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Barack Obama's political views are out on the extreme left, way out of step with
most Americans' views. I predict that the United States will move a long way
toward becoming a socialist welfare state if Obama is elected.
If you read nothing else on this page, just click on the link and read this first article.
Barack Obama's Lost
Years: The pages of the Hyde Park Herald and the Chicago Defender thus offer
entrée into Obama's heretofore hidden world. What they portray is a Barack Obama sharply at
variance with the image of the post-racial, post-ideological, bipartisan, culture-war-shunning politician
familiar from current media coverage and purveyed by the Obama campaign. As details of Obama's early
political career emerge into the light, his associations with such radical figures as Reverend Jeremiah
Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, Reverend James Meeks, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn look less like
peculiar instances of personal misjudgment and more like intentional political partnerships. At his
core, in other words, the politician chronicled here is profoundly race-conscious, exceedingly liberal,
free-spending even in the face of looming state budget deficits, and partisan.
Obama's Mad Dash
Continues. Beneath Obama's hope-and-change veneer, his past legislative and vocal record (cf. his Senate
partisanship, his statements in his memoirs, his spread-the-wealth, clingers, typical-white-person gaffes, his talk of
single-payer health care and reparations, etc) were hard left, left even of Pelosi and Reid. The Van Jones
appointment was logical, not an aberration.
All the President's Nuts.
Neither Jones nor any of the "progressive" bloggers or media "journalists" who have rushed to his defense have explained
exactly what that "vicious smear campaign" or "lies and distortions" are. As national talk show host and Fox News host
Glenn Beck reported, Jones himself claimed to be a communist radical who wants to change "to a whole new system."
Obama And The Great
Weaknesses Of Reasonable Men. The people who run the Democratic Party today are radical liberals
and Obama himself has more in common with Castro or Brezhnev than he does with, say John Kennedy or Harry
Truman — but a lot of the negatives about Obama, but those things are so alien to their way of
thinking that they can't truly believe he means what he says. He wants skyrocketing energy prices?
Can't be! He wants to bankrupt the coal industry! No way. ... He supported a complete ban on
handguns. That must have been a mistake!
Send Obama packing via the 14th Amendment. I
find myself ambivalent concerning Barack Hussein Obama's birth record and since so many columnists and bloggers have
dedicated reams of text about that subject, I felt it better to look at another side of the issue of Presidential
legitimacy. With regard to what Obama has done as both a private citizen and as an elected official of this country,
has he by his own actions made himself ineligible for high elected office?
The Most Radical Czar of All. He's got ties to
domestic terrorists, believes babies who survive abortions do not deserve protection and for decades embraced a mentor who
thinks America deserved what it got on that horrific day eight years ago. And he's the most powerful czar of them
all: Barack Obama.
Is Obama a socialist? Obama has
declared that he believes every person has a "right" to health care. The Socialist Party USA believes
every person has a "right" to health care. Obama believes that labor unions should be allowed to organize
without a secret ballot. The Socialist Party USA calls for unions to be recognized without a secret
ballot. ... The Socialist Party USA calls for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Obama says "I will
end this war," with never a reference to "winning" or "victory." The Socialist Party USA calls for the
"unconditional disarmament" by the United States. Obama has promised to dramatically reduce defense
Leftism: The Senate has a particularly rich tradition of such bipartisanship, but Obama appears
never to have participated in it. On the contrary: according to Congressional Quarterly,
which measures how often each member votes in accordance with or at variance from the majority of his own
party, Obama has compiled one of the most partisan of all voting records. Last year, for example, the
average Senator voted with his own party 84 percent of the time; Obama voted with his party
96 percent of the time.
Could Lead to Obama's Downfall: Barack Obama has the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate.
Most far left liberal policies are not terribly popular with American voters, but if the Democrats control the White
House and all of Congress, voters will have essentially given them a blank check to do just about anything they
want. One only has to look at the extreme liberal voting record of Barack Obama, as well as the liberal
agendas and records of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to see what they
can expect in an Obama presidency.
Most Liberal Fella. In January of
this year the National Journal published its rankings of all U.S. Senators. What they found has given
Barack Obama his new title: the most liberal Senator of 2007. This was no back-of-the-envelope
exercise but a careful analysis by a decidedly a-political outlet of ninety-nine votes. So how was it
that Obama beat out such liberal all-stars as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Russ Feingold?
Obama's credibility gap is
visible. Politician Obama rose through a Chicago machine that is notoriously the most corrupt in the
country. He has the most solidly left-wing voting history in the Senate. His one act of bipartisanship, a
transparency bill co-sponsored with a Republican senator, was backed by everybody on both sides of the aisle. He
has never challenged his party's line on any issue of substance.
Obama Will Not Win. The Democratic Party has a terrible track record at the presidential
level since the 1960s because it consistently nominates far left presidential candidates who do not
represent the values, interests, and aspirations of most Americans. Barack Obama is no exception.
In his brief tenure in the U.S. Senate, Obama has compiled a consistently liberal voting record, and
was named the Most Liberal Senator for 2007 by the National Journal.
Top Ten Flaws That Will Cost Him in November: Although Obama has attempted to shift to the
center since he captured the Democratic nomination, his record is one of radical liberalism. In fact,
he was ranked as the single most liberal senator in 2007 by National Journal, actually supported a complete
ban on handgun sales, and wants to hand out 845 billion dollars to foreign nations as part of an effort
to "elimin(ate) extreme poverty."
Shooting Liberal Star. In his rhetoric, Mr. Obama is a centrist, stressing a theme of
post-ideological, bipartisan political transformation. There is no "red" or "blue" in his "one
America." Yet look closely at his policy agenda and you see that he has by far the most liberal
program of any Democratic nominee since George McGovern in 1972.
votes cast him left of his own party. Sen. Barack Obama will portray himself Thursday night as
an agent of change for mainstream America, but his eight-year voting record in the Illinois Senate shows the
Democrat was on occasion an agent of isolation who took stands — particularly on anti-crime
legislation — that put him to the left of his own party.
Barack McGovern Clinton:
It is not by accident that National Journal — a respected, non-partisan publication — named Obama the most
liberal person in the Senate in 2007. In a chamber that includes Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, that is, in its own way,
quite an achievement.
The Real Barack. Obama was given an
8 out of 100 lifetime rating (meaning he is one of the most liberal lawmakers) by the American
Conservative Union, a conservative group that issues a report card on the voting records of members of
Congress. Likewise, the liberal group, Americans for Democratic Action, rated Obama's voting record in
the Senate at 97.5 percent, near perfection for liberal Democrats. The National Journal even named
Obama the most liberal Senator in 2007. So what exactly was he voting on that made his rankings so
Obama: Most Liberal Senator In 2007.
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th
annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in
the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years
in the Senate.
Feet: When Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama, he was symbolically passing the
Kennedy torch. But it was Ted's torch of liberalism, not the JFK torch of tax cuts and a
fervent defense of freedom. That the torch would be passed to Obama is fitting, for he's
done something few thought possible — compile a record more liberal than Ted's.
Barack Obama's Stealth
Socialism: Before friendly audiences, Barack Obama speaks passionately about something called
"economic justice." He uses the term obliquely, though, speaking in code — socialist code.
During his NAACP speech earlier this month, Sen. Obama repeated the term at least four times. "Economic
justice" simply means punishing the successful and redistributing their wealth by government fiat. It's
a euphemism for socialism.
Afraid. Please. [Scroll down] If the voters elect Obama as president, they'll be
putting Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in untrammeled control of our future. If you don't
like the Congress in which Senator Obama serves in the majority right now, you really should be alarmed about
a President Obama rubber-stamping the deeds of a Democratic Congress next year.
on the record: Candidate Barack Obama frequently promises to soar above partisan politics.
But the theatrics of such declarations keep bumping into the reality of Mr. Obama's left-liberal
record in Washington and the left-liberal record in Illinois state politics which preceded it.
The latest reminder: As recently as 2004, Mr. Obama supported decriminalizing marijuana,
opening relations with Communist Cuba and providing health care for illegal aliens.
Obama's Extreme Liberalism Still Under the Radar.
The thing that drives Republicans craziest about Barack Obama is that they can see it coming. They know
that behind the dulcet intonations of togetherness and unanimity lies a politician whose beliefs are uniformly
liberal. If Republicans are unsuccessful in framing Obama's personal liberalism in political terms,
they will likely be in for a very long four years.
Obama in Plain
View. The Democrats have gone all the way. They have nominated arguably the most left-wing
major party presidential nominee ever, certainly the most left-wing since George McGovern. ... If he wins with
the kind of larger Democratic majorities he is likely to see in the House and Senate, he will be in the
strongest position of any Democratic president since LBJ in 1964.
Obama: 'Most liberal?'.
The NYT looks at the National Journal rating of Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate and the fallout
it could cause. "In many ways, the Obama campaign is challenging the fundamental political premise that
has prevailed in Washington for more than a generation: that any majority coalition must be carefully
centrist, if not center-right.
Sergeyevich Obama. Consider the similarities: Gorbachev represented a generational change from
Brezhnev and his short-lived successors. Obama represents a generational change from the likes of Jesse
Jackson. Gorbachev never intended to bring down communism, only to reform it. Obama says he backs
racial preferences but is not wedded to their current form. Gorbachev was a media darling.
Obama well, if Time does a "person" of the decade in 2010, can there be any doubt who it'll be?
a record of liberalism. Obama, who objects to ideological labels, wins high marks from progressives
on environment, abortion and labor issues, as well as on civil liberties and education, all of which are vital
to winning the Democratic Party's presidential nominating process. … Last year, Obama got 100 percent
scores from the AFL-CIO, League of Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood and an "A" rating from the
National Education Association on their most recent scorecards.
[Obviously he "objects to ideological labels" because the only possible label is "left-wing liberal."]
Dreams From His
Grandmother: I think we are beginning to see the full measure of the Obama general campaign
strategy, framed along ten or so key directives that can allow the election of the most leftward candidate in
American political history. So far the candidate himself needs no coaching, inasmuch he has proved to be
one of the most pragmatic, flexible, and ambitious figures in recent memory, with superb handlers who understand
the challenge of getting such a hard leftist past the suspicious American electorate.
Liberal ideology, Marxism and Anti-Americanism
Like Father, Like Son. Barack
Obama's economic blueprint sounds like one his communist father tried to foist on Kenya 40 years ago, with massive
taxes and succor shrouded as "investments." As a Nairobi bureaucrat, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. advised the pro-Western
Kenyan government there to "redistribute" income through higher taxes. He also demonized corporations and called for
massive government "investment" in social programs.
Obama Says Not Being a Communist is Selfish.
During the waning days of the US presidential campaign, Barack Obama is feeling confident enough of his chances
that he — at a recent rally — didn't dispute his being a Socialist. Obama was even a
member of the New Democratic Socialist Party in the 1990s. Perhaps he will at some point
even admit that his true intention for the USA is Soviet-style Communism.
Comrade Obama? If this
is not the socialist redistribution of wealth, what is it? A steeply graduated income tax has
always been the preferred weapon of the left for bringing about socialist equality. Indeed, in
the "Communist Manifesto" of 1848, Karl Marx was himself among the first to call for "a heavy
progressive or graduated income tax." The Obama tax plan is pure Robin Hood class
warfare: Use the tax power of the state to rob the successful and reward the faithful.
News That's Fit to Censor. Obama can deny it all he likes, but anyone who subscribes to the
belief that we should adopt a fiscal policy based on "From everyone according to his abilities to everyone
according to his needs" is a disciple not of Warren Buffet, but of Karl Marx. Still, as some cynic once
observed, when you rob Peter to pay Paul, don't expect Paul to raise any objections.
Democratic nominee Barack Obama touts his tax plan as just a way to "spread the wealth." But to us it
looks like something quite different: a declaration of war on capital. Obama has described his plan
to hike taxes as "neighborliness," "patriotism" and "justice." In fact, it's the widest-ranging assault
on capital — and those who create it — in at least a generation, possibly longer.
we elect an admitted socialist president, we'll deserve what we get. [Scroll down slowly]
After 70-plus years of ascendant socialism, this country today would be recognizable to Thomas Jefferson only
as the realization of his worst fears. That Obama wants to make a final and irreversible hard-left turn
is apparent not only from his few unguarded utterances this year, but from much of what he said and wrote
before his presidential campaign.
Obama's vision is far from that of Founding Fathers.
Pushing back on accusations from John McCain that he's a socialist, Barack Obama said, "I don't know what's next.
By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret Communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten.
I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich." Once again, we get the Obama oratorical fog. The
problem isn't what he does with his toys or sandwich, it's what he sees as legitimate to do, under authority
of government, with mine and yours.
Obama And The Economics Of Sesame Street: While most Americans find it distasteful, if not blasphemous, to
single-out a minority group for undue maligning and punishment, Senator Obama has made "profiling" of a "minority group" a
normative thing. We're not talking here about a racial or cultural or sexual minority. We're talking about a
socioeconomic minority — the more economically productive people in our society, or, to put in Obama-speak, the
group he vaguely defines as "rich people" — and punishing this minority group is, by his definition, "fair"
must state the obvious: Obama is a socialist. Incredibly, Obama thinks that a huge and complex
market like health care, where a few hundred million Americans spend almost two and half trillion dollars a
year, can be improved with more government controls and spending. And he thinks that parents, in a
country that is supposed to be free, should not be given control over where they send their child to school
and the type of education their child gets.
How Obama Applies Alinsky's Rules:
Obama is following almost to the letter the blueprint for socialist revolution drafted by the father of community
organizing. While [Saul] Alinsky may help him behind the scenes, however, he becomes a liability when
brought out of the shadows. Sarah Palin proved this in St. Paul when she ridiculed his community
organizing. Within hours, Obama surrogates whined about how just bringing up the phrase was racist code
for "black." No, it's code for communist. And McCain should make that point instead of legitimizing
such radicalism ... .
Time to Use the "C"
Word. Even without the power of the Presidency, a filibuster-proof Senate, and U.S. Supreme Court
appointments under his belt, Obama has already:
• called for a national citizen military force;
• sent government agents to intimidate American
citizens who have said they don't agree with him and will not vote for him;
• tried to use the offices of state Attorneys General to silence any
opposition or dissent;
• proposed his version of "from each according to his ability, to
each according to his need;"
• trained, funded and utilized organizations like ACORN that are
notorious for voter registration fraud;
• consorted with and funded terrorists and anti-American radicals;
• attended a church led by a racist, black supremacist, anti-American bigot;
to Marxists Dates Back to College Days. Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism. Joe Biden
scoffs at references to Marxism. Both men shrug off accusations of liberalism. But Obama himself
acknowledges that he was drawn to socialists and even Marxists as a college student. He continued to
associate with Marxists later in life, even choosing to launch his political career in the living room of a
self-described Marxist, William Ayers, in 1995, when Obama was 34. Obama's affinity for Marxists began
when he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.
A World Without
America: What do Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Barack Obama have in common? The president of the
Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic candidate for president of the United States of America have both
chosen to spend much of their lives in the company of people who are virulently hostile to this country.
At least some of them seek to bring about, as Ahmadinejad puts it, a "world without America."
Sometimes we've wondered if Obama needs to be reminded that the U.S. is a republic, not a commune. Now
we are sure. His gross misunderstanding — or intended misrepresentation — of what
neighborliness means confirms it. While it might be neighborly for the person "sitting pretty" to privately
help the minimum-wage-plus-tips waitress, there is nothing neighborly — or patriotic —
about using the coercive powers of the state to seize more of his legally earned income and to interfere in
personal affairs that are of no business to the government.
The Obama Left: The
American left can be divided into three distinct strands, each with its own characteristics, identifiers, and
methods of operation: the wimp left, the weird left, and the hard left. The extraordinary thing about
Barack Obama is that he's intimately connected to all these factions in a way that may never quite have been
the case before.
The Prophet Obama, Global Leader of Godless
Leftism. Obama believes in the god of Marx. He believes, as well, that he is the great
prophet of this secular religion. People in less sophisticated areas of our nation may cling to the
God of the Bible, but Obama, like other European Leftists, knows that Das Kapital is the only Holy Scripture
which is eternally and immutably true. Obama has studied the writings of fanatical monks like Saul
Alinsky, and taken to heart their message of winning at all cost.
It's Americanism vs. Socialism on
November 4th. "I think that when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." There
is so much wrong with not only this statement but this ideology it's hard to know where to begin, but I'll start
with this: Senator Obama... it's not your money to give! Wealth redistribution is one of the core
tenets of Socialism.
Obama and Declinism.
Obama's message is only optimistic in that it takes for granted that the U.S. has already hit rock bottom.
You can pick an Obama stump speech at random and find multiple references to America's broken promises, failed
ideals, dejected citizens, and disappointed friends.
Fully invested in your
misery. Obama seems happier these days. It is almost as if the disembodied spirit of his
mentor, Saul Alinsky, is watching and smiling. Americans are suffering. Losses in the stock market,
panic in the financial market, pain at the gas pump and in the grocery -- all these miseries of average
Americans are a delicious narcotic to socialists like Barack Obama. What was the historic maxim of the
Left? "The worse, the better." Alinsky said that if there was an afterlife, "I will unreservedly
choose to go to hell." This is the man whose mind guides Obama's thoughts.
Phony 'Emergency'. Barack
Obama's newly unveiled "Emergency Economic Plan" is quite a document, sounding more like the rantings of an extremist
fringe candidate than a serious contender for the presidency. The six-page package is a doozy, replete with
populist ideas that will wreck the economy and leave us poorer. The only real emergency we should worry about
is the debacle that would follow its passage.
Union Man. [Kim]
Bobo could be an obvious choice for the Obama Labor Department, perhaps as head of the Wage and Hour Division that was the
subject of the hearing. Her group already works closely with WHD, and her positions on labor issues are identical to Obama's.
It was unfortunate that Bobo did not deliver the most provocative part of her testimony orally: In a written document
submitted before the hearing, she called for an expansion of the number of Wage and Hour investigators from 750 to "more
than 12,500" — this is a factor of more than 16, and such an expansion would nearly double the size of the
entire 15,000-employee Department of Labor.
Obama: Stealth Socialist?
As this long primary season drags on, the presumed Democratic nominee for president still won't bring his vision for "change"
into focus. He continues to speak in glittering generalities, providing few details. The reticence, combined with
Obama's radical ties, begs the question: Is he hiding an un-American agenda?
Long-lost article by Obama's dad surfaces.
Parts of the article, titled "Problems Facing Our Socialism," have been making the rounds on several small
blogs over the past week, but Politico is now reproducing the entire piece in its original
form online for the first time.
The scholarly eight-page paper credited to "Barak H. Obama" is never mentioned in Dreams From My Father,
nor has the candidate discussed it in any of his many public speeches.
Obama to the left: The presumptive Republican nominee continues to stake out the political center on
some key issues, pushing his unanointed Democratic rival to the left. In fact, the way things are going, it is Obama,
not McCain, who is in danger of losing his bearings and getting boxed into positions that won't appeal to white working
class voters and many other constituencies he will need to carry if he wants to win the White House.
recurring nightmare: The Party of the Little Guy appears to be caught in what Marxists like to
call a contradiction. Their rhetoric is all about compassion and helping, and taking care of the
unfortunate. But their political philosophy is anchored in elitism: the notion that the government
(and the elites running it) know better than Everyman what is good for him. It turns out that Obama is
as much of a snob as Kerry, albeit with a wife who thinks she is poor when they earn a million bucks a year,
and feels aggrieved at the cruel way America has treated her.
Media Blackout On A Far-Left
Past. [Scroll down] CNN glossed over his late Kenyan father's own radical politics by
leaving it up to him to describe his "reputation." "My father had this reputation as being this
larger-than-life figure, charismatic, very smart, very engaging," Obama said, "and all those things were
true." It's also true that as a Nairobi bureaucrat, his father proposed a socialist economic plan
for Kenya so radical it got him blackballed from the government. CNN left that part out, while also
omitting Obama's recent support of Raila Odinga, a Communist-trained politician in Nairobi.
'Unless Obama Proves Me Wrong, He Is a Marxist'. Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay
(Texas) called Barack Obama a "Marxist" on the Mike Gallagher radio show Thursday. Explaining that
Obama clinching the Democratic nomination is a good thing for John McCain, DeLay said Obama's "weakness" is
that "nobody knows him." "And if McCain does not define him as what he is -- hey, I have said publicly,
and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist," DeLay said.
How Does Obama
Feel About America? In search of answers that go deeper than the Congressional Record, I read his
first book, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." Once you get past the happy
surprise of finding a politician who can actually write, the book contains some disquieting elements.
Left-wing ideas are not so much articulated in this memoir as presumed. Obama has claimed that his
experience living abroad gives him a valuable perspective for a chief executive. Yet his reflections on
the effect Western capitalism has had on Jakarta and Chicago's south side sound like warmed over Herbert Marcuse.
that hang over Barack Obama: [Obama] is seen more as a Chablis-sipping intellectual than someone
Joe Sixpack would want to go bowling with. Combine his initial refusal to wear an American-flag lapel
pin, pictures of Obama declining to salute the flag and his failure to visit injured soldiers at their Berlin
hospital, with his unusual background, and it is not difficult to understand why voters are nervous at the
prospect of this elegant, eloquent politician becoming commander-in-chief of the world's only superpower.
rip Obama's abortion votes. "We're not endorsing a candidate," lead organizer Lou Engle
said. "We're challenging politicians who say they're Christian but have voted 100 percent for
late-term abortions and partial-birth abortions." He added, "I don't want to be courted by his
Christianity or his charisma, but by his voting record."
America not a model for the world? A video clip taken from Obama's Dreams from My Father
Book Signing, on New York on 11/23/2004 is burning up the internet. In it he appears to see America
today as not a model for the world.
is dangerously unfit to be president. Obama's allegation that the "rich" do not pay their "fair"
share of taxes is nonsense. Almost 50 percent of American families pay little or no income tax under
present law, and the top 10 percent of earners pay 90 percent of what the federal government realizes
from the income tax.
Challenge. Senator Obama has justified his strenuous objection to the Illinois bill by
claiming that differences from the federal bill are the reason. This claim is false. The Federal
legislation and the Illinois legislation were in fact virtually identical. ... The candidate has been
burnishing and airbrushing his history as November nears. One aspect of this effort is his
attempt to recreate his own political history involving abortion.
Patriotism: When Barack Obama gave a speech on patriotism, he equated patriotism with the
abstract concepts of "sacrifice" and "service to a larger cause." Senator Obama does not understand
what patriotism is — or how it works.
America really going to do this?. McCain believes in protecting and defending America as
it is. Obama tells the world he is ashamed of America and wants to change it into something
else. McCain stands for American exceptionalism, the belief that American values are superior to
tyrannies. Obama stands for the expiation of America's original sin in oppressing black people,
the third world and the poor.
Obama Can't Be Trusted on National
Defense. Obama has spent his whole life swimming in a sea of left wing extremism. Can we
trust these national defense issues to such a man? What about his left wing, anti-Israel, foreign policy
advisers who have said the way to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is for Israel to unilaterally
destroy its nuclear deterrent? What left-wing extremists will Obama appoint to Defense, State, and the
Energy Department that oversees our own nuclear deterrent? The answer is no, we cannot trust Barack
Obama with our national defense. A mistake here could lead to deep suffering for the American people.
Rahm Emanuel and the
Classless Society. Several of my friends voted for Obama on the premise that he would, when elected,
govern from the center and not the far Left. Their anger with Bush and the Republicans drove them to a
willing suspension of critical thinking. His selection of Emanuel as Chief of Staff is one early signal
that their critical thinking yielded to wishful thinking.
Nationalizing and radicalizing the public schools
Public Schools Change Young Evangelicals' Values.
Barack Obama's selection for secretary of education is his crony Arne Duncan, who most recently made news by recommending
the creation of a Chicago Social Justice High School-Pride Campus, where half the students would be homosexuals and the
other half straight. Somehow that school was canceled just about the time that Obama announced Duncan's appointment.
Obama and the Independent
School District: The signature initiative of an Obama campaign for a second term would be nationalizing
public education, kindergarten through grade 12. If it happens, say goodbye to the Independent School
District (I.S.D.) as we've known it.
Ayers' Agenda: First-Grade Guinea Pigs.
Our first-grader astonished her father at the end of the past school year as he dropped her off at her D.C. public
school, Horace Mann Elementary, where he had attended school in the early 1960s. She told him that her
teacher announced her impending marriage — to another woman — to the class. Following her
revelation, this teacher encouraged questions from the children. Our daughter also mentioned a
book the teacher read aloud, "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," about two male "gay" guinea pigs, promoted by
the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Lobby for children.
Education Idiocy: As it turns out, the Obama-helmed CAC was directing big bucks toward the
propagation — in Chicago public schools — of the whack-job racist ideology most famously
preached by Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. That's the bottom line of research on CAC
documents by Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. For example, the Obama-led foundation
funneled more than $200,000 to an outfit called the Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore. Its
mission: training public-school teachers in "Afrocentric" education ... .
High: No child left benign. Elected officials in Chicago made international news last
week by proposing to create a public high school for gay, lesbian and transgender students. ... Yet
no American journalist covering the presidential race has queried the Chicago-based Sen. Barack Obama
about this radical development in education reform: a key issue to which the young senator has
committed much of his public life and all of his executive experience.
Obama's National Public
Education Plans: When commentators accuse Obama of trafficking only in vapid bromides it means
they've not read his campaign materials. The ethereal vagaries of his pep-rally speeches given on past
election nights do not convey the full scope of his plans for federal social activism. Those are only
spelled out in his written campaign materials.
The Real Obama
Part II. Sex education for kindergartners is just one of many issues on which Barack Obama has
lined up consistently on the side of arrogant elitists of the far left. Senator Obama's words often
sound very reasonable and moderate, as well as lofty and inspiring. But everything that he has
actually done over the years places him unmistakably with the extreme left elitists.
Obama-Run Foundation Gave
Millions to Liberal Groups, Including One Run by Bill Ayers. The "small schools" concept
promoted by Ayers with the help of the CAC grants focuses on public schools that usually have no more
than 500 students. In Chicago, some of these schools conformed to Ayers' leftist political vision.
[They include] The Peace School, which "integrates topics of peace across the curriculum. ... The Global
Village school, which "has a diverse student population with a curriculum focused on high academic standards
and global citizenship for students." The Al Raby School, named for a former civil rights leader and
environmentalist, which has a "focus on community and the environment" and ... the Cesar E. Chavez
Multicultural High School.
Not The School Curriculum He
Knew? Even if Obama is never queried on whether he was the only adult in Chicago unaware of
Ayers's Weather Underground background, shouldn't someone ask why he was working for and helping to fund an
organization which supported this type of curriculum?
Obama's Real Problem With
Ayers: At an education forum in Venezuela, Bill Ayers showed the real issue is not his
terrorist past. It's the socialist revolutionary agenda that he and Barack Obama want to impose
on the nation's schools.
Obama Words That Matter.
Read the speech Obama gave to the graduating class, on Senator Kennedy's behalf, at Wesleyan University, Middletown,
Connecticut to get a whiff of the audaciousness (it can mean "imprudent" as well as "bold") of his intentions.
To include, "I will pay our educators what they deserve and give them more support, but I will also ask more of them
to be mentors to other teachers, and serve in high-need schools and high-need subject areas like math and science."
Just who is "I?" Shall we say goodbye to the Independent School District concept? A more inquisitive
MSM would probe his intentions .
Is Obama spiking Kindergarten Kool-Aid?
On Monday, I wrote about Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's education bill, S.2111, The Positive Behavior for
Effective Schools Act of 2007 and its intent to achieve important social outcomes (emphasis added) to
the elementary and secondary student population. Given that it was William Ayers, the unrepentant
terrorist and founder of the Weather Underground who served as "Collaborative" co-chair, crafting education
policies to Obama's chairmanship in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), that reportedly directed more than
$100-million for radical activists, I thought nothing could be more eye-opening.
Obama's Little Red Schoolhouse.
When Barack Obama collected the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers, he told the teachers that
support for alternatives to the education monopoly amounted to "tired rhetoric about vouchers and school
choice." He recently told an interviewer that he opposes school choice because "although it might
benefit some kids at the top, what you're going to do is leave a lot of kids at the bottom." Not being
left behind are Obama's daughters, who attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
There, tuition ranges from $15,528 for kindergarten to $20,445 for high school.
Game: Senator Obama wants to "create jobs." So where does he propose to send the
$50 billion? The money would bail out spend-thrift state governments that have saddled
themselves — and the taxpayer — with ridiculous and wasteful public employee union
contracts. Remember, nearly half of all money spent by the states goes to fund education. And
education has become a bottomless pit of spending to appease the radical NEA teachers union.
Will Ayers and
Obama radicalize our schools? The gist is that all education — even science —
can be seen as an avenue to influence the minds-the ideology and politics of our children, beginning at an early
age. One of Ayers' peers who teaches with him, Eric Gutstein, is a Marxist ideologue who has politicized
his math classes. He programs our future teachers to teach our children about fractions by using the
inequities of wealth under capitalism, for example. This has become not a lunatic fringe in our nation.
The ability and willingness to teach such "social justice" has in many school districts become
de rigueur and a condition of hiring.
Michelle's Boot Camps For
Radicals. Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of Public Allies in 1992, resigning
before his wife became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies in 1993. Obama plans
to use the nonprofit group, which he features on his campaign Web site, as the model for a national service
corps. He calls his Orwellian program, "Universal Voluntary Public Service." Big Brother had nothing
on the Obamas. They plan to herd American youth into government-funded reeducation camps where they'll
be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of "social change."
Barack. Obama — himself a poster child for the efficacy of school choice —
has a unique chance to invigorate the public-private debate in education. Instead, he panders to teacher
unions by expressing disdain for the "tired rhetoric about vouchers and school choice." So much for the
politics of change.
Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal.
President-elect Barack Obama added sweep and meat to his economic agenda on Saturday [12/6/2008], pledging the largest new
investment in roads and bridges since President Dwight D. Eisenhower built the Interstate system in the late
1950s ... The president-elect also said for the first time that he will "launch the most sweeping effort to modernize
and upgrade school buildings that this country has ever seen." "We will repair broken schools, make them
energy-efficient, and put new computers in our classrooms," he said in the address.
The Editor says...
Note to Mr. Obama: There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes federal spending on
education. (The word "education" is not in the Constitution. Read it for yourself sometime.) Even so,
there have been billions of dollars spent on education over the last few decades, and one thing has been proven: Red
herrings like energy efficiency and computers do not contribute to educational success. Those are conveniences for
the unionized teachers who campaigned for you. If you insist on spending taxpayers' money, it would be better
to spend it on larger prisons. Visit a public high school and you'll see what I mean.
More Radicalizing of
Higher Education Ahead. In 2008, Congress disbanded the National Advisory Committee on Institutional
Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) because according to the website Inside Higher Ed, the panel "had become too
politicized." If the previous committee was "too politicized" to permit its continued existence —
its big sin was to press for establishing universal, easily understood, quantifiable academic standards —
then what are we to make of way the Obama administration is loading up the newly formed NACIQI with diversity
advocates and left-wing activists?
The Ministry of PropOganda.
[Scroll down] Yet when educational institutions are systematically teaching their young children to chant phrases
supporting Barack Obama's political agenda...well, there's just no harm in that. School children singing in support
of the notion of "spreading the wealth around": "Hooray, Mr. President! We honor your great plans to make
this country's economy number one again!" Children too young to know the meaning or implications of Obama's
proposed "change" involving expansive government infrastructure, yet creepily singing: "Obama's gonna change it,
Obama's gonna lead 'em, we're gonna change it, and rearrange it." And most recently, children innocently
singing the nonpartisan phrase "Who do we know is the man? Barack Obama is our man! He's our man, yes he
can!" All this, though... it's all innocent in the eyes of the left.
Making America bilingual
Kids Should Learn Spanish. Obama has consistently opposed making English the official language.
As an Illinois senator, Obama voted against a measure to make English the official language of the United States
in June 2007. He was one of 34 senators who voted against the measure.
Lost In Translation.
No matter how humiliating Obama finds our monolingual ways, there's good reason why Americans don't have to
speak foreign languages while others must speak English: The U.S. has unprecedented influence in
international affairs, an indispensable role in global markets and economic superiority. Simply put,
we are the world's dominant nation.
What's Spanish For Hypocrite?
[Obama says] Americans must learn Spanish! Here's the thing, though: Barack Obama, who holds several
impressive first-tier degrees, "doesn't speak Spanish."
embarrasses Obama. Senator Barack Obama says his fellow Americans are "embarrassing" him.
Why? Because we don't speak enough French. As it happens, Obama is wrong on the facts. He may
say dismissively that all immigrants will learn English, but the left-leaning Pew Hispanic Center reports that
only half of all Hispanic immigrants who have achieved citizenship speak English well, or even somewhat
well. And that's the number for citizens.
embarrassing,' &c. You are probably familiar with this semi-infamous statement of Barack
Obama: "Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they'll learn
English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." But you may be unfamiliar
with what came next out of Obama's mouth .
Petty partisan politics
Barack Clinton Obama.
[Scroll down slowly] Senator Obama has claimed as president he'll be able to rise above partisan politics —
yet he has done very little to work with Republicans on major, controversial issues. Obama is not only the most liberal
person in the Senate but also one of the most reliable Democratic votes. He has voted against such outstanding Supreme
Court nominees as John Roberts and Samuel Alito. No person who is serious about acting in a "post-partisan" manner
would have cast those votes or acted the way Obama has during his Senate career.
Enigma: Obama's campaign shrugged when legal doubts were raised about the sloppy
voter registration practices of ACORN -- an organization that Obama himself has both helped and
praised. Yet Obama once was a stickler for proper voter documents. In 1996, he had
all of his Democratic rivals removed from the ballot in an Illinois state primary election on
the basis of sloppy voter petitions.
It's not about Obama's race, it's
about policies. Where's the change? For all the talk of change coming from the Democratic
side, what few specifics I hear sound strikingly the same as what we have come to expect from Democrats.
Let's see: raise taxes, more and bigger government programs, no drilling in ANWR, etc. ... What's new
about that? That's same, not change. Barack Obama thinks these are the things the American people
want. If that's true, then why isn't Obama running away with this election?
Bitter Pill. Even if
Obama were less deluded and empty, it would still be hard for him to keep a New Frontier-style sham going,
given the tedious glare of 24/7 media coverage. Remoteness helped launch JFK's Camelot. Today's
multimedia familiarity breeds contempt. He is an "Ivy League scold," says the Washington Post, quoting
a Democratic party observer who gives that as the summary explanation for his recent rough patch. His
chip-on-her-shoulder, finally "proud of America" wife and "God d*** America" spiritual mentor have hardened
this image of him as an elitist and stealth radical.
Hillary's Tears Might Be Start
Of Real Debate. [Scroll down] As Bill Clinton correctly, if clumsily, complained, Obama gets a
free pass from the press. ... The freest of all passes to Obama is the general neglect of the obvious central
contradiction of his candidacy — the bipartisan uniter who would bring us together by transcending ideology
is at every turn on every policy an unwavering, down-the-line, unreconstructed, uninteresting, liberal
Democrat. He doesn't even offer a modest deviation from orthodoxy.
Reparations for slavery, affirmative action
Reparations. While he was an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama told a Chicago radio show host that
he sought "major redistributive change" for the benefit of fellow blacks. He was speaking in the context of the
civil rights movement, and how it had fallen short of "economic justice." Although John McCain and other
Republicans are afraid to say it, his remarks can only be interpreted to mean one thing: economic
reparations for slavery.
Obama and the Drive for Slavery
Reparations. Barack Obama is the most radical candidate ever to stand at the precipice of acquiring his
party's presidential nomination and the American presidency. It is apparent that he is a member of an international
socialist movement which hopes to use the United Nations as a vehicle to shake down U.S. taxpayers for trillions of dollars
in slavery reparations. One group, the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, is demanding an
astronomical $777 trillion.
Reparations Model. While some question the impact of preaching from the pulpit of Trinity
United Church of Christ on Senator Obama's thinking, the influence of one of Trinity's most recommended
authors on Obama is clear. Three of Randall Robinson's books are available for purchase on Trinity's
website. One, entitled "The Debt: What America Owes To Blacks," is particularly important to
understanding Obama's notion of reparations. So who is Randall Robinson?
Does Obama Favor Slavery
"Reparations?" Barrack Obama's pastor not only spews anti-American rhetoric from the pulpit
but favors shaking down U.S. taxpayers for "reparations" for slavery. The Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright
was the keynote speaker at the 2007 annual conference of N'COBRA, which stands for the National Coalition of
Blacks for Reparations in America.
The Race Minefield:
It was a moving speech [at the 2004 Democratic National Convention], filled with hopeful sentiments. But
two years later, Senator Barack Obama, with two years' experience in the Senate and his eye on a presidential
run, taped a radio ad attacking the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), going out of his way to defend racial
preference policies that by their very definition divide Americans into blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians.
Chickens Coming Home to Roost. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both leftwing Democrats.
They both rabidly support affirmative action and multiculturalism (AA/MC), which form the entire foundation of
Obama's political career.
In addition to [Jeremiah] Wright, apparently one of the jivin' high fivin' congregants in total agreement with
this principle is one Dr. Iva Carruthers. She is a self-declared active member of the church, self-declared
advocate of reparations and more importantly, an "Obama-declared" member of Obama's African American Religious
Leadership Committee. (We are not sure who heads up McCain's White Religious Leadership Committee).
And on and on go the pro-reparations messages and efforts with deep roots to not only the TUCC, but in fact
all of Chicago and certainly to the Obama campaign leadership.
Please. There is little for Obama to gain by endorsing reparations. If ever there was a
candidate who has no need to pander to the descendants of slaves, it is Barack Obama. Democratic
presidential candidates can usually count on upward of 90% of the black vote, and Obama racked up similar
percentages in a hard-fought primary battle. On the other hand, in order to attract votes among
nonblacks, Obama needs to guard carefully his postracial credentials.
On the other hand ... Obama opposes slavery
reparations, apology. "I have said in the past — and I'll repeat again — that
the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," the
Illinois Democrat said recently.
Reparations By Another Name.
'I consistently believe that when it comes to reparations," Obama recently told a gathering of minority
journalists, "the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer
deeds." He says government should offer "universal" programs — such as universal health
care, universal mortgage credits, college tuition, job training and even universal 401(k)s — that
"disproportionately affect people of color." In other words, reparations by another name.
Pie-in-the-sky plans for a leftist utopia
Obamutopia. [Scroll down] His policy proposals do sound strikingly utopian — almost
as if he's saying we truly can achieve perfection, end poverty, eradicate health care problems, establish
universal harmony, legislate away all corruption, and attain wholesale energy independence without, by the
way, liberating ourselves from the shackles of enviro-policemen, who forbid us from exploiting our own
resources. Obama's pitch to fawning audiences is so hopelessly idealistic and his promises so painfully
unrealistic that it's amazing he's taken as seriously as he is.
Health-Care Tipoff: The goal, like HillaryCare in the 1990s, is to displace current private
coverage and switch people to the default government option. What's new is Mr. Obama's smoother
political packaging. With good reason, critics often call this a back-door route to a centrally
planned health-care bureaucracy.
the Savior: [Scroll down] Saving souls is hard work, and Mrs. Obama won't place the whole
burden on her husband. He'll make the Americans work for him. As she put it, "Barack Obama will
require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your
divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zone. That you
push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your
lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed." At base, Mrs. Obama's statement is nothing less than a
renunciation of democracy and an embrace of fascism. The basic idea of liberty is that people have a
natural right to live their lives as usual and to be uninvolved and uninformed. And they certainly have
a right to expect that their government will butt out of their souls.
National Security Force: [Obama] plans to double the Peace Corps' budget by 2011, and
expand AmeriCorps, USA Freedom Corps, VISTA, YouthBuild Program, and the Senior
Corps. Plus, he proposes to form a Classroom Corps, Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps,
Veterans Corps, Homeland Security Corps, Global Energy Corps, and a Green Jobs
Corps. Here a corps — there a corps — everywhere a corps corps.
Welcome To Camp Obama.
Voters coast-to-coast are receiving e-mails from the Obama campaign encouraging them to sign up to learn pre-election
agitation tactics at "Camp Obama." ... When readers first alerted us to the camps, we thought it might be another
hoax that migrated into inboxes. But it's for real.
Obama's 'Civilian Security Force'
Prompts Questions. He favors expanding AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots to 250,000 slots, geared at
tackling issues such as education, energy and health care. He would double the size of the Peace Corps
to 16,000 and would send Americans fluent in foreign language abroad to "expand diplomacy." Under the
plan, all middle and high school students would be required to do 50 hours of community service, and it
would establish a $4,000 per year tax credit for college students who volunteer for 100 hours of
The Editor says...
That's a $40-an-hour "volunteer", funded by the taxpayers. In other words, it is nothing
more or less than socialism.
Obama in Leftland:
Obama has proposed a "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded [as
the military]." Later he seemed to say (maybe) that this organization would support the military in noncombat
duties. But in that case, why does it have to be so powerful? Whatever he had in mind, he was obviously not
bothered by the ugly historical overtones of muscular national police forces or parallel armies. History is full of
such organizations, from the Committee of Public Safety wreaking bloody havoc in revolutionary Paris to the immense
terror-force of the Stalinist NKVD to Mao's murderous Red Guards. Because Obama (evidently) does not listen to
history, he seems to have no sense of its hints and warnings.
and the Security Force. [Scroll down slowly] Most of us have heard Obama state that
"We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as
well-funded" as the military. This alone is enough to send shivers up an informed spine, but it
gets even worse when you hear the specifics. Obama intends to use a radical activist group he
helped found called "Public Allies" as the model for, as IBD puts it, "...his Orwellian program,
'Universal Voluntary Public Service.'"
video of Obama Freikorps. First came the disturbing video of very young children singing the
praises of Obama, in the style of North Korean children hailing the transformative powers of the Dear
Leader. Now comes equally or more disturbing video of older children, this time in uniforms, marching
and proclaiming that "because of Obama" they will achieve various accomplishments.
The Sweet Illusion Of
Socialism: We've come far from promises of "a chicken in every pot" to Barack Obama's
June 3 declaration that "the chance to get a college education is the birthright of every
American." When did it become a birthright?
Obama oil plan may weaken emergency
stockpile. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan to release oil from the U.S.
Strategic Petroleum Reserve may lower crude and gasoline prices in the short term, but it could also leave
the United States more vulnerable in a supply emergency.
Won't Go Away. Barack Obama, a child during the '60s, is imbued nonetheless with that decade's
"hope and change" messianic sermonizing. Now he wants a new mammoth government-funded "civilian national
security force," one "that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the Pentagon.
Sounds utopian, but at a time of record aggregate national debt, are we really going to borrow another
half-trillion dollars a year to fund a kinder, gentler version of the military?
Over international objections, a foreign-born killer of American citizens is executed in Texas. Would
this be allowed to happen in the administration of "citizen of the world" Barack Obama?
Obama Confirms Relationship with CPUSA Member.
[Scroll down slowly] Joyce Nalepka, president of Drug-Free Kids: America's Challenge, points out that recovering
cocaine addicts say that the high from cocaine is so intense that you never stop wanting it. ... Don't you believe Obama
when he says he quit drugs? "No," replied Nalepka. "And I didn't believe Mayor Barry either." However,
she does believe that, if Obama is elected, his backers in the drug legalization movement funded by billionaire George
Soros will press for legalization of marijuana, cocaine and other dangerous drugs. Soros is a big backer of Obama
and has contributed financially to his campaign.
Obama to Declare
Carbon Dioxide a Dangerous Pollutant. Barack Obama will classify carbon dioxide as a dangerous
pollutant that can be regulated should he win the presidential election on Nov. 4, opening the way for
new rules on greenhouse gas emissions. The Democratic senator from Illinois will tell the Environmental
Protection Agency that it may use the 1990 Clean Air Act to set emissions limits on power plants and
manufacturers, his energy adviser, Jason Grumet, said in an interview.
Go green now. Barack Obama took a big risk Monday in his first trip to Michigan as a candidate for
president: He told the leaders of a region heavily dependent upon the auto industry that the Big Three
should increase fuel mileage by 4 percent — about a mile per gallon — each year.
That was not the message they wanted to hear.
Questions for Barack
Obama: Senator, you've described global warming as "one of the greatest moral challenges of our
generation," calling for reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Yet you also describe yourself
as an "agnostic" on nuclear power, which should be used only "if (your emphasis) we can make it
safe" — as if it were not already producing 20 percent of U.S. electricity. Given that U.S.
energy demands are certain to rise, how do you propose cutting greenhouse gases by 80 percent without
either crippling the economy or building scores of nuclear plants with zero carbon emissions?
Knights of the
Planet Gore. The Democratic nominee-in-waiting arrived for his speech outlining our post-oil,
post-SUV future in three gigantic, gas-guzzling SUVs. Then — taking a cue from Al Gore —
Obama mounted the stage to declare a ten-year goal of ending our "addiction to oil" or at least the oil
from "the entire Middle East and Venezuela" (he also declared an end to war, and to human aging).
Obama Proposes Deep Greenhouse Gas Cuts.
"As president, I will set a hard cap on all carbon emissions at a level that scientists say is necessary to curb
global warming, an 80 percent reduction by 2050," he said. He proposed a modified "cap and trade"
approach to reduce emissions, requiring businesses to buy allowances if they pollute, creating an incentive to
reduce energy usage. "No business will be allowed to emit any greenhouse gases for free," he said.
"Businesses don't own the sky, the public does, and if we want them to stop polluting it, we have to put a
price on all pollution."
The Editor says...
Apparently Mr. Obama thinks the government should (or does) "own the sky", in the same way
that the FCC presumes to own the radio spectrum.
Obama's Bad Example.
Barack Obama plans to lower our standard of living to fight climate change and make the world love us. The
last time you may be able to drive your SUV may be to an Obama rally. Obama is talking about taking
Reagan's shining city on the hill and turning it into a little house on the prairie.
climate solution: tyranny. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promises that, as
president, he will mandate — that is, compel — a national reduction in greenhouse gas
emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. He says
(in his policy papers) that he will accomplish this transformation in energy use through "cap-and-trade," the
fashionable means to a fashionable end. Assuming for the moment that he wins the presidency in November,
can Mr. Obama keep his commitment — and, if so, what costs and consequences will ensue?
Supporters for $10 Gas. "The people at this rally made the mistake of telling the truth about
the left's energy policy," [Ed] Frank told Townhall in an email. "From the ban on American oil drilling
to proposed global warming legislation, the entire point is to drive up the cost of oil and gas so Americans
are forced against their will to use alternative energy sources that by and large aren't viable.
The Audacity of Wishful Thinking:
In an off-the-teleprompter comment from Springfield, Missouri, the less-than-one-term Illinois Senator, Barack
Obama, recently remarked that Americans could save as much fuel as might be obtained from offshore drilling merely
by tuning up their cars and keeping tires properly inflated. Since the MSM hasn't seen fit to accurately
publicize this amazing insight, I must insist that the senator's complete Obama-fuels program be immediately
broadcast to the nation.
Birds of a Feather. Having
failed to impress any of those who have not already succumbed to the constant Obama-beat of the mainstream
media, Barry and the boys have decided to tackle the energy crisis. Their grand plan predictably calls
for a reduction in consumption, government investment into the development of alternative fuels, and windfall
profit taxes on the evil oil companies.
The Air Apparent.
The Saudis must be laughing their heads off. Can we expect Jimmy Carter to be Obama's secretary of energy?
Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by about 3%. Most new cars don't
need tuneups for the first 100,000 miles. And even all the hot air from Obama's speeches would not make
a dent in the 20 million barrels of crude we consume daily.
Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal
Industry. Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt
a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack
Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal
industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing.
Obama on Coal Production. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin unleashed a new
volley against Barack Obama on a four-city tour of Ohio on Sunday [11/2/2008] by touting newly released audio
comments made by the Democratic presidential candidate promising to restrict the construction of new coal-fired
power plants in the U.S. The issue is particularly sensitive in coal-rich Ohio, West Virginia, and
Colorado. Obama made the comments to the San Francisco Chronicle in January, which were posted on
YouTube over the weekend.
official calls Obama comments 'unbelievable'. At least one state coal industry leader
said he was shocked by comments Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made earlier this year
concerning his plan to aggressively charge polluters for carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan. Republican Senators are questioning whether President
Barack Obama's stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the
economy. Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without
discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head
the Health and Human Services Department. Senators should read these provisions and vote against them
because they are dangerous to your health.
Is Wrong. When Sen. Ted Kennedy, valiantly fighting brain cancer, took the stage at the Democratic
convention on Monday night, he made it clear that he is now on a mission that cannot be completed unless he
returns to the Senate next year — with Barack Obama in the White House. Kennedy's quest is to
socialize medicine in America.
Beware of ObamaCare.
Just as other promises of entitlements to the American public, this one requires new taxes, far more intrusive
government bureaucracy, a trust in government over the American people in the most personal decisions of all,
and a naive belief in health-care fantasies rivaling even former President Jimmy Carter, who shockingly proclaimed
in a 2002 address to the people of Cuba in support of Fidel Castro's dictatorship that Cuba has ["]superb systems of
health care and universal education" while admonishing America's government for withholding the "right" of
universal health care from its people.
Change to Think
Twice About: Around the world, single-payer systems keep costs down by rationing care. A
Cato Institute study found that in Norway, health care is funded through general tax revenues (taxes consume
45 percent of GDP). But Norwegians commonly travel abroad to avoid long waits. "Approximately
280,000 Norwegians are estimated to be waiting for care on any given day (out of a population of just
4.6 million)." In Britain, "delays in receiving treatment are often so long that nearly
20 percent of colon cancer patients considered treatable when first diagnosed are incurable by the
time treatment is finally offered."
Just How Stupid Are American Voters? If
the Socialist Obama is elected, we can expect businesses to flee this country to more friendly locations overseas. They
will take jobs and cash out of our economy and tax revenues out of our national coffers. Socialized medicine will
bring the destruction of our healthcare system.
Obama's health care Rx has dangerous side effects. Barack Obama is claiming that John McCain
wants to run health care like Republicans have been running Wall Street — implying that McCain
would let greedy private companies take advantage of average Americans. The ironic truth is this:
Obama wants to run health care like Washington, and especially Democrats, have been running Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac. That's likely to have more troubling consequences for the health of Americans and their
The Anti-JFK: Obama also
told me Tuesday night that I had a "right" to health care. There's a reason the Declaration of
Independence does not read life, liberty, and the pursuit of health care. Depending on Uncle Sam for
health care isn't a declaration of independence — it's a declaration of dependence.
Obama Needs Socialism
Lesson. Sweden provides universal government-backed health care — it isn't even an option; it's
compulsory. That sounds comforting — until the day you might need access to that "free" care. The
current waiting time for hip replacement surgery in Stockholm, the Swedish capital, is 16 months. It's
"only" 13 months to see an urologist. How about 18 months for transplant surgery? A little
less is the norm for heart-bypasses.
Doctor Will See All of You Now. Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama are planning that the new Democratic
Congress' first order of business will be to extend the Massachusetts health-care mistake to all
50 states. ... If Kennedy succeeds in his goal of using the Massachusetts plan as a model for national
health care, average Americans will no longer get immediate access to medical care. They will have the
long waits and massive new taxpayer costs that the Massachusetts plan has produced.
Obamacare Could Kill You.
This "Federal Health Board," as Daschle refers to his proposed behemoth, would be modeled on Great Britain's
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In the UK's socialized medical system,
NICE is the bureaucracy responsible for determining the value and effectiveness of medical treatments and
procedures. And it regularly hands down death sentences to gravely ill patients.
No We Can't.
Barack Obama's emphasis on diplomacy and internationalism will do nothing to prevent Iran from attaining
nuclear weapons. The mullahs in Tehran are not open to compromise, and cannot be made any more pliable
by the impositions of a stricter sanctions regime. Any attempts at diplomacy or institution of sanctions
are, from here on out, aimed at building an evidentiary case that every non-military option will have been
exhausted. Once that case can be made, Obama will either give the order to bomb Iran or let the
Khomeinist regime in Tehran assert complete regional hegemony. There will not be, nor has there
ever been, a third option.
Presidency Is Not An Entry-Level Position. Obama has four positions related to the war which, in
my view, disqualify him for the presidency. First, how can a serious candidate for President of the
United States have a long-standing goal to end the war rather than win it? Great presidents don't end
wars — they win them. The only way the American military can be defeated is when American
leaders forfeit the fight for them. And that's exactly what Obama has wanted to do for years.
Can America Afford
Another Jimmy Carter? The economic crisis aside, whether we like it or not, we are truly in a
war of survival with Islamofascism and Mr. Obama is not the man who can defend this country.
Obama's Damage: With
his first entry in an otherwise blank foreign policy ledger, Barack Obama sabotaged America's operational relationship
with Pakistan. On August 1, 2007, during a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in
Washington, Senator Obama said of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan: "There are terrorists holed up in those
mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again ... If we have actionable intelligence
about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will." The statement was swiftly
criticized by prominent Republicans and Democrats as inept and harmful to American interests.
Tale of Two Bracelets. Barack Obama made one thing crystal clear in last night's debate:
He simply doesn't care if we win or lose the war in Iraq. "Nobody's talking about defeat in Iraq," Obama
said — trying desperately to make John McCain stop talking about the single most important decision
of Obama's very short career in the US Senate.
Obama Can't Be Trusted on National
Defense. On September 15, the New York Post published an explosive article by Amir Taheri,
an Iranian born journalist who has long covered the Middle East for a wide range of publications. ... In the
article, Taheri says that Obama has done in regard to the troops in Iraq what Reagan and Bush were alleged to
have done in regard to the Iranian hostages. ... I am calling on Obama now to answer these charges, or
withdraw from the race, freeing the American people from the trouble of having to impeach him after the
election, if he should defy the now lengthening odds and somehow win the race.
Obama And 9/11: According
to Barack Obama, the madness that drove terrorists to turn passenger jets into manned cruise missiles aimed at our
centers of finance, government and military power "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness
and despair." As if the answer to the attacks should have been food stamps for al-Qaida. In an opinion
piece in Commentary magazine, writer Abe Greenwald commented on Obama's belief that the 9/11 attacks were rooted
in poverty and despair. "Strange," he called it, "considering our attackers were wealthy and educated, connected
What kind of war
crimes trials does Obama plan? Barack Obama's plan for imposing unity on the nation after he
takes office apparently entails a close look at war crimes trials for Bush administration officials. He
has even said so in an interview with Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News. This kind of
change — putting your predecessors on trial for their conduct of policy — may
not be what most Americans really want or expect from someone with Obama's gauzy rhetoric of unity.
of Vengeance. Back in April, Obama told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he intended to
have "my Justice Department and my attorney general immediately review" any information that might be used
to justify an investigation of the president or his aides. Like Biden, Obama averred that "if crimes
have been committed, they should be investigated." The Little Green Footballs blog has even turned up
an Obama campaign flier about Iraq, promising to "hold accountable any perpetrators of war crimes."
Sen. Obama's 9/10 Mind-Set: Does
Barack Obama think Osama bin Laden has a right to an attorney and should be read his Miranda rights if captured?
As shocking as this is, it's in the proud tradition of his party. In an interview with ABC News on Monday [6/16/2008],
Obama indicated that, like President Bill Clinton in 1993 after the first bombing of the World Trade Center, he too would
treat the war on terror as a law enforcement matter.
Catch — Kill. The first beneficiary of Barack Obama's promise to expand health-care
access could be Osama bin Laden. The senator would rather see Osama captured, not killed, then put into
our federal system for trial. That means the terror master would get better medical
treatment — for free — than many [New York] Post readers can afford. Is that
really what Americans want?
Support Terrorists? Yes We Can!
Can we say that, if elected, Obama would seat more extreme leftist justices like Anthony Kennedy who provided the swing vote
in favor of the terrorists? YES WE CAN! With a background so murky, can we say that if elected, we
don't know what Obama will do, or which side he's on? YES WE CAN!
delusional foreign policy: Obama is wrong about us not talking with terrorist nations. His ill-informed
and shallow position that Bush has failed for lack of talks is wrong. He is further wrong when he states that he will
sit down and talk to terrorists "without preconditions." Obama's foreign policy position is delusional and is based
on intellectual and factual quicksand. With it, he has forfeited any claim to the votes of thinking people.
Obama's Plan for Defeat:
We know Obama hasn't been to Iraq in more than two years, but does he not read the papers? Does he not know anything
about developments on the ground?
Did I Mention That I'm
Noble? Only now does Obama confer with General Petraeus — with 38 years serving
the US — about the Middle East, and he confers, not to listen nor to learn, but to announce what
he'd already decided about Iraq which he'd visited once and Afghanistan which he'd never seen and on which the
Senate sub-committee he chairs has held not a single hearing.
Ongoing Foreign Policy Implosion. Democrats were no doubt looking to capitalize on the Iraq issue
before it became apparent that the success of the surge had exceeded all but our most optimistic expectations.
Because McCain is perceived as one of the most ardent proponents of the surge and Obama fiercely opposed it, Obama
finds himself caught in a trap over the entire issue.
Surge Purge: Barack Obama styles himself the candidate of "change" and "hope". So when his
website "changed" to erase his well-known opposition to the Iraq War surge, maybe the Senator "hoped" no one
would notice. In this day and age, that's a foolish, not to mention cynical, conceit, especially coming
from the young, self-proclaimed "progressive" Democrat. And it backfired.
for Thugs Could Sink Naïve Obama. What is it about the word "appeasement" that got Barack
Obama's ears ringing? Without once uttering the freshman anti-war senator's name, President Bush warned
against negotiating with terrorists on the futile hope that a little more dialogue will turn these satanic
beasts from their death pact to wipe Israel off the map and kill as many American men, women and children
Obama doth protest.
The problem Barack Obama is stuck with — whether he likes it or not, and he doesn't — is that during this
campaign he did in fact say, and moreover did in fact say several times, that as President he would be entirely willing to sit
down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other rogues with no preconditions whatsoever. That is why, for a second
day Friday [5/16/2008], the customarily unflappable Obama rather flappably chose to go on a tear over President Bush's remarks to
the Israeli Knesset. He called those remarks "appalling" and "divisive" and much else, presenting himself as the victim of
an untoward attack. He is no such thing.
Obama And Frank: A Farewell To
Arms. In a revealing meeting with the editorial board of the Southcoast (Mass.) Standard-Times
last week, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., called for a 25% cut in military spending, saying: "We don't need
all these fancy new weapons." Judging from his past comments, Obama seems to agree. He says we should
talk to our enemies. Obama, Frank and the Democratic caucus would have us speak softly and carry no
stick at all.
A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind. On
Sunday Sen. Barack Obama, speaking at Iowa State University, made this jaw-dropping statement: We ended up
launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and to which we now have
spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted. Wasted! Hard
to believe anyone would say such a thing, but there it is on video.
Troops not 'wasted'. Democratic
presidential hopeful Barack Obama said yesterday [2/12/2007] he "would absolutely apologize" if he offended military
families by saying American troops' lives have been "wasted" in the Iraq war. It was the second straight day the
Illinois senator faced questions on his views on the war — the issue that's proven his strongest foil against
front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has so far resisted pressure to recant her vote to authorize the invasion.
Just imagine Obama's nominees to the Supreme Court
10 Things to Expect From Obama Court: (# 10.) Expanding and perpetuating the use of
racial preferences (# 6.) Banning the death penalty (# 4.) Creating new
constitutional rights to massive government welfare and medical care programs
Final Six Reasons Not To Vote For Obama: [Scroll down slowly] One of the most important
reasons to vote against Mr. Obama involves his court appointments. He voted against confirming Chief
Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Alito. This was wrong as both of these jurists were highly
qualified and he was voting against them only because they follow the U.S. Constitution rather than make law
from the bench. Mr. Obama would appoint justices of the Associate Justice Ginsburg variety, a leftist
who is more interested in her concept of what the law ought to be rather than the concepts of the founding
founders as expressed in the Constitution.
Questions for Obama: Voting against the confirmation of Chief
Justice John Roberts, [Obama] said: Deciding "truly difficult cases" should involve "one's deepest values, one's core
concerns, one's broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one's empathy." Is that not
essentially how Chief Justice Roger Taney decided the Dred Scott case?
Obama, if elected, would certainly aim to fill the Supreme Court — and the lower federal courts — with
liberal judicial activists. Although Obama has served in the Senate for barely three years, he has
already established a record on judicial nominations and constitutional law that comports with his 2007
ranking by the National Journal as the most liberal of all 100 senators.
Class-War Court. When the nomination of John Roberts to be chief justice of the Supreme Court
came up in the Senate in 2005, Sen. Barack Obama argued that the role of a justice is to favor the "weak" over
the "strong." When the nomination of Sam Alito came up in January 2006, he made the same argument.
Obama does not want a Supreme Court that preserves the rule of law, he wants a Supreme Court that wages class
war under color of law.
Thomas. Asked to pick his least favorite Supreme Court justice on Saturday [8/16/2008], Barack
Obama named Clarence Thomas. ... If only left-wing Supreme Court Enemy #1 Justice Thomas were more open to
legislating from the judicial bench. Perhaps if he were comfortable with the judicial branch making up
laws establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage or legal rights for partial-birth abortion or
for foreign terrorists he would be the ideal justice for a Barack Obama administration.
Obama Draws Ire Over Comments on
Clarence Thomas. When asked to name a Supreme Court justice he would not have appointed, Obama
named Clarence Thomas. "I don't think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time
for that elevation, setting aside the fact that I profoundly disagree with his interpretations of a lot of
the Constitution," Obama said. Conservative legal experts, who championed Thomas for elevation to the court
in 1991, were livid at what they say was a personal attack on one of the top justices on the court.
Barack Obama, Doubting Thomas.
Sen. Obama joins the high-tech lynch mob that still thinks Clarence Thomas is unfit for the Supreme
Court. The ex-state legislator with no accomplishments to his name dares to question Thomas'
Obama Supreme Court
Candidate Deval Patrick: Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is another highly touted contender for a
Supreme Court appointment by a President Obama. ... Deval Patrick has made his mark on the law in the field of racial
preferences. ... As assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration, Patrick — in the
words of Jeffrey Rosen in a 1994 New Republic article — "committed the Clinton administration to a vision
of racial preference that fulfills the most extravagant fantasies of a conservative attack ad." Specifically,
Patrick argued in a brief in Taxman v. Piscataway that "it is legal to fire a white teacher over a black
teacher purely because of her race."
to Shift Attention to Judicial Nominees. "Judges are what you refer to as a 'last 30 days'
issue, and it's hard to know how it might play," said Evan Tracey, the head of CMAG, a company that monitors
political advertising. "Now is the time when you start hearing messages that connect with the single-issue
core voters — guns, abortion, civil rights. And it's all about judges."
President Obama. "First of all, let's dismiss any talk of socialism," says Democrat strategist
Bob Beckel, who worked in Jimmy Carter's White House with a Democrat-controlled Congress. "The idea that
Barack Obama is going to bring socialism to this country is just crazy." ... Beckel sees an Obama appointment
of Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court bench as soon as an opening occurs, and he dismisses the massive
move toward industry regulations that some people predict.
To The Undecided
Voter: It is quite possible that Barack Obama will get to make one, maybe two Supreme Court
appointments before he's through in Washington. It is also possible that he will have a filibuster-proof
Senate to help him ram those choices through. I'm a lawyer, and I've always had this strange idea that
the U.S. Supreme Court should base its decisions on the supreme law of our land, our Constitution. Many
people think differently these days. A recent and rather shocking survey showed that around 80% of
people who support Barack Obama believe that the Supreme Court should base its decisions not on the
Constitution, but on what's "fair."
Ideas for a Radical Court: Notwithstanding his support for redistribution in theory, Obama said he
was "not optimistic about bringing major redistributive change through the courts." Let those words sink in for
a moment: major redistributive change. If his plans for taxation and spending didn't make it plain, Obama's
goal should be clear now. And his objection is simply that the courts aren't very good at carrying out long-term
redistribution — not that major "sharing the wealth" shouldn't come from other branches of government.
Obama and the
Supreme Court. If America's citizens care to wake up and pay attention before they elect as
president a sweet-talking, moderate-posing left-wing ideologue with a history of alliances with anti-American
radicals, one of the several matters they ought to think seriously about is the future of the Supreme Court.
Simply put, the survival of the historic American experiment in representative government will be in serious
jeopardy if Barack Obama is our next president.
Obama and the Law:
Senator Obama has stated very clearly what kinds of Supreme Court justices he wants — those with "the empathy to
understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old." Like so many things that
Obama says, it may sound nice if you don't stop and think — and chilling if you do stop and think. Do we really
want judges who decide cases based on who you are, rather than on the facts and the law?
Five reasons to vote against
Obama: [#2.] The federal courts. In that famous 2001 Chicago radio interview, Obama
wistfully talked about the need for the Supreme Court to break free from the essential constraints that were
placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. You know, those pesky constraints that make us a
nation of laws, not governed by the whims of the Friends of Obama, or Jeremiah Wright. You think Breyer
and Ginsburg are beyond the pale? Obama's crowd thinks they're too conservative.
Brighter and Righter Future. Barack Obama is a very smart and sophisticated liberal who will appoint
activist, left-wing judges to the courts. The Ninth Circuit Court ruled that saying "one nation under God" in
the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Imagine this anti-religious extremism spreading through the rest
of the court system in a wave of Obama appointments. John McCain can be expected to appoint judges who respect
the vital role that religion has historically played in American public life. Beyond the courts, Obama would
strengthen and expand opportunities for trial lawyers to sue. McCain would focus on litigation reform to reduce
the number of lawsuits.
Barack Obama Repeats Pro-Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme
Court Judges. In a Thursday [10/30/2008] interview with NBC News, Barack Obama repeated the
pledge he's made throughout the campaign. Obama indicated he would only appoint judges to the Supreme Court
who support unlimited abortions, in what is a clear pro-abortion litmus test for federal justices.
in judicial nominees gain little notice. During the Democratic primary campaign, Mr. Obama told
a Planned Parenthood conference exactly what he would require in a judicial nominee: "We need somebody
who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to
understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the
criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges," he said, according to MSNBC.
record clouds Obama's judge picks. President-elect Barack Obama will be the first president to
have participated in Senate filibusters of judicial nominees — a distinction that conservatives say
will haunt him in showdowns over anticipated nominations of liberal, activist judges to the federal bench.
Who would Obama
pick for the Supreme Court? Barack Obama's election probably does not herald a new liberal era at the Supreme
Court, since none of the conservative justices — who are in the majority — is expected to retire in
the next four years. But if liberals cannot take control, Obama's win has them pushing for a strong voice for social
justice on the high court.