and seen the promised land. But having taken another giant step towards true equality and a genuinely color-blind society, we hope Sen. Obama and John McCain will be treated equally in the press.

Politics ain't beanbag, as someone once said, and we hope that attacks on Obama's leftist and quasi-Marxist positions and associations will not be deflected as racist criticisms. The heat he will face in this campaign is nothing compared with what he would face on the world stage.

After the last balloon is popped, what we have is a 46-year-old freshman senator who has spent three years in the U.S. Senate, two of them running for president. As we have noted, his policy is basically to raise taxes at home and to surrender to our enemies abroad.

His choice of friends, associates, pastors and churches bespeaks a lack of judgment that gives us pause as to who will fill important positions in the government and his cabinet. We'd prefer that the next secretaries of defense, energy and state, as well as the next Supreme Court justices be appointed by a President McCain.

Some will say the nation has finally accepted the idea of a black American running for president. So far, the only thing certain is that it's OK for a black Democrat to run for president. We wonder, for example, if the press would swoon if it were a Condoleezza Rice running as a Republican.

There's much to criticize about Obama. He promised a post-racial candidacy, but he brought race to the fore with his associations with a church that embraces black liberation theology and one preacher who said the U.S. government invented AIDS to kill black people and another who said Obama's opponent, Hillary Clinton, was the embodiment of white entitlement.

It was out of political expediency, not principle, that he renounced them and the church that gave them standing ovations. His other associations — from influence peddler Tony Rezko to terrorist bombers William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn — cannot be dismissed as people from the neighborhood.

Obama will warn the nation that McCain represents a third Bush term. We'll do our best to point out that even if true, it's a better prospect than the second coming of Jimmy Carter. His naivete on foreign policy and his willingness to make nice with the world's loons have won the endorsement of Hamas leaders.

On the domestic front, Obama proposes to replace the American dream with a mandate of service and servitude to an ever-larger federal behemoth. He will repeal the Bush tax cuts and add new burdens.

He says: "You can take your diploma, walk off this stage and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should. But I hope you don't."

Well, we hope you do — and so does John McCain. America needs more people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, people who needn't apologize for making money while making our lives better and our country stronger.

We wonder how many will vote for Obama just to have the opportunity to make more history. The nation cannot afford eight or even four years of him. His policies would lead us to an economic and strategic disaster of historical proportions.

We've made enough history for now.

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